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Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Cutting a Dash, The Radio Series That Inspired the Hit Book | [Lynne Truss]

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Cutting a Dash, The Radio Series That Inspired the Hit Book

In 2002, Lynne Truss presented Cutting a Dash, a well-received BBC Radio 4 series about punctuation, which led to the writing of the UK number-one best seller Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Presented here for the first time in America is the original landmark BBC Radio 4 program in its entirety.
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In 2002, Lynne Truss presented Cutting a Dash, a well-received BBC Radio 4 series about punctuation, which led to the writing of the UK number-one best seller Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Presented here for the first time in America is the original landmark BBC Radio 4 program in its entirety.

Through sloppy usage and low standards on the Internet, in e-mail, and now "txt msgs", we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss dares to say, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are.

©2003 Lynne Truss; (P)2004 BBC Audiobooks, Ltd

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Audiobook Adapted from Another Medium, 2005

"Oh, to be in England. Or rather, oh, to have quotidian access to BBC4 radio productions such as Cutting a Dash....Thank goodness all six episodes are available as a classy audio production....Through it all, the crisp, humor-filled voice of comedy writer/literary editor Lynne Truss gives us permission to laugh aloud while being shocked, yes shocked, about the disastrous state of punctuation and grammar in the modern world." (AudioFile)

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    Howard Gernantown, TN, USA 03-18-05
    Howard Gernantown, TN, USA 03-18-05
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    "Eats, Shoots & Leaves"

    Cute, but because it is a collection of radio broadcasts, it becomes very formulaic and predictable. Enjoyable for a quick listen, but seemed long, although it was only an hour in length.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Bend, OR, United States 04-08-14
    Sam Bend, OR, United States 04-08-14 Member Since 2011

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    First, is't not the original book, which I assumed it was. Rather is a number of disjointed excerpts, interviews, and sound bites, with lackluster attempts at comedy. I took away nothing I did not know.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It is poor value for the cost. If the price we $3.95, I probably would not return it.


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    Matthew Demers West Newton, MA United States 11-26-12
    Matthew Demers West Newton, MA United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not good audio book material"
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    I was hoping for so much more; disappointing product. This content may have been better as the BBC show or as written material. There were parts such as the walks along London streets that did not work well in this format. There are better books on this subject matter.

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    Carolanne DRACUT, MASSACHUSETTS, United States 09-13-12
    Carolanne DRACUT, MASSACHUSETTS, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great if you need some help with writing!"

    I really enjoyed this book and it really helped me with my writing, but I think it was just the recordings of the radio show that the book is based on because it didn't flow like most audio books. I plan on buying the actual book to compare.

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