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The Modern Scholar: A Way With Words Part III: Grammar for Adults | [Michael D.C. Drout]

The Modern Scholar: A Way With Words Part III: Grammar for Adults

Since others judge you by the way you speak, the intricacies of grammar, in fact, should not be relegated to the realm of fussy "guardians of the language," but are rather essential clues all can employ to communicate more exactly. In such a light, this course forms an invaluable guide for everyone from all fields of interest.
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Publisher's Summary

Who eats shoots and leaves? A panda? Or a gunman at a restaurant? The answer to this all depends on - you guessed it - grammar. In the third part of his extraordinary Way with Words series, Professor Drout continues to explore humanity's intimate association with language, here delving into the finer points of English grammar. Since others judge you by the way you speak, the intricacies of grammar, in fact, should not be relegated to the realm of fussy "guardians of the language," but are rather essential clues all can employ to communicate more exactly. In such a light, this course forms an invaluable guide for everyone from all fields of interest.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2008 Michael D.C. Drout; (P)2008 Recorded Books

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    Gerald Laredo, TX, United States 10-11-11
    Gerald Laredo, TX, United States 10-11-11
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    "Historical rather than practical ....."

    This set of lecturers discusses the progression of English grammar from an historical prospective. One can hear excerpts of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Beowulf (for example) read in their original medieval form of prose along with discussions of their influence on modern English language. While some audiences may find this information interesting, it offers very little practical help for those wanting to improve grammar of the language spoken today. In short, the lectures are geared to people interested in academic discourse on the history of grammar.

    There are a few of practical points, but not many. The lectures help current speakers to improve their speech in the same way a history of filaments or a biography of Thomas Edison would help someone needing to know how to change a halogen light bulb.

    I’ve purchased at least 50 books from Audible so far, and this one by far has been the most painful to listen to. It’s dry and repetitive, and not because the subject is grammar. The problem is the lecturer and his presentation.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    RUDY 05-28-12
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure


    What was most disappointing about Michael D.C. Drout’s story?

    He has a remarkable education and expertise but the book is way too informal rather than informative.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrator?

    Perhaps.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    He expresses his point of view in a very clear way in the last chapter.


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    Reza Ghazinouri 07-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "liked it. Could be better"

    Goes into too much history, but includes some helpful tips.
    Also, having more than one example for each grammatical rule could have improved its quality.

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    G Lawrence Edwards 04-21-15

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    "Well worth the listen. Not tedious."

    Great insights as to why, and how English evolved and continues to evolve into the way it is. Author has passion for this subject and that propels the reader/listener forward.

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    MR Hub of the Universe 02-03-15
    MR Hub of the Universe 02-03-15 Member Since 2005

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    "INFORMATIVE"
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    the content was terrific - when you actually got to the content. There were a few too many tangents and asides, especially in the opening lectures. Also, a lot of repetition, not of the course material, of the tangents.
    Overall the lectures did teach me quite a bit about English grammar and how it has been built up from previous languages. I could have used a second lecture on punctuation and less on politics (and the inter-departmental squabbles re: grammar and linguistics). But, in the end, I came away knowing more than when I started.

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    Darren 11-08-14
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    "best grammar audio book - love the Drout way!"
    If you could sum up The Modern Scholar in three words, what would they be?

    Fabulous, imaginative & brilliant.


    What other book might you compare The Modern Scholar to and why?

    Grammar girl - put one to bed and please never listen to grammar girl while driving.. Might land you in a hospital.


    Any additional comments?

    You will love P. Drout in his refreshing way of presenting such a dry subject like grammar!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca United States 05-31-14
    Rebecca United States 05-31-14 Member Since 2013

    I drive a lot, so I listen to a lot of books. I am addicted to Audible!

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    "A Whirlwind Grammar"
    What did you love best about The Modern Scholar?

    Prof. Drout has presented the complicated structure of English in a way that is much simpler than a grammar textbook. However, he flies through things quite quickly, so it is important to pay VERY close attention!


    What other book might you compare The Modern Scholar to and why?

    I have grammar textbooks, but I am not sure if that is a fair comparison. This is presented in a way that is way more accessible.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rich R. Rainbolt 09-05-13
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    "I know love grammar!"
    If you could sum up The Modern Scholar in three words, what would they be?

    S ; S


    What other book might you compare The Modern Scholar to and why?

    I really don't think I can compare it to any other book, other than Professor Drout's "Writing Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion." It is like attending a very enjoyable class, where you like the professor; therefore you pay attention more.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    n/a


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, well I did smile in places, but I think if I cried I would be worried about myself.


    Any additional comments?

    The book brings the dreaded grammar into a logical light. Rather than blinding memorizing a series of rules, you are able to understand why you are memorizing a series of rules :-)
    It is overall fun, and I've listened to it twice, and plan to listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rahul Cedar Park, TX, United States 02-15-13
    Rahul Cedar Park, TX, United States 02-15-13
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    "Entertaining book for learning grammar"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Modern Scholar to be better than the print version?

    I was looking for a book to brush up my grammar and came across this one. I have found most of the grammar books to be boring. But based upon the reviews, I thought I will give this book a chance. I finished this book on my drives to work in about 3 weeks and really enjoyed listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the way Professor Drout has made Grammar really interesting to listen to. Chapters 5 to 13 are just fabulous!


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The fact that the lectures are narrated by Professor Drout made me feel that I was actually attending his lectures in school.


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    Drizzella MO 06-28-12

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    "Professor Drout explains it all for you"
    What made the experience of listening to The Modern Scholar the most enjoyable?

    Prof. Drout has a very engaging style and makes any subject he talks about easy to understand and enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful supplementary material for English students or anyone who wants to understand language.

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