©1995 William Strunk; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"The work remains a nonpareil: direct, correct, and delightful." (The New Yorker)
If you think you know anything about the English language, you had better know this book backward and forward. It's every bit as wise and relevant today as it has ever been. I was somewhat curious as to whether this would come off as an audio book, because in my memory it was so intricately tied to the written word. Listening just broadened my respect for Strunk and White. This book is about language, by and for those who love and value it, in whatever form it takes.
This book is packed with useful information for writers, and many of the points are delivered in a humorous way, which makes for an entertaining listen.
Frank McCourt did a fine job with the narration. However, some may be turned off by his accent.
Overall, this was a great audiobook that I plan on listening to again. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in writing. You should also check out "On Writing" by Stephen King; it's an excellent book.
Frank McCourt is fantastic as a narrator. I never understood all the concepts in this book until I heard it as an audio book. It made a great difference to my writing and critical thinking about grammar. I've listened to it twice and listen anytime I need a refresher.
I collected up a handfull of publications on writing to explore between drafts of my own book. Several deal with the craft of writing, developing characters, plot devices, and so on. however, none were as effective as this one with the simple tho difficult task of Editing my book.
While many of the options dealt with the process of creating the story, the characters, and the plot, most of them fell down when it came to simple and direct assertive guidelines to help cut out the clutter of a manuscript already essentially developed.
This book was refreshingly direct, tho a bit dense for any single reading, when it came to simple statements of 'do This and Not That'...
I may suggest a hard copy that can be flipped between and refferred to on your desk as you work, but the book itsself is perhaps the single most usefully important book for any aspiring writer to reference!
It was highly reccomended and I have been nothing but pleased with the end results!
The content is great and I truly wish I could listen to it. After 107 audio books, I have heard a reasonable share of mediocre narrations, but this mouth-breather is untenable. I have been able to listen to other books that listeners have given bad reviews to the narrator, but this recording is horrible.
Nina Angela McKissock
I'm the classic "ants in the pants" kinda student. I love to be read to, and hunger for all things explained and spoken. Audible has rescued me from my frustration and the feeling of being a misfit for being able to sit still still while "reading."
I bought this book back in college and relied on it constantly. When I saw the audio-book was available I figured I'd give it a shot, for nostalgia if nothing else. The content was as good as I remembered but the experience was ruined by the narration. The only thing I can liken the sound to is a 90 year-old, drunk Irishman who nearly spits his dentures out with each sentence. Seriously. Buy it (if you want to waste a credit), you'll see what I mean. Whoever hired this guy needs a performance review ASAP.
I might have the edit a little cleaner (though, I spend a lot of time editing narration myself, so, this is a nit pick). It's a dry subject, treated with dry wit by the authors and delivered in a voice that reminded me of my grandfather, a retired judge. If anything, I'd have a higher quality audio file.
Mostly, so far, it's inspired me to be incredibly self conscious of what I've written here. :)
I read reviews that complained bout McCourt's narration. I heard some spots where breaths were poorly edited, but this is not McCourt's fault. I liked his narration. The way he announced each section title reminded me of my grandfather, I could see the look on his face and his finger in the air. It brought back a lot of a great memories, and was comfortable for me. I thought he did a great job at conveying William Strunk's dry wit.
Any person who writes needs this book. Writing fiction or non-fiction, writing for an audience or your personal journal; this book will give you the rules needed for better communication.
This compact book cut out the fluff. It's a wonderful resource with a lot of information useful to writers of any genre, including business writers. The presentation is wonderful. I do have one little criticism, which is the reason for the 4-star rating instead of 5. The original book was published in 1935. Even though new editions have been printed, some of the information seems to be a bit outdated. I see this book as a tremendous tool for writers, despite my one minor criticism.
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