William Strunk, Professor at Cornell, wrote his famous Little Book on good grammar and writing to simplify the subject for students far and wide. His famous motto was, "Omit needless words." This unabridged version follows this motto and can be listened to in just 60 minutes!
This is the original "Little Book," without add ons by later writers. This is a treasure to writers because it "omit(s)" needless words" and subject matter Professor Strunk did not believe was core to better writing. The brevity encourages relistening to deepen one's knowledge of the subject, the point made by Professor Strunk to his students: "the knowledge comes from rereading" or in our case, relistening. This unabridged version has 25 tracks: 1. Preface. 2. Introduction.. 3. Elementary Rules of Usage. 4. Form the Possessive Singular of Nouns with 's. 5. Three or More Terms with a Single Conjunction. 6. Enclose Parenthetic Expressions Between Commas. 7. Place a Comma before and or but. 8. Do Not Join Independent Clauses by a Comma. 9. Do Not Break Sentences in Two. 10. A Participial Phrase at the Beginning of a Sentence. 11. Divide Words at Line-ends. 12. Elementary Principles of Composition. 13. Make the Paragraph the Unit of Composition. 14. Begin a Paragraph with a Topic Sentence. 15. Use the Active Voice. 16. Put Statements in Positive Form. 17. Omit Needless Words. 18. Avoid a Succession of Loose Sentences. 19. Express Co-ordinate Ideas in a Similar Form. 20. Keep Related Words Together. 21. In Summaries Keep to One Tense. 22. Keep the Emphatic Word of a Sentence at the End. 23. A Few Matters of Form. 24. Words and Expressions Commonly Misused. 25. 56 Words Commonly Misspelled.
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The material here is great - a must for anyone who wants to write well.
The narrator, though, is far too dry, he mispronounces words, and he entirely fails to make the language engaging.
A book this fundamental to modern English prose deserves better narration.
My name is Laz O. I'm a firefighter. I enjoy listening to books on tape. I've been hooked since the first one. Enjoy!
Listened to it in preparation for college English. Liked it very much. Deaver Brown does an excellent job of narrating.
I teach WordPress web design online, focusing on the *design* part - and fun:) I love learning new concepts, hence all these audiobooks;)
Will recommend getting the written version instead. The narrator, while his voice is good, reads it way too fast. No pauses to make it clear when he is shifting from reading an example passage, etc. It's impossible for me to follow.
The narrator is very professional and clear. He keeps the lecture at a good pace but it is somewhat difficult to listen to without a book. I suggest listening to this audio to brush up on your grammar only if you are already familiar with and are a fan of the original Strunk and White.
This audio is worth the price. I'm glad I bought it although it takes a lot of concentration if you are behind on your grammar skills. This is not for the novice. I would not suggest it to my students.
The book is concise and the author focused on what matters most.
In spite of a few, sparse hiccups, the performance is next to perfect.
The author had a clear idea and plan before starting to write; the book is consequently terse and free of extraneous sections.
... when the narration's not smooth. The reader's words don't always come out smoothly. I got the sense the production couldn't be bothered to do more than one take. The information's good, though. I think anyone who applies the lessons here will write with greater economy, clarity, and persuasiveness.
I would rather die than have to listen to any more of this book. There are so many other better books on the same subject that make it interesting.
"Short, Sharp and to the Point"
At just over an hour, I've thought to made this a regular read every quarter. Think I got to this later than most, wish I'd picked this up years ago.
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