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The Elements of Style: 60 Minutes to Better Writing & Grammar Audiobook

The Elements of Style: 60 Minutes to Better Writing & Grammar

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Publisher's Summary

What you need to know about grammar and writing as taught widely in colleges, high schools, and grammar schools wherever American English is spoken!

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.

© & (P)2008 Simply Magazine Inc.

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    Loki Liesmith Elmwood Park, IL, United States 03-19-12
    Loki Liesmith Elmwood Park, IL, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book, bad narration"
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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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    CaseyLClark United States 05-16-12
    CaseyLClark United States 05-16-12
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    "A must have for writers."

    If you're a writer, and you want a no nonsense brush up on the bare bones of the tools you need, get this book.

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    Lazaro cutler bay, FL, United States 10-25-11
    Lazaro cutler bay, FL, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2014

    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!

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    "Great help!"

    Listened to it in preparation for college English. Liked it very much. Deaver Brown does an excellent job of narrating.

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    Oliver Nielsen Copenhagen, Denmark 07-07-15
    Oliver Nielsen Copenhagen, Denmark 07-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Valuble? Perhaps"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erica Smith 08-26-13
    Erica Smith 08-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Clear Instruction and Good Narrator"
    If you could sum up The Elements of Style: 60 Minutes to Better Writing & Grammar in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Midwest Andy 04-21-16
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    "Terrible Narration, good material"
    What disappointed you about The Elements of Style: 60 Minutes to Better Writing & Grammar?

    The narration is beyond bad


    Would you be willing to try another book from William Strunk? Why or why not?

    Yes, the content is valuable


    Would you be willing to try another one of uncredited’s performances?

    No No NO


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

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator had little understanding of grammar, mispronounced terms, halted as if unclear what the sentence he just read meant, it was just terrible.

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    Amazon Customer 02-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Better to read the book"
    Would you try another book from William Strunk and/or uncredited?

    I bought this book wanting to improve my writing skills. I quickly realized that for me it's better to read the book than listening to the audio version. I'm a visual learner, so in this case, audio doesn't work.


    Has The Elements of Style: 60 Minutes to Better Writing & Grammar turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not completely...I think I'd learn more from the physical book as opposed to the audio


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

    The content of the book was good. Wish I could have purchased the kindle version.


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    Ernest Kiwele Midrand, South Africa 10-30-15
    Ernest Kiwele Midrand, South Africa 10-30-15 Member Since 2015

    In the name of unbiased knowledge, and of purposeful rationality and of audio books.

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    "A well written and well narrated concise book"
    What did you love best about The Elements of Style: 60 Minutes to Better Writing & Grammar?

    The book is concise and the author focused on what matters most.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator


    What about uncredited’s performance did you like?

    In spite of a few, sparse hiccups, the performance is next to perfect.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The author had a clear idea and plan before starting to write; the book is consequently terse and free of extraneous sections.

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    Jay Quintana 10-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Better to read than to listen to, especially..."

    ... 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.

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    Virginia California 06-17-15
    Virginia California 06-17-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Oh, gawd, so horribly boring"
    Would you try another book from William Strunk and/or uncredited?

    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.


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  • Gary
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    3/6/13
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    "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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Bapir
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    "Excellent"

    I listened to it once, and I want to listen to it many more times! It is a joy to reflect, to learn, and to improve your style. I recommend it.

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