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Publisher's Summary

Got wit? We've all been in that situation where we need to say something clever, but innocuous; smart enough to show some intelligence, without showing off; something funny, but not a joke. What we need in that moment is wit - that sparkling combination of charm, humor, confidence, and most of all, the right words at the right time. Elements of Wit is an engaging audiobook that brings together the greatest wits of our time, and previous ones from Oscar Wilde to Nora Ephron, Winston Churchill to Christopher Hitchens, Mae West to Louis CK, and many in between. With chapters covering the essential ingredients of wit, this primer sheds light on how anyone - introverts, extroverts, wallflowers, and bon vivants - can find the right zinger, quip, parry, or retort... or at least be a little bit more interesting.

©2014 Benjamin Errett (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC

Critic Reviews

Elements of Wit promises to teach the wit-deprived hordes how to become modern-day Oscar Wildes and Dorothy Parker… An entertaining book..." ( The Wall Street Journal)

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great ideas how to be more witty

Studies of famous witty people I enjoyed. were Mae West and Oscar Wilde. loved the funny jokes.

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title does not fit the material

sucks I paid 13 bucks for the world's longest definition of a word. this book doesn't help with new zingers or metaphors and the little quizzes at the end of the chapters are completely pointless.

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Okay

I expected it to be much better. It just felt okay, but I did appreciate the stories and I really like the definition of wit he used as being "spontaneous creativity"

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Full of meaty information and historical references!

This book really exceeded my expectations. It explores the lost art of wit. And no-wit doesn't mean just being funny -it's more about how to have interesting things to say instantly, on the spot, not 10 minutes later when the moment has passed. It's the only book I have found that covers this topic so deeply. Loved it!!

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NO! quizzes? maybe in the written word

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

this has quizzes and is very frustrating. might be ok in the written book but not here. it says mastering the art of being interesting but I did not find it.

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really not that great.....at all

Surprisingly witless for a book about wit. You'd think a book like this wouldn't be boring...it is

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