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Publisher's Summary

The Elements of Style has long been a valued and beloved resource for all writers. Hailed for its directness and clever insight, this unorthodox textbook was born from a professor's love for the written word and perfected years later by one of his students: famed author E. B. White. Ever since its first publication in 1959, writers have turned to this book for its wise and accessible advice.
©1995 William Strunk; (P)2007 Recorded Books

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"The work remains a nonpareil: direct, correct, and delightful." (The New Yorker)

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Required Reading

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.

74 of 79 people found this review helpful

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Essential For Writers

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous and the only way to truly understand

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.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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The Best Book for the Editing Proceedure...

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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great Content - Horrible Narration

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.

21 of 27 people found this review helpful

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My ADD is conquered!

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."

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Worst Narration I've Ever Heard

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.

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The Art & Power of Expressing Ideas in Few Words

Strunk and White explian the power found in simple prose through concrete examples and rules. Excellent for all writers, from high schoolers to graduate students to professional writers, to gain competence and confidence. "Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry"

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Great tools for eager writers and newbies

love the traders tone and accent. great insights and rules. worth the cost twice over.

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A Must for Writers

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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.