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The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between

Narrated by: Jonathan Cowley
Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
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The origins of names explained  

Explore the world of names: What is something that literally everything in existence has in common? It all has a name! With this audiobook, you can learn the origins of these names. From countries and cities to toys and animals to even planets, learn the etymology of interesting words in a fun and entertaining way.  

Learn new things: Why is New York called New York? Name Explain has the answer for you. While author Patrick Foote, of the YouTube channel also called Name Explain, doesn't claim to know everything, he has garnered a lot of knowledge about language over the years and he's excited to get to share it with you in this new format. 

Be entertained by education: Learning doesn't have to be boring. With his fun sense of humor, Patrick explains each name with jokes and quips you're bound to enjoy. Packed with great information, this audiobook has a variety of topics that are bound to intrigue anyone interested in the origins of the words we use every day.  

Find fun facts: This audiobook is full of interesting facts that are great to keep in your mental pocket. You'll be able to pull out fun information about words and language all the time, informing and amusing yourself and your friends for ages.  

Name Explain does exactly what it says it does - it explains names in a fun and easy-to-digest way. 

After listening to this audiobook, you will:

  • Know why, exactly, Russia is called Russia
  • Be able to entertain yourself and your friends with interesting fun facts
  • Discover the origins of the names of planets, animals, countries, and much more
©2018 Patrick Foote (P)2018 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Patrick has made me realise that even the most mundane and ubiquitous words can have an endlessly fascinating story. His whimsical and friendly tone also makes any topic entertaining and accessible." (Betty of the YouTube channel Articulations)

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  • kitty whately
  • 05-13-19

Great book. Astoundingly bad performance

It’s such a shame and an irony that this fascinating book, aimed at people who love language, is read here by someone who has no understanding of that subject and utterly butchers it. How did this man get the job? How did this man get any job that involves reading? He sounds like a mixture of the dog from the Disney film ‘Up’, and Gok Wan. How was he allowed to get away with pronouncing the word ‘a’ like ‘at’, and ‘the’ like ‘thee’ before consonants? Even the word ‘another’ he pronounces ‘ay-nother’! It is maddening. He emphasises all the wrong parts words in most sentences. He is just terrible.

I wish I had just bought a hard copy of the book to read it myself. I highly recommend doing that. The content is great. I HIGHLY recommend not downloading this butchering of it.

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