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    • The Gift of the Gab

    • How Eloquence Works
    • By: David Crystal
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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    We all know eloquence when we hear it. But what exactly is it? And how might we gain more of it for ourselves? This entertaining and, yes, eloquent audiobook illuminates the power of language from a linguistic point of view and provides fascinating insights into the way we use words. David Crystal, a world-renowned expert on the history and usage of the English language, probes the intricate workings of eloquence in this lively analysis. Crystal focuses on the here and now of eloquent speaking - from pitch, pace, and prosody to jokes, appropriateness, and how to wield a microphone.

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Making Sense

    • By: David Crystal
    • Narrated by: David Crystal
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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    In Making Sense, David Crystal confronts the foe of many: grammar. Once taught relentlessly to all students in the English-speaking world, grammar disappeared from most school curricula, so that terms such as preposition and conjunction now often confound children and adults alike.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another delight from David Crystal

    • By Emily on 10-23-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • A Little Book of Language

    • By: David Crystal
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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    With a language disappearing every two weeks and neologisms springing up almost daily, an understanding of the origins and currency of language has never seemed more relevant. In this charming volume, a narrative history written explicitly for a young audience, expert linguist David Crystal proves why the story of language deserves retelling. From the first words of an infant to the peculiar modern dialect of text messaging, A Little Book of Language ranges widely, revealing language's myriad intricacies and quirks.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must read!

    • By Fruta Fresca on 02-21-16

    Regular price: $18.50

    • The Story of English in 100 Words

    • By: David Crystal
    • Narrated by: David Crystal
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 32
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    In this unique new history of the world's most ubiquitous language, linguistics expert David Crystal draws on words that best illustrate the huge variety of sources, influences, and events that have helped to shape our vernacular since the first definitively English word was written down in the fifth century ("roe", in case you are wondering). Featuring Latinate and Celtic words, weasel words and nonce-words, ancient words ("loaf") to cutting edge ("twittersphere") and spanning the indispensable words that shape our tongue ("and", "what") to the more fanciful ("fopdoodle"), Crystal takes us along the winding byways of language.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Random but entertaining

    • By Sean on 04-01-13

    Regular price: $15.36

    • You Say Potato: A Book About Accents

    • By: Ben Crystal, David Crystal
    • Narrated by: David Crystal, Ben Crystal, Jane Savage, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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    Some people say 'sconn' while others say 'schown'. He says 'bath' while she says 'bahth'. You say 'potayto'. I say 'potahto'. And - wait a second, no one says 'potahto'. No one's ever said 'potahto'. Have they? From reconstructing Shakespeare's accent to the rise and fall of received pronunciation, actor Ben Crystal and his linguist father, David, travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wish there were more native recordings.

    • By Matt Dobler on 07-01-16

    Regular price: $18.11

    • The Story of English in 100 Words

    • By: David Crystal
    • Narrated by: David Crystal
    • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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    In this unique new history of the world’s most ubiquitous language, linguistics expert David Crystal draws on words that best illustrate the huge variety of sources, influences and events that have helped to shape our vernacular since the first definitively English word was written down in the fifth century (‘roe’, in case you are wondering).

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Stepping Stones

    • By Barbara Dennis on 03-13-17

    Regular price: $21.44