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    • The Elements of Eloquence

    • Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase
    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Don Hagen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133

    In his inimitably entertaining and wonderfully witty style, he takes apart famous phrases and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or quip like Oscar Wilde. Whether you’re aiming to achieve literary immortality or just hoping to deliver the perfect one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don’t need to have anything important to say - you simply need to say it well.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Who knew rhetoric could be so much fun?

    • By Philo on 10-30-14

    Regular price: $19.59

    • The Etymologicon

    • A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Don Hagen
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,636
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473

    The Etymologicon is a completely unauthorized guide to the strange underpinnings of the English language. It explains: How you get from “gruntled” to “disgruntled”; why you are absolutely right to believe that your meager salary barely covers “money for salt”; how the biggest chain of coffee shops in the world (hint: Seattle) connects to whaling in Nantucket; and what precisely the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-19-15
    • A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Don Hagen
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Release date: 03-14-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,636 ratings

    Regular price: $19.59

    • The Horologicon

    • A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language
    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Don Hagen
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 241
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 240

    The Horologicon (or book of hours) contains the most extraordinary words in the English language, arranged according to what hour of the day you might need them. From Mark Forsyth, the author of the number-one international best seller The Etymologicon comes an audiobook of weird words for familiar situations. From ante-jentacular to snudge by way of quafftide and wamblecropt, at last you can say, with utter accuracy, exactly what you mean.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • If only there were words to describe Mark Forsyth

    • By JPwns on 08-23-16
    • A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language
    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Don Hagen
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Release date: 03-21-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 267 ratings

    Regular price: $19.59

    • The Etymologicon

    • A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    A quirky, entertaining and thought-provoking tour of the unexpected connections between words, read by Simon Shepherd. What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces? The Etymologicon springs from Mark Forsyth's Inky Fool blog on the strange connections between words.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really and I mean REALLY enjoyed this

    • By Eleni on 09-21-16
    • A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Release date: 05-01-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 15 ratings

    Regular price: $15.17

    • The Elements of Eloquence

    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 16
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      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style, from the best-selling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon. From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase - such as 'Tiger, Tiger, burning bright', or 'To be or not to be' - memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you, too, can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfection in every part.

    • By Stacy Jean on 09-02-16

    Regular price: $20.68

    • The Horologicon

    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3

    The Horologicon - which means 'a book of things appropriate to each hour' - follows a day in the life of unusual, beautiful, and forgotten English words. From the moment you wake to the second your head hits the pillow, there's a cornucopia of hidden words ready for every aspect of your day.

    Regular price: $19.35

    • A Short History of Drunkenness

    • By: Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated by: Richard Hughes
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Short History of Drunkenness by Mark Forsyth, read by Richard Hughes. Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there's drink there's drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors or a way of marking the end of a day's work. It can send you to sleep or send you into battle.

    Regular price: $19.18