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  • The Elements of Eloquence: Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase | Mark Forsyth

    The Elements of Eloquence: Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
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    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.

    Phil O. says: "Who knew rhetoric could be so much fun?"
  • The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language | Mark Forsyth

    The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
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    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.

    Dubi says: "Why settle for the whole nine yards..."
  • The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language | Mark Forsyth

    The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
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    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.

    JPwns says: "If only there were words to describe Mark Forsyth"
  • A Short History of Drunkenness | Mark Forsyth

    A Short History of Drunkenness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated By Richard Hughes
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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.

  • The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language | Mark Forsyth

    The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated By Simon Shepherd
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    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.

    Eleni says: "Really and I mean REALLY enjoyed this"
  • The Elements of Eloquence | Mark Forsyth

    The Elements of Eloquence

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated By Simon Shepherd
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    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.

    Stacy Jean says: "Perfection in every part."
  • The Horologicon | Mark Forsyth

    The Horologicon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated By Simon Shepherd
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    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.

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