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Listen to this to be a better listener, listen to this to be a better writer, and listen to this to be a better critic.
Mark clearly defines some of the 'flowers of rhetoric', then illustrates them with well-known examples from literature.
Brilliantly narrated. The content is so good, and so very accessible, that you'll also want to buy the printed copy for reference.
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What did you like most about The Elements of Eloquence?
It opened my eyes to the linguistic foundations that make or break language. I thoroughly enjoyed it and book provided me with a new understanding of language and what the difference is between various way of expression.
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Great educational story and excellent narration by Simon Shepherd who made a topic that could easily become boring very interesting until the end.
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For some reason, my wife and I see two different versions of this book on each of our accounts -- on my account the narrator is American, on hers it's Simon Vance, whose gloriously crisp British carefully caresses every word with clear reverence for their meaning.
Guess which I prefer?
The book itself is the first I've ever read on the topic, and is beyond words. As he describes each form, I got great delight out of discovering examples of prior terms in the following chapters. I am going to be listening to this again and again and again, for the beauty of how he phrased each example and the dry British humor laced through it all.