William Strunk, Professor at Cornell, wrote his famous Little Book on good grammar and writing to simplify the subject for students far and wide. His famous motto was, "Omit needless words." This unabridged version follows this motto and can be listened to in just 60 minutes!
This is the original "Little Book," without add ons by later writers. This is a treasure to writers because it "omit(s)" needless words" and subject matter Professor Strunk did not believe was core to better writing. The brevity encourages relistening to deepen one's knowledge of the subject, the point made by Professor Strunk to his students: "the knowledge comes from rereading" or in our case, relistening. This unabridged version has 25 tracks: 1. Preface. 2. Introduction.. 3. Elementary Rules of Usage. 4. Form the Possessive Singular of Nouns with 's. 5. Three or More Terms with a Single Conjunction. 6. Enclose Parenthetic Expressions Between Commas. 7. Place a Comma before and or but. 8. Do Not Join Independent Clauses by a Comma. 9. Do Not Break Sentences in Two. 10. A Participial Phrase at the Beginning of a Sentence. 11. Divide Words at Line-ends. 12. Elementary Principles of Composition. 13. Make the Paragraph the Unit of Composition. 14. Begin a Paragraph with a Topic Sentence. 15. Use the Active Voice. 16. Put Statements in Positive Form. 17. Omit Needless Words. 18. Avoid a Succession of Loose Sentences. 19. Express Co-ordinate Ideas in a Similar Form. 20. Keep Related Words Together. 21. In Summaries Keep to One Tense. 22. Keep the Emphatic Word of a Sentence at the End. 23. A Few Matters of Form. 24. Words and Expressions Commonly Misused. 25. 56 Words Commonly Misspelled.
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"Great book, bad narration"
The material here is great - a must for anyone who wants to write well.
The narrator, though, is far too dry, he mispronounces words, and he entirely fails to make the language engaging.
A book this fundamental to modern English prose deserves better narration.
"A must have for writers."
If you're a writer, and you want a no nonsense brush up on the bare bones of the tools you need, get this book.
Listened to it in preparation for college English. Liked it very much. Deaver Brown does an excellent job of narrating.
Will recommend getting the written version instead. The narrator, while his voice is good, reads it way too fast. No pauses to make it clear when he is shifting from reading an example passage, etc. It's impossible for me to follow.
"Clear Instruction and Good Narrator"
The narrator is very professional and clear. He keeps the lecture at a good pace but it is somewhat difficult to listen to without a book. I suggest listening to this audio to brush up on your grammar only if you are already familiar with and are a fan of the original Strunk and White.
This audio is worth the price. I'm glad I bought it although it takes a lot of concentration if you are behind on your grammar skills. This is not for the novice. I would not suggest it to my students.
"Good set of rules in book, impossible to listen to"
Some things that are written, just impossible to understand when listen to. I have read the book several times, and use it as a reference book to write better English. But listen to it is very difficult, it is like listening to a dictionary on double speed. I do not manage to catch much. I would recommend to buy the hardcopy book but listen to something else.
"Terrible Narration, good material"
The narration is beyond bad
Yes, the content is valuable
No No NO
The narrator had little understanding of grammar, mispronounced terms, halted as if unclear what the sentence he just read meant, it was just terrible.
"Better to read the book"
I bought this book wanting to improve my writing skills. I quickly realized that for me it's better to read the book than listening to the audio version. I'm a visual learner, so in this case, audio doesn't work.
Not completely...I think I'd learn more from the physical book as opposed to the audio
The content of the book was good. Wish I could have purchased the kindle version.
"A well written and well narrated concise book"
The book is concise and the author focused on what matters most.
In spite of a few, sparse hiccups, the performance is next to perfect.
The author had a clear idea and plan before starting to write; the book is consequently terse and free of extraneous sections.
"Better to read than to listen to, especially..."
... when the narration's not smooth. The reader's words don't always come out smoothly. I got the sense the production couldn't be bothered to do more than one take. The information's good, though. I think anyone who applies the lessons here will write with greater economy, clarity, and persuasiveness.
"Short, Sharp and to the Point"
At just over an hour, I've thought to made this a regular read every quarter. Think I got to this later than most, wish I'd picked this up years ago.
"setting the standard"
This is a good starting point on the road to better written English, but some knowledge of gramatic terminology is required.
I listened to it once, and I want to listen to it many more times! It is a joy to reflect, to learn, and to improve your style. I recommend it.
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