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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. Whether you're aiming for literary immortality or just an unforgettable one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don't need to have anything to say - you simply need to say it well.

    ©2013 Mark Forsyth (P)2014 Audible Studios

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    “Sparkling ... the book offers many pleasures ... I laughed out loud at the examples chosen” (Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph)
    “An informative but highly entertaining journey through the figures of rhetoric ... Mark Forsyth wears his considerable knowledge lightly. He also writes beautifully.” (David Marsh, Guardian)
    “It is good news that the popular author of The Etymologicon should now potter round the rhetorical warehouse at our elbow, commenting on the choicer goods on view, for he is well-informed and amusing.” (Christopher Howse, The Spectator)
    “The Elements of Eloquence makes a daunting, potentially boring subject exciting ... Forsyth's wickedly clever, irreverent take on rhetoric should cement his reputation as a virtuoso: it is hard to think of any other book that tackles the topic with such style.” ( South China Morning Post)

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    • Stacy Jean
    • 02/09/2016

    Perfection in every part.

    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.

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    • helen
    • 18/04/2018

    Pretty good but not perfect

    Rhetorical devices are quite intricate, so the audiobook makes it more entertaining, but on the other hand more difficult to remember them all.
    As to the reading, I found it agreeable but thought it a bit grinding that German and French expressions were pronounced in an English way.

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    • M
    • 22/11/2017

    very good

    this book is probably ideal for English literature students with its very detailed overview of so many figures of speech, with great examples from literature, history, films. --- an all-round excursion into English speaking eloquence. also, loved the narrator - great audio-acting!

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 18/12/2016

    Excellent!

    Halten Sie die Hörbuch-Ausgabe von The Elements of Eloquence für besser als das Buch?

    Both have its pros and cons.

    Hat Ihnen Simon Shepherd an der Geschichte etwas vermittelt, was Sie vielleicht beim Selberlesen gar nicht bemerkt hätten?

    He has a clean pronunciation that helps to improve the English skills of learners.

    Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

    This is an excellent book that simply explains what makes great English literature so great - not with regard to the story as such, but what makes language beautiful, elegant and a pleasure to listen to. If you are interested in uncovering these secrets (which are even transferrable to several other languages), this book is for you. A good sense of humor and style makes it an entertaining read as well.