• Word Play

  • A cornucopia of puns, anagrams and other contortions and curiosities of the English language
  • By: Gyles Brandreth
  • Narrated by: Gyles Brandreth
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 24-09-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Coronet
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Summary

The aim of this audiobook is entertainment - and surprise - but there will be a fair bit of erudition and incidental education along the way. We discover the oldest words, the newest, the longest, the shortest, the most frequently used, the costliest (yes, words can come with prices attached), the funniest, the most fatal, the most unusual...From the words Shakespeare gave us to the latest in sexting, the best and the worst, the most amusing and amazing words are here.

Full of puns, palindromes, pangrams, acrostics, malaprops and famous (and infamous) last words and featuring extracts recorded live at his 2015 Edinburgh Fringe show, in Word Play, Gyles Brandreth leads us through an A to Z and a Z to A of the wonderful world of words.

©2015 Gyles Brandreth (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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Thoroughly entertaining

Great read which is exquisitely read by Gyles Brandreth.

The audio is presented as part stage / stand up recording part read, but thoroughly entertaining start to finish.

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Word Play

Brilliant audio a mixture of actual recorded performance and his commentary. Now l have finished l am going to listen again . He is very listenable to and very clever.