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Greek to Me

Adventures of the Comma Queen
Narrated by: Mary Norris
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
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The Comma Queen returns with a buoyant book about language, love, and the wine-dark sea.

In her New York Times best seller Between You & Me, Mary Norris delighted listeners with her irreverent tales of pencils and punctuation in The New Yorker’s celebrated copy department. In Greek to Me, she delivers another wise and funny paean to the art of self-expression, this time filtered through her greatest passion: all things Greek. 

Greek to Me is a charming account of Norris’s lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, goes searching for the fabled Baths of Aphrodite, and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English. Filled with Norris’s memorable encounters with Greek words, Greek gods, Greek wine - and more than a few Greek men - Greek to Me is the Comma Queen’s fresh take on Greece and the exotic yet strangely familiar language that so deeply influences our own.

©2019 Mary Norris (P)2019 Recorded Books

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  • Jill
  • 21-07-19

Tidbits of interesting narrative

If you tend to like academics or word study, you might find this book worthwhile. The narrator’s attempts to learn Greek through story and immersion are retold, with a few comical anecdotes. Self-narration does not help rating as her voice is not typical for an audible reader.

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  • Syd Young
  • 01-07-19

Love!

It’s so refreshing to hear of the pursuit of knowledge simply for the enjoyment of that pursuit, especially when it takes place in Greece and under blue waters. I loved Mary’s first book. I was enthralled by this second (and so glad to know I’m not the only female with a thing for this subject). And it’s not just Greek wordy stuff, Mary goes surprisingly Deep in a good number of places. Plus, she narrated it, and that was wonderful. I feel like I got the female version of Windex Papa in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, sans the funny wedding story. Kudos! (Is that Greek?) Happy travels, give us more!

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  • Elliott
  • 24-05-19

Greek is good

Ms. Norris's Comma Queen is a more engaging and educational book. Greek to Me is more travelogue; I wanted more, much more about the language--the best chapters in the book. Learning Greek origins of English words is revelatory: hippopotamus=water horse.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-11-19

Potential Joy

We entered this with a sense of hope - perhaps a mixture of MAry Beard and Robert Fitzgerald but there were only few moments of beauty and very few 'AHA' pages. There is meat to why people study Greek and who people immerse in Greece but the passion of Nagy and Nicholson was not there.