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Summary

What you need to know about grammar and writing as taught widely in colleges, high schools, and grammar schools wherever American English is spoken!

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!

Minor edits have been made to conform to modern usage such as using gender neutral words as opposed to just "he" or "him," adapting to modern spelling usage, and similar small things which might be a distraction for a modern listener.

Sharpen your writing, clarify your thoughts, improve your grades, and get promoted with the help of The Elements of Style.

©2008 William Strunk (P)2008 Simply Magazine Inc.

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  • Gary
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 06-03-13

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.

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This book has to be read, not listened to

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

The book has a format that makes it hard for it to be converted to an audio book. With cross-references and emphasis on punctuations, this book has to be read in physical form.

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setting the standard

This is a good starting point on the road to better written English, but some knowledge of gramatic terminology is required.

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Excellent

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-05-12

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.

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  • Loki Liesmith
  • 19-03-12

Great book, bad narration

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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.

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  • Midwest Andy
  • 21-04-16

Terrible Narration, good material

What disappointed you about The Elements of Style: 60 Minutes to Better Writing & Grammar?

The narration is beyond bad

Would you be willing to try another book from William Strunk? Why or why not?

Yes, the content is valuable

Would you be willing to try another one of uncredited’s performances?

No No NO

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

The narrator had little understanding of grammar, mispronounced terms, halted as if unclear what the sentence he just read meant, it was just terrible.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-02-16

Better to read the book

Would you try another book from William Strunk and/or uncredited?

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.

Has The Elements of Style: 60 Minutes to Better Writing & Grammar turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not completely...I think I'd learn more from the physical book as opposed to the audio

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The content of the book was good. Wish I could have purchased the kindle version.

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  • Lazaro
  • 25-10-11

Great help!

Listened to it in preparation for college English. Liked it very much. Deaver Brown does an excellent job of narrating.

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  • Joshua
  • 26-07-17

Helpful book

The book was helped me strengthen my understanding of grammar. The narrators voice is a bit dry, but it's still worth the listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-17

Go to Manual for Writers

This audio book is concise and informative, the go to manual for writers wanting to improve their craft. My only concern is the narrator speaks too fast, at times, which makes the information difficult to conceptualize and retain. More simply, the narrator should have focused on clarity and sound explanations, rather than adhere to a time constraint. Overall, this audio book is still a solid listen.

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  • Nadav
  • 01-01-17

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.

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  • Jay Quintana
  • 24-10-15

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.

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  • Virginia
  • 17-06-15

Oh, gawd, so horribly boring

Would you try another book from William Strunk and/or uncredited?

I would rather die than have to listen to any more of this book. There are so many other better books on the same subject that make it interesting.

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