This extraordinary audiobook is a must-listen for the billions of people who speak English every day. It's full of riveting facts and oddities about the origin of the language that has taken over the world, even though its historical pedigree is questionable, at best. There are funny anecdotes throughout, and the author has done his research well. Given the wonderful text, it's disappointing to hear Stephen McLaughlin's dull, unimaginative narration. McLaughlin has a friendly, deep voice, but the text is far more interesting than his lackluster approach would indicate. He also needs to vary his tone to make the funny bits come alive. This is a great book, and it deserves a more robust reading. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2016]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2015
CD ISBN 978-1-5047-1521-8 $39.99 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 9780062458537 $24.99
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2015
CD ISBN 978-1-5047-1520-1 $59.99 Nine CDs
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