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Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Lynne Truss

Narrated By: Lynne Truss

Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)

Date: September 2004

Duration: 1 hours 0 minutes


In 2002 Lynne Truss presented Cutting a Dash, a well-received BBC Radio 4 series about punctuation, which led to the writing of Eats, Shoots & Leaves. The book became a runaway success in the UK, hitting number one on the bestseller lists and prompting extraordinary headlines such as Grammar Book Tops Bestseller List (BBC News). With more than 500,000 copies of her book in print in her native England, Lynne Truss is ready to rally the troops on this side of the pond with her rousing cry, Sticklers unite!Through sloppy usage and low standards on the Internet, in e-mail, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss dares to say, in her delightfully urbane, witty and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. If there are only pedants left who care, then so be it. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. From George Orwell shunning the semicolon, to New Yorker editor Harold Ross's epic arguments with James Thurber over commas, this lively history makes a powerful case for the preservation of a system of printing conventions that is much too subtle to be mucked about with.


  • Bri

    Like many others, I didn't read the small note at the bottom of the book description listing this as part of a British radio program inspired by the book. And so, like many others, I was totally disappointed. Evidently the book is not available as an unabridged audio on CD.

  • Valerie

    This isn't the book -- it's excerpts from the radio programs on which the book was based. Very much false advertising!!

  • Diana

    I guess I need to read some more about punctuation, but I still don't get the semi-colon. I have recently tried out the semi-colon and I just don't like using it. I will just continue to write two sentances...

  • Anonymous

    Hated it. What a waste. Who cares. Maybe this is better as a hardcover book, but in audio form it just doesn't work.

  • Anonymous

    Quite entertaining foray into grammar. I had no trouble listening to the reader's beautiful British accent and was engaged throughout. But it ended too soon.

  • Anonymous

    Not what I expected. This CD contains excerpts from a British radio show concerning grammar and punctuation. Short, hard to hear some portions. The concept is a little funnier than the reality.

  • Anonymous

    I had seen this book on the best seller list for quite some time and was intrigued. The book was not what I had expected. It was entertaining enough (loved the panda joke which was the highlight for me) but not a very lengthy CD.

  • Lisa Arnold

    I didnt even listen to this for I made a mistake in taking this selection

  • Daparoye

    I was a bit disappointed with this CD. It was very short and the radio show host, Ms. Truss, was quite hard to understand. The concept is good and I enjoyed taking away a bit of trivia. I wish I could have liked this more.

  • Trina Fleming

    I liked the concepts, but reader was hard to follow with the accent...

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