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The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Bill Bryson

Narrated By: Stephen McLaughlin

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: December 2015

Duration: 10 hours 46 minutes


With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson—the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent—brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can't), to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world's largest growth industries.


  • kathryn hayward

    Very interesting listening. Great if doing an english or teaching course