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Extended Audio Sample How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading, by Charles Van Doren, Mortimer J. Adler Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,148 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Van Doren, Mortimer J. Adler Narrator: Edward Holland Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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How to Read a Book, first published in 1940, is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader—a living classic. Now it has been completely rewritten and updated.

This book will teach you about the various levels of reading and how to achieve them, from elementary reading and systematic skimming to inspectional reading and speed-reading. Learn how to pigeonhole a book, x-ray it, extract the author’s message, and criticize. The authors offer different reading techniques for various types of books, and finally, a recommended reading list and reading tests for measuring your own progress in reading skills, comprehension, and speed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This newly revised classic guide to reading comprehension for the general reader offers various techniques for improving and measuring your progress in reading skill, comprehension, and speed.”

    New Yorker

  • “Packed full of high matters which no one solicitous of the future of American culture can afford to overlook.”

    Jacques Barzun, scholar and historian

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Adrienne Stapleton | 1/20/2014

    " This book discusses the various ways to read different kinds of literature and levels of reading. The book not only helped me to approach reading in various ways, but also gave me permission to scan a work to get a quick understanding of its contents. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jane Austen | 1/4/2014

    " Skimmed it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nantapat Suwatcharapinun | 1/3/2014

    " M.J. Adler organizes and structures common sense knowledge on books and reading into a single unit which is not so common. Essential read for the student, teacher, life-long reader... or hell, everyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 12/17/2013

    " Reading this book, one has to force themselves to either do as Adler instructs, or to humor him as they do what they've done naturally for years. I fell into the latter of these categories, and while I enjoyed his instructional book, I could not help but feel as if I were wasting my time. What I found in it that I not only enjoyed but "increased my understanding" was a greater message on Adler's philosophy on reading and learning. "

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