Download Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing Audiobook

Nabokovs Favorite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing Audiobook, by Ben Blatt Extended Sample Click for printable size audiobook cover
Author: Ben Blatt Narrator: Vikas Adam Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781541478060
0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book)
Regular Price: $15.95 Add to Cart
— or —
BEST PRICE!
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$7.95$7.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

In Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve, statistician and journalist Ben Blatt brings big data to the literary canon, exploring the wealth of fun findings that remain hidden in the works of the world’s greatest writers. He assembles a database of thousands of books and hundreds of millions of words, and starts asking the questions that have intrigued curious word nerds and book lovers for generations: What are our favorite authors’ favorite words? Do men and women write differently? Are bestsellers getting dumber over time? Which bestselling writer uses the most cliches? What makes a great opening sentence? How can we judge a book by its cover? And which writerly advice is worth following or ignoring? Blatt draws upon existing analysis techniques and invents some of his own. All of his investigations and experiments are original, conducted himself, and no math knowledge is needed to understand the results. This eye-opening book will provide you with a new appreciation for your favorite authors and a fresh perspective on your own writing, illuminating both the patterns that hold great prose together and the brilliant flourishes that make it unforgettable.

Download and start listening now!

c9t6

Quotes & Awards

  • Illuminating entertainment . . . Literary criticism by the numbers. Kirkus

Listener Reviews

Be the first to write a review about this audiobook!
Write a Review

About the Author

Ben Blatt, a former staff writer for Slate and the Harvard Lampoon, has brought his fun approach to data journalism to topics such as Seinfeld, mapmaking, The Beatles, and Jeopardy! He is also co-author, with Eric Brewster, of I Don’t Care If We Never Get Back.

About the Narrator

Vikas Adam is a classically trained actor with numerous credits in stage, film, commercials, and television, in addition to his over one hundred recorded audiobooks. An Audie Award nominee, he has garnered many awards for his narrations, including AudioFile Earphones Awards and various Best of the Year lists.