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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,061 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Francine Prose Narrator: Nanette Savard Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9780061287374
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In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters and discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart—to take pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; to look to John Le Carré for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue, and to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail. And, most importantly, she cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Prose’s little guide will motivate ‘people who love books’…Like the great works of fiction, it’s a wise and voluble companion.” 

    New York Book Review

  • “An absolutely necessary addition to the personal library of anyone who is a writer or dreams of writing.” 

    NPR

  • “A jewel of a companion…engrossing...and...daringly insightful.” 

    Los Angeles Times 

  • “The passages are…subtle and brilliant in their capture of human complexity…Prose is…a skilled…analyst of what makes them so.”  

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Celebrates the pleasures of close reading and explores the power of well-wrought language…refreshing.”  

    Time Out New York

  • One of the 2006 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dominic | 2/12/2014

    " Reading this is like taking a writing course with the author. I really enjoyed it, and it has given me lots of good ideas about how to toughen up my approach to teaching writing and analysis. I will refer back to this often. Plus, it enlightened me about several books I must someday read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/8/2014

    " This was really interesting and gives you a lot to think about. I especially enjoyed the chapter on Chekhov. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jud Barry | 1/15/2014

    " I guess I'd just rather read like a reader ... and write like one as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 1/11/2014

    " An incredible book for anybody who loves reading or harbors a secret ambition to write a novel. It's instructional, inspiring, and really easy to grasp. I read it while I read Wolf Hall and my appreciation of the latter was greater because of what Prose's book caused me to notice. I'm a smarter reader and (hopefully) a better writer because of this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Faez | 12/31/2013

    " Interesting discussions of the craft of fiction. However, it sounds just like detailed comments on certain passages from well known novels. I missed more comprehensive comments on the elements of fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 12/26/2013

    " Francine Prose talks about her creative writing classes and how various writers use devices to create a story. Interesting to get her insight into what grabs a reader. And now I have to add more books to my list. How could I have missed Checkhov! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drew Wehrle | 12/24/2013

    " Tremendous book on the craft of writing, though it induced the sort of anxiety I typically feel when confronted with the sheer volume of what I haven't read. A bit like hypertext and browsing Wikipedia - I found myself putting this down and picking up Babel, Cheever, etc., which I suppose is the point. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Will Adam | 12/21/2013

    " thought it was going to be something different. LIke good. I thought it was going to be good and it wasn't, so it ended up sucking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 12/12/2013

    " This book is fantastic. I love the close analysis she does and the passages she choose are perfect. I read about this book last year and am sorry I waited so long to pick it up. Its like an MFA in 200 pages. THANK YOU Francine Prose! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gordon | 9/27/2013

    " Didn't finish this. It's a great book for someone wanting to know how a reader becomes a writer. Prose lives up to her name and gives suggestions about paragraphing that show how much she reveres good writing and how much she learns from it. The part on Tolstoy is worth reading the entire book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josie | 9/6/2013

    " This one is written in a style that is a bit too breathless and flighty for me, but the long list of books to read "right now!" at the end is very nice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamera | 9/3/2013

    " great guid for people who love to read and plan to write. I will be checking this out again. If not purchasing it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Breaux | 4/21/2013

    " Good commentary on portions of text that are included to illustrate her theory that you start with words, then move on to sentences, then paragraphs and so on. She emphasizes the importance of each and the other elements of prose she considers most essential. Helpful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger | 4/3/2013

    " One of my friends recommended this book to me...it seems to be what I was looking for...basically teaching skills of how to read other books to be skilled in writing itself... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/21/2013

    " Jodie gave me this a few years ago, and I recently picked it up to get me in the mode for teaching AP Lit this year. It was a quick, delightful read, and it made me want to go out and find all the books she referenced! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 7/26/2012

    " Not sure I learned much new about how to read, but I think this book will be really useful for teaching. Also, I got quite a few things to add to my to-read list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian Pardo | 5/14/2012

    " An expert walkthrough on the important elements of fiction and their masterful usage. More formal than "Reading Literature Like A Professor" but no less engaging. Consider it a must-read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie M | 9/8/2011

    " Skipped around in this book - not liking it as much as I'd hoped. Her references are a bit obscure to me and seem heavily focused on the 19th & early 20th c. British/American (dead white males) authors. I'm keeping this in the bathroom book basket . . to pickup, whenever . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Purnima | 5/17/2011

    " To put it simple, Amazing!

    Must read for any wanna-be writer.

    Amusing read for any lover of literature. To those, who seek life in literature, rather than killing time.
    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara | 5/15/2011

    " Disappointed-- stuffy and hard to get into. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. T. | 5/7/2011

    " A great book! If you want to learn how to read like a writer, this is the book. Prose goes through the elements a writer pays attention to, like words, sentences, paragraphs, thematic material, and shows you how to do a "close reading" of a text, as they say in English class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Huma | 5/4/2011

    " I read this in a Style class that I had to take in college. It's a great, great instructional guide for writers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 4/22/2011

    " An expert walkthrough on the important elements of fiction and their masterful usage. More formal than "Reading Literature Like A Professor" but no less engaging. Consider it a must-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dominic | 3/6/2011

    " Reading this is like taking a writing course with the author. I really enjoyed it, and it has given me lots of good ideas about how to toughen up my approach to teaching writing and analysis. I will refer back to this often. Plus, it enlightened me about several books I must someday read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maddy Kay :) | 3/2/2011

    " So good and helpful :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C.M. | 3/1/2011

    " More useful than 1,000 writing workshops. (I do not exaggerate.)
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 2/28/2011

    " Somewhat intimidating for a beginning writer like myself, but with excellent tips. A little too many quotes though. "

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About the Author
Author Francine Prose

Francine Prose is the author of many bestselling books of fiction, including A Changed Man and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the nonfiction New York Times bestseller Reading like a Writer. Her novel, Household Saints, was adapted for a movie by Nancy Savoca. Another novel, The Glorious Ones, has been adapted into a musical of the same name by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, which ran at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City in the Fall of 2007. She is the president of PEN American Center.

About the Narrator

Nanette Savard is an accomplished stage and film actress. She is an active voice-over performer who has narrated hundreds of audiobooks in every genre, garnering much critical acclaim.