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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:
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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

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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.