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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (241 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Catherine Blyth Narrator: Catherine Blyth Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A wide-ranging, exhortatory look at the pleasures of great conversation, including strategies for how to bring it about, from the witty pen of an Englishwoman wise in its ways

In The Art of Conversation, Catherine Blyth eloquently points out the sorry state of disrepair that conversation has fallen into—and then, taking examples from history, literature, philosophy, anthropology, and popular culture, she gives us the tools to rebuild. Her prose embodies the conversational values she promotes: It’s smart, succinct, self-deprecating, and light on its feet. 

The Art of Conversation isn’t about etiquette, elocution, or knowing how to hold your teacup with your little finger crooked just so. It’s about something simple and profound: connecting. In our distracted days, it’s easy to forget that each of us possesses a communication technology that has been in research and development for thousands of years. Conversation costs nothing, but can bring you the world. 

Blyth offers us a chance to revel in the possibilities of conversation. As Alexander Pope nearly wrote, “True ease in talking comes from art, not chance, as those move easiest who have learned to dance.” Okay, Pope was actually talking about writing, but Catherine Blyth has that skill as well. When you have read The Art of Conversation, you’ll not only know the steps, but hear the music like never before.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/2/2014

    " About midway, I kind of gave up on caring because it was kind of pretentious. But it made some good points. I skimmed through the last half. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Scott | 1/25/2014

    " Conversation advice for 14-year-olds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeffrey Osthoff | 1/24/2014

    " Some of the concepts do not apply particularly well to the cultural considerations of various areas of the United States. Overall this book gives cues to the most important aspects related to the art of conversation. however, the author attempts to be witty throughout the entire book and sounds like some of the bores that she tries to alert us of. I do recommend this book, but take some antacid first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liisa | 1/22/2014

    " I preferred the art of marriage, but this was interesting too. Alot of good advice but I'm not sure how much I'll recall. "

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