The Literature Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained Audiobook, by James Canton Play Audiobook Sample

The Literature Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained Audiobook

The Literature Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained Audiobook, by James Canton Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Katherine Press Publisher: Penguin Random House Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 10.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Big Ideas Simply Explained Series Release Date: December 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780744024227

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36:04 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

02:35 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

07:25 minutes

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Publisher Description

Exploring more than 100 of the world's most important literary works and the literary geniuses that created them, this book is the perfect introduction to the subject of literature and writing.

The Literature Book features some of the world's most celebrated books, plays, and poetry, including Latin American and African fiction, and best-selling masterpieces from the most renowned authors ever to have lived.

Filled with inspirational quotes, detailed plot summaries and feature boxes bringing the timeless works of literature to life and setting them into their wider social and cultural context. The audiobook also offers a deeper look into the famed fiction of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and more, as in-depth literary criticism and interesting authorial biographies give each work of literature a new meaning.

From Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby to Shelley's Frankenstein, The Literature Book, narrated by Katherine Press, is a must-have for any literature student or fan of fiction.

© 2016 Dorling Kindersley Ltd © 2019 DK Audio

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"[The Big Ideas Simply Explained books] are beautifully illustrated with shadow-like cartoons that break down even the most difficult concepts so they are easier to grasp. These step-by-step diagrams are an incredibly clever learning device to include, especially for visual learners.



  • Clever and engaging

    — Booklist
  • [An] attractive presentation…

    — Booklist
  • [T]his book takes you through a whirlwind tour of literature through the ages…quick 'n' dirty summaries of the books you maybe never got around to reading.

    — RedEye, a Chicago Tribune Publication
  • The content and tone seem well suited as preparatory handouts to high school English classes.

    — Library Journal
  • The Literature Book tells the stories behind the stories in an engaging manner that will entice even the reluctant reader.

    — Voice of Youth Advocates

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About James Canton

James Canton is a global futurist, social scientist, and visionary business advisor. He is CEO and chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, a think tank that advises Fortune 100 companies and governments. Articles about Dr. Canton have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, and the New York Times. Previously, he was an executive at Apple, a founding board member of the Singularity University, a digital entrepreneur, and an advisor to three White House administrations. He is a regular media commentator or CNN, CNBC, and Fox.

About Katherine Press

Katherine Press is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.