Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature Audiobook, by Angus Fletcher Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Angus Fletcher Narrator: Jacques Roy Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audio Length: Release Date: March 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781797120188

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A brilliant examination of literary inventions through the ages, from ancient Mesopotamia to Elena Ferrante, that shows how writers have created technical breakthroughs—rivaling any scientific inventions—and engineering enhancements to the human heart and mind.

Literature is a technology like any other. And the writers we revere—from Homer, Shakespeare, Austen, and others—each made a unique technical breakthrough that can be viewed as both a narrative and neuroscientific advancement. Literature’s great invention was to address problems we could not solve: not how to start a fire or build a boat, but how to live and love; how to maintain courage in the face of death; how to account for the fact that we exist at all.

Wonderworks reviews the blueprints for twenty-five of the most powerful developments in the history of literature. These inventions can be scientifically shown to alleviate grief, trauma, loneliness, anxiety, numbness, depression, pessimism, and ennui—all while sparking creativity, courage, love, empathy, hope, joy, and positive change. They can be found all throughout literature—from ancient Chinese lyrics to Shakespeare’s plays, poetry to nursery rhymes and fairy tales, and crime novels to slave narratives.

An easy-to-understand exploration of the new literary field of story science, Wonderworks teaches you everything you wish you learned in your English class. Based on author Angus Fletcher’s own research, it is an eye-opening and thought-provoking work that offers us a new understanding of the power of literature.

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  • “Reading good books doesn’t just entertain us; it teaches us how to better use our brains and our emotions, as this lively treatise tells us…An idiosyncratic, richly detailed, often lyrical invitation to reconsider how and why to read literature.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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About the Narrator

Jacques Roy is a audio narrator and actor, known for The Lower Angels and Room and Board.