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Flash Boys
Flash Boys
by Michael Lewis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.88

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bullseye..., 11 April 2014
This review is from: Flash Boys (Hardcover)
Right on target. Another stunning indictment of Wall Street's wicked ways, written by a man who knows how to make the most abstruse and arcane financial matters immediately comprehensible to readers outside the industry. There's a clarity here, and strong storytelling narrative, that make this book very hard to put down. It's difficult to understand how we could ever trust banks and bankers again, yet among the thieves and rascals who crowd these pages it's encouraging to learn that there are some honourable men and women on the street of shame who really do want to change the system for the better. The very best of luck to them. They'll need it...


For Your Eyes Only and Other Stories
For Your Eyes Only and Other Stories
by Ian Fleming
Edition: Audio CD

5.0 out of 5 stars Beguiling..., 13 Dec 2013
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This is my fourth audio Bond in the 007 Reloaded Collection and it's another winner. Five delightfully beguiling short stories this time, read with smooth and persuasive authority by Samuel West. It's hard to choose a favourite but The Hildebrand Rarity stands out; baddie Milton Crest, beautifully rendered by West, really is a loathsome piece of work and deserves all he gets. Six CDs, complete and unabridged. Running time: a little over 6 hours .


Doped: The Real Life Story of the 1960s Racehorse Doping Gang
Doped: The Real Life Story of the 1960s Racehorse Doping Gang
by Jamie Reid
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Ride..., 26 Sep 2013
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In this rivetting, hard-to-put-down account of a celebrated horse-doping conspiracy that brought British horse racing to its knees in the late 1950s and early '60s, Jamie Reid does for the sport of kings what Michael Lewis has done so eloquently and effectively for the world of finance (Liar's Poker, The Big Short). What both these authors do so well is catch the mood of the times, and bring to stunning and exuberant life the complex insider worlds of gamblers, rogues and villains whether they're operating on the trading floors of Wall Street or in the royal enclosures at Epsom and Ascot. Marshalling a huge cast of characters, from the rarefied salons of the Jockey Club to the smokey bars and gambling dens of the lower orders, Reid vividly recreates the shadowy world of racetrack racketeering in post-war Britain, and provides a narrative that grips and fascinates whether you're a seasoned race-goer or, like me, the 'quid each way' punter on Grand National day. Like Lewis, Reid is a deft hand at the telling thumbnail sketch, and expert at conjuring up a lost world of loud checks, cheeky chappies and bowler-hatted blimps, his racy tale of bent bookie Bill Roper, his glamourous Swiss mistress and gang of ne'er-do-well dopers a captivating cocktail of Ealing caper, underworld noir, and Establishment snobbery. But for all the gloss and glamour, the close calls and high jinks, there is no denying that Roper's activities not only constituted a very serious financial fraud that raked in millions of pounds in a very short period of time, but also served to undermine the reputation of British racing around the world. It also put at grave risk the health and prospects not only of the racehorses that were drugged but the lives of the jockeys who rode them. Having said all that, I have to admit a rather grudging fondness for the roguish Mr Roper, and in the final poignant pages - in court, in prison, and after serving out his sentence - I found myself rather rooting for the fellow. He might have been a cad and a bounder, but deep down I believe he was a caring cad and bounder.


The Fire Witness
The Fire Witness
by Lars Kepler
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scorching, 4 Sep 2013
This review is from: The Fire Witness (Hardcover)
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A word of warning. Don't begin this book unless you've got plenty of time to spare because once started this is a very difficult story to put down. Centred around two horrible murders in a Swedish children's home, the plot is gripping, compelling and, with short chapters averaging no more than two pages, there's a 'pedal to the metal' acceleration that never once lets up, the narrative racing along at a breathless, breakneck pace. The action starts on page one and finishes five hundred pages later with a terrifying and deeply unsettling encounter that surely augurs an equally gripping sequel. Exhausting but utterly exhilarating. Scorching stuff.


Life After Life
Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 3.19

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Trying..., 10 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Life After Life (Hardcover)
I tried - I really tried - but I could not find the determination to finish. By page 157 I was unable to summon any interest in the goings on at Fox Corner. Judging by her army of five-star fans, Miss Atkinson is a hugely popular and celebrated writer, but this reader was left cold. The characters flitted across the page with no real substance, the repetitions were a confusing conceit, and any sense of narrative pace failed, for me, to materialise. Wrong book, wrong reader!


XMI Xmini Uno Portable Mini Speaker for iPhone/iPad/iPod/MP3 Player/Laptop - Gun Metal Grey
XMI Xmini Uno Portable Mini Speaker for iPhone/iPad/iPod/MP3 Player/Laptop - Gun Metal Grey
Price: 23.54

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Boom Ball than Boom Box..., 8 Jun 2013
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A fantastic little machine... simply astonishing how something so small provides better sound than most household sound systems. XMI really mean what they say about 'sound beyond size': the clarity is incredible - you can hear every instrument - and the delivery unbelievably crisp. The Xmini has a built-in battery and comes with a handy USB charging cable to avoid fiddling about with rechargeable batteries. Although I have yet to hear what the sound is like when using the 'buddy-jack' feature - allowing you to connect with another Xmini - I can only imagine that the quality and output will be jaw-dropping.


The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France (P.S.)
The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France (P.S.)
by John Baxter
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.23

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mouthwatering..., 5 Jun 2013
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John Baxter sounds like the perfect dinner guest - witty, erudite, and entertaining. He also sounds like the kind of man who'd stay on to help with the washing-up. An Australian ex-pat, living in Paris and married to a French woman, Baxter has a wide-ranging knowledge of, and interest in, all things culinary. In other words, he knows his onions. Or in this case his onion soup. Not to mention his madeleines and macaroons, bouillabaisse and boeuf bourgignon, truffles, tripe, and steak tartare. After a grand but ultimately disappointing dinner in a celebrated Paris restaurant where the tiny and pretentious Nouvelle Cuisine portions left him underwhelmed, Baxter sets out to rediscover the real cuisine of France, travelling the length and breadth of the country to search out and savour classic, traditional dishes - their history, their ingredients, their preparation, and their taste - in order to create The Perfect Meal. Larded with whimsy and charm aplenty, Baxter's book is a delight from start to finish, every course, every chapter, a mouthwatering dissertation on all things French and edible.


Dr No
Dr No
by Ian Fleming
Edition: Audio CD

5.0 out of 5 stars Top Marks..., 3 May 2013
This review is from: Dr No (Audio CD)
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This is the sixth novel in Ian Fleming's James Bond series and, as an audio-book, is beautifully read by Ghanaian-born actor Hugh Quarshie. A member of the Royal Shakespeare Company Quarshie's rich, deep, and sonorous voice is perfectly pitched for Bond's thrilling jaunt to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of MI6's head of station. Quarshie makes a very convincing Bond but where he scores particularly highly is in those passages featuring the Cayman Islander, Quarrel, and the soft, sinuously evil Dr No. Top marks all round. Eight CDs, complete and unabridged. Running time: 7 hours 45 minutes.


Diamonds are Forever
Diamonds are Forever
by Ian Fleming
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 12.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite..., 2 Jan 2013
This review is from: Diamonds are Forever (Audio CD)
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Another outing with Mr Bond... In the car this time, coming back from the school run, and not on the sofa with my feet up. But no less entertaining. This was the fourth Bond book written by Ian Fleming (first published in 1956), the seventh to be filmed, and the last starring Sean Connery. As an audiobook, the story of James Bond following the pipeline trail of ruthless diamond smugglers from London to Las Vegas and back to Sierra Leone is competently handled by 'Homeland' actor Damian Lewis whose fruity gangster accent is both gloriously over the top and thrillingly sinister at the same time. The only reason I've dropped the stars to four is because, for me, Mr Lewis didn't quite carry off that particular Bond tone - a touch too soft and soothing when it needed to be more abrasive. Six CDs. Complete and unabridged. Running time: a little under seven hours.


Casino Royale
Casino Royale
by Ian Fleming
Edition: Audio CD

5.0 out of 5 stars Soft and Sinuous..., 12 Nov 2012
This review is from: Casino Royale (Audio CD)
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What a delight. Eyes closed, feet up on the sofa, and being read to. And Ian Fleming to boot. Fleming's stories of secret agent James Bond are sharp, economical, and utterly enticing, and any sense of being dated ('Casino Royale' was first published in 1953) is easily mitigated by the fluid, timeless prose of a consummate and sophisticated storyteller, and by the peerless evocation of a pre-Carré, pre-Cold War world of espionage which Fleming - and Bond - inhabit so convincingly. When it comes to translating the written word to audio, it's all down to the reader - the ability to invest Fleming's story with just the right balance of gravitas and light touch. In this, I have no doubt that Fleming would have been delighted by Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley of 'Downton Abbey'), whose delivery is soft, sinuous, and utterly engaging. His tone has the subtlest hint of a Connery lilt, his french and American accents are totally persuasive, and his ability to carry off the honeyed, seductive dialogue of Bond girl, Vesper Lynd, is absolutely convincing (no easy trick for a man). So make yourself comfortable on that sofa. You're in for a gripping and glorious ride as Bond plays his cards in the casino at Royale-Les-Eaux in an attempt to bankrupt arch villain, Le Chiffre. Four CDs. Complete and unabridged. Running time: five hours.


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