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M. S. M. Pijpekamp "Maaike" (Groningen, the Netherlands)
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Creatures of the Kingdom: Stories of Animals and Nature
Creatures of the Kingdom: Stories of Animals and Nature
by James A. Michener
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 Dec. 2014
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Excerpts from his other books, fascinating look into the lives of animals


Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947
Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947
by Christopher Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.74

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, 28 Aug. 2014
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Extremely well written history of Prussia.


Frederick the Great
Frederick the Great
by Nancy Mitford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars terribly written, 13 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Frederick the Great (Paperback)
With difficulty I am reading this badly writting book by Nancy Mitford (no mention of Kate Williams, maybe she mercifully edited the recent version). Paragraphs are illogical with mixed information; sentences are either long, with events and generations confusingly mixed throughout; or childishly short and simplistic ("But Frederick was dirty, all his life"). Quotes (e.g. "what goes on in his little head") are repeated within a space of 2 paragraphs.

This book reads like a child's essay ("Mme de Roucoulle had (sic) brought up Frederick William; she must have been like her name, a cooing, laughing, agreeable, rather silly person") with opinionted information ("In fact Gundling could not have borne to leave - he was a masochist and the tabagie was the joy of his life") . Unfortunately it is difficult to take this book seriously or continue reading further with pleasure.


A Brief History of the Crusades: Islam and Christianity in the Struggle for World Supremacy (Brief Histories)
A Brief History of the Crusades: Islam and Christianity in the Struggle for World Supremacy (Brief Histories)
by Geoffrey Hindley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and informative, 13 April 2011
I am very impressed by this book. It is very informative and coherently describes a rather confusing period in history. For a "brief history" it contains a large amount of facts and details that distinguish the characters and make the events memorable for the reader. It is also very readable, a real page-turner; I can hardly put it down! What I do miss are more maps.


The Monarchy of England: Beginnings v. 1
The Monarchy of England: Beginnings v. 1
by David Starkey
Edition: Audio CD

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars rivetting material but annoying reading by Tim Pigott-Smith, 6 April 2009
I will not comment on the content of the material except to say that I thought it superb (and cannot wait for volume 2 for the missing bit). However, regarding the audio CD I did find the pitch of Tim Pigott-Smith's voice irritating as the volume dipped and rose constantly as if he were reading a thriller or horror story. I listened to this audio CD on my Creative Zen and even with the volume on maximum some (parts of) words kept falling out of clear hearing range. I also suspect, due to the intonation that Tim Pigott-Smith gave to some sentences, that he was not familiar with the order of the monarchs. In view of the quality of the writing it is a pity that a better reader could not be found. The Monarchy of England: Beginnings v. 1


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