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Goldfinger
Goldfinger
by Ian Fleming
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 15.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bond, 6 May 2013
This review is from: Goldfinger (Audio CD)
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This series of readings of the James Bond novels is a real find. Each story is read by a different actor and each brings their own personality to the reading. Hugh Bonneville is excellent and really brings to life what is probably the archetypal Bond adventure. Although the film stuck pretty closely to the book, there is so much more to enjoy in this reading albeit, 50 years on, often with tongue in cheek and an allowance for attitudes of the time.


Titian: His Life
Titian: His Life
by Sheila Hale
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 21.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Too much history not enough art for me, 6 May 2013
This review is from: Titian: His Life (Hardcover)
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This is a long book, over 700 pages without, for an art book, a lot of illustrations. For me, there was way too much history of the period and the people who were Titian's patrons which I did not feel always added to my appreciation of the paintings. For anyone who is also interested in the surrounding history then I'm sure this would be a good buy. I have not, so far, made it to the end and found it too academic for my taste.


Think of the Children
Think of the Children
by Kerry Wilkinson
Edition: Audio CD

5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent whodunit, 6 May 2013
This review is from: Think of the Children (Audio CD)
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This is my second carry Wilkinson audio book and I enjoyed it just as much as the first. This one is about the hunt for a serial killer of children (or is it?). The plot twists and turns and has an ending which manages to be both totally surprising and totally convincing. Again, it should be enjoyed by anyone who likes a classic whodunit or a more modern police procedural with some disturbing elements. The reader establishes a very convincing voice for the characters without the need to stray far from her own.


Vigilante
Vigilante
by Kerry Wilkinson
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 12.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent whodunnit, 6 May 2013
This review is from: Vigilante (Audio CD)
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I knew nothing about Kerry Wilkinson before listening to this audio book and chose it because I like whodunits. It concerns the search for a vigilante murdering criminals in Manchester. It is tense and, in parts, and graphically violent. It uses the classic whodunit devices and brings them right up to date. There is a closed list of suspects, red herrings, a false ending, and the reverse of a locked room mystery, mixed up with elements of a modern police procedural. The mix works well and is gripping from start to finish. The reading is very good in a deadpan Mancunian way.


Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast
Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast
by Anjum Anand
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Original recipe ideas, 6 May 2013
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So many cookery books are produced that my first question is often, why? This was quickly answered by this book which provides original ideas and recipes for modern Indian vegetarian food. It covers the full range of recipes from starters, salads, and main courses through to drinks and desserts. It covers some familiar ground, including Bombay potatoes and vegetable Biryani but most are original; and in a tempting rather than a 'why on earth would you want to do that' way. There is an Indian twist on a cottage pie and a PLT, a paneer, lettuce and tomato sandwich. As with many Asian recipes the number of ingredients is often daunting, but once you have a basic range of spices most could be easily attempted. As is the norm these days there are lots of very clear illustrations.


Agatha Raisin Hiss and Hers (Agatha Raisin 23)
Agatha Raisin Hiss and Hers (Agatha Raisin 23)
by M. C. Beaton
Edition: Audio CD

3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable whodunnit, 6 May 2013
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This is the second Agatha Raisin audio book I have listened to and they are very entertaining while they last. The situations are rather formulaic and the characters are insufficiently convincing to really become involved with. These criticisms apply to many whodunits and the plot does rattle along to keep your interest. The reading, by Penelope Keith, is excellent although I wish she would not attempt accents.


E.W.Godwin: Furniture and Interior Decoration
E.W.Godwin: Furniture and Interior Decoration
by Elizabeth Aslin
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arts and Crafts original, 6 May 2013
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A Victorian architect and furniture designer, working at the same time as William Morris and along similar lines, EW Godwin deserves to be much better known than he is. His designs span arts and crafts and the aesthetic movement. I first became aware of him at the Cult of Beauty exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum when some pieces of his furniture really stood out. I have been looking for more information about him ever since. This book provides a 16 page biography and then 85 illustrations of his designs, not just of furniture but also wallpaper and interiors, in colour and black and white. Strongly recommended for anyone interested in furniture design and the arts and crafts movement.


How to Read a Latin Poem: If You Can't Read Latin Yet
How to Read a Latin Poem: If You Can't Read Latin Yet
by William Fitzgerald
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.85

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poetry as social history, 6 May 2013
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It is now 40 years since I did 'O' level Latin and I have not attempted to read anything that was not in translation since. I wondered whether this would be a disadvantage when reading this book. It was not. I do not think you need to know any Latin at all to enjoy the book. It is part lit crit and part social history. Examining the poems as works of art in themselves but also as a way of uncovering the morals, thoughts, and social life of the ancient Romans. It is a relatively easy read with numerous examples of poems from poets both well known, Virgil and Horace, and, at least to me, unknown. This is a book which should appeal to anyone interested in poetry and/or ancient history.


100 Best Releaxing Classics
100 Best Releaxing Classics
Price: 10.78

5.0 out of 5 stars It is what it says, 16 April 2013
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An excellent collection of tunes, all relaxing and nearly all classic. Guaranteed to unwind, send to sleep, or whatever happens when you relax. At the price a real bargain.


Shroud for a Nightingale
Shroud for a Nightingale
by P. D. James
Edition: Audio CD

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent whodunit, 16 April 2013
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I have not read any P D James for a long time until recently when I was rather disappointed by the two books I tried, particularly her Jane Austen whodunit. However, this was thoroughly enjoyable. A very good plot in the atmospheric setting of a teaching hospital for nurses. Because of the setting and period (although set in the 1970s it could have been much earlier), an era of strict discipline and hierarchy, I was reminded of the film Green for Danger. I thought one or two unnecessary complications were added towards the end but was kept engrossed throughout and did not solve the mystery. The reading was excellent.


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