Profile for Em > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Em
Top Reviewer Ranking: 238,325
Helpful Votes: 35

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Em (ST NEOTS, United Kingdom)
(REAL NAME)   

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2
pixel
Now You See Me [DVD]
Now You See Me [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jesse Eisenberg
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.98

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Now you see me - I wish I hadn't seen you..., 11 May 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Now You See Me [DVD] (DVD)
More of a con trick than a magic trick....loud relentless music, flashy cinematography, couple of seasoned star performers (Caine and Freeman) popping in and out....anything to distract the audience from the improbabilities of the script, the absence of any rapport between the actors playing the half-dozen central characters and the fact that there simply wasn't enough of a plot to sustain the film's 115 minutes.
And there's a sequel on the way.....


The Distant Scene
The Distant Scene
Price: £7.52

3.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE - A 5 STAR STORY IN A 2 STAR KINDLE, 27 April 2015
This review is from: The Distant Scene (Kindle Edition)
This is a review of the KINDLE edition. I bought this after checking the 'Look Inside' sample. The book looked well laid out and the contents section contained a list of chapters and a detailed list of the photographs to be found between pages 48 and 49. The photos were important to me as they were in the battered old paperback copy I wanted to replace. In fact there were twice as many photographs listed in the Kindle as there had been in the book
Great, I thought....
Unfortunately apart from the cover there AREN'T any photographs in the Kindle edition (and no page numbers, either, though that's a minor irritation).
So I returned it to Amazon.
If the photos had been present my rating for this KIndle edition would have been five stars ("I love it") but I can't honestly do that or give it four ("I like it") so I've given it 3 stars ("It's okay") as a compromise. If you like Fred Archer and don't mind the absence of photos, don't be put off by this review!


RedTail Cuban Montana Whole Bean Coffee - 250g (2 x 125g bags) - From the Mountains of Cuba
RedTail Cuban Montana Whole Bean Coffee - 250g (2 x 125g bags) - From the Mountains of Cuba
Offered by RedTail Coffee
Price: £8.97

3.0 out of 5 stars DOES NOT LIVE UP TO ITS OVER-EXCITED PRODUCT DESCRIPTION !, 29 Mar. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
On its own this coffee had a flat uninteresting taste which certainly did not have the advertised "smooth, smokey and delicate sweetness with cocoa in the finish". However, I tried grinding it with beans from various other sources and in varying proportions and was pleased to find that a blend of roughly one-third Cuban to two-thirds Colombian produced a very drinkable mid-morning brew. So I might occasionally buy this again, but it is too expensive to be regarded as good value for its price.
Question for Redtail: had your copywriter ever drunk this coffee? Expectations set too high are almost bound to disappoint.


CHOETECH UPGRADED Qi Wireless Charger Charging Pad for Galaxy Note 5/ S6 / S6 Edge, Nexus 6,Moto Droid Turbo,Nexus 4/5/6/7(2013),Nokia Lumia 1020/ 920/928, LG G3/G4,MOTO Droid Maxx/Droid Mini,HTC Droid DNA, HTC Rzound,Pentax WG-III camera,Samsung, Google, HTC and Other Qi-Enabled Phones and Tablets (AC adapter not included) (Black)
CHOETECH UPGRADED Qi Wireless Charger Charging Pad for Galaxy Note 5/ S6 / S6 Edge, Nexus 6,Moto Droid Turbo,Nexus 4/5/6/7(2013),Nokia Lumia 1020/ 920/928, LG G3/G4,MOTO Droid Maxx/Droid Mini,HTC Droid DNA, HTC Rzound,Pentax WG-III camera,Samsung, Google, HTC and Other Qi-Enabled Phones and Tablets (AC adapter not included) (Black)
Offered by CHOETECH
Price: £50.00


The Villa of Mysteries: The Rome Series: Book 2 (Unabridged)
The Villa of Mysteries: The Rome Series: Book 2 (Unabridged)
Offered by Audible Ltd

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BETTER READ THAN HEARD, 2 Nov. 2014
NB The star rating is for the physical edition of the book, not the audio version - see second paragraph below.
Excellent follow up to the first Nic Costa story. My only reservation is about the opening pages, which are monopolised by two unpleasant, bickering, American tourists. I've no objection to unpleasant characters, but this pair border on caricature so they rapidly outstay their welcome. And then after a welcome but brief diversion reintroducing Nic Costa, they reappear ! Not the most enticing start to the book, and I'm sure the David Hewson of 2014 would have handled it more skilfully.

One other word of warning: if you normally listen to books on audio, skip the audio version of this one. The actor Christopher Kay is an excellent narrator - usually. Unfortunately the bonehead responsible for this recording made him adopt a ludicrously over-the-top accent for the Italian characters. As a result a grim and exciting thriller sounds like a throwback to those lazy old British farces and sitcoms that relied for their jokes on the fact that "all foreigners sound funny". It's an insult to the listener, the author and the Italian nation, and damages a good actor's reputation.
Luckily all the subsequent Nic Costa novels have been read by Saul Reichlin, who has been allowed to narrate them in a suitably adult way. If only he could record a new version of The Villa of Mysteries.... but I doubt if the economics of publishing would allow it.


Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life
Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life
Price: £1.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A VIEW FROM THE FRIDGE !, 30 July 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
A young provincial woman's clear-eyed view of life among the left-wing London literati of the 1980s, which shows that when you see the backsides of celebrities and not just their pubic personas they turn out to be mostly much like the rest of us, slovenly, confused, happy, miserable, argumentative, loving, bitchy, brainy, ignorant, even dull, the only difference between them and us being that they are more articulated and never stop talking and analysing which sometimes makes them seem hopelessly pretentious (which some of them clearly are)..They also swear a lot for the time and being as some of them were quite influential in the media this probably explains why 30 years on there is so much of it (and sex, violence etc) in plays, movies, even tv.
All in all, quite a useful piece of social observation albeit somewhat disillusioning. There are some touching moments and one or two funny ones too. One hopes the author has been able to put her experiences to good use in the intervening years, whether as a writer, say, or a mucho sympatico childminder.


M. P.'s in Session From Mr. Punch's Parliamentary Portrait Gallery
M. P.'s in Session From Mr. Punch's Parliamentary Portrait Gallery
Price: £0.00

1.0 out of 5 stars How daft can you get?, 19 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
From the Product Description of the free Kindle edition
"This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web."
In its original physical edition this book was, as the words 'Portrait Gallery' suggest, a collection of caricatures of 19thC British politicians by the brilliant cartoonist/illustrator Harry Furniss. The caricatures are the whole point of the book. Yet somehow none of the "community of volunteers" who digitized the book or anyone in Amazon who arranged for it to be offered for downloading noticed that
THERE ARE NO ILLUSTRATIONS IN THIS KINDLE EDITION ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !!
This is a helpful book if you are looking for the names of some of the MPs who sat in the House of Commons during part of the 1880s. If you are interested in what they looked like, just Google the title and you will have no trouble finding a fully illustrated edition for downloading on or reading on-line.


A Tale of Two Cities (Unabridged)
A Tale of Two Cities (Unabridged)
Offered by Audible Ltd

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An audiobook triumph!, 25 April 2014
I read A Tale of Two Cities for the first and last time at at school, far too long ago to have remembered more than the barest outline of the story. So listening to it 50 years later has been like coming to it for the first time - a wonderful experience, for which I thank both Dickens and Martin Jarvis. Hearing Dickens read aloud by a fine actor is a reminder that Dickens, himself a natural and enthusiastic actor, wrote the way a playwright writes: for the ear. This makes him an ideal author for the audiobook age - and for his own age, too, when many people will have had his stories read aloud to them.
He is also a master of narrative. 'A Tale' spans two decades, with seemingly minor characters and events from the early years revealed as vital to the resolution of the plot. There's a terrific shock in a crucial trial scene (well, it came as a shock to me!). Perhaps cleverest of all is the way Dickens manages to tell us before the climax of the story what will happen to the surviving characters in later life. This enables him to end the book as it should end: on an act of redemptive heroism.
But for all its scope, its excitement, its often unbearable tension, this is not just a rattling good historical adventure story. Underlying it all is Dickens's hatred of inhumanity. In the first part of the book it is the careless inhumanity of a ruling class of aristocrats who regard the 'lower orders' as essentially worthless except as a source of labour, revenue and sexual pleasure. In the second part, it is the deliberate inhumanity of a new state, a state born out of justified revolution but grown as devoid of humanity as its predecessor. The unforgiving tribunals, the state informers, the arbitrary decrees, the subordination of every aspect of normal human relationships to the needs of The People make 'A Tale' an unflinching look into a world all but devoid of pity - for Dickens the greatest sin of all. His message has perhaps even greater force for us than for his first readers, for we know what similar horrors some twentieth century states were to inflict on their citizens.
And yes, like some other reviewers, I was reduced to tears by the final scene. I wouldn't have thought it possible - but what chance did I really have of holding out against Dickens the great emotional manipulator!


Negotiations And Love Songs 1971-1986
Negotiations And Love Songs 1971-1986
Offered by CAC Media UK
Price: £13.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WRONG LINK !!!!!, 15 Oct. 2012
This is not so much a review as a warning: despite the link shown above "Negotiations and Love Songs" IS NOT AVAILABLE AS AN MP3 ALBUM. The link is to an obscure album released by Warner Music in Sweden. The album is called "Love Songs" and the artists appear to be a couple of saxophonists, each of whom is called Simon (or possibly two musicians called Simon who share one saxophone - the cover is obscure). The Amazon computer has simply latched on to the keywords 'Simon' and 'Love Songs' and created a false link. The love songs on the album are not Paul Simon songs!
Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any way of contacting Amazon direct to get this fixed.
It would, of course, be great if "Negotiations and Love Songs" itself COULD be made available as an MP3 download....


A Good Woman
A Good Woman
by Danielle Steel
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £12.14

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what it seems...., 7 Jan. 2010
This review is from: A Good Woman (Audio CD)
This product currently (january 2010) appears in Amazon's list of best-selling fiction on unabridged audio CDs. Unfortunately it's actually an ABRIDGED version!
If you're happy with abridged audiobooks, there's nothing wrong with this one. You just need to be aware that both the Product Description and the three reader reviews on this page all refer to the hardback/paperback version of the book, so they are useless as guides to the product that is supposed to be under review!


Page: 1 | 2