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Nomadkey Lightning To Usb Cable for Apple Devices
Nomadkey Lightning To Usb Cable for Apple Devices

4.0 out of 5 stars Good product., 19 Dec. 2014
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Arrived on time. Does what is says. Good product.


Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin: An Anthology by Alan Bennett
Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin: An Anthology by Alan Bennett
by Alan Bennett
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not formatted - wait until they've fixed it, 4 Oct. 2014
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This book hasn't been correctly formatted for Kindle. Makes it much harder to read.
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1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War
1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War
Offered by Audible Ltd

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply fascinating review of the world before WW1, 22 July 2013
This is a vast, but readable book which takes a detailed view of the major capitals of the world in 1913. I was very rarely bored and I learned a great deal. Highly recommended.

I also bought the audiobook, which I would strongly recommend avoiding. The reader seems to have a very limited grasp on non-English terms and common French expressions in English. This really should have been edited out. I found myself frequently cringing!


ER IST WIEDER DA: DER ROMAN
ER IST WIEDER DA: DER ROMAN
by Timur Vermes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.22

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh, satirical take on Hitler, 23 Jun. 2013
This is a wonderfully funny book. The audio CD enhances the novel tremendously. When it appears in English, I'm sure it will be very popular.


The Dinner
The Dinner
by Herman Koch
Edition: Paperback

16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An astonishingly good novel, 10 Aug. 2012
This review is from: The Dinner (Paperback)
If you enjoy fiction which is well-written, intelligent, psychologically insightful and intensely thought-provoking, you'll love The Dinner. it's about being a parent, the love and fears we have for our children. But it's funny too. I literally couldnt put it down. I needed to reach the end of the meal, around which everything in the book hinges.

A quite unexpected delight.


Trueshopping 'Sulgrave' Compact Solid Rubberwood Kitchen or Garden BBQ Storage Rolling Trolley Cart with Butchers Block Style Chopping Board
Trueshopping 'Sulgrave' Compact Solid Rubberwood Kitchen or Garden BBQ Storage Rolling Trolley Cart with Butchers Block Style Chopping Board

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent "fill-in" kitchen table, 24 April 2012
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I couldn't be more pleased. The table arrived promptly, was well packaged and very easy to assemble. It looks good and is extremely reasonably priced. You won't be disappointed.


my son, my son: how one generation hurts the next
my son, my son: how one generation hurts the next
by Douglas Galbraith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unbearable and unputdownable, 10 April 2012
Although the core event of the book is a personal (cruelly imposed) tragedy, the book covers so many aspects of human life. It is intensely thoughtful and terribly moving. Strongly recommended.


The French Revolution - in a Nutshell
The French Revolution - in a Nutshell
by Neil Wenborn
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £9.18

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A concise, but excellent introduction, 15 July 2011
Feeling I should know more about the French Revolution than I actually did (and having struggled with Simon Schama's Citizens), I thought I'd give this a try. While the book is short, it's beautifully written and highly informative.

My only cavil is that the reader of the audiobook, while having an otherwise excellent French accent, doesn't seem to have mastered the pronunciation of "ville", which he confuses with "vie".

Cavils aside, this book is to be highly recommended.


Unless
Unless
by Carol Shields
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfectly formed jewel, 8 April 2009
This review is from: Unless (Paperback)
I recently re-read this novel after first reading it some five years ago. The first time around I was bowled over by its directness, its simplicity and the immense "event" behind the novel. On second reading its power had not diminished. It is one of the finest modern novels that I have read.

Throughout the novel Carol Shields does not put a foot wrong: she has a totally convincing "voice", a real story and real characters with real emotions. It is - perhaps on second reading no less - a true masterpiece.


The Book of Love (Magdalene Line Trilogy 2)
The Book of Love (Magdalene Line Trilogy 2)
by Kathleen McGowan
Edition: Paperback

15 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More over-hyped rubbish, 13 Mar. 2009
Barbara Cartland meets Da Vinci Code and imagines an Enid Blyton level adventure.

This book is crudely written and has no historical solidity. The characters are one-dimensional stereotypes. On the one hand, the author claims to be delivering historical/religious truths, but her delivery and lack of familiarity with the history she describes belie this. Her non-existent grasp of the changes in the borders of European countries over the past millennium (small point to the author: Germany and Belgium were only created as countries in the last 200 years!) makes Dan Brown look like Simon Schama. It's a little unconvincing to peddle yourself as discovering new historical facts when you haven't even grasped the basic history and geography of the area in which you set your mindless fantasies. If the author can't go to the trouble of buying a historical atlas, then at least she should spend some time on Google trying to understand European history 101. I suppose we should at least be grateful that we don't have the mediaeval heroes flying around Europe in Airbuses spending Euros! This novel, as was the first book in the series, is trash fiction which sells on sensationalism about the author's bogus claim that she is descended from Christ's bloodline. A positive is that it makes Dan Brown seems like a master craftsman.

The leaden prose and sententious style makes this another very painful read from Kathleen McGowan. I'm afraid I couldn't stomach a third book from her. I respect empowered women too much to want to read about imaginary historical female victims, all described as though they were 21st century American housewives. Writing of this level sets back women's fiction by fifty years or more. There are many half-decent pseudo-historical fiction writers out there (women and men) who do the most basic research. McGowan is not one of them.

I am also immensely uncomfortable that Amazon peddles the falsehood that Ms McGowan was ever "editor-in-chief" of the Irish News. A search of Google will reveal that there is no substance whatsoever to this.
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I think it is immoral to try to hawk books on the basis of false claims about one's cv, whether one is the direct descendent of Mary Magdalene and Christ or otherwise. This really should be called the Book of Money!

It's always enjoyable to read the "promotional" reviews (like the one above) which advise potential readers to disregard any criticisms of Ms McGowan's books by inventing cod psychological explanations as to why someone would not enjoy the author's books. (There's never a concrete discussion of the contents of the book itself- for palpably obvious reasons.) I have no ambitions to write and I have immense respect for the likes of Dan Brown etc who are skilled thriller-writers without selling themselves as bogus spiritual leaders. Cheap Dan Brown-clones are ten a penny and no amount of fulsome and over-hyped spin will make badly written, sloppy historical romances like this into a "great read" or, "at the very least - the book of the summer". Judge for yourselves. Try and find a single, well-crafted sentence in this book or try to identify a single historical or spiritual truth which has any foundation. The book, like its predecessor, is offensive to orthodox Christians, thinking people and those who enjoy well-written books. Time (and the book's sales) will tell if this book is any more than an attempt to cash in on the Holy Blood Holy Grail/Da Vinci Code fantasy of Mary Magdalene. One cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear!

The author is a third-rate writer who invents fantasies about herself to sell books, because the books lack any intrinsic merit to sell themselves.To paraphrase the vastly over-used motto of this book, "for those with ears to hear, let them hear" - for those with noses to smell, let them smell the quality of this "spiritual thriller". At least the nose doesn't lie!
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