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Obliquity
Obliquity
by John Kay
Edition: Audio CD

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stick with it!!, 15 Mar 2011
This review is from: Obliquity (Audio CD)
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The important thing for any audio book is that the content is interesting and the reader reads well. This failed on both counts for me. I like to listen to audio books in the car but the combination of the reader Ric Jerrom's soporific (boring!) voice, and the convoluted material, meant I had to turn it off and listen to it at home.

It's aimed more at corporate strategy really, and there are some good ideas, but it's sooooo dragged out and delivered at such a slow pace that I got stuck at disc 3 and so far haven't been back :-(

Disappointing for me.
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WinZip 15 Pro Single User (PC)
WinZip 15 Pro Single User (PC)

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faultless, 15 Mar 2011
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've used the evaluation version of WinZip and liked it, so knew what to expect - and I wasn't disappointed. It works flawlessly, it zips and unzips files, and it is pretty much idiot proof. The interface is clear and simple to use and I really can't find anything to critisise! Oh, except perhaps the 'single user' licence - it seems rather limiting since most households have 2 or 3 computers these days. Try the free version first and you won't be disappointed.


Laplink PCmover Ultimate, 3 licences (PC)
Laplink PCmover Ultimate, 3 licences (PC)
Offered by tifili_FBA
Price: 9.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quicker than a USB stick..., 15 Mar 2011
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
But otherwise, I can't see any great advantage. In fact, some things didn't seem to move properly and I ended up loading off the software disc. I was moving from Vista to 7, and perhaps it would work better with the same operating system. I'll soon find out because my laptop has since become ill and so I have to replace it - with another 7 OS. I'll use Laplink for that and see how I get on.

As I say, it worked 'okay' but no great advanyage other than a slight saving in time.


Dragon Gaming Speech Pack
Dragon Gaming Speech Pack
Price: 75.25

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bit hit and miss...., 15 Feb 2011
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I use Dragon for speech recognition all the time and it's pretty much 100% accurate, and I love it, so I thought this new idea of also using it for gaming was an excellent idea.

I didn't appreciate that it only covered a few games, so I was a bit disappointed. I was even more disappointed to find that it wasn't much good with the games anyway - recognition seems very hit and miss. Apart from anything else, it was only once I started to use it that I realised that speaking to make a game respond isn't a natural way of playing and seems a bit intrusive. Couple that with the mixed recognition rate, and it was a bit of a waste of time really.

I wouldn't recommend this as a gaming add on, but as it also includes a fully functioning speech recognition package, it gets 3 stars. But you'd be better off buying the straightforward Dragon speech recognition software really.


Remington H0747 Jumbo Curls Hair Rollers
Remington H0747 Jumbo Curls Hair Rollers
Price: 24.95

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for very long hair, 15 Feb 2011
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I have very long, very straight hair and thought that these rollers might be the very thing to get me curly! And less damaging than tongs.

They come in a smart case and look very smart (if curlers can look smart!). They take quite a while to heat up, but they're easy enough to put in and comfortable. But for someone with a lot of hair like me, there aren't enough of them to do the whole head in one go. I had to do it in two lots which took a long time.

It was a big ask to curl my hair with these, but they did a reasonable job and the curls - well, voluminous waves really - lasted quite well. It did take a while to get the result but as they were comfortable, it didn't matter too much.

I think, for me, tongs are quicker, but these curls last longer and are much less damaging to the hair. Someone with medium length hair would find them excellent I'm sure.


Chief Architect Home Designer Essentials (PC)
Chief Architect Home Designer Essentials (PC)

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate for a simple conversion, 15 Feb 2011
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I am designing a conversion for my garage (into a sitting room). I thought this program sounded ideal, because I'm no architect or designer and I really needed something that would make it easy for me. I've used Chief Architect before and found them to be okay. I actually wanted a plan that I could print out and give the builders, plumbers etc. to follow.

It loaded up well enough BUT not until I'd given it lots of personal information and registered it. I hate this kind of thing: not being able to access a program without supplying it with your personal information. I've learned to tell fibs and give it non-existent email addresses etc. (most of these kinds of programs will accept addresses like xxx@xxx dot com, believe it or not!!) but I do feel it's not acceptable to have to supply anything before you can access a program you've bought.

Anyway, once past that stage, the program itself is quite good - for my basic needs anyway. I was able to set up the room sizes and add the windows and doors etc., and ended up with a pretty good plan - good enough to offer the builders, anyway, plus it allowed me to see if my plans would work in practice.

It offers various views, which are quite good, and the program itself offers far more functionality than I need. When I tried to design a new house (just out of interest) I began to get a bit muddled and didn't find it very easy. But then I suppose designing a whole house would be more complicated... But some things just didn't seem to work at all, and others just confused me.

Overall I'd say a good product for a small project such as a conversion like I'm doing.


No Title Available

5.0 out of 5 stars Great job..., 15 Feb 2011
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I was more than a bit nervous about sticking my TV on the wall, especially when the bracket arrived and I realised how heavy it was! My Sony Bravia is heavy too, so I had visions of the combination bringing the wall down, if not the entire house...

I needn't have worried :-) It was easy enough to put up (even for me, and I'm no expert at such things), but it is heavy so I got a friend to help me. Once up, I was surprised at how tidy my TV looked: the bracket holds it close to the wall but allows it to be tilted at various angles, which is really useful. I much prefer having it on the wall to having it on a shelf: it seems a lot less intrusive than it used to and the room looks much tidier.

I have nothing to complain about, and it fully deserves the 5 stars.


The Mind's Eye
The Mind's Eye
by Oliver Sacks
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit mixed..., 11 Jan 2011
This review is from: The Mind's Eye (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is the first Oliver Sacks book that I've read, and I got it because I'm fascinated by how the mind works and this seemed to promise all kinds of treasures. In fact, I found it to be a bit of a mixed bag. Presented as a series of case studies about people who had experienced visual disturbances, it makes for interesting but disjointed reading. There's a lot of scientific and technical detail, which is good because I like to understand these things, but it does make the reading heavier.

It is worth the effort though, for between these pages are personal stories that really do call into question everything we think we know about vision and the brain. The most intriguing aspect for me, though, was the fact that Sacks himself developed a tumour that affected his vision, which seems the most stunning coincidence. Sacks has a really difficult time and his journey through treatment and adjustment was hard to read. I was distracted by my distress for him: whereas the other case studies had been a bit more clinical, this was much more emotional.

Overall, an engrossing book which raised a lot of questions and provided a lot of answers. But not all of them...


I Felt Awesome: Tips and Tricks for 35 Needle-Poked Projects
I Felt Awesome: Tips and Tricks for 35 Needle-Poked Projects
by Moxie
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.36

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and really inspiring, 10 Jan 2011
I have only recently discovered needle felting and have bought a number of books to teach myself how to do it and what can be done with it. They were much of a muchness really: cute felted animals and book covers, mostly...

But this book is definitely different. In fact, when I first got it (I pre-ordered it because the title appealed so much) and flicked through it I was a bit disappointed: yet more felted animals and covers for mobile phones. But when I looked more closely, I started to chuckle with delight: felted animals? Yes. Cute? No. How about a Sheep Of The Dead finger puppet? Or a faux Mr potato head with a slightly dangerous leer? There's a mobile phone cover, but it's designed in such a way that it looks like it's gone mouldy. Or perhaps you'd like a pair of voodoo doll earrings?!

There are also projects such as desk skittles, a necklace that looks like a string of green olives (with pimentos of course), and a hand cameo brooch that incorporates a real doll's hand into its design! The first thing I have made from this book is an ashtray with a lit cigarette in it (all made from needled felt of course), which makes me smile every time I look at it because it looks so realistic. Each of the projects in this book are different, quirky and easy enough to do - and I doubt you'll find them anywhere else. They've definitely helped me to see the possibilities of needle felting - and it's not all cute animals!

The first 35 pages of this colourfully illustrated book (clear, detailed photos) give detailed explanations of the techniques that will be needed to make the projects in the rest of the book, such as how to make a basic puck or tube shape, or how to blend colours. It's also stuffed full of handy tips, and it's whole tone is friendly and fun.

I have a Kindle, but bought the hard copy of this book and I'm glad I did because of the colour photos.

Highly recommended - it's wonderful and all credit to the author.


Joystick Junkies Play 'n' Charge Kit (Xbox 360)
Joystick Junkies Play 'n' Charge Kit (Xbox 360)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charge while you play!, 8 Jan 2011
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
As someone who has frequently found herself having flat-batteries-stop-play, this is a useful way to make sure it won't happen again. Basically the unit replaces the battery pack in the controller, and can be plugged into the TV while you play so it charges up. Obviously with a big TV it forces you to sit rather too close: I charged my unit up via the USB port on my laptop instead.
There are two choices of cover for this unit - neither of which are particularly exciting! But at least there's a choice...

A handy gadget.


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