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Unforgettable
Unforgettable
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extending the dimension of timeless standards, 2 Jun. 2011
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This review is from: Unforgettable (Audio CD)
This is such a wonderful collection of timeless standards, faultless interpretations given full orchestral treatment without losing a single nuance of the originals that are known so well. The Boston Pops have added their own inspired sound while holding onto the meticulous phrasing of classic arrangements, turning each number into a masterpiece. This is nowhere more evident than in "Begin the Beguine" a la Artie Shaw, and "Satin Doll" with a lilt that would make Duke Ellington proud.


Rage (The Courtneys of Africa)
Rage (The Courtneys of Africa)
by Wilbur Smith
Edition: Audio CD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An abridgement too far, 1 April 2011
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I am a great fan of Wilbur Smith's writing and have read everything he has written. Recently I have revisited some of his earlier books in audio presentations and have been most pleased to rediscover much excitement and elements of forgotten storylines. As a rule the audio abridgements are excellent, but I think in this case the flow of a complex plot is lost by trimming the story down, and feels rather stilted. It is well worth listening to however.


Raising the Laughs.
Raising the Laughs.
by Ted. Ray
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ray's a laugh!, 1 April 2011
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This review is from: Raising the Laughs. (Hardcover)
How better to review the autobiography of one of the greatest comedians of the 1950s and 1960s than to use the words that introduced his long running radio series:

Ray's a laugh! Ray's a laugh!
When you're feeling sad and blue just Ray's a laugh,
And soon you'll find you're losing that frown'
Your smile will spread all over the town!
Don't give in, try and grin -
Don't be like a passport photograph!
Come on and meet Ted Ray, he'll take your troubles away,
And Ray's a laugh!

Ted, you were my sunshine!


Skinny Dip
Skinny Dip
by Carl Hiaasen
Edition: Audio CD
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good yarn, 1 April 2011
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This review is from: Skinny Dip (Audio CD)
I have not read a lot of Carl Hiassen and approached this audio version of "Skinny Dip" with great anticipation. The reader is good and suitably laconic, and I found his presentation entertaining and touched with good humour. The plot felt a little contrived however, and with less surprises than I had hoped.


A Time to Die (The Courtneys of Africa)
A Time to Die (The Courtneys of Africa)
by Wilbur Smith
Edition: Audio CD

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good abridgement, 28 Feb. 2011
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Tim Pigott-Smith is the perfect reader for Wilbur Smith's writing. He is so well matched to the author's style and brings each character to life, making them and the situations they find themselves in both vivid and real. This is an exciting read, a free flowing abridgement of the original novel that works for the listener. I am not over-keen on abridgements, but have no complaints with this one, an excellent focus on any day.


Heart Of The Hunter
Heart Of The Hunter
by Deon Meyer
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Action Thriller, 26 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: Heart Of The Hunter (Paperback)
This is the first Deon Meyer novel I have read. What a brilliant writer he is, with such a perceptive touch in peeling away the multiple layers of modern South African society, for good or ill, where all who lived through the history of recent decades are present day victims of the past in one form or another. Conspiracy, deception and cover-up in which no holds are barred and no-one is quite whom he or she seems to be are laced through the story from the highest level of government down. The hero is fit to stand on the page of any major thriller and to be compared with the very best. A central theme of the book pits him against the forces of the state in a man hunt conducted against the backdrop of the magnificent South African landscape. His loyalty to his friends and the sheer humanity of his character shine through his actions. If a six-star rating was possible I would give it.


When the Lion Feeds (The Courtneys)
When the Lion Feeds (The Courtneys)
by Wilbur Smith
Edition: Audio CD

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars completely enthralling, 24 Sept. 2010
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I read the book from which this audio version was derived when it first came out in paperback and am as enthralled now as I was then. Any publication by Wilbur Smith is an eagerly awaited event for me, and I was very taken by how fresh this one felt as an audio book. In Tim Poggott Smith we have the perfect voice and delivery to marry with Wilbur Smith's edciting yarn. Ģhe characters come to life and the authenticity of the accents and dialogue adds so much to the appreciation. Sean Courtney came over as slightly gruffer than I had imagined him, but was a better interpretation for it. This is truly great listening entertainment.


The Fishermen of Port Isaac: 1
The Fishermen of Port Isaac: 1
by Geoff Provis
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent tribute to great men and their profession, 30 Oct. 2009
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This is a wonderful book detailing the history of fishing out of the village of Port Isaac in North Cornwall, and of the great men, strong personalities and peerless characters one and all who made the fishing industry of Port Isaac Bay what it was. They were men of great skill, born to go down to the sea in small boats and "occupy their business upon its great waters". The book, written by a local man with a wealth of experience in the local fishing industry, provides much information on the history and nature of the fishing boats and the unique paraphernalia in use, fishing techniques, potting for shellfish and additionally much local lore, all set out to both instruct and entertain. Printed on high quality paper, one of the many fine aspects of this book is the wealth of archive photographs which it contains to illustrate and complement the text. The characters who appear in its pages have been given a fitting tribute to preserve their inspiring memory. Anyone who has an interest in the North Cornish heritage, local history, fishing and matters relating to Port Isaac will appreciate this book very much. I recommend it highly.


North of Little Hill
North of Little Hill
by James Platt
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book's back cover descriptive blurb, 19 Sept. 2009
This review is from: North of Little Hill (Paperback)
The language spoken among the pupils of the Port Isaac County Primary School in North Cornwall in the late 1940s incorporated a dialect as full, rich and rounded as clotted cream. The accent of delivery was slow, open and rolling, not unlike the steady swell of the mighty Atlantic washing against the rugged slate coastline of Port Isaac Bay. Its characteristics owed a tribute to the enduring traditions of an isolated coastal community, yet for all that its stature was vibrant with the additive benefits of the natural evolution that comes from steady usage. Under pressure from the social, mobility and media revolutions of later years, rural backwaters like Port Isaac have tended to lose their uniqueness, one clear result being the demise of local dialect, which slipped away piecemeal in the grip of time, its departure barely noticed until it was complete. This book records that Port Isaac dialect of latter days, focussed on its wonderful vein of wit, humour and expression, now long gone, but ever worthy in memory.

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In the Night Garden Soft 'n Cosy World Pinky Ponk
In the Night Garden Soft 'n Cosy World Pinky Ponk

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hours of Fun, 29 Aug. 2009
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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An excellent accessory toy for all young lovers of "In the Night Garden". It ensures that the imagination thrives and develops throgh sight feel and touch. It is thoroughly recommended.


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