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All I Was
All I Was
Price: £12.73

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And yet another Mark Tremonti masterpiece..., 19 July 2012
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This review is from: All I Was (Audio CD)
Mark Tremonti has produced a brilliant power metal album that takes chunks of Creed and Alter Bridge, mixes it with Metallica and Slayer to give us All I Was. Well known as a top,top metal guitarist he delivers a strong vocal performance that matches the music brilliantly.
He could have gone all Steve Vai on us and given us 60 minutes of inane soloing but decided to make an album that punches you in the gut with its meaty riffs, picks you up and dusts you off with melodic choruses and then belts you back down with its pounding drums!
For those of us who like their music with heavy riffs and a melodic chorus this is it! Fans of Tremonti's work will be left wanting more!


Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: v. 4 (BBC Audio)
Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: v. 4 (BBC Audio)
by Bert Coules
Edition: Audio CD

5.0 out of 5 stars The remarkable performance from Mr. Bert Coules..., 17 Jun 2012
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Sherlock Holmes lives on with Mr. Coules adding flesh to the bones of cases mentioned in passing, from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories. He has adapted many a play for radio (39 Steps is a pleasure to listen to) and sets a high standard with his work.
Would he be able to write a play without ACD's construction and still have that same feel to it? If Bert Coules was a goalkeeper he would be Shilton, Clemence and Banks rolled into one! This literary legend is in the safest of hands here. Holmes and Watson live on and provide wonderful entertainment too. The essence, the mood, the feel and the smell has been captured by Coules who weaves intricate webs of deceit and murder in keeping with what we would expect.
There are 3 stories on this set; 2 45 minute episodes and 1 90 minute epic that ties up ends so very nicely. Personally 'The Remarkable Performance of Mr Frederick Merridew' is one of the finest adventures involving Holmes and his trusty side kick. This has so much atmosphere you could choke on it.
Quite simply buy it if you are a fan of Holmes or Coules and try his other 3 volumes too. BRILLIANT.


The Trip [DVD]
The Trip [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steve Coogan
Price: £5.40

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul searching stuff..., 25 Aug 2011
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The Trip is a wonderful, one off series where 2 great comedians show off their array of acting and comedy skills. Coogan plays the brash, domineering, successful guy who is so jealous of Brydon's happy and content lifestyle. Coogan, on a tour of restraunts which he is reviewing, has been dumped by his american girlfriend. In steps best friend Brydon to accompany him on the journey...
Each episode has the two bickering or out-doing the other with impressions, re-citals or manly tales! Coogan's ego needing massaging, Brydon just wanting to please. My favourite scene is where Brydon is telling his mate what eulogy he would give him at his funeral as they walk through a grave yard. Meeting Steve's parents too is brilliant.
The series ends with Brydon being dropped off, returning to his wife and child, whist Coogan is left in his plush apartment, alone. Very poignant, well crafted series, which will be a classic in years to come.


The Complete Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes: Every Sherlock Holmes Novel and Story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Performed by a Full Cast
The Complete Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes: Every Sherlock Holmes Novel and Story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Performed by a Full Cast
by Arthur Conan, Sir Doyle
Edition: Audio CD

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A box of delights..., 2 Aug 2011
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I decided to treat myself for my birthday by purchasing this complete Holmes box set. The item arrived today and I am really pleased with it. I envisiged cd's in platic sleeves, lots of them! I couldn't have been further from the truth.
This is a well presented box set, in sturdy packaging. On the back of the box is a list of all the plays, divided into 16 parts. For example; 'The Cardboard Box' is in Part 12, His Last Bow Vol.1. Open the box (a flip over lid) and each cd case is numbered 1 to 16 along the spine with the volume it belongs to, so locating an individual episode is easy.
Each case,made from robust card, contains 4 cd's and are the size of a single case. They all have the art work on the front and fold out once to reveal a brief description of each play, opening again to present the cd's. The only quibble I can think of is that there is no cast listing for each indidual play.
The contents are as follows...

The 4 Novels...
-A Study in Scarlet
-The Sign of the Four
-The Hound of the Baskervilles
-The Valley of Fear

-The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (12 cases)
-The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (12 cases)
-The Return of Sherlock Holmes (12 cases)
-His Last Bow (8 cases)
-The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (12 cases)

The price makes this a special purchase but any Sherlock Holmes fan would treasure such a wonderful adaption of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's work. Merrison and Wiliams are perfect as Holmes and Watson. Add an appearance by other great actors (Brian Blessed springs to mind), Bert Coules' dramatisation skills and this box set is pure gold! I will take year after year of pleasure listening and revisting these brilliant plays. A SOUND investment :)
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The Thirty Nine Steps (Classic Drama)
The Thirty Nine Steps (Classic Drama)

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic in every sense..., 30 July 2011
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I first heard this on radio 7 over last Christmas/New Year and enjoyed every minute. The set up of the story from beginning to end is wonderful. If ever there was a blue print for spy drama then this is it. When you see the name Bert Coules you just know you're in for a great story. Tom Baker's rich, elequoent tones are superb casting.
Richard Hannay's adventure has him chased to Scotland and back to London. The police are after him for a murder he didn't commit and the Prussians want him for what he may, or may not know, about the 39 steps. The tension is built with the 'will he/won't he' evade capture by both parties, and can he decipher the code that has been left by his 'friend' Scudder and stop Germany and Britain from going to war.
BBC production is top notch, creating fantastic atmospheres and background 'smells'! Buy this only if you want to listen to a wonderful, gripping, enthralling 1 hour and 50 mins of entertainment.


PURE EVOKE-3, Portable Stereo DAB/FM Radio with EPG and Recording (discontinued by manufacturer)
PURE EVOKE-3, Portable Stereo DAB/FM Radio with EPG and Recording (discontinued by manufacturer)

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic, 6 July 2011
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I have now had my Evoke 3 for a whole week and I am really pleased with its performance. Having read a lot of the reviews on here, I took onboard the hints and tips to make the transition from Evoke 2 to 3 easier!
The Evoke 2 was a breath of fresh air; crystal clear transmission with a wonderful, full, rich and deep sound from a medium size radio. The evoke 3 carries those fine qualities with it making the listening a pleasure. The fm radio I have in the kitchen sounds awful compared to it!
The main reason I bought this radio was for the recording feature. IF the station is transmitting an 'EPG' guide just push the record button against the item you wish to save. When there isn't an 'EPG' use the timer settings to set up a start/finish time; choose the station where the broadcast is and confirm!
The SD card has to be 2gb size which allows 20 hours of recording. The radio seems to reject any larger size SD card as has previously been mentioned. You are able to view how much space is left on the card which is an important feature.
I have an internet radio which is also a fine piece of kit. The frustrating thing with internet is the connection, especially when listening to i-player. The recording feature on Evoke 3 means I don't have to put up with that anymore!
A remote control comes in very handy. Surprising how much you use it when a radio is all about touch! The aux input for mp3 players enhances that format too. The sound quality from the speakers is brilliant.
Not a cheap radio by any means but you gets what you pays for. With Pure Evoke 3 you get that little bit more!!


HiFi Systems - Micro HiFi system - H-FS014045 CD/DVD/MP3/USB Micro System MCD122/12 (PHILIPS)
HiFi Systems - Micro HiFi system - H-FS014045 CD/DVD/MP3/USB Micro System MCD122/12 (PHILIPS)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me, 26 Jun 2011
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I am a fan of Philips products. I bought this because it looks great. It sounds great too. The major problrm with this unit though is when you play audio CD's. Pop a CD into most hi-fi's and the machine will play from first to last continously. NOT THIS ONE!!

This machine plays one track at time. For example; it plays track 1; stops; pause; plays track 2; stops; pause; plays track 3... So if track 1 runs into track 2 then you don't get a smooth cross over. This is infuriating and an obvious fault. It gives a stilted performance to what you are listening to. I tried to listen to a play from a CD and the gaps were magnified even more! This was because track 1 became track 2 halfway through a conversation.

Fortunately I got a refund from my suppliers because of this. Philips, what were you thinking??


Mclevy: Servant of the Crown & the Picture of Innocence (BBC Radio Crimes)
Mclevy: Servant of the Crown & the Picture of Innocence (BBC Radio Crimes)
by David Ashton
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £12.05

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch, 26 Jun 2011
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This is the third release of the McLevy series and the quality of both story and production are top notch. The dialogue catches the Victorian era so well. Brian Cox is superb as Inspector McLevy; dour and serious, never letting up in his desire to catch criminals on his patch.
'Servant of The Crown' uses the back drop of the Crimean War, and the return of the many injured soldiers, to produce a fine story. Is Queen Victoria in mortal danger from here own troops? An emotional end brings out the caring side of the heart-of-stone Inspector.
'Picture of Innocence' finds a Judge dead; poisoned or an arsnic addict? His private life is not all it should be but neither is his wife's. Is McLevy letting his judgement become clouded by a pretty face? He calls on Jean Brash for her opinions and knowledge within the 'trade' to help him find the answer.

Inspector McLevy, once again, is great entertainment and well worth purchasing by fans of crime. Please can we have more!!


An Epic Swindle: 44 Months With a Pair of Cowboys
An Epic Swindle: 44 Months With a Pair of Cowboys
by Brian Reade
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.48

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's that NOISE...?, 11 May 2011
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PHEW!! How close was that? This is car crash reading for Liverpool Football Club fans. No matter how much you don't want to look, you can't help but stare in amazement. Its obvious that as football is becoming a billionaires playground, David Moores feels he can no longer keep up. For LFC to progress he has to sell his beloved Football Club- OUR beloved Football Club. What I didn't realise was how far behind we already were in terms of bringing the club into the 21st century...

As the book points out, David Moores and ALL the other shareholders backed G&H to buy the club, and so off down the slippery slope of leveraged buyouts we plummeted; taking all our dignity and so called 'Liverpool way' with us...

Brian Reade's book charts the lows, the more lows and even more lows of these 2 profit driven, greedy american liars who had no respect for our tradition at all. The atmosphere behind the scenes must have been depressing! Slowly but surely Rafa is dragged into the fight and takes on his employers, but eventually he was spending more time doing that than 'focusing on managing and training his team.'

No one comes out of this with reputation intact; except for the fans who became organised and made sure the 'noise' was heard wherever G&H crawled with their begging bowl. They didn't understand what the club meant to us, the power the fans ACTUALLY had and how DETERMINED we were to be rid of them before they permanently damaged an iconic footballing instituition...oh, and Martin Broughton who would not be bullied by a Texan who thought he could ride roughshod over RBS and call the shots when all he had were blanks.

At the end of the book (and the storm...) there is a bright light at the end of a very dark and miserable tunnel. That light happens to be British Justice who rule in our favour and allow the sale of our club to go ahead without the authority of G&H. They try to stop this as you would expect, because they have no dignity or respect for anyone or anything.

New owners are now in place, so far so good. They will obviously want to make a profit when it comes to selling the club; that's what business is all about. We just hope they have learnt the lessons from the past 44 months...and NEVER ignore the 'NOISE'

Thanks Brian for putting it all down on paper.


McLevy: For Unto Us and the Trophy Club (Radio Crimes)
McLevy: For Unto Us and the Trophy Club (Radio Crimes)
by David Ashton
Edition: Audio CD

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No nonsense McLevy, 14 April 2011
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I was looking for another detective radio 4 series to listen to and took a 'chance' with Inspector McLevy and his faithful constable Mulaholland. Truth is I saw Brian Cox's name attatched to this series and knew it would be worth a try. This 2 cd set contains the stories 'For Unto Us' and 'The Trophy Club'.
Based in Victorian Edinburgh, McLevy has a no nonsense approach to his work. A dour scotsman with a thirst for solving crime. He treats all criminals with contempt, without exception. Brian Cox does a splendid job and brings Inspector McLevy to life in our imagination.
Is it me, or are these briliant radio 4 plays so much more entertaining than todays television (a medium that is lacking 'vision' even more these days). There are now 3 cd's in this collection. All detective fans will enjoy McLevy and his sometimes very dry one liners.


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