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The Death of Metal
The Death of Metal
by Donald Suddaby
Edition: Unknown Binding

5.0 out of 5 stars A book I'd love to buy and read again, 16 Aug. 2015
This review is from: The Death of Metal
Yes a terrific book which I read and re-read as a boy. Such a simple idea. All metal "dies" so - no structural steel, no weapons (for a while) and no electricity. I'd love to read it again.


HP Photosmart 5520 e-All-in-One Printer
HP Photosmart 5520 e-All-in-One Printer

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating, useless - not working yet, 1 Feb. 2013
I have had no problem in the past connecting Canon and Kodak printers wirelessly. After 3 hours of going round in circles the wireless facility on this HP printer is still not working. As someone else here has written "the software is useless and I spent hours installing and re-installing the disc software and then the same with downloadable software from the HP official site all to no avail . The printer simply would not connect with the PC . If you value your time I would suggest steering clear of the HP site at all costs ." My experience exactly. The instructions are written for someone who knows how to do it already. Having [time and time again] to enter codes on the fiddly little screen on the printer is an added annoyance. Clearly some people have got it running first time. Good luck to them but I desperately wish I'd bought a different brand.


Resolution (Garnethill 3)
Resolution (Garnethill 3)
by Denise Mina
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant conclusion to the trilogy.., 20 Nov. 2012
Read all three books in this trilogy. V well written. For all murder mystery thriller lovers but better character development than most.


American Folksongs For Children
American Folksongs For Children
Price: £31.18

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 20 Dec. 2011
I fully agree with the previous reviewer. We had this on vinyl and bought it again when it came out on CD. If you want a great set of songs for children, to listen to on long journeys, or just to let them absorb a big range of traditional songs, this is the ace collection, beautifully and simply performed.


Jane Austen, The Complete Novels - Unabridged (Complete Classics)
Jane Austen, The Complete Novels - Unabridged (Complete Classics)
by Jane Austen
Edition: Audio CD

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 19 July 2011
I'm pretty familiar with Jane Austen's six great novels, but not the "minor and unfinished" works. This fantastic collection gives you all of JA except for her juvenile writings. The main reader is Juliet Stevenson. Being the accomplished actress she is, "she do all the voices" and brought the characters to new life for me. Minor characters like Mrs Elton, Mr and Mrs Weston, Lady Bertram, General Tilney, and Mr Collins are all given their own individual accents, tones and nuances of personality. You know that Mrs Elton is vulgar and bossy from the text but as voiced by Juliet Stevenson you really feel just how pretentious she is and how keen to queen it over Emma, Jane, "Knightly" and the other inhabitants of Highbury.

"Lady Susan", "the Watsons" and "Sanditon" were new to me and an added bonus.

It's taken me about two months to listen right through, and the question now is whether I start over right away or wait a few weeks before listening again. Naxos audiobooks are first rate but this time they have surpassed themselves.

This collection may seem like a big investment but in terms of hours of top-rate entertainment I thought it was great value.

Highly recommended.


The Annotated Brothers Grimm
The Annotated Brothers Grimm
by Gebrüder Grimm
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting stuff, 11 May 2011
It disgusts me that a publisher should put out a book containing a viciously antisemitic story, that A S Byatt should enthusiastically endorse the book and that Amazon should offer it for sale. For heaven's sake don't put this into the hands of any child. This was Hitler's bedtime reading! It seems that only 37 out of 211 stories have been chosen for this collection - so why choose the worst nasties? The sales puff says "Perhaps most noteworthy is Maria Tatar's decision to include tales that were previously excised, including stories that the Grimms thought unsuitable for children. " Well, "excised" - I should say that the whole book should be excised. "Noteworthy" - yes like it's noteworthy to stand in the street and shout out racial abuse. Beware of this evil book.
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Just My Type: A Book About Fonts
Just My Type: A Book About Fonts
by Simon Garfield
Edition: Hardcover

31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Show it, don't say it, 29 Dec. 2010
I've enjoyed other books by Simon Garfield but found this a disappointment. It was on my wish list and I was looking forward to reading about something which really interests me. But if you are going to write about typefaces then unless it is to be simply the history of typography and printing, you have to illustrate what you want to say. To talk about the curve on the bowl of a letter, or the shape of a particular letter "g," or thick and thin strokes, or even the appearance of a page set in a particular font demands that you show the reader a sample of what you mean. Here there are simply too many fonts for which only the name of the font is shown in that font, set in the middle of other text, so any comment on the design of the font meant very little.
The problem is made worse of course because to the uninitiated many of the fonts look alike, so pointing out (and showing) the distinctions would have been really useful. Yes there are nice essays about a few fonts, Comic Sans, Helvetica, and so on. But unless you come to the book with a very good knowledge already of what the different fonts look like, or have specimens beside you as you read, more than half this book will pass you by.
What you get is a gossipy sort of ramble through the world of typography, like listening in on two well-informed people chatting about their favourite topic. It left this bystander not much the wiser.
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Remembrance of Things Past: AND The Life and Works of Marcel Proust (Naxos Audio)
Remembrance of Things Past: AND The Life and Works of Marcel Proust (Naxos Audio)
by Marcel Proust
Edition: Audio CD

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Audiobook, 10 April 2009
Remembrance of Things Past: AND The Life and Works of Marcel Proust (Naxos Audio)
This is undoubtedly the best audiobook I have ever listened to, out of many. I have never read the book and so the chance to listen to a long abridgement seemed a good way into it. Long, yes but every one of the discs is a cracker. You don't get the sense, as you sometimes do with the abridgment of a novel, that chunks have been left out. This flows beautifully and gave me a real sense of the book - "what people make all the fuss about." In fact it's drawn me to buy the book which says a lot for an audiobook.
Then there is Neville Jason's masterly reading. Really it's as much one-man theatre as a book reading. The novel is peopled with hundreds of characters and he brings them alive - each one a distinctive voice, which seems to age as the character ages. The novel is on 36 discs with a three CD Life of Proust as a bonus. I'd suggest listening to the Life after the novel because he ties in the events and people of Proust's life with the characters of the book, in a way which wouldn't make as much sense if you hadn't heard the novel first.
If you are daunted by the length or the cost of this audiobook I'd say "go for it" - I'd recommend it as great value and a great listening experience.
It comes in a stout box, each CD is well labelled with the track titles, and there is a fine synopsis book too. Oh, and I forgot the music - lots of contemporary music is well matched with the text and the book gives you details of the musical pieces.
The whole thing has been carefully planned and brilliantly executed. And I'll certainly be listening to it again soon, whether or not I manage to read the book.


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