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A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century
A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century
by J. W. Burrow
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

13 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmm, perhaps this could be good, maybe, 9 April 2009
I really want to like this book but the author's tendency to include, frequently, indeed almost regularly, a lot of, in my opinion, unnecessary commas and indeed, comments, in the middle of sentences is, somewhat, annoying.

The flow of the narrative is constantly interrupted by, what appear to be, provisos and, indeed, nuggets of information or, in fact, qualifications, becomes wearing!
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Speeches That Changed the World
Speeches That Changed the World
by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Edition: Hardcover

83 of 90 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't do what it says on the tin!, 30 Nov 2006
There are some great speeches in this book, some wonderful pieces of oratory captured on the page, but i take considerable issue with the title and in some cases with the authors historical context pieces.

Prefacing a speech by Valclav Havel he mentions that "this is a little known speech"; how then did it change the world?

The author's Irish historical contextual pieces leave a lot to be desired (yes I'm Irish and yes I want a balanced view of our history, not Mr Montefiore's view). His choice of a speech by Eamonn De Valera is perplexing. It is little known within Ireland and even less known outside. A good speech and well crafted but I doubt it changed Ireland let alone the world.

Nonetheless there are speeches here that bear reading and re-reading. Martin Luther King, Hitler - to read such vitriol is essential, the Gettysburg address, Churchill's defining WW2 speeches - which are some of the few that could be said to live up to the title.

Buy it for the speeches, ignore the author's contextual introductions and let some powereful words speak for themselves, but don't expect them to change the world
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The Definitive Collection
The Definitive Collection
Price: 6.65

27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Define definitive?, 14 Feb 2006
This album is not reflective of the work of Dick Gaughan. Don't get me wrong - these are all great songs and I would advise anyone with a passing interest to listen to Dick Gaughan. I won't say don't buy this but if you want a truer reflection of Dick's work then get Prentice Piece - he picked the tracks himself.
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Transcendental Blues
Transcendental Blues
Price: 10.34

13 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Nick Hornby, 26 Jan 2005
This review is from: Transcendental Blues (Audio CD)
Nick Hornby's 31 Songs mentions this album. Many of the other people I listen to refernece Steve Earle, so I bought it and listened and loved it. Why not 5 stars? Nobody is perfect but this is a thumping good album and a great introduction for me to Steve Earle - I will be buying more!


Night Watch: A Discworld Novel
Night Watch: A Discworld Novel
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply The Best, 26 Jan 2005
Quite simply this is a wonderful book. It is beautifuly written, it has all the usual Pratchett footnotes and humour but it has more. It is a culmination of the Sam Vimes story. He has moved from cartoon copper to fully rounded human being. This is one of the finest books I have read in years.


The Life and Work of Harry Jones Thaddeus, 1859-1929
The Life and Work of Harry Jones Thaddeus, 1859-1929
by Brendan Rooney
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An evocative and in depth look at an interesting life, 2 Sep 2003
The best thing about this book is the little details, the snippets of information that add colour to an already interesting life. Tracing his life from Cork to the USA this is a beautifuly presented work, with lovely reproductions of the paintings and interesting insights into the graft behind the art.
Anybody with a passing interest in the period either historically or artistically will find something worth reading in this book.


Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves: A BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisation (BBC Radio Collection)
Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves: A BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisation (BBC Radio Collection)
by P. G. Wodehouse
Edition: Audio Cassette

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Witty, Perfect for a long drive, 12 April 2002
I came late to Jeeves and Bertie but when I did I loved it. I am a big fan of good audiobooks but not normally of adaptations. But this BBC Radio production is terrific. Michael Horden is suitably aloof and commanding, conveying entire paragrpahs in a single "Sir". Richard Briers is simply wonderful as Bertie and the whole thing is a wonderful way to pass a long car journey or even a long commute. Highly reccommend it.


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