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The Secret Habits of Steve Jobs The Founder of Apple and a Highly Effective Person
The Secret Habits of Steve Jobs The Founder of Apple and a Highly Effective Person
Price: £3.58

1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time, 31 Mar. 2012
I think I must have read a different book to the other reviewers. I found the first half of the book read like a long introduction, whilst I was waiting for the insight to begin. Then I found the book jumped back and forward in time, in most unhelpful fashion. Key topics were not covered: I'm still not sure if SJ founded Apple or joined and changed it, if so when and why did he go there, how did he rise to become CEO...and what exactly were his major contributions in the field of technology? Most significantly, given the title of the book, the so called 'habits' read like general statements of business practice with absolutely no examples given. This seemed like a very distant and vague account of Steve Jobs with no particular insight from author.
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The Sand Daughter
The Sand Daughter
by Sarah Bryant
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, I could feel the heat, 19 Mar. 2009
This review is from: The Sand Daughter (Paperback)
This is lovely story, almost magical in its depictions of the intriguing Jinn and the landscape against which the Crusades took place, with a great heroine as the central figure. The reader is most closely involved with the stories of Khalidah, Sulayman, Bilal, Salim and the Sultan such that our sympathies lie with the locals rather than the Christians, who are characterised by infighting, a pathetic King and a completely dishonourable Templar Master. My criticisms of this book would be that the key Christian characters are slightly two dimensional, and that a couple of characters faded too quickly from view towards the end of the novel, whilst the whereabouts of another was left unresolved! All in all though, I very much enjoyed this book and am a little upset to have reached its end.

by Vanessa Collingridge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Bodacious!, 18 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Boudica (Paperback)
This is a captivating read. The author covers a lot of ground, particularly the changes of power in Rome which constitute the background to the story of Boudica's revolt, but succeeds in taking the reader along with her rather than leaving him lost in a sea of names, dates and places (which is my problem with many history books). She is also very honest about what we know, how we know it and - importantly - what we can only guess. Unfortunately, the part of the story dealing directly with Boudica's life and the rebellion is, necessarily, constricted to just a few chapters, given that just so little is known about her. But I love Boudica's story and even before the end of the book I was wondering how I could find out more and hoping against hope that some new source of information has or will soon come to light to open the window on her life just a little wider. I liked how Collingridge every now and then yanks the narrative back to present, talking about her research and reporting her conversations with the experts she consulted. Personally, I found the last quarter of the book less exciting than the rest, but it is still an interesting read regarding how in recent centuries Boudica's story has fallen in and out of fashion, been borrowed and bent according to need, but ultimately endured.

Through Hell And High Water [DVD]
Through Hell And High Water [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Cracknell
Price: £9.50

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and heartwarming, 27 Dec. 2006
This documentary is incredibly enjoyable. Ben's affability and James' competitiveness really have you rooting for them and spurring them on throughout all their troubles. Full marks to Ben for never appearing to snap at James! Even though James kept pushing and pushing Ben was determined not to let him down. The interviews with the boys' partners were good to include as it gave you more insight into their characters and motivation. It was really heart warming to see how supportive and selfless they were, especially James' wife, who - despite saying she was going to hate every minute he was away - always tried to lift his spirits whenever he phoned home. The guys' achievement was inspirational.

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