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Caesar: Life of a Colossus
Caesar: Life of a Colossus
by Adrian Goldsworthy
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £31.13

4.0 out of 5 stars Derek Perkins is quite easy to listen to and the MP3 format means one ..., 5 Feb. 2015
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This is a review for the audiobook. Derek Perkins is quite easy to listen to and the MP3 format means one doesn't have to change the disc more than once, which is great. The one thing that knocks this down from a 5/5 is that Perkins' pronunciation of Latin terms and names isn't quite right much of the time and often too Italianate (e.g. Dechimus Brutus, Marchellus). He has the odd idea that the dipthong AE is pronounced with two separate sounds, so 'Caelius' becomes 'Kai-ay-lee-us'. He's also inconsistent - Caesar is pronounced in the normal English way, but Cato is 'Kah-to'. More amusing is the odd English word that's pronounced as if it's Latin/Italian, e.g. 'Transpadahnay' (transpadane) and 'koo-rool-ay' (curule).

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Nintendo DS)
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Nintendo DS)
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £14.40

99 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game for the DS, 2 Dec. 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This game is extremely well suited to the DS (unlike most of the others allegedly designed for it).

- Once you've passed the first chapter of Episode I, all episodes are unlocked. No getting stuck and having nothing to do!

- The mini games mean that at least as much use is made of the bottom screen as the top. There're also mini stylus games throughout the main gameplay.

- Simple system for operating your characters and you can swap characters to use different powers both in story mode and in free play.

- It literally is impossible to die permanently. You lose lego credits if you die, but once you get to 0, you're just reborn automatically. Also doesn't matter if you kill your partner by mistake!

- The free play mode means you can play as pretty much any character you like (provided you've bought them at the bar). I'm playing as Count Dooku at the moment. Awesome. And yes, you can play as Yoda! Although Han's backward blaster firing has to be the coolest thing ever.

- Although the levels aren't that challenging to complete, you can go back over them in free play mode to find the mini game bricks and other extras with other characters.

This is an involving, well though out game with lots of mileage and little frustration potential. Totally suitable for all age groups and abilities.

Oh, and you can destroy Jar Jar in the Cantina. That's got to be a winner..!

The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
by Stephen Fry
Edition: Hardcover

27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ode to Happiness, 27 Oct. 2005
Appropriately, TOLT begins with a quote on teaching. SF is entirely right in suspecting that most of us have never been taught how to construct a poem properly, meaning that we're left thinking that to be able to do so well will always remain an unfathomable mystery.
TOLT sets out to correct this problem by laying out the various formal metres and forms of poetry, with examples and - with room for completion to make sure one does them - practice exercises. It is, essentially, a textbook for prosidy (there are other exciting new words to learn, too).
Having sat for an hour completing these exercises, I have to say that Mr Fry is right - confidence in anything is built upon structure, like painting or creative writing or language learning. IT WORKS.
The rest of the book explores different forms of poetry: the haiku, the ballad, the villanelle and the sonnet, amongst many others. For the uninitiated, this brings to light all those poets of whom you've heard, but by whom you've never really read anything. It's a taster course - but also a celebration - of poetry in general and writing it in particular.
It's also, as one might expect, quite funny.

Birds Without Wings
Birds Without Wings
by Louis de Bernieres
Edition: Hardcover

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turkish Delight, 22 July 2004
This review is from: Birds Without Wings (Hardcover)
Birds Without Wings explores further many of the themes of Captain Corelli's Mandolin: the many interwinding lives of a small town in peace and war; the frustration of love; the meshing and conflict of different races and cultures. These de Bernieres draws out with the same fluid empathy that characterised CCM, but chooses here to speak through many of the inhabitants - both Christian and Muslim - of the town of Eskibahce, rather than focussing on the destiny of a single family.
Intimate portrayal of the villagers is intermeshed with the events of the wider world - events that the birds without wings cannot fly away and escape. If anything, these are the parts that could have been sacrified to (yet) more character examination, since they're essentially a retelling of history.
De Bernieres is masterfully skillful at both drawing characters and telling their stories with endless variety. Each character is unforgetably detailed and multi-faceted, from the Dog, who lives in tombs on the outskirts of the town and terrifies children by smiling, to the 'Circassian' mistress of the local landowner, who yearns to speak her native Greek, to Abdulhamid Hodja, the wise local imam, and his horse. De Bernieres' mosaic of life is constantly sparkling and enthralling.
If you liked Captain Corelli, this is the extra large helping with chocolate sprinkles.

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