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VTech Baby Nursery Rhymes Book
VTech Baby Nursery Rhymes Book
Price: £7.26

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, terrible execution, 8 Feb. 2014
What a great idea for a product - a nursery rhyme book that sings to a child!

But it sounds like they got Beryl from Accounts Payable, who smokes 30 a day, to bash out a couple of the first lines from each nursery rhyme in one take with no rehearsal on the morning after the company Christmas party.

Then again, you won't immediately pick up on exactly how bad her voice is because the audio quality is so poor that it disguises her absolute lack of talent or training quite well.

Genuinely, puzzlingly bad.

DC Confidential
DC Confidential
by Sir Christopher Meyer
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Statesman or Sycophant?, 23 Dec. 2005
This review is from: DC Confidential (Hardcover)
Provides one man's experience of life in Washington, through a period of great turmoil and globally changing events.
Whilst it was enjoyable and sometimes eye-opening reading the memoirs of a very important British player in Washington, I couldn't get past the more-than-a-hint-of sugar coating and, dare I say it, occasional sycophancy.
I guess I was hoping that Chris would strip off his career-requisite ambassadorial modus operandi slightly and provide a less "everyone was amazing" account.
His political leanings are pretty clear (he doesn't try to hide them either), so if you're not of a similar bent you'll need to accept that his lens is different from yours.
Whilst it's not a riveting read, it is sometimes an interesting one - however, disappointingly, I can't help but think that this book is less of an objective and poignant story than a tool to position himself for future opportunities...
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Red Rabbit
Red Rabbit
by Tom Clancy
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So What?, 24 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Red Rabbit (Mass Market Paperback)
As a Tom Clancy fan, on the strength of his previous books I bought this one straight 'off the shelf'.
But this book was disappointing. It was strongly nationalistic, sickeningly pro-american (to be expected but this was too much - possibly done in response to recent american developments?), anti-communist, patronising, and in parts racist, whilst not providing much in the way of redeeming features such as excitement or suspense.
On the upside, it was interesting to read a theoretical "how this could have happened" story, but this was constructed more like a biased documentary than a spy thriller; the lack of real action or plot twists ensured that my most common thought was "So what?"
If you're not a Jack Ryan fan, don't bother. If you are a fan, you'll probably want to read it simply so you don't miss anything, but don't expect too much.
Personally, I'm going to use this book to prop up my broken sofa.

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