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The Sense of an Ending
The Sense of an Ending
by Julian Barnes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging - but ultimately unfulfilling, 15 Oct 2012
This review is from: The Sense of an Ending (Paperback)
Not much to add to what has already been said in many of the reviews.

It is beautifully written and engaging tale which I greatly enjoyed up until the last 30 or 40 pages when the absence of any sort of satisfactory ending let the whole thing down. I guess like the central character is repeatedly told I just 'didn't get it' but like him I felt deprived of the information necessary to 'get it'.

Another review said this feels more like a series of wise insights than a novel, and I'm inclined to agree. Well worth the read for it's prose and observations on life, but not for it's plot.


Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem [DVD] [2007]
Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Steven Pasquale
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.74

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably awful, 8 Oct 2012
Rather to my own surprise I enjoyed the first AVP film so thought I'd give this a go, big mistake.

The basic promise isn't bad, crash landing ship, aliens let loose on a small town. But the execution is dreadful. It's failings are well rehearsed in other reviews but two stand out for me;

So much of it takes place in such darkness that it is hard to tell what is going on. My guess is this is to hide the lack of special effects budget. The Aliens when you do see them are so obviously blokes in suits that it is at times it's like a 1960s monster movie.

Secondly the absolute absence of plot or characterisation, Reiko Aylesworth is underused as the Ripleyesque soldier. As for the rest they are instantly forgettable.

While it has it's moments, the combination of not being able to see what is happening and not caring a jot about the `characters' makes for a very boring film.


Amelie [DVD] [2001]
Amelie [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Audrey Tautou
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.90

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charmant, 24 Sep 2012
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This review is from: Amelie [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Somehow never got round to watching this, so returning home after a few days staying in Montmartre seemed the ideal time. Certainly fun spotting the locations.

The film with it's saturated colours looks fantastic, it has an almost cartoon like quality. In fact with a few cuts it could play as a kids film.

Amelie brims with Gallic charm, especially Audrey Tautou in the lead role. It's a sweet uplifting film that should leave you with a smile on your face. However for me it laid the charm on a little too thick and it's a little too long for the somewhat slight story. The final third - once the ending is obvious - dragged a bit for me.

None the less very enjoyable.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars These are good headphones., 16 Sep 2012
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They have good quality sound and a simple look. They are large so if you don't like that style they are not for you. Only complaint is adjusting the size is not great as they sometimes fall down. But I use them regularly and am generally pleased.

Reviewed by my 12 year old daughter


The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button [DVD] [2009]
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 16 Sep 2012
This is one of the most moving and engaging films I have ever watched, a film that can make you look at your own life, and appreciate it for it's pain as well as it's pleasure.

It's not an easy film to get into, the opening sections are a little slow (and with so many modern films the dialogue sometimes buried) but it's worth sticking with it to follow Benjamin's life lived backwards. That premise seems to be a problem for some, there is an explanation of sorts in the film - this clock running backwards - but actually IT DOESN'T MATTER WHY HE IS LIKE THAT! It is a dramatic device which allows the story to take a different perspective on life, death and and all that happens in between. I found that enthralling, and the central love story captivating, the whole thing ultimately immensely moving.

An outstanding film.


Ann Veronica (Everyman)
Ann Veronica (Everyman)
by H. G. Wells
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different side of HG, 14 Sep 2012
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HG Wells is best know now for his science fiction, but in his day he was a popular a prolific writer of a broad range of novels, and an outspoken social commentator.

Ann Veronica, inspired in part by the affair he had with Amber Reeves, is a feminist tale of a young woman's struggle for independence in London at the beginning of the 20th Century. It may seem a little tame by today's standards, but it was considered pretty scandalous in its day.

In Ann, Wells paints an appealing but by no means flawless character, struggling to understand why she cannot have the same freedom as men. Leaving the family home after being banned from going to a ball she faces various challenges in carving out her own life. Wells tells the tale with a light touch while making some serious points. It's only in the rather too neat ending that I felt the book dragged a bit.

A good (and worthy) read.


The Bravest Man In The Universe
The Bravest Man In The Universe
Price: £8.67

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what it could have been, 9 Sep 2012
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There have been some great albums where ageing legends have teamed up with younger artists / producers to great on last great work. Sadly this for me is not one of them. I've given it a quite a few plays and the high production values and Womack's voice I just don't make up for a lack of really strong songs, and a rather samey feel throughout. Little really stands out, disappointing.


Moonflower
Moonflower
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Transcendent, 5 Sep 2012
This review is from: Moonflower (Audio CD)
I've loved this album for 30 years owning it in pretty much every format. The mix of live and studio tracks works seamlessly (which perhaps it shouldn't) blending the harder edged Latin /jazz live workouts with a poppier sound. Together they create a marvellous listening experience. Carlos is at the peak of his powers and the band in great form. Sheer joy.


Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II (2.0) Multimedia Speakers with MTM Audiophile Configuration and BasXPort Technology
Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II (2.0) Multimedia Speakers with MTM Audiophile Configuration and BasXPort Technology
Price: £83.94

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value - great sound, 5 Sep 2012
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Bought these to replace th 5:1 set-up that came with my PC. I mainly use it for music rather than films or games and wasn't getting great sound. These are a huge improvement.

They are solidly built and look good though take a litle bit of getting used to after the smaller speakers.

It's the sound that matters though, it needed a bit of tweaking the setting on the sound card to get the best from them. They are very good, solid bass, good detail and enough volume. No they aren't as good as the my proper hifi system in the living room. But at this price they are an exellentt enhancement to my PC.


Sony NWZA865B.CEW Series 16GB Walkman - Black
Sony NWZA865B.CEW Series 16GB Walkman - Black

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 5 Sep 2012
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Had this for a couple of months now to replace a 8GB Sansa Fuse. It's a little bit bigger than my old player but still slips easily into a pocket. It doesn't come with a case so I have invested in a silicone case and screen cover to give it a bit of protection. But it feels pretty sturdy.

I'm using it with Windows Media Player on Win7 and syncing music (albums and playists) works smoothly. Battery life is good i'd guess about 10-15 hours.

Sound quality with the supplied headphones is excellent - good bass strength and musical detail - first time I've not felt the need to replace supplied headphones. Don't understand the comments about lack of volume. I haven't had it over halfway, much louder than the Sansa (there is an AVLS setting - perhaps those users have it turned on?

The operating system is Android based and generally easy to use - though one or 2 of the icons on the home screen are not immediately intuitive.

Video play back is fine (though limited by screensize) I have loaded and watched programmes via iPlayer. But can't say I've used that much. Not tried the podcast functionality.

All in all I can't find fault with it, the best MP3 player I have owned.


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