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Sony NWZE574 8GB Walkman MP3 Player with Digital Noise Cancelling - Black
Sony NWZE574 8GB Walkman MP3 Player with Digital Noise Cancelling - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars A Quality Buy, 17 Oct 2012
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This product is the latest in a long line from the company that invented portable music and is a worthy possessor of the title Walkman. In essence the MP3 player I tested is a good, solid portable music player with most of the features you would expect. The playback is of a very high quality and probably the best I have come across especially when combined with a good set of earphones. Those provided are not bad, but if you purchase a higher quality set you will be doing yourself a favour. The Media Go software is incredibly straightforward to install and use, whilst giving the user an excellent range of features. As ever, Sony has come up with the goods and you can buy this with total confidence.


CraftArtist Scrapbooks (PC)
CraftArtist Scrapbooks (PC)
Offered by DVDGAMING DIRECT
Price: £4.38

3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, but needs more variety, 20 Sep 2012
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As someone who wants to scrapbook a sporting day out enjoyed by my daughter, I jumped at the chance of this software. However, I found the templates provided too old fashioned and oriented towards overtly feminine themes. For anyone wanting to scrapbook a wedding this is the software for you. It is easy to use and would, no doubt, produce excellent results. However, if your scrapbook does not fit in to very specific themes then you would be best off looking elsewhere or, if you have the money, buying the upgrade available.


Eset Smart Security (2011)/PC/3 user/1 year/Boxed product
Eset Smart Security (2011)/PC/3 user/1 year/Boxed product

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unobtrusive Excellence, 20 Jun 2012
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From reading other reviews about this product it is clear that some computers/laptops experience problems when installing. Fortunately I didn't as it set itself up in very quick order. This could possibly have something to do with the fact that I had suffered a huge problem and was forced to wipe everything and start again. Consequently, ESET may work best when it is the first or only security system set up on your computer.
During the first scan it spotted a virus that my previous paid for system had not and ever since it has unobtrusively been protecting my computer with no obvious slowing down of my system. When my 1 year is finished I would be extremely tempted to get another version of this security as it has furnished me with peace of mind and confidence.


What's Up With Jody Barton?
What's Up With Jody Barton?
by Hayley Long
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.72

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than meets the eye, 14 Jun 2012
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I can only echo what other people have said about this book. It is impossible to review the content without running the risk of giving away something vital, or even hint at it. If I had known what was coming I would have felt totally cheated because Hayley Long has written the best twist I have EVER read in any novel in my life. It is a total thunderbolt that makes you completely reevaluate everything you have read that preceded it. You can reread and say 'ah yes, I see that now' but it is so brilliantly disguised that you could never have seen it coming. While the rest of the novel is well written it never quite follows that jaw dropping moment, but to expect it to is simply to be greedy. Whatever you do though, do NOT flick forward in this book or you may spoil things for yourself.


Sapphire Battersea (Hetty Feather)
Sapphire Battersea (Hetty Feather)
by Jacqueline Wilson
Edition: Audio CD

5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely bedtime read, 18 May 2012
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My daughter is a huge Jacqueline Wilson fan who has listened to the unabridged story contained on the 8 discs with absolute joy. The choice of Finty Williams as the reader is perfect according to my daughter because she brings the characters alive with different voices and tones. She has listened to the discs slowly but surely but has never got bored or lost the thread even if she has left a week between sections. I can imagine that a long car journey would go an awful lot quicker for any Jacqueline Wilson fans if this was put on and from what I've heard of it I would be quite happy to listen to it as well.


White Dolphin
White Dolphin
by Gill Lewis
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A well written rewarding story, 18 May 2012
This review is from: White Dolphin (Paperback)
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White Dolphin starts a little slowly in terms of story, with a little too much descriptive writing about the sea. Once it settles down, however, it is a superb read. The central story of the white dolphin comes in about half way through and serves as a catalyst to the other main stories of loss, greed and isolation. One of the elements I really liked throughout the main part of the book was the villain, Dougie Evans, who unusually is not given any redeeeming features whatsoever. He is a bully who hates anything and anyone that stops him making money, not a sadly misunderstood character with issues from his childhood! This makes him much easier to dislike - until the end with the obligatory Saulian conversion which was a great shame. I know children like people to see the errors of their ways, but Dougie sees his in a scene that just makes no sense at all given his character. Despite this one problem, which can quite easily be overlooked the book is an excellent read that will encourage children to find out more about the world around them.


Who is Mr Satoshi?
Who is Mr Satoshi?
by Jonathan Lee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

4.0 out of 5 stars A puzzle well worth solving., 16 May 2012
This review is from: Who is Mr Satoshi? (Paperback)
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This book is a very nicely written puzzle that touches on a number of issues, foremost amongst them how little we really know about our parents. Mr Satoshi is Ross Fossick's mother's childhood sweetheart who lives in Japan. He is mentioned in the mother's will and Ross is asked to deliver some letters to him. Ross agrees to fulfill his mother's wish, reluctantly at first, but by doing so he starts to re-engage with a life he had given over to mind numbing boredom and cynicism. We see his alienation in Japan as a metaphor for his alienation with people in general. By the end of the book the journey rather than the puzzle seems to have been the most important thing for Ross, as it might be for the reader as well.


Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking
Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking
by Susan Cain
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quiet call to arms!, 16 May 2012
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As an introvert myself, I was quite fascinated as to the insights that might be contained within this book, but ready to be disappointed with yet another thinly disguised self help book. What I got was a book that contains the most cogent argument imaginable for changing the approach to management, learning and life in general.

Extroverts are very good at energising people and carrying projects forward, but the introverts should be the ones allowed the time and space to get the projects started as they are far more likely to have workable ideas. With a number of real life examples this book doesn't lack rigour as some others do. I would recommend it for all people, extroverts and introverts alike, but I have a feeling that the managers that I have come across would regard the conclusions reached as unworkable! Read this book and come to your own conclusion, but I urge you to at least give the argument an unbiased hearing.


Postcards From Nam
Postcards From Nam
by Uyen Nicole Duong
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.94

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet, 16 May 2012
This review is from: Postcards From Nam (Paperback)
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This book is more of a Novella than a novel, but it doesn't suffer from this brevity. Many novels outstay their welcome but this one knows when to stop before leaving the reader wanting less! The postcards of the title are sent to a lawyer called Mimi who has settled in America after escaping from the Vietnam of her childhood. They bring back memories of that time and each one is simply signed 'Nam'. Clearly Nam knows her but she doesn't know Nam. Mimi goes on a search for him, but will she like what she finds? This is best read in one sitting and will reward the reader with a deceptively emotional story.


The Chaperone
The Chaperone
by Laura Moriarty
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb storytelling, 9 May 2012
This review is from: The Chaperone (Paperback)
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For the first time in ages I got to the end of this book and was aware of missing the central character, Cora Carlisle. Often, characters stay on the page however much you enjoy a novel, but Cora became a living breathing person that I liked and enjoyed getting to know. Her relationship with Louise Brooks, who is travelling to New York to become a movie star, is extremely well drawn and utterly compelling. A number of plot threads unfold in New York, but the excellent writing of Laura Moriarty allows these threads to be explored fully. I can honestly say that I wasn't disappointed with any element of this novel and it will be off of the bookshelf again before too long.


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