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Pleadings Without Tears: A Guide to Legal Drafting Under the Civil Procedure Rules
Pleadings Without Tears: A Guide to Legal Drafting Under the Civil Procedure Rules
by William M. Rose
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars astonishingly useful for the paralegal *and* the enthusiastic amateur, 24 Feb. 2015
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Essential reading, astonishingly useful for the paralegal *and* the enthusiastic amateur!


Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks: A 7th Doctor novelisation (Dr Who)
Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks: A 7th Doctor novelisation (Dr Who)
by Ben Aaronovitch
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £16.59

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing by Aaronovitch as usual - another great story ..., 24 Feb. 2015
Bliss oh bliss oh crepe suzette.... Great writing by Aaronovitch as usual - another great story in authentic style and structure, complete with that Sixties aura wrapped tightly around it. But what makes this super special is the sound! When I see the words 'sound and special effects by Simon Power' on new releases I know it's time to scuttle behind the sofa with a hot chocolate, and settle in for the evening. And this one's extra special - a third millennium version of a 1988 story about going back to 1963. Simon Power somehow channels 1963's BBC Radiophonics Workshop in 1988 effortlessly, and as seamlessly smooth and buttery as polished ivory. The combination of a great story, terrific narration and superb sound and special effects makes this one of the best in the range... maybe indeed the best so far. Oh, and Daleks. Don't forget it also has Daleks...
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Doctor Who And The Planet Of The Daleks
Doctor Who And The Planet Of The Daleks
by Terrance Dicks
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £13.25

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding production - slicker than a snail's tail...., 6 Jun. 2013
This audiobook is nothing like the traditional old single voice talking books of the past. With added music & sound FX by gifted sound designer Simon Power it becomes an entirely new & modern type of listening experience. The hot, sticky atmosphere of the planet's jungle. The hollow, metallic echo of The Dalek's hideout. Even the creepy, lurking invisible sounds of the Spiridons. Every detail is meticulously targeted to enhance Mark Gatiss's excellent reading.

It is truly amazing how far the genre has moved in in just a few short years. This is more like a feature film or a slickly produced radio drama than a talking book, and Planet of The Daleks is the best so far - let's have more like this please!
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Jonathan King 65 My Life So Far
Jonathan King 65 My Life So Far
by Jonathan King
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dismal self-aggrandisement, 2 Sept. 2011
One of the many problems with a self-published book is that there is no-one to check the facts or conduct even the most basic review of the writing. The result here is the most toe-curling piece of tat you will ever read, that not only glosses over his convictions for appalling sexual abuse on young teenage boys but makes the same excuses he made in court for such behaviour - indicating that he is not only unreformed but doesn't appear to have appreciated that such conduct should not be repeated.

And don't be fooled by the myriad glowing reports here - by an extraordinary coincidence several of the reviewers have only reviewed this book and others from his own publishing 'house' (which I presume is his back bedroom). Perhaps a better use for the 99,936 copies left in his garage might be to pulp them and make a giant papier-mache figure of himself that he can worship privately in his back garden? Because that's the only way this book will ever get any appreciation...


Spanish with Michel Thomas--Complete Course 8 CD Set
Spanish with Michel Thomas--Complete Course 8 CD Set
by Michel Thomas
Edition: Audio CD

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspend your disbelief - this really DOES work!, 15 Oct. 2006
I've tried a few language tapes, but never lasted more than about an hour before dying of boredom. Michel Thomas' method is different to anything I've heard before, and it's also genuinely interesting to listen to as he drops in little facts and snippets around the learning. Within a couple of hours I was 'thinking' in Spanish for limited phrases, and quickly built a handy knowledge of Spanish.

It's true that I'm only 20% of the way through the CD's, but I'm actually looking forward to the rest of the course - which is a first for me. His method of teaching and implanting knowledge is very subtle, and you won't even realise how much you're taking in while you're listening.

One minor point about the two 'other' students on the CD's - I THINK the male student is SUPPOSED to be rubbish; the intention being that you are encouraged by not being the worst student in the class of three! Certainly you'll find yourself mentally correcting your fellow-student as he messes up yet another word, but this just helps your own learning.

Excellent language course. Highly recommended.


Back To Black
Back To Black
Price: £5.99

24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome - a real step up, 13 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Back To Black (Audio CD)
More mature than 'Frank', with sophistication and layers that are quite unexpected. In particular 'Wake Up Alone' is a killer and HAS to be the break-thru single for her.

Nice work - I guess she was busy while she was away.
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Dionne Warwick Sings the Bacharach & David Songbook
Dionne Warwick Sings the Bacharach & David Songbook
Offered by westworld-
Price: £9.98

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare treasures...., 27 July 2006
Many people, even supposed Bacharach experts, are unaware that Dionne Warwick covered most of their output at one time or another. And covered them a lot better than the familiar versions.

In particular, 'The Look of Love' is generally assumed not to have been recorded by Warwick, but listen to it here and you'll never bother listing to the Springfield version again.

Duff? Ha! - Buy this, and enjoy lost treasures.


Management Teams: Why They Succeed or Fail
Management Teams: Why They Succeed or Fail
by R. M. Belbin
Edition: Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Building an effective team? - here's the only book you need, 14 Jan. 2006
Before I read this book, I thought the secret to success as a Managing Director was to surround myself with people just like me (yes, I was that arrogant). Those of you who know the book will recognise a Super Plant when you see one...
This book eloquently outlines just what you need to do to get it right first time. I've dipped into it time after time over the last fifteen years (I'm here buying my third or fourth copy - I keep giving them away), and can well understand why it continues to be a reference work. It will teach you how to put together the right people for a Board, a management team, or just a small project group. You'll find yourself making sure you've got a 'completer-finisher' in there, and you'll use the techniques from this book to get it right first time.
Some of the content can be heavy going and somewhat boring, but the best antidote for this is to jump straight to the tests to assess yourself. Then a light will go on and you'll realise it's not just talk - this stuff actually makes sense so it's worth wading through.
Highly recommended - but it loses one star for its somewhat plodding style here and there.


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