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Fishing The Best Excuse for Loafing in the Countryside
Fishing The Best Excuse for Loafing in the Countryside
by Keith Arthur
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.97

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant angler but not a great book, 6 Nov 2009
Keith is a great angler in the broadest sense. He lives and breathes fishing and has been a fine ambassador for the sport. He can also catch a few fish when he wants to! But this book is disjointed and needed a much stronger editor to put it into a shape that was fit for purpose. It would have been good to hear more about 'modern day' coarse/match fishing - who the personalities are and what's 'going down'. The sections on Florida are tedious - I know Keith loves the place but the book is about keeping others (i.e. the readers) happy rather than allowing Keith to indulge himself. I'd love to read a book by Keith that was properly structured and edited - there's every chance it would go down as a classic. Unfortunately this book doesn't do a great angling life justice.


No Boundaries
No Boundaries
by Ronnie Irani
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 18.99

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this the worst book every written?, 6 Nov 2009
This review is from: No Boundaries (Hardcover)
I bought this book, read it, and then realised I would have been better off using the cash to light my son's fireworks. Publication date should have been April 1st. Is he Harry Redknapp in disguise?


The Remains of the Day
The Remains of the Day
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, touching, heart-breaking. Simply wonderful., 15 Aug 2008
This review is from: The Remains of the Day (Paperback)
I have read this book four or five times now. I recently purchased the book again. The brilliance of The Remains of the Day is illustrated by the fact that you can read it several times and the poignancy and emotional evocation hit with the same force as reading for the first time. The book opens with a prologue that centres on the theme of bantering - which is quite simply brilliant in the way it probes and makes real issues of culture and meaning, and the difficulties inherent in stepping into different worlds. The rest of the book is simply beautiful, moving and real to an extent that is very rarely reached. I am hardly ever touched on a deep emotional level by novels but this book tears me apart every time. Reading it makes me want to reach out and talk to Mr Stevens and Miss Kenton and plead with them not to walk away from their love for each other. Without doubt one of the best novels ever written.


The Bible: The Biography
The Bible: The Biography
by Karen Armstrong
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.09

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and essential reading, 10 April 2008
Armstrong has produced a cogent and necessary book. She demonstrates immense skill in absorbing a mass of complex historical information and presenting a concise and erudite exposition. The book is a truly absorbing read. The reason I haven't given the book full marks is due to the ending. Here, for the first time, she puts forward an explicit agenda - that there should be greater religious tolerance (based on the knowledge that interpretation of religious texts is at best an inexact science). This 'call to action' is unnecessary and weakens the overal force of the book. Armstrong needed to allow her work to speak for itself; it is good enough not to need her explicit intervention.


SOUL SESSIONS
SOUL SESSIONS
Offered by FUNTIME MEDIA
Price: 1.73

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet soul sister, 30 Oct 2003
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This review is from: SOUL SESSIONS (Audio CD)
This album is an astonishing achievement. I'm led to believe that Joss is still only 19 years old. If this is true, her talent is staggering. Make no mistake, this would be an accomplished album if produced by a soul star in the peak of their career. At times the album is simply too beautiful for words. The stand-out track has to be "The Chokin' Kind" - a deep, sweet, heavenly soulful execution. If you love soul, you MUST buy this album. Soul is alive and well.


Organic Soul Vol.3
Organic Soul Vol.3
Price: 12.89

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Gorgeous, 13 Oct 2003
This review is from: Organic Soul Vol.3 (Audio CD)
This is one of the most accomplished compilations I've come across in years. Production is first class and the music is just mind-blowingly good. This is soul as it should be - from the heart. If you love soul, you MUST buy this album. Simply gotgeous and brilliant.


By Day By Night
By Day By Night
Offered by SourceMediaUK
Price: 2.68

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much hype, too little soul, 3 Oct 2003
This review is from: By Day By Night (Audio CD)
I bought this album after reading a couple of glowing reviews. Up until that point, I had not been convinced by the couple of tracks that I'd heard. However, I reckoned that there must be some substance behind the reviews. How wrong I was. The album lacks depth and warmth and fails to engage at any level. Production is at best eratic. Make no mistake, there are far better examples of contemporary soul & R&B to be found. A huge let down.


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