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All This And World War Ii
All This And World War Ii
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this while you can, 18 July 2015
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Still a wonder after all these years. Classic


Ya Nass
Ya Nass
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 18 July 2015
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Stunning, beautiful, despite the lyrics being unintelligible to me. Beautiful sound quality too. Highly recommended.


Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Piano Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Piano Concerto No. 2

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best interpretations, 18 July 2015
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Lenny was exuberant, effusive, OTT and wonderfully dynamic. This is one of the greats alongside the 1969 NYPO touring Symphonie Fantastique, sadly unavailable now.


Renoir: His Life, Art, and Letters
Renoir: His Life, Art, and Letters
by Barbara Ehrlich White
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, 18 July 2015
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Beautiful book, accurate colours. A few monochromes I should have preferred in colour, particularly Young Girl with Cat, but a treasure nonetheless.


Ethiopia (Bradt Travel Guides)
Ethiopia (Bradt Travel Guides)
by Philip Briggs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Best guide book I've ever read, ever, 18 July 2015
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Immensely informative, wise, witty, thorough, opinionated. What more does one want? Perhaps a few more illustrations, but these are available elsewhere. Absolutely the one to beat. Best I've read on any country.


The Power in Cakewalk Sonar (Quick Pro Guides)
The Power in Cakewalk Sonar (Quick Pro Guides)
by William Edstrom Jr.
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The manual that should have been included with the software, 3 Dec. 2014
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I have Sonar X1. It shipped with a pitiful handbook which was a complete waste of time and a pdf manual which was over 1800 pages long. While no doubt pretty complete apart from cursory explanations of midi instruments one has the strong impression that this reference tome had been incrementally changed over time without ever having been rewritten. This is understandable as nobody would willingly attempt to rewrite such a monster. Indeed I read that Sonar X3 has a reference manual pdf of well over 2000 pages which backs up my thesis. In the old days of Cakewalk ProAudio, the fore-runner of Sonar, the manual was manageable even though it was a few hundred pages long. Nowadays it is not. If you want to look something up you have to trawl through a search in Adobe Reader and you might eventually get to where you want to go. Or not. So Sonar must be very intimidating to new users because there is simply no easy way to get into it. Furthermore it is often made more difficult by odd choices of default, such as the Custom tab for track view which does not include input or output options. It took me an age to work that one out. Curiously, thus is also an omission in this otherwise exemplary book which assumes that such actions are performed via the inspector pane rather than the track pane (probably fine for newcomers but not necessarily for people reared on ProAudio 8).

Sonar is an excellent but complex DAW but it is surely not beyond the wit of man to produce a manageable handbook for basic operations. And this book does just that and very well too. Of huge importance is the large number of illustrations and very readable type and layout. The Garrigus book, by comparison, is very deficient in this regard although clearly more detailed.

As a refresher or introduction to a fantastic bit of software I cannot recommend this highly enough. Indeed, Cakewalk should license it for inclusion in the Sonar box.


A Burnable Book
A Burnable Book
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok but too long, 5 Oct. 2014
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A quite interesting story but over long and somewhat laboured at times. There is occasionally a tendency to insult the reader's intelligence with unnecessary explanations. Characterisation is generally weak. The author does convincingly conjure up the atmosphere of the times but he is no CJ Sansom.


How to be Well Read: A guide to 500 great novels and a handful of literary curiosities
How to be Well Read: A guide to 500 great novels and a handful of literary curiosities
by John Sutherland
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.94

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erudite, 22 Jun. 2014
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This is a splendid tome - full of wit while retaining it's purpose, being a good distillate of lots of books one has never come across as well as plenty one has. Inevitably, there are also many that might have been expected but, inexplicably, have been excluded. Still a good taster.

I really take issue with the review below by the person who calls himself Godwit - his contemptuous and superfluous comment makes me suspect he has a political grudge against the author.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jun 23, 2014 4:40 AM BST


The Zombies: Odessey And Oracle Revisited - The 40th... [DVD]
The Zombies: Odessey And Oracle Revisited - The 40th... [DVD]
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Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound mix, 7 Jun. 2014
This could have been so much better. The concert itself is wonderful but the sound quality is poor. Firstly, there are no sound options on the DVD and the best I have been able to achieve is PCM with a high quality Yamaha sound bar. This in itself is a disappointment but much more so is the regular modulation of sound, with intermittent fading, which is almost as if a gate has been applied too aggressively to the mix. As for the mix itself, this is notable for excessive fade on Colin Blunstone's beautiful vocals and (occasional) inadequate fade on Rod Argent's piano. This has the effect of pushing the former to the back of the sound mix and bringing forward the piano track into an often dominant position. I suspect the stage mix was much better balanced than this. All rather a shame because it really spoils an otherwise brilliant performance. Maybe this won't be so noticeable on a pure TV set up but with any cinema sound arrangement the deficiencies are readily and intrusively apparent. It cries out for remastering.


Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 7 (Aa)
Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 7 (Aa)
by Charlie Waite
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of the same, 16 Nov. 2013
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In isolation this is OK but going back to compare with earlier years one is struck by the similarities and, in particular, the perpetuating cliches of single trees, woodland in mist and converging trees seen from below, to name but a few. There don't seem to be the standout shots that occur each year with the Wildlife POTY, for example, which is a disappointment. Now I don't know whether this is a reflection of the entries or of the judging panel but I note that 5 of the 8 judges were on the panel last year and 3 of those 5 were there for 2010 (I don't have Collection 5 but I would not be surprised to see the same names in 2011). No doubt these are all worthy and distinguished people but maybe it is time for a wholesale change so that some life may be injected into this competition.
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