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Johnny Cash-the Line [DVD]
Johnny Cash-the Line [DVD]
Dvd ~ Johnny Cash
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Price: £24.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great overview of Johnny Cash, 30 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Johnny Cash-the Line [DVD] (DVD)
In an hour this provides the main insight into the story of Johnny Cash, without drilling down in depth on any one topic.

His roots are described, his air force career, marriages, addictions and musical influences and career highs and lows.

There is some great old footage TV footage, of some popular songs, although not the signature songs that prevail elsewhere.

There is a nice clip of Johnny's take on Elvis that will raise a smile.

It's worth watching on Amazon Prime, or on TV. It's a good way to pass an hour although it's neither a music video or a complete life story so you would think carefully or buying a copy.

Elvis Presley: My Second Chance
Elvis Presley: My Second Chance
by Bruce Portmann
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.11

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only it could have happened this way, 20 Mar. 2015
Rather than dying Elvis survives what is diagnosed as a stroke. He then embarks on getting his life sorted, by eliminating the prescription drugs and getting back in shape. This takes place over a two / three year period which is spent in favourite holiday destination Hawaii, on his newly purchased pineapple farm.

He untangles himself from Colonel Parker and with Tom Diskin has his new manager and without the creative shackles that many have said contributed to his decline, creates his best album, before embarking on a much wanted world tour, followed by an even more wanted great movie role.

He is also reconciled with Priscilla with whom he has another child. The names and the places are familiar, if only things had turned out this way.

The People Traders (Trafficker series featuring Karen Marshall Book 1)
The People Traders (Trafficker series featuring Karen Marshall Book 1)
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic no, entertaining yes, 20 Mar. 2015
I found this book very entertaining although it became as realistic as the most hyper all action hero movie.

The hero isn't Arnie, but a 17 year old Karen Marshall, whose abduction was arranged by the parent of another girl killed in a driving accident by her father.

Karen is used as a toy in the early part of the book, but rather than sinking into misery, prepares herself to escape and in the process seek revenge on those who sought to abuse and control her.

Karen turns into a gun toting, brilliant strategist that even upstages the SAS who are sent in to rescue her after she contrived to make a call home.

I can understand why some have slated this book in other reviews, but, I ultimately I found it very entertaining. Few all action hero movies win Oscars and similarly this book won't receive any wards for literature, but as it has the capacity to entertain, I'm not going to get snobbish about it, and I may well follow this up with the next one in the series at some point.

Clip-On Acoustic Classical Guitar Pickup Soundhole Pickup--Black
Clip-On Acoustic Classical Guitar Pickup Soundhole Pickup--Black
Offered by Tcity
Price: £10.37

4.0 out of 5 stars A good little accessory for an acoustic guitar, 25 Feb. 2015
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This is an easy to fit and remove pickup and with the padding as described it doesn't mark the guitar.

The sound added a certain richness of, tone to the sound of the acoustic guitar that I noted in particular on certain higher chords like a D, for example.

I am really only a novice on the guitar, and using a Marshall MS-2 micro amp, my first impression was that the separate volume and tone controls didn't do that much when adjusted. I did discover this actually worked better when the I turned the on switch to the 'overdrive sounds' position, rather than the 'clean sounds' position. I do note, however that another reviewer suggested that it worked more effectively on a 15W amp.

I think this is actually a good little device that is capable of delivering a decent, electro-acoustic sound for those who already own acoustic guitars. It probably doesn't fully substitute for an engineered electro acoustic, but then again you are not paying anything like that kind of price. It is a good little accessory, handy when you want that electro acoustic sound, even if you may not use it every time you play.

Note:This arrived 2 days later than the top end delivery estimate, but being mailed from China, this is not bad in terms of the delivery.

Rise and Fall
Rise and Fall
by Casey Kelleher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A disturbingly refreshing alternative to a Martina Cole formula, 24 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Rise and Fall (Paperback)
This book is certainly in the Martina Cole mould, but without following the formulaic plot that Martina Cole seems to have fallen into. (I have been a Martina Cole fan since her first novel The Jump, but after a dozen plus books, they are all merging into the same plot).

Yes, the book concerns rival gangs, but the developing plotline in 'Rise and Fall' is not so much about the gang rivalry and the emergence of 'the Don' from with 'the family', covering the success of one gang over another, it is one more concerned with a disturbing case of child abuse.

The conquering gang in this case isn't the most sinister. The conquering gang actually comes down to one gang lieutenant who has a personal score to settle with the sinister gang leader of the more hard core gang. The more hard core gang in itself is not of the typical make-up of one from a Martina Cole novel.

I don't want to give too much away in the plot in this review, as other readers should enjoy the refreshingly alternative plot in the setting of the criminal underground, that is both disturbing and gripping.

Taking into account that this book is of the genre but not of the formula, and also contains a classic surprise twist in the tale at the end, 'Rise and Fall' is a must read for lovers of crime thrillers.

A Tap on the Window
A Tap on the Window
by Linwood Barclay
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

4.0 out of 5 stars A book with an obvious opening that builds towards an unpredicatable ending., 27 Jan. 2015
This review is from: A Tap on the Window (Paperback)
This book begins presenting the reader with a classic dilemma. Should a guy on his own at night help single attractive girl in trouble? Yes, but of course this leads the main character into a whole bunch of trouble.

Some might argue that the basic plot is a bit formulaic, but keep going with it and the book gets better and better as the story unravels. The twist at the end actually reveals the key to the story which is the identity of the people responsible for the demise of the main characters son. For 90% of the book the reader is lured into thinking the main focus is solving the mystery of the subsequent disappearance of the girl who is offered help in the opening chapter.

The book contains some italicised chapters which when you first come across them almost seem to leap out of nowhere and not fit in with the story. Only about half way through the book do they seem to gradually start to fall into place and help the author reveal to the reader what is happening from the point of view of the guilty parties with respect to the girl's disappearance, rather than from the point of view of main character.

These chapters could have been integrated more seamlessly from the start so that they when the reader first comes across them the reader is not left wondering if a random insert has been made accidently. Alternatively, so as not to develop the plot too quickly they could have been left out until the point where they begin to make sense and serve a purpose.

Overall an excellent read then particularly in the latter half.

Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison
Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison
by John Kruth
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.14

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great subject, useless author, 5 Dec. 2014
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This book is quite good at analysing the writing behind the big early hits from the early 1960's and little else.
From this early period, Roy's first wife Claudette barely gets a mention.

The book is full of annoying misconceptions, for example, everyone knows that Elvis's time in the army in Germany was spent as regular soldier. This is one of the most universally commended time's of Elvis life. Yet, this author mentions twice in a derogatory fashion "while Elvis was entertaining the troops in Germany". If the author has such stupid misconceptions about Roy's contemporaries, how much of the material pertaining to Roy is also inaccurate.

I don't think this book has been originally researched, even with the bits that are OK, most of the analysis of the song writing for example can be extrapolated from comments made by the likes of Bono and Bernie Taupin in DVD's.

The author also refers to Roy's first album as "Blue and Lonely" rather than the correct title of "Lonely and Blue", just how bad is that.

Elvis & Ginger
Elvis & Ginger
by Ginger Alden
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.42

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A more comforting appraisal of Elvis's last few months, 17 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: Elvis & Ginger (Hardcover)
Ginger has waited a very long time to tell her story of her time with Elvis. In many ways Ginger's account provides a more comforting appraisal of Elvis's last few months alive.

According to the accounts by aides, Elvis was depressed, ill tempered and reclusive. They dismiss Ginger as being someone whose presence was barely noticed and non-existent after the end and who wasn't really committed to Elvis.

The is not the case according to Ginger's account.

Ginger provides detailed accounts of how Elvis helped her family manage difficulties caused by adverse weather at the time of her Grandfather's funeral by organising transport in the form of his private jets, helping her family through her parents separation and divorce and other caring acts that don't seem to have been mentioned in accounts from the likes of Joe Esposito who focus on his depression caused by the upcoming bodyguard book and other negativity.

Ginger describes a man who regularly visited her family home, took family on trips to Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Hawaii. A man who in the early hours of the day he died discussed wedding plans with Ginger.

Ginger does confirm a couple of events that tie in with other accounts, for example his confrontation with Charlie Hodge after Charlie had been drinking heavily, his incredibly un-healthy diet, noting in particular a high salt content, large portions and lack of exercise when not on tour. Ginger notes Elvis's use of prescribed medication, but in her account this seems to be limited to what she understood to be sleeping medication for his life long insomnia. Although she wasn't convinced it was always necessary, she doesn't appear to have witnessed anything near as abusive as some others have claimed, with one exception a few weeks before Elvis died which she understood to have been caused by over prescription by a Las Vegas doctor.

In her account Elvis was not as depressed about the book by his ex-bodyguards as others claim. He apparently told Ginger that it was not worth dwelling on too long and that he didn't intend to comment publically.

Ginger spent a lot of time with Elvis. She does admit to not knowing some of his aides that well, as most of her time at Graceland was spent in the upstairs rooms as Elvis himself seemed to be more comfortable away from members of the household at the time. This therefore would explain the difference in other accounts to Ginger's.

Clearly she loved him and he loved her. Ginger has evidence to this effect in the form of personal photo's of notes between them at the time for example.

She also describes Elvis as "still incredibly handsome" and barely mentions his weight at the time, which is often one of the focal points of other accounts from this period.

Partly as a result by being dismissed by everyone else (with the possible exception of Vernon Presley, who himself did not live long in a healthy state after Elvis's death) and partly being protective of her own private life and family (when she finally married many years later), Ginger chose to remain out of the public eye. Linda Thompson in comparison for example has had much more to say over the years.

This book re-addresses her role in Elvis's final few months and also leaves me wondering about possible sensationalism created by the accounts of others with respect to Elvis's outlook on life at the time. Ginger does not describe someone who was fed-up of being "Elvis Presley" and who was ready to through in the towel. In fact she mentions that he told her that "there are going to be some changes around here".

Had Elvis survived that fateful day in 1977, after reading this book, I feel that he may well have done just that in a positive way.

The wider public need to read this book or at least be made aware of it.

Be Careful What You Wish For (The Clifton Chronicles)
Be Careful What You Wish For (The Clifton Chronicles)
by Jeffrey Archer
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Slow at first but develops into a page turner., 9 Oct. 2014
The first quarter of this book seemed a little slow to me. However you knew something was brewing for Barrington's Shipping with respect to Don Pedro Martinez's hatred of the Barrington and Clifton family, but it was sometime before the actual plot was revealed.

From the second quarter to the end the book became quite a page turner. The main focus is on the issues with the company more than anything else however. Some of the original characters in the series seem to almost be forgotten about. Most notable in this respect is Harry Clifton himself, whose early development in book one is so wonderfully documented.

The book ends with the biggest cliff hanger yet aboard the ocean liner the 'Buckingham'.

But be warned, its not going to be until sometime in 2015 before we will get to find out the outcome when the next book is due.

Best Kept Secret: 3 (The Clifton Chronicles)
Best Kept Secret: 3 (The Clifton Chronicles)
by Jeffrey Archer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining enough to hold the readers interest in the series., 12 Aug. 2014
The cliff hanger from the previous "The Sins Of The Father", is swiftly dealt with in the prologue to this the third book in the series, it's almost an anti-climax.

After this the book settles down into telling the story of Harry's developing career as an author, Giles as politician and Emma's progression into the business world.

Along the way there are elements that are again straight out of a 1980's US soap with Giles falling for the scheming Virginia, who pushes him into contesting Elizabeth's will. As Giles mother, Elizabeth sees through Virginia's façade and by the end of the court case so does Giles thanks to a clever trick Elizabeth entrusted Harry with for use in the event that her will was contested.

Things don't run smooth for too long though because Sebastian, the son of Harry and Emma, gets himself into a sticky situation.

So the book has plenty to hold the reader's interest in the evolving Clifton / Barrington family story without being totally top drawer.

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