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The Mission Song
The Mission Song
by John Le Carre
Edition: Audio CD

2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly read, 5 Jan 2014
This review is from: The Mission Song (Audio CD)
There are two versions of this audio book available. The more recent, and pricier, is a BBC one. I haven't heard that but the fact a second crack was needed says it all.

David Oyewole simply can not read. His timing is awful, one sentence runs into another where clearly a pause is needed. Where JleC would bring out the beauty of the writing DO just ploughs through. He doesn't seem to have done another audiobook.

So, if you want this on audio, try the other.


Professional Airbrush Cleaning Station with Holder Support for Airbrush
Professional Airbrush Cleaning Station with Holder Support for Airbrush
Offered by Airbrush Supply Online
Price: 13.46

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed for enamel paints, 7 April 2013
= Durability:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a useful and important product but is seriously flawed.

Firstly, different people use airbrushes for different things and with different paint mixes. Some people use water based acrylics, others enamels or cellulose. The point in all is that far more chemicals go through the airbrush in cleaning than in painting and this is intended to capture liquids and fumes.

When, like me, you are using enamels, then you are using a good facemask and an airbooth. When you come to using airbrush cleaner fluid, safety is not a joke. So this is good.

Where it fails totally is that the plastic lid, the grommet for the nozzle and the seals on the filter all react with the thinner/white spirit/ airbrush cleaner and appear to expand and become loose.

Within 3 months mine was held together with tape.

So good idea, good aesthetic and ergonomic design BUT flawed for enamels.

And this isn't a toy and those chemicals aren't toys.


Berlin Raids (Cassell Military Paperbacks)
Berlin Raids (Cassell Military Paperbacks)
by Martin Middlebrook
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat unfulfilling, 9 April 2012
It may be that I have bought one of a series but it feels incomplete. The core is a series of raid summaries which give the aircraft involved, casualties etc and a brief description of what happened. The sad truth is that they are little different. What I don't get is any detailed description of the aircraft and their evolution,the airbases and their construction, the bombs and their design, the workings of German fighter defences etc etc. So it feels a little incomplete.

Then sadly, Martin Middlebrook is not a storyteller. Not a Paul Brickhill. It would have been good to have had one good description of a flight from beginning to end, to have understood the preparations, the climbing aboard, discomfort, sleeplessness, fear etc etc.

Perhaps I am looking for the wrong thing. What MM has set out to do is a defined objective. To summarise the raids and assess them as a success or a failure. He has achieved that and to me its an insight that we never admit to - the British were every bit as beaten bombing Berlin as the Germans were bombing Britain.
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A Practical Treatise on Rail-Roads, and Interior Communication in General; With Original Experiments, and Tables of the Comparative Value of Canals and Rail-Roads
A Practical Treatise on Rail-Roads, and Interior Communication in General; With Original Experiments, and Tables of the Comparative Value of Canals and Rail-Roads
by Nicholas Wood
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.31

1.0 out of 5 stars Unusable - Optical Character non-recognition, 26 Mar 2012
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This book is unusable and should really not be advertised. I suppose there are enough health warnings to make it legal but that's about it. The book has been scanned by Optical Character Recognition. This is a massive fail. The scanning is at best slapdash with no attempt to correct false paragraphs and insert real ones or to get the chapter breaks right. Moreover, the original is pseudo-scientific and includes numerous tables and write ups of experiments. These are hopelessly mangled. The result is completely useless.

Straight scan versions of this book are now available. I have one. Bought after buying this OCR scan. Give it a miss.


A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain
A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain
by Owen Hatherley
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.79

16 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, truly awful, 21 Oct 2011
This is a truly awful book. I have to confess I have not read much of it. I tried. I felt I ought to read at least the intro and a chapter. I managed the intro and a few pages. I bought it by internet on the back of a newspaper review and owe others the chance to avoid the same mistake.

There are clues to the problems in other reviews but lets be clear. Its is like a 6th former's essay. Its pretentious. It uses long words and thinks you will be impressed. It namedrops and thinks you will be impressed. It is a stream of vitriolic bile on the wrongs of buildings and towns and politicians. Its a style that might work for an essay, a newspaper column or a blog but not for 350+ pages (in my case not for XXXV+20 pages).

It assumes you are in the know and recognise the namedropped architects and their firms, not just one or two but a whole industry. It assumes that "Pseudomodernist" or "Postmodernist" and about 20 similar words mean something to you.

As mentioned in other reviews the photos are rubbish. The worst photo reproduction I have ever seen in a book. Its like someone put thumbnails into the middle of a word doc expecting the publisher to make a proper print. How can you sell that and have the audacity to criticise architectural quality?

Ultimately someone rumbled him and on p267 we are treated to the Cardiff response: "how dare some jumped up ponce from London come here and slag off our brilliant buildings?". Manchester would have been blunter.

Enough said. The bin beckons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nearly but not quite, 10 Jan 2010
I have used one of these for over 2 years, removing the laptop several times a day. So they do work and do last.

What I was looking for was a stand to use laptops in an office hotelling environment (corporate twaddle for hot desking. ie where you leave the desk clear at night. The ideal would be a "pack up and take away" stand. This fails to achieve it because the rear spikes need unscrewing and the threads are not sturdy enough for that. Similarly, the locking thread in the centre is weak. It doesn't matter but looks poor.

Ultimately first impressions count and build quality means you won't get corporate user acceptance.

So if someone wants to redesign with folding spikes and build quality they are on to a winner.


First in the World: The Stockton to Darlington Railway
First in the World: The Stockton to Darlington Railway
by Barry Wall
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.87

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite one thing or another, 4 Oct 2002
Perhaps it was a shame that the S&D was not taken over around about 1850. That would have given a clear end point to a book. Instead this book covers the full history of the S&D -the first line through to links to Cumbria, Consett, Middlesborough etc etc. As a result the uniqueness of the "First in the World" is lost in a general history of a railway company which becomes no different from any other. Compressing this into one volume leaves too little detail of, for example the first permanent way and the coverage of the later branches is spread a bit thin.
That apart the major failing is the lack of illustration. Who knows the politics between publisher and author but the book sruggles around one map of the S&D network. Surely the publisher should have suggested or introduced an illustrator and cartographer? Did they really read of the new lines to replace the Black Boy branch and inclines and not think a map was needed when the third new line was mentioned. Sometimes a freshly drawn reconstruction can be worth more than a tired photo or reproduced painting.
Good work by the author, but more guidance from the publisher needed.


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