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C. Challenger

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 72% (54 of 75)
Location: Bradford
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 588,969 - Total Helpful Votes: 54 of 75
wait for me cd ~ Jubilant Sykes
wait for me cd ~ Jubilant Sykes
I bought this CD for two reasons. Firstly I had the CD of Jubilant Sykes singing Bernstein's Mass which is truly wonderful. Secondly it was cheap on Amazon. But just over a pound is not a bargain when you have to listen to this. Mr Sykes has a lovely voice but he has made bad choices (or been given bad advice) as to songs and arrangements. This CD is composed of over-produced songs in artificial sound and at totally the wrong tempos. Just listen to "It as might as well be spring" - it's impressive that Mr Sykes can hit the notes so well as it's too slow and too contrived but the overall effect is painful.
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Leaving Home: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Simon Rattle
5 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Is this really seven discs for 350 minutes worth of programmes? I remember watching this series on television and it was very good indeed. Have they packaged it as one 50 minute programme per disc and totally over-priced it?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 23 April 2008
When I began this book, I thought it was pretentious, then I got to like it more, but eventually I was really disappointed. If you didn't live though an event like the Second World War, I believe you have to write something really special to justify the use of the tragic events in your fiction. Though beautifully written, this isn't as effective and brilliant a war novel as, say, Schindler's List. Best thing about this book was to encourage me to re-read The Tin Drum - a genuine masterpiece and a child's view of the Second World War, written by someone who experienced it.

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