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Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (88 of 103)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 31,331 - Total Helpful Votes: 88 of 103
The Go-Between (Penguin Modern Classics) by L. P. Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite read, 22 Mar 2014
Hartley's work is supposedly based on his own life experiences - he must have had a very interesting history!. Some novels need to be read and re-read many times as they offer more on each reading - this is no exception. Hartley's descriptive writing can transport us to other realms and his characters are always believable. The Go-Between offers stories on different levels, and is full of meaningful morality without being moralistic. This is a tragedy written in descriptive emotional language which will pull you inexorably into its characters - we can relate to them all.
Sand And Water ~ Beth Nielsen Chapman
Sand And Water ~ Beth Nielsen Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure soul, 22 Mar 2014
This lady's vocal delivery is amazing. Her voice is crystal clear, and her timing and delivery impeccable. I was unaware of her work until recently when I heard her on radio 2 singing one of her new numbers. She describes tragedy, unrequited love and loss with pathos (but not sentiment). Her vocal timbre will send shivers down your spine, and her upbeat numbers are full of musicality. As she writes virtually all her own songs, I can see why other performers use her material. An incredible talent - not to be missed by anyone interested in this musical genre.
It's a Blue World: Remastered ~ Mel Torme
5.0 out of 5 stars Mel at his very best, 29 Dec 2013
This hard-to-find CD is an absolute gem. I personally regard Mel Torme's work from the middle period as his best, and this CD contains many of his less well-known (but excellent) songs. I thought as he aged, his voice became a little gravelly, hence my devotion to the middle years. This recording is of excellent quality, and his renown as a balladeer is plainly evident on this disc. His timing, intonation, and accuracy are as always excellent. Vocally he is mellifluous and he manages to intone passion with ease into all the songs here. His ill-effected label as the 'velvet fog' (which he hated) is left far behind and his skills as a songster I believe easily rival those of Sinatra and… Read more

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