K. Bairstow

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (110 of 127)
Location: London, UK
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,099,989 - Total Helpful Votes: 110 of 127
Digital Wars: Apple, Google, Microsoft and the Bat&hellip by Charles Arthur
2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Charles Arthur's witty and engaging book goes far beyond recording the ups and downs of three technology companies, it captures an era of technological history the like of which we may never see again.

The author's engaging style prevents the subject from ever becoming dry, and the level of insight into key events that he provides leaves one feeling like a privileged insider. This, coupled with more than a little nostalgia for technologies past, makes for the most enjoyable read I've had in ages.

I read it via the Kindle app, on the iPad, because we live in the future - and this gem of a book explains how we got here.
Total French (Learn French with the Michel Thomas &hellip by Michel Thomas
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First impressions, 5 May 2011
I've just finished listening to the first disc, and I'm officially blown away. I love this method!

I understand more about the French language in an hour than I did after two years of GCSE (many decades ago.) What's more I'm actively looking forward to getting onto the second disc. Really like the conversational style, it's not over-produced, so you feel like you're in the room taking part.

Amazed at how much I can put together after just one disc. What a gem!
The Silent State: Secrets, Surveillance and the My&hellip by Heather Brooke
99 of 104 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book having heard of Heather Brooke through her instrumental role in breaking the MPs expenses scandal and I'm so very glad I did.

Heather lifts the lid on the rotten heart of British democracy and exposes just how little real information the electorate actually have to work with when judging the performance of their elected officials, police services and judiciary.

We pay for huge amounts of data to be gathered on our behalf and about us, and yet we are (in many cases explicitly) denied access to that data. Sometimes we get to pay for it many times over before being presented with a figure-fiddled, dumbed-down press release that bears little or no… Read more

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