D E Barker

Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,020
Helpful votes received on reviews: 74% (302 of 408)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,020 - Total Helpful Votes: 302 of 408
The Yellow World: Trust Your Dreams and They'll Co&hellip by Albert Espinosa
1.0 out of 5 stars Glib, 23 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It is with real regret that I find myself writing this review. When I ordered it through the Amazon Vine programme I was expecting to receive a deeply inspirational book which I could give to a friend currently fighting cancer. This book, however, is a set of rather glib suggestions concerning positive thinking. It was written by a man who suffered from cancer in his teenage years, and as such may well appeal to other male adolescent cancer sufferers. However, it would be a totally inappropriate book for any woman, and not only because it contains chapters on the importance of wanking and the like. The section on Yellow People becomes more and more daft as it continues. I'm sure we have all… Read more
Be Brilliant Every Day by Andy Cope
Be Brilliant Every Day by Andy Cope
2.0 out of 5 stars Flippant., 8 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have spent 3 less than brilliant evenings reading this book, and this is what I've gleaned. If you want to be brilliant you must:
1. Be grateful for the good things in your life however small
2. Concentrate on the present
3. Be positive
4. Do your best.
5. Avoid all those who get you down.
6. Don't look for happiness outside yourself.

I think that was it. Do you really need degrees in psychology to find this out?
Maybe you just need degrees in psychology to make money from it...

Sorry about flippant approach.
I found the book unbearably flippant too.

It also only seemed to relate to employed parents of young children… Read more
The Natural Cook: Eating the Seasons from Root to &hellip by Tom Hunt
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Before I start, may I first say that I when I ordered this book from Amazon Vine I was under the misapprehension that it was a cookbook based on produce you can grow yourself through the seasons. This is not the case. The book is based on produce that is at its cheapest and most plentiful in shops each month. Yes, Mr Hunt goes shopping. Sometimes even in supermarkets! This explains why we are supposed to be eating aubergines in the summer and making marmalade in the winter. That being said, the book has an innovative twist. It identifies a key product each month and then explains three ways of cooking it alone. It then described recipes where the cooked product is integrated with other… Read more