Michael J. Houston

Helpful votes received on reviews: 75% (6 of 8)
Location: Northern Ireland


Top Reviewer Ranking: 387,114 - Total Helpful Votes: 6 of 8
Whisper (Whisper Trilogy Book 1) by Michael Bray
Enjoyable haunted house tale overall, but I couldn't help noticing that there are certain aspects of the story which are totally inconsistent with reality. Firstly the builder of Hope House goes to discuss the project with his business partner whose office is in London, yet the house is in the USA. Considering the time and money involved in a transatlantic round trip in the first decade of the 19th century, I found this very odd. Secondly, the generations of the Jones family make no sense. Michael Jones builds the house in 1809, and in modern era his great-grandson, Will, owns the local pub. From the plot we can deduce that Will's grandfather must have been already born when the house… Read more
Hubris: How HBOS Wrecked the Best Bank in Britain by Ray Perman
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I don't normally read this sort of book, but as an ex-HBOS employee of ten years, including the period of near-bankruptcy in late 2008, I was interested to know exactly how the collapse was brought about. I worked in one of the call centres dealing only with personal customers, light-years from the world of nine- and ten-figure corporate finance deals, but many of the root causes of the destruction of HBOS were visible even from my insignificant position within the company hierarchy. None of these issues are particular to HBOS, either. They are symptoms of the degradation of the banking industry over the last few decades. Genuine customer knowledge and understanding has been replaced by… Read more
SmartFrench - Introduction to French, Vol.2 by Christian Aubert
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Having never learnt French (I did German in school), I had considered purchasing one of these programmes for quite a while, and, seeing the positive reviews of this product, I was expecting something useful. Having gone through the lessons on the beginner's programme, I have to say that this product is being marketed as something it isn't. It may be useful for people who already have a reasonable grasp of the language and who want to improve their accent, but for a complete beginner it is of little use.
There is little there which is likely to be of use during a weekend in Paris. I'd imagine situations in which you would require the phrase "C'est un question de gout" (It's a… Read more