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Helpful votes received on reviews: 72% (1,419 of 1,980)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,037 - Total Helpful Votes: 1419 of 1980
The Siege: Three Days of Terror Inside the Taj by Cathy Scott-Clark
2.0 out of 5 stars Patchy, 10 Aug 2014
Another true life account that allegedly "reads like a thriller" and, for once, this one does. That is providing you can keep up with the array of characters and principle players as the siege unfolds, jumping from scene to scene, drama to drama, giving a feeling of the confusion that reigned as events took place (although I'm not sure if this was the intention of the author!)
It's hard to get a sense of the tragedy here, despite the many personal stories that are told. The terror is evident but the hopelessness of the people flung together into the melee is harder to convey. What a waste of lives, and for what? Can anyone remember why this happened now? What did it all bring… Read more
Chronicles Volume 1: v. 1 (Chronicles (Bob Dylan)) by Bob Dylan
4.0 out of 5 stars Bob The Builder, 10 Aug 2014
This book had me hooked in the first few paragraphs. You suddenly know you're in the presence of a voice, a storyteller with a story to tell, even although you know that this is The Bob Dylan and you've probably heard some of it before. Rock stars. Is there anything they don't know? I've read Keith Richards, Rod Stewart, that bloke from the Happy Mondays, and plenty I've forgotten too, but Dylan speaks to you with a different voice. It gives you a peek into the mind of an artist, of someone whose mental framework is constructed differently to perceive the world.
I was hooked, but the hook didn't really last. I enjoyed the writing and the observations of the Greenwich Village scene in… Read more
Graceland: Season 1 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Daniel Sunjata
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1.0 out of 5 stars Graceless, 10 Aug 2014
I struggled through the first episode, with only the shots of sunny California holding my interest. The rest of the content was just pure garbage. Firstly, since when did the FBI and DEA only employ men and women from modelling agencies? They are all so smart and cool it would make you vomit. They are the type of people who, when having a gun pointed at them by crazed Mexican cartels, they crack witty one-liners that ends with the bad guys desperately wanting to be their mates. Then they arrest them. Picture, if you can, Friends meets Miami Vice and you have an idea of how bad this pile of cack is. My recommendation would be to watch it with the sound turned down and make up your own… Read more

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