Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,126
Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (282 of 297)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,126 - Total Helpful Votes: 282 of 297
Elgar: Symphony 1, 2, In the South, Pomp & Circums&hellip ~ Edward Elgar
5.0 out of 5 stars Magisterial account, 30 Aug 2014
As well as the symphonies, this generous 2-disc package includes In the South, and Pomp and Circumstance Nos. 1 & 4, all played beautifully by the Philharmonia and recorded in typically clear and transparent DG sound.

These accounts of the symphonies are spacious and detailed, and deserve to be much better known. I can only think they have been a victim of the idea that only British conductors are approved for Elgar. Happily, this quaint idea now seems to be changing at last, so perhaps these performances will take the place they deserve, right up there with the more famous accounts.
Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with&hellip by Kindle
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is my third Kindle, following a Kindle Keyboard that served well for several years before expiring, and more recently a basic Kindle (without the built-in light or touchscreen). I bought it because Amazon had a summer offer, and am glad I did. It is very easy to use, with the touchscreen being a huge improvement over keys or buttons. The all-important readability also scores highly - one point that does not seem to be widely-known is that you can adjust the lighting level to take account of the ambient lighting. Very useful.

The only tiny niggles are that the touchscreen sometimes seems a little too sensitive, occasionally jumping a couple or more pages when only one is… Read more
This New Ocean: A History of Project Mercury (Anno&hellip by James M.  Grimwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and exhaustive, 30 Aug 2014
This is an incredibly comprehensive look at how America got a man into space. The length (of over 700 pages) is one indicator of the detail: another is the fact that the description of the first manned Mercury flight, by Alan Shepherd, only appears over two-thirds of the way through. As the book was written in the Sixties, soon after completion of the Mercury programme, the style is perhaps a little formal compared to what would be the case today: this is not a criticism, as the prose is crisp and readable.

As well as the look at Mercury itself, the book also covers the wider aspects of the very early days of what would become the space race, and will be of interest to those who… Read more