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The Hollow Crown - TV Mini Series [DVD]
The Hollow Crown - TV Mini Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Whishaw
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £15.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare for the 21st century, 23 July 2012
The Hollow Crown is the BBC's mini series of four of William Shakespeares History Plays, Richard II, Henry IV Part One, Henry IV Part Two and Henry V.

The series as a whole is fantastic with a stellar cast, excellent acting and superb visual backdrops for the scenes.

Richard II is played by Ben Whishaw as a the weak and feeble King who has is ultimately deposed by Henry Bolingbroke played by Rory Kinnear. Supporting cast include Patrick Stewart, David Morrisey and David Suchet.

Henry IV Parts One & Two follow on from the events of Richard II where Henry IV Played by Jeremy Irons tries to rule despite rebellions and his son and heir Prince Hal (Tom Hiddleston) acting immature and not taking his obligations as Prince of Wales seriously.

Henry V is the classic play where Henry (Tom Hiddleston) seals his reputation as one of England's greatest King's as he leads his forces once more unto the breach on the fields of Agincourt.

For anyone who may think that Shakespeare is just dry History and Drama, The Hollow Crown dispells any such thoughts. The series is well worth your consideration whether new to Shakespeare or a seasoned Bard fan.

I highly recommend The Hollow Crown and if you enjoy well acted high drama entertainment this series is for you.


CSA - The Confederate States Of America [2004] [DVD]
CSA - The Confederate States Of America [2004] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Greg Kirsch
Offered by Home Entertainment Online
Price: £9.39

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Disturbing Alternative History, 23 July 2012
The Confederate States of America or CSA is a thought provoking documentary of what might have been the history of the American people had the Southern States won the Civil War rather than the North.

The premise of the film is a previously banned British documentary shot in the Ken Burns style showing the history of the Confederacy complete with commercials and previews of shows involving slave products etc...

The film is of a very high standard but be warned that th subject matter is disturbing and if taken out of context would offend and upset some viewers.

As a work of fiction and alternative history the documentary provides a stark reminder of the inhumanity and injustice of the Atlantic slave trade and how easily history could have turned out this way.


Bill Bryson's African Diary
Bill Bryson's African Diary
by Bill Bryson
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Bill's African Diary, 23 July 2012
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To call this a book is a bit of a misnomer it's only 63 pages long but don't let that put you off or give you the impression African Diary is inferior to Bill Bryson's usual output.

Bryson in the book recounts his experiences in Kenya after being invited by the Charity CARE to see the work that they are doing to fight the country's horrific poverty.

Written with his usual informative and humourous style African Diary educates as well as entertains and I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoy's Bill Bryson's other books.


Kingston 4 GB Compact Flash Memory Card
Kingston 4 GB Compact Flash Memory Card
Offered by MyMemory
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Product, 23 July 2012
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This Kingston Technology 4GB Compact Flash Card is a great buy, small, practical and with a nice floral design on the front.

Fast and efficent delivery from Amazon as per usual.


Fatherland
Fatherland
by Robert Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Alternative History, 23 July 2012
This review is from: Fatherland (Paperback)
It's 1964, our story takes place in a Germany where Hitler and his Nazi forces won the war against the Allies in the second World War. A body has been washed up on a lake, a few miles outside of the captial Berlin. The discovery of this body and the subsequent investigation of the mysterious circumstances surrounding it causes our main protagonist police detective Xavier March to dig deeper and find a web of corruption, secrets and blood going back to the dark days of the War.

Fatherland in my opinion is a great book not only for it's action and thrilling narrative, but also as an interesting alternative history for what could of happened had the Allies lost the War.

The author Robert Harris engages you in the story and it didn't take me very long to finish the book as the story really is a page turner.

I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the history of the second World war or who enjoy's a thrilling, action packed story.


Archangel
Archangel
by Robert Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare yourself for one of Historys Unburied Secrets, 23 July 2012
This review is from: Archangel (Paperback)
before reading this book I'd heard a lot of good things about the 2005 mini-series based on the this book starring Daniel Craig so I decided I would read the book first.

I'm happy to say that the book is a great read. From the first page to the last the author Robert Harris grips you with this exciting, sometimes disturbing tale of covert plots, unfinished business and buried secrets in the former Soviet Union.

For anyone who has an interest in twentieth century history, espionage or thrillers Archangel will hit the spot and I highly recommend this book.


The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 2 [DVD] [2012]
The Ricky Gervais Show - Season 2 [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Ricky Gervais
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £10.00

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cue the Belly Laughs, 30 Jun. 2012
This fantastic programme returns for a second series and I'm happy to report that it is as a hilarious as ever!

The basic premise of the show if you haven't seen it before is essentially cartoon esque re-imagining of some excerpts from excellent The Ricky Gervais Podcast series. Every episode is centered around recording studio sessions with Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and professional Chimp Pal Karl Pilkington.

They all discuss a variety of subjects and get Karl's opinion on them. Given that Karl has some very unique and hilarious views this leads to some huge laugh at loud moments. Complimenting the banter is Hanna Barbera style animation which really adds extra hilarity to the topics being discussed.

If you liked either the Podcast's or Sky One's 'An Idiot Abroad' you will absoultely love this. My favourite section personally is Karls Diary but Monkey News is also a very funny feature.


The Second World War
The Second World War
by Antony Beevor
Edition: Hardcover

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Second World War by Antony Beevor, 28 Jun. 2012
This review is from: The Second World War (Hardcover)
The Second World War by Antony Beevor is a well written book on an epic conflict on a global scale and a highly documented subject.

To take on a subject as complex and as multi-faceted as the second World War and still keep the narrative interesting would be a challenge to any author and yet Antony Beevor manages to do this in the books 879 pages.

The book deals with the all aspects of the War from the European and Pacific Theatres and their decisive battles and campaigns to the less well known ones such as those in North Africa, Burma and the campaigns in the Mediterranean region.

I also liked the way the book deals with not just the Major characters in the War such as Churchill, Hitler, Stalin etc... but also the perspective of ordinary soldiers on both sides and also the innocent civilians who got caught up in the conflict.

I first heard about the book through BBC History magazines Podcast where the Author Antony Beevor was interviewed and some aspects of his book and his approach to the material were discussed and it pricked my curiosity.

Needless to say the book is a compulsive read by an engaging author. I highly recommed it to those interested in the History of the World War Two and History lovers in general.


Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
by Walter Isaacson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting to read & well researched, 25 Jun. 2012
This book was and is a great read about the genius of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The author takes us on an interesting journey of Jobs life and career from his birth, adoption to his death from cancer in 2011.

Because of Steve Jobs varied career as co-founder of Apple, Pixar and his innovations in the personal computer, computer animation and music worlds.

I felt that Walter Isaacson did a good job of researching the book interviewing Jobs himself many times as well as speaking to former colleagues, family and even the people who Jobs considered rivals or enemies. Because of this the book is very honest and the author allows you the dignity of making your own mind up as to what Jobs was as an innovator and a Human being.

The book is thoroughly engaging from start to finish and will keep you hooked despite the book being 656 pages in length.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys well written biographies and a good story. I don't think you need a particular interest in Apple or computers to appreciate the book as the story is a Human one and for this reason is well worth your attention.


Rome: Total War (PC)
Rome: Total War (PC)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £8.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Excellent!, 19 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Rome: Total War (PC) (Video Game)
This game in my opinion is the greatest Strategy game ever. Picking a faction their are two aspects to the gameplay. First of you have to manage and organise your settlements, economy, complete missions given by the Roman Senate and manage the general happiness of your people. The second aspect is the battle and military aspect which Total War games are famous for.

The gameplay is fun, challenging and terribly time consuming. I would recommed this game to any lover of either History or strategy games.


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