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A Hazard Of Hearts [VHS]
A Hazard Of Hearts [VHS]
VHS
Offered by rdowns33
Price: £14.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Cartland Classic, 5 Feb. 2009
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My aunt is an avid reader of Barbara Cartland and while investigating what sort of birthday present she would like she struck me with " A Hazard of Hearts' story. So once I found the VHS and got a DVD with it, I sat down and watched a very, very, old fashioned, unrealistic romance where the hero was dashing, rich, etc., and the heroine, a poor lady with a backbone who manages to capture his attention. I must say, my favourite character was the nasty mother-in-law (played by Diana Rigg) who made thigns interesting. Enough said, it ends happily for both...


The Jane Austen ITV Collection - Mansfield Park / Northanger Abbey / Emma (3 Disc Box Set) [2007] [DVD]
The Jane Austen ITV Collection - Mansfield Park / Northanger Abbey / Emma (3 Disc Box Set) [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Billie Piper
Price: £8.24

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely..., 5 Feb. 2009
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As an avid reader of Jane Austen's classics and a proud owner of BBC's "Pride and Prejudice' starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, I bought this collection and was not dissappointed. The new versions of 'Mansfiels Park' and 'Northanger Abbey' were delightful, while the adaptation of 'Emma' did not quite strike the cord with me (still fine, though) and an earlier adaptation with Gwenyth Paltrow still remains my choice here.


The Twilight Saga Collection - Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn and Four Full-Colour Collectible Prints
The Twilight Saga Collection - Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn and Four Full-Colour Collectible Prints
by Stephenie Meyer
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What started so beautifully ended in a painful strech of imagination, 5 Feb. 2009
As the synopsis of the series has been already given, I will only add that in the series of four books, it is only the first two ('Twilight' and 'New Moon') that engrosed me into the story of Edward and Bella. The third book (Eclipse) was already starting to escape my willing mind and the fourth book (Breaking Dawn) was simply so irritating, the events so unrealistic and ridiculous, that I had difficulties in finishing the last, what is meant to be a culminating creshendo of the story.

In the first book where Edward and Bella meet, the tension between the two characters, their two very different worlds and expectations, promises to create a story line unlike any other, one that you would think about for days, wonder if such possibilities really exist and then go back to it, just to see if there was someting in there that you might have missed. 'New Moon' continues this feeling and it brings out the character of Jacob to throw the story into an emotionally complicated turmoil and all the impatience of youth. At some point it felt that Bella's love for Edward was out of obligation and not out of true depth of the feeling itself and what she felt for jacob was not friendship but love in its truest sense.

'Eclipse' on the other hand starts to lossen the magic of the story line while "breaking Dawn" is tedious from an early onset and while the story line remains truthful to the three characters, events associated with Bella were just too much -perhaps I lack imagination or have built up different expectations from the to-date story itself that it was impossible to reconcile to the contents of the page itself. Still, this is the author's idea of an ending to the story and as a reader I must accept this, regardless of disappointments.

As for the four-book set -it is a nicely designed set and of a high gloss-print quality (cover pages) and decently sized font. You also receive a a set of four cards bearing the images from the book covers and one special quote that is also found on the book cover itself. I must admit I bought the set as a present to someone. I bought it simply because of the first two books and it was unfair to the new reader to have an incomplete set.


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