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Credo
Credo
by Melvyn Bragg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars clunker alert, 7 July 2014
This review is from: Credo (Paperback)
What a clunker! I really enjoy well-researched historical novels, and the two stars are for the research -- some of which is delivered here undigested. This is a deeply disappointing book. The main female protagonist is unbearable, and many of the characters (quite a few of them based on historical figures) not a whole lot better. The only real interest is the historical context and the explanation of the opposing sides of the Church at that time -- the Celtic and the Roman. It is poorly written, for the most part. I read it all the way through because I had received it as a loving gift from a family member and kept hoping it would improve: instead, it was akin to wearing a hair shirt. I will not read any more of Lord Bragg's novels in the future.


Airs de cour : airs à boire, chantés sous le règne de Louis XIII
Airs de cour : airs à boire, chantés sous le règne de Louis XIII
Offered by Smaller World Future
Price: £350.34

5.0 out of 5 stars not to be missed, 30 Oct. 2013
It's a pity this recording is so hard to obtain: several of the songs presented are among the most beautiful in this genre, and the singing and playing live up to the high standard. I like the fact that Nigel Rogers doesn't pepper the lovely melodies with too many flourishes -- he uses just a touch, here and there, and it's just right. Highly recommended, if you can find it.


John Donne: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)
John Donne: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)
by John Donne
Edition: Audio Cassette

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 4 July 2009
I had forgotten how much I love Donne's poetry. This superb recording, by fine British actors including Nathaniel Parker and Jeremy Northam, reminded me forcefully. Beautifully read selections of a variety of the poet's finest works. Make sure you're sitting down when you listen to "To His Mistress..." or your knees may buckle under you. Highly recommended.


Bleak House - BBC (3 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Bleak House - BBC (3 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Gillian Anderson
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars superb television adaptation, 11 Feb. 2009
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The Beeb has simply outdone itself with this superlative production. Based on one of Charles Dickens's most brillant novels, this version of Bleak House has everything you would expect of a British costume drama: the excellent script, sets, costumes and other elements are the canvas on which the actors play out the subtle story. The cast is, quite simply, perfect. It makes for rivetting viewing. You're going to want to watch it several times over.


Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony: 5
Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony: 5
by Eoin Colfer
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars a winning combination, 11 Feb. 2009
What a winning combination: Eoin Colfer's wit and humour, and the vocal dexterity of English actor Nathaniel Parker. The Lost Colony demonstrates, once again, the author's marvellous blend of fantasy and techno-know-how (mind-spinning,at times) with delightful humour; and Nathaniel Parker hits the nail on the head with every character, bringing them brilliantly to life. Make sure you start with the first in the Artemis Fowl series, though: you won't want to miss the fun. For kids from 10 years to 110.


Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)
Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)
by William Blake
Edition: Audio Cassette

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars poetry brought to life, 28 Jan. 2009
Blake has never been one of my favourite English poets, but I am really pleased with this recording. All the poems are brought to life by the fine readings of these excellent British actor-readers, including several poems that I had never liked while studying them at school. The narrative, interspersed between the poems, gives the listener a useful perspective by placing each poem in context. The entire series, of which this set of cassettes is just one part, is excellent and worth the chase.


Fade To Black [DVD]
Fade To Black [DVD]
Dvd ~ Danny Huston
Price: £8.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good entertainment, 6 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Fade To Black [DVD] (DVD)
I have seen this film several times, and really like the atmosphere -- the music, the costumes, the sets. Oliver Parker has made a enjoyable tribute to film noir. Danny Huston does well as Orson Welles, and the whole cast seems just right -- not something that happens too often. I'll be happy to watch it again.
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War Requiem: 20th Anniversary Edition [DVD]
War Requiem: 20th Anniversary Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nathaniel Parker
Offered by Direct Entertainment Supplies
Price: £7.89

17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars moving anti-war piece, 20 Sept. 2008
The combination of Benjamin Britten's powerful War Requiem, the poetry of Wilfred Owen and the acting and cinematography in this piece make for an intense experience. Jarman was not allowed to add a single word to the text of the requiem, yet he managed to make this work both a personal and a universal statement. Don't distract yourself with popcorn: give it your total attention. The images will haunt you.


The Water Horse (BBC Audio)
The Water Horse (BBC Audio)
by Mizuhito Kanehara
Edition: Audio CD

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a delightful 90 minutes, 21 Aug. 2008
A delightful story, told with charm and obvious enjoyment by Nathaniel Parker. All of his voices are bang-on, but Angus and the wee kelpie himself are my favourites. This makes a lovely present for kids of all ages.


War Requiem [DVD] [1989] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
War Requiem [DVD] [1989] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a deeply moving experience, 1 Aug. 2008
With only the soundtrack of Britten's War Requiem in the background and Wilfred Owen's poetry -- read by Sir Laurence Olivier, in his last film --this film packs a powerful punch. It's not without its occasional flaw, but it's still one of the most moving, beautiful films I've ever seen. Despite the still of Sean Bean on the cover of the new edition, it's Tilda Swinton and Nathaniel Parker (in his first film) who are the main actors, and they both do a very fine (as in delicate and subtle) job. You'll also recognise several other well-known character actors from the British Isles.

Jarman's message isn't a subtle one -- it isn't meant to be -- but it speaks clearly. Please don't sit through this with a bowl of popcorn on your lap: it's not that kind of film. It's serious stuff and, generally, brilliantly done. Highly recommended.
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