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Fiio X1 Portable High Resolution Lossless Music Player Champagne Special Edition Colour CHAMPAGNE
Fiio X1 Portable High Resolution Lossless Music Player Champagne Special Edition Colour CHAMPAGNE
Offered by EA Audio
Price: £99.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Better than an iPod, 4 May 2015
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The sound is fantastic - you wouldn't believe MP3s can sound this good. It's also much easier to get files on and off it, as you don't have to mess around with the nightmare that is iTunes. The interface is a little clunky and it takes 6 buttons to do what the iPod does with one, but where it counts it's a superior product, and much cheaper.


Neotechs® 24pc Chrome 3 Tier Spice Rack Jar Holder for Wall or Kitchen Cupboard
Neotechs® 24pc Chrome 3 Tier Spice Rack Jar Holder for Wall or Kitchen Cupboard
Offered by Neotechs
Price: £25.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Shaped like a parallelogram, 4 May 2015
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It's sturdy and well-designed, but while the shelves are level, the upright sections aren't vertical. I don't think it got bent during transit, so it must have been made that way. Not a problem for the inside of a cupboard, but definitely not suitable for mounting on the wall for all to see.


Seeds
Seeds
Price: £8.47

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great songs let down by compressed sound, 21 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Seeds (Audio CD)
The songs here are great. Not as good as Dear Science, but better than Nine Types of Light. This one's a little bit different - there's less variety and more cheerfulness than normal, but still plenty to reward repeat listens and I've been playing it a lot.

So why not five stars? Well it just sounds... a bit boring. The sound is quite compressed so everything's at about the same volume. Therefore it doesn't grab the attention like it should, and after hearing it for a bit I find my mind starts to wander and it fades into the background. This is a real shame as the production on the last two albums was fantastic. If David Sitek had mastered this one in the same way it would easily be up there with Dear Science. However it's still recommended.


Spanish Tales for Beginners (Spanish Edition)
Spanish Tales for Beginners (Spanish Edition)

2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, 25 Jun. 2014
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I read a couple of the stories and then gave up. They're just not very good. I much preferred the collection of short stories by Horacio Quiroga that is also free on the Kindle. Those are slightly harder to read, but much more entertaining.


Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin II
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Price: £17.79

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than the 1997 remaster, but not that much better, 8 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Led Zeppelin II (Audio CD)
The music's fantastic of course, so five stars for that. However I wouldn't have bought it if I'd known that it was only a small improvement on the (very good) 1997 remaster. I did a blind test, and although I easily identified the new version, it wasn't massively different. I was expecting something more like the recent Pink Floyd remasters, which were miles better than the previous versions.

So if you haven't already got this album, this is the best version. If you have, I wouldn't bother.


Nikki Nack
Nikki Nack
Price: £10.31

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Occasionally overwhelming but definitely worth buying, 10 May 2014
This review is from: Nikki Nack (Audio CD)
This is an album of 10,000 different ideas coming at you one after the other. For a few listens it's a bit overwhelming, but every time you hear it you notice something different so it keeps you coming back. The production is excellent so if you've got a good hi-fi you'll be well rewarded. I'm currently listening to it as the perfect antidote to the Eurovision Song Contest, :-)


Icehenge
Icehenge
by Kim Stanley Robinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's dated badly, unfortunately, 15 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Icehenge (Paperback)
Yes yes, I know that sci-fi shouldn't be reviewed on how accurate its predictions of the future are. However in this case I couldn't help it, as the differences between the actual present day and the author's 1980s version of the future were just too great not to grate.

I couldn't suspend my disbelief in a future where the Soviet Union still exists, but the internet doesn't. In this future there are no mice, pointers, or graphical user interfaces. All instructions are typed into computers and although books can be downloaded, you have to print them off. That might not sound important, but all of these things are significant parts of the plot, and therefore integral to the success of the book.

There are some good bits in there about life on Mars, longevity and its effects on memory, but - through no fault of the author's - the world was just too difficult to believe in. Nothing dates faster than something once designed to be futuristic.


Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy Book 1)
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy Book 1)
Price: £3.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by the accusations of "difficulty" - this book is awesome!, 15 Aug. 2013
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I was initially wary of buying this book as I'd read the reviews on here talking about it being hard to follow, with their accusations of poor grammar.

Now I read for enjoyment, not a challenge, and I have to say that this is NOT a difficult book. Yes the grammar and prose are a little unconventional, but I soon got used to it and I found it added colour and flavour to a real page-turner. Maybe if all you normally read are Dan Brown and Harry Potter you'll be out of your depth here, but if you regularly read books for adults then you'll be fine.

A high school-level knowledge of the Tudors definitely helps, and for a couple of chapters I was worried that it assumed too much knowledge on behalf of the reader. However the next chapter was a flashback that revealed all the missing details and filled in the blanks, so I needn't have worried.

This author knows what she's doing (I'm pretty sure the Booker doesn't often go to people who don't punctuate good) and if you take the plunge you'll be gripped. Don't be afraid!


Presente
Presente
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Price: £10.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Finally makes good on the promise of the first album!, 4 April 2013
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This review is from: Presente (Audio CD)
If (like most people) you've ever wondered what the best alternative electrorock tango album is, then you're looking at it.

I bought their first album (Tango Club) several years ago. It was good, but too electronic and not tangoey enough for me. Then I saw them live and it was a totally different ball game; I realised what superb performers these guys (and one gal) are. 10 years and only two albums later, this album finally delivers the goods. It's far more acoustic than electric, yet superbly catchy and funky at the same time, with some epic beats.

It's also epically long, at 1 hour and 20 minutes. But incredibly there's not a moment of filler on there - there just isn't space! There's a startling variety of sounds, mostly instrumental, a few tracks sung, even acapella tango at one point, making the album is a real musical journey.

I've seen their web page and they're not coming to the UK any time soon, but this album will more than make do until then.


A Tramp Abroad
A Tramp Abroad
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read (slightly) spoiled, 27 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: A Tramp Abroad (Kindle Edition)
What's with the formatting? The text is centred throughout, so it's a little like reading a menu! Also it is not possible to skip directly to different chapters. However despite these shortcomings it's still a pretty good read.


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