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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Dec. 2015
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Learn Welsh Now: A Beginner's Guide to Welsh
Learn Welsh Now: A Beginner's Guide to Welsh
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3.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet, 20 Mar. 2014
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Just teaches a few basics of conversation, does so very clearly, and the reasonable price reflects this. The free audio lessons and podcasts are a big plus as most book + audio courses cost ten times as much. As an experienced language hobbyist who speaks several languages, I got through this in one evening but I recommend it highly to complete beginners who find other courses hard going

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3.0 out of 5 stars Modify the adapters and the noise goes away, 13 Sept. 2012
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I bought this foot pump because I had used a similar model at a music festival and found it to be very effective.

This pump, on the other hand, emits a whistle so shrill that it was actually physically painful. I wasn't able to determine whether the pump even worked at first because I couldn't use it for more than a few presses before stopping.

Then it struck me: the adapters for different types of nozzle reduce the noise, so if you just saw off the of one of the adapters, it creates a silencer that reduces the whistle to a tolerable level. Now it works just fine.

Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
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2.0 out of 5 stars A long journalist's piece, 16 Dec. 2011
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Steve Jobs is a multifaceted character with a compelling life story of 70s counterculture, success, exile and triumphant return. This flat, product-orientated biography written in journalistic style is therefore disappointing. His early life, personal relationships and illness are well narrated. His inscrutable character is not fully explored, but that's forgivable as the author had but two years to discover the truth about a secretive man. The book's real let-down, however, is its excessive focus on products (much like Jobs himself). It is interesting to find out about the early days of Mac if you are unfamiliar with the story but the later parts of the story read as "and then he created the iPhone, and lo the people did once again rejoice"; repeat for each product.

His roots in Syria, deeper family issues, his spirituality in India and LSD trips, all would have added interest to the biography - showing the life that never was (his biological parents) and the counterculture that shaped him. Sadly these topics were unexplored or omitted. I am left unsure that I have understood the man.

A Storm of Swords (A Song Of Ice And Fire Book 3)
A Storm of Swords (A Song Of Ice And Fire Book 3)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining drivel, flabbily written, 1 Dec. 2011
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Like the previous books, this is an entertainingly written piece of fantasy by a competent storyteller. However, the story stalls completely at this point in the series. What was originally meant as a trilogy should have stayed that way (not been written as seven as is now planned!).

The problem is on two fronts: first, the book is extraordinarily long and short of action. An editor could have removed two thirds of the writing and left the story intact and the pace much improved. So many reams of paper are expended that the story ceases to be linear, because parts of it move so slowly. Most of the storylines in this third book (Jaime, Arya, Bran, Samwell, Davos, Jon) involve running away from or towards something with some aimless wandering and the occasional capture thrown in. These all meld together and hinder the story's progression. Meanwhile, the promised 'Storm of Swords' never happens. For a book about an epic war, the paucity of battles is bizarre.

Which brings us to the second problem: killing. Since a war cannot be won without battles, the conflict between the kings has to be resolved by intrigue and assassination. The author does not hesitate to kill or at the very least brutalise some of the most likeable characters, only to replace them with new, unknown characters so that the pace fails to accelerate following the death of a character.

So if you like books where your favourite characters die and nothing else of note happens, this book is for you.

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