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The Official 2003 Cricket World Cup Review [NTSC] [DVD] [2003]
The Official 2003 Cricket World Cup Review [NTSC] [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Sachin Tendulkar
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £1.85

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a disappointment, 3 May 2005
Firstly, I watched most of the WC 2003 live on Sky TV and saw enough to know what the highlights were. This Official review lacked something. At times, I almost got the feeling this was cobbled together by decidedly non-cricket loving people, as there was often no explaining random clips of action included in the DVD that were not game-changing moments.
Sometimes they got it right but other times totally wrong. Why not show Wasim taking all 3 wickets in his hat-trick against Australia instead on one (and not the last one)? It makes no sense. Klusener clubs a half-century to keep South Africa in the game against West Indies in the opening match yet we see one shot from him. We also don't get to see Nicky Boje running out to tell Klusener/ Boucher that their Duckworth/Lewis run rate calculation was wrong in their rain-affected game against Sri Lanka; this is the most important point in the whole tournament for the hosts and we're left wondering what's going on. It's maddening.
We see Shahid Afridi take Alec Stewart's wicket - why? Why that and not anyone elses? All in all an interesting reminder of what happened in SA back in 2003 but in no way a comprehensive view.


Strange Voyage of Donald Crowhurst
Strange Voyage of Donald Crowhurst
by Nicholas Tomalin
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Donald Crowhurst, 7 Mar. 2003
This book is without doubt the best-researched of the 'Electron-related books. Tomalin and Hall were given access to Crowhurst's logbook/diary and could see at first hand exactly what went on aboard the Teignmouth Electron during Crowhurst's Round the World attempt.
Despite having been written in the early 1970's, this book is still a very enjoyable and easy read.


Captain Bligh's Portable Nightmare: From The Bounty to Safety - 4,162 miles across the Pacific in a rowing boat
Captain Bligh's Portable Nightmare: From The Bounty to Safety - 4,162 miles across the Pacific in a rowing boat
by John Toohey
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-described account of a mammoth achievement, 9 Mar. 2002
Toohey has the knack of describing events in an interesting manner. Although there's no way anyone knows what look was on Bligh's face for example, Toohey's assumptions seem to be spot on. A great book that wont take you long to read.


Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs
Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs
by John Lydon
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars contemporary history, 27 Feb. 2002
I wish I'd learnt this at school. In reality I've no idea if Lydon tells us fictional accounts or true-life stories but either way, it's interesting. Never afraid of contradicting himself, Lydon shoots from the hip - and sometimes misses.


The Amazing Civil War
The Amazing Civil War
by Webb B. Garrison
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Civil War for dummies?, 27 Feb. 2002
This review is from: The Amazing Civil War (Paperback)
Or maybe for people with attention spans similar to goldfish. Awful, tidbit-sized offerings that may or may not be true. You'll learn nothing of the significance of the Civil War from this offering.


66/99: An American Road Trip (Eye Wink)
66/99: An American Road Trip (Eye Wink)
by Kent Baker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.95

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete waste of money, 27 Feb. 2002
It's just a book fill of pictures. No words, no text, no anecdotes just various pics of Americana on or around Route 66. Avoid.
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Dixie Before Disney: 100 Years of Roadside Fun
Dixie Before Disney: 100 Years of Roadside Fun
by Tim Hollis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Takes you back - even if you weren't there to start with!, 27 Feb. 2002
I loved this book - a real labour of love from Tim Hollis. Many pictures, many memories and much research has gone into this fairly weighty tome. America as it used to be.


In the Heart of the Sea: The Epic True Story that Inspired 'Moby Dick'
In the Heart of the Sea: The Epic True Story that Inspired 'Moby Dick'
by Nathaniel Philbrick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it, 27 Feb. 2002
Compare it to the Chase/Nickerson 'classic' which comes across as rather dry, this book is superb. One of the few books I've lent my mother and she actually read and enjoyed. Philbrick knows his stuff and has obviously done the research for this book. Would encourage everyone to read this so next time they start bitching about a long journey or being hungry or thirsty they'll know the meaning of the words.


Across America with the Boys
Across America with the Boys
by Matthew Collins
Edition: Paperback

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ditch the kids, 27 Feb. 2002
I bought this after reading the somewhat negative reviews on Amazon. They weren't wrong.
I'm not sure if it's just the way Matthew has written about them, but his 2 children seem to be the nastiest, most spoilt, horrible and ungrateful children it's ever been my displeasure to come across.
Using the now all too familiar stance of self deprecation made fashionable by Bill Bryson, matthew does a fairly simple east-west USA drive by RV.


Platoon
Platoon
by Robert Hemphill
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy-san, 27 Feb. 2002
This review is from: Platoon (Mass Market Paperback)
An interesting enough romp through 5 months of Hemphill's life although it makes me wonder whether he did anything wrong. Reliance on second hand stories detracts from what I thought was going to be an axcellent read.


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