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The People's Act Of Love
The People's Act Of Love
by James Meek
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I'd expected, 10 Aug. 2007
I had high hopes for this book but was left feeling slightly let down when I finished it. The story is excellent and unusual in principal but the narrative drags and I found it fairly boring in some places. The language, however, is very good and the setting is well described. The book is probably worth reading if you're interested in the Russian Revolution but it is not the thrilling story that I'd hoped for.


The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)
by Dan Brown
Edition: Paperback

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely clever, 17 Sept. 2005
I have heard people say that the 'facts' contained in this book are nonsense but I found that, realistic or not, they are so cleverly put together that it is impossible not to be hooked. The ending of each chapter leaves the reader in suspense and encourages them to keep reading. Some of the religious and historical reading needs re-reading because it is quite complex but this makes it clear how much research has gone into the making of this book. I am very much looking forward to reading the other three novels by Dan Brown, especially if they are as good as this one.


Creative Zen Touch 20GB MP3 Player
Creative Zen Touch 20GB MP3 Player

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 13 July 2005
I absolutely love the Creative Zen Touch! It's capacity is perfect although it is recommended in the manual that you do not use all of it as it drains the battery life (which is also great at 24+ hours). I like the way that the screen displays the album, artist and song title of the playing song and you are also able to scroll thorugh all of the tracks that are loaded onto the player. You can delete any songs or albums that you don't want on the player at anytime you like. I have had no problems with the player itself and after a few attempts I found the software fairly easy to use. The instruction manual contains the bare minimum of information but the player is so easy to use that it is not really needed. Some people say that the touchpad is too sensitive but I think taht it is an excellent feature. My friend has a mini ipod which is quite good but it doesn't hold nearly as many songs and it is almost the same price. I really like the case that comes with the player and the player is compact without making the button awkward to use. Overall, this is a fantastic Mp3 player and one of the best birthday presents I have ever received. Buy it now instead of an ipod!


The Phantom of the Opera [DVD] [2004]
The Phantom of the Opera [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Gerard Butler
Offered by HMS STORE
Price: £6.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!, 18 May 2005
I saw this in the cinema when it first came out and had to buy it on DVD. The cast are superb, especially Miranda Richardson as Madame Giry and Gerard Butler as the phantom but what really makes this film special is the music. I love 'Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again', 'Music of the Night' and 'Masquerade' but my particular favourites are 'Prima Donna' and the spectacular 'Point of No Return'. The special effects are fantastic, as are the costumes and the dancing, the masquerade ball scene is excellent. If you love musicals, buy this now. It's brilliant!


Eve Green
Eve Green
by Susan Fletcher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent debut novel, 7 May 2005
This review is from: Eve Green (Paperback)
As a debut novel, Eve Green is the fantastic story of an eight year old girl growing up in the Welsh countryside after the sudden loss of her mother. The story is told by a twenty-nine year old Eve who is expecting her first child by her partner (and farmhand from when she was younger) who is 16 years her senior, causing controversy in the small village. The plot follows Eve as she tries to find out why her father is widelt critcised in Cae Tresaint and come to terms with the abduction of a young local girl. The author manages to keep the reader's interest by hinting about what happened to Eve (such as the fire and what happened with the 'green-eyed man') but only revealing exact details near the end.
This is a superb novel from a new author and I am looking forward to the next.


Secrets
Secrets
by Lesley Pearse
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Secrets, 3 May 2005
This review is from: Secrets (Mass Market Paperback)
Adele Talbot is forced to leave her family home when her mother is sent to an asylum and Adele is sent to a children's home where she knows no one and the only person she gets on with is the male owner of the house. However, something terible happens and she runs away to find the grandmother she has never even met, not sure whether she will even be wanted there. Her grandmother turns out to be reluctant to take her in but they form a bond when Adele falls ill. She also meets Michael Bailey and their friendship is set to change many lives. At the outbreak of World War Two, Michael is sent away to war and they are not sure if they will see eachother again. An unexpected series of events and complex family connections leads to a shocking and then finally happy ending.
This is the first of Lesley Pearse's books that I have read and I will definitely be reading more. She makes her characters extremely likeable and although somoe events were predictable and some a little stereotypical I found that I really enjoyed this book and would strongly recommend it.


The Smoke Jumper
The Smoke Jumper
by Nicholas Evans
Edition: Paperback

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Smoke Jumper, 29 April 2005
This review is from: The Smoke Jumper (Paperback)
Although I did not think that this book was as good as 'The Horse Whisperer', I loved the way that it was centred around the unusual pursuit of smoke-jumping. However, I did find the love triangle a little too stereotypical and i think that this spoilt what could have been an outstanding book. In some parts of the book, especially at the end, I found that the plot was very easy to predict wheras at other times I had no idea what was about to happen and some things came as a real shock. The description was excellent, as Evans' always is and the storyline about Skye was fantastic. I occasionally found the time span in the book confusing, but on the whole it is very good.


High Risk
High Risk
by Matt Dickinson
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically descriptive, 23 April 2005
This review is from: High Risk (Paperback)
This is a very fast-paced book and it is sometimes hard to keep up with which character is where and at what time but the description more than makes up for it. The characters are described so well, as are the conditions on Everest when Hal and Josie make their bid for the summit.
When avalance expert Hal fails to give enough warning of an avalanche in which he and his girlfriend are injured, he feels even worse when he learns that his friends, Rick and Sebastian have just died in a storm on Everest.Rick's wife asks him to lay a plaque at base camp in memory of theose who died and Hal reluctantly agrees. He thinks that this will be his last climb but Sebastian's wife Josie contacts him and they decide to make a summit attempt s o she can visit Sebastian's body. However, near the summit, the weather takes a turn for the worse and their oxygen supply is running low...
Fantasic stuff from an excellent author.


Little Earthquakes
Little Earthquakes
by Jennifer Weiner
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Earthquakes, 23 April 2005
This review is from: Little Earthquakes (Paperback)
This is a heart-warming book, told from the point of view of 4 different women who have all recently had a child, although sadly, there are only three babies with them. This book deals with a lot of sensitive issues including infidelity and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in a serious but gentle way. At times I fou d that the characters were over-exaggerated but this also helped to add to the overall effect of the story. This would be an excellent book for new mothers to read and one that many could probably identify with.


Breathe In
Breathe In
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £3.47

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 21 April 2005
This review is from: Breathe In (Audio CD)
I really enjoyed this album, especially the fantastic 'Last Man Standing' and 'Seven Veils'. Her voice and style reminded me a little of Delta Goodrem's which is no bad thing, but I found that 'Nothing Else Matters' took a bit too long to get off the ground. However, this is a fantastic album, well worth buying and listening to over and over again! Lucie Sivas is very talented and she should have been 'discovered' well before now.


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