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Elisabeth's Daughter
Elisabeth's Daughter
by Marianne Fredriksson
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Annoying slip-ups, 8 Aug. 2017
This review is from: Elisabeth's Daughter (Paperback)
Basically a good book but irritating because of author or editing carlessness. Is Katrin a spinster P.104 or divorcee P.124?


The Tempest: Metropolitan Opera (Adès) [DVD] [2014]
The Tempest: Metropolitan Opera (Adès) [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Simon Keenlyside
Price: £14.99

2.0 out of 5 stars OH DEAR!, 23 May 2017
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I admire Simon Keenlyside enormously and his interest in new operas - I thought 1984 magnificent. Although unfamiliar with Thomas Adès' work, I purchased THE TEMPEST. This, however, was not a good move on my part. Keenlyside was as good as ever, the sets and special effects stunning and the music bearable but Ariel. oh no. I found her screeching unbearable and couldn't watch to the end. I note, here, that I am in the minority but, sorry, no way!


The Luminaries
The Luminaries
by Eleanor Catton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EXTRAORDINARY, 21 May 2017
This review is from: The Luminaries (Paperback)
This is a fascinating, unputdownable, chalenging and exciting read. I picked it up several times and put it down again as I couldn't imagine the lives of gold prospectors in mid-19th century New Zealand would hold any interest for me. How wrong I was! Once I started reading it, I was completely hooked and remained so until the last but one page where it appeared to peter out. It is intriguing that so many Luminaries' readers are still asking questions about it on the internet. I love that we were left to answer one or two questions ourselves. A brilliant book by a superb young writer who deservedly won The Man Booker Prize. Well done, Eleanor Catton!!


Mazeppa [DVD]
Mazeppa [DVD]
Dvd ~ Miguel Bosé
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £26.68

3.0 out of 5 stars DISTRESSING FOR ANIMAL LOVERS, 26 Mar. 2017
This review is from: Mazeppa [DVD] (DVD)
I would have enjoyed this film far more had the excessive horse cruelty not taken place. It had a good story and Miguel Bosé was superb as the painter. I was subsequently horrified the learn that Bartabas (the horse "trainer" and producer of the film) now makes his horses perform to the accompaniment of explosive pyrotechnics. He should be banned for life from having anything to do with any animal


Suspiria [DVD] [1976]
Suspiria [DVD] [1976]
Dvd ~ Jessica Harper
Price: £12.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars VERY DISAPPOINTING, 26 Mar. 2017
This review is from: Suspiria [DVD] [1976] (DVD)
I found this film impossible to watch as all the actors spoke in their own language - of which there were many. There were, therefore, many awkward pauses when the next actor had to say their lines without being sure what the previous actor had said! I understand Tilda Swinton will be in the re-make.


Bob Martin Clear Wormer Granules for Dogs, 4 Sachets
Bob Martin Clear Wormer Granules for Dogs, 4 Sachets
Price: £8.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars VERY UNIMPRESSED, 1 Mar. 2017
I found the lack of instructions very difficult for the strange product. It's back to tablets for me


Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Royal Albert Hall Celebration [VHS] [1998]
Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Royal Albert Hall Celebration [VHS] [1998]
VHS

5.0 out of 5 stars Glenn Close IS Norma Desmond!, 2 Feb. 2017
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Great show but worth seeing for Glenn Close alone!


Toshiba Canvio Basics 2TB Portable External Hard Drive 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 - Black - HDTB320EK3CA
Toshiba Canvio Basics 2TB Portable External Hard Drive 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 - Black - HDTB320EK3CA
Price: £68.99

1.0 out of 5 stars AMAZED IT IS GETTING 5*, 31 Jan. 2017
Mine corrupted after two months losing all my work


Before the Fall: Selected by The Sunday Times as one of the top page-turners of Summer 2017
Before the Fall: Selected by The Sunday Times as one of the top page-turners of Summer 2017
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A SUPERB BOOK, 22 Nov. 2016
A stunning unputdownable book. So well written and such a page-turner. I stopped work and read it in a day - there was no option. However, if it is reprinted, it would be good to see "garotte" spelled correctly


Goya's Ghosts [DVD]
Goya's Ghosts [DVD]
Dvd ~ Javier Bardem
Price: £5.73

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars he's a brilliant, 19 Nov. 2016
This review is from: Goya's Ghosts [DVD] (DVD)
Again, Bardem's accent made this very heavy going. Such a shame, he's a brilliant actor


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