Eric Nelson

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Extending Acrobat Forms with JavaScript
Extending Acrobat Forms with JavaScript
Extending Acrobat Forms with JavaScript by John Deubert. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Hogwarts Library (Harry Potter)
Hogwarts Library (Harry Potter)
Hogwarts Library (Harry Potter) by J.K. Rowling and J. K. Rowling. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 2549 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Skipping Christmas: A Novel
Skipping Christmas: A Novel
Skipping Christmas: A Novel by John Grisham. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 1567 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Le contrat
Le contrat
Le contrat by John Grisham, Jean-Marc Galéra, et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Ha-Sahtan
Ha-Sahtan
Ha-Sahtan by Grisham John. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
O Rapto (Portuguese Edition)
O Rapto (Portuguese Edition)
O Rapto (Portuguese Edition) by John Grisham. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Flight or Fright: 17 Turbulent Tales
Flight or Fright: 17 Turbulent Tales
Flight or Fright: 17 Turbulent Tales by Stephen King and Bev Vincent. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 48 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Quick Python Book
The Quick Python Book
The Quick Python Book by Naomi Ceder. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 23 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
PHP: PROGRAMMING FOUNDATIONS (Bonus Content Included): Learn Server-Side Programming today! Learn Website Development and code with today's Modern Technology! (php & server programming series)
PHP: PROGRAMMING FOUNDATIONS (Bonus Content Included): Learn Server-Side Programming today! Learn Website Development and code with today's Modern Technology! (php & server programming series)
PHP: PROGRAMMING FOUNDATIONS (Bonus Content Included): Learn Server-Side Programming today! Learn Website Development and code with today's Modern Technology! (php & server programming series) by Web App Dev Central. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Building E-Commerce Solutions with WooCommerce
Building E-Commerce Solutions with WooCommerce
Building E-Commerce Solutions with WooCommerce by Robbert Ravensbergen. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
SQL: Advanced Guide in SQL Programming
SQL: Advanced Guide in SQL Programming
SQL: Advanced Guide in SQL Programming by Paige Jacobs. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
SQL Server Execution Plans
SQL Server Execution Plans
SQL Server Execution Plans by Grant Fritchey. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Swift Design Patterns: The Easy Way; Standard Solutions for Everyday Programming Problems; Great for: Game Programming, System Analysis, App Programming, ... & Database Systems (Design Patterns Series)
Swift Design Patterns: The Easy Way; Standard Solutions for Everyday Programming Problems; Great for: Game Programming, System Analysis, App Programming, ... & Database Systems (Design Patterns Series)
Swift Design Patterns: The Easy Way; Standard Solutions for Everyday Programming Problems; Great for: Game Programming, System Analysis, App Programming, ... & Database Systems (Design Patterns Series) by CodeWiz RDZ. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
Tactical Barbell II: Conditioning
Tactical Barbell II: Conditioning
Tactical Barbell II: Conditioning by K. Black. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 107 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Trade Like Warren Buffett
Trade Like Warren Buffett
I am a Finance MBA and Buffettphile and this book barely held my attention. They did a very poor editing job. The numerous errors detract from the work. A lot of "Buffett-like" and "Buffett-style" speculation but not so much Buffett.

The book is lacking in too many areas to illustrate them all. I'll use the chapter on merger arbitrage as an example. Mr Altucher mentions some studies on merger arbitrage and how you can improve your success rate. He completely fails mention Graham's criteria for entering a merger arbitrage transaction as stated in the Intelligent Investor. The criteria are annualized 20% expected return and an estimated success probability of 80% or greater. Buffett probably still uses these. His overall treatment of merger arbitrage is woefully superficial. Anyone can calculate the return on capital if the merger succeeds. How do you determine the expected return on capital if the merger fails? How can you determine the implied probability of success from current market pricing? These and many other critical areas to one who practices merger arbitrage are not discussed.

While the book is not written in sufficient detail to actually be useful, Mr Altucher did cite many academic studies that I am anxious to read when I have the time. Mr Altucher, you got me. You put "Buffett" in the title and I bought the book.
Bear Market Trading Strategies
Bear Market Trading Strategies
Another Home Run, This time in the Bear Market. Matt just keeps giving us the Best that he has when it comes to beating the odds in the Stock market. I just hope he never stops providing all this great information. When I first began trading stocks, I was clueless. With Matt's books, I now feel more comfortable and positive on what I am doing when it comes to investing in stocks, Futures or Options. Wherever I am honing my skills in long term or short investments, my portfolio continues to rise. Thanks Matt!

Lorenzo
The Business Wisdom of Steve Jobs: 250 Quotes from the Innovator Who Changed the World
The Business Wisdom of Steve Jobs: 250 Quotes from the Innovator Who Changed the World
This book provides many quotes from Steve Jobs. Most of us look to him as an innovator and a smart business person. The quotes were taken from some of his presentations in life or interviews. Some are more thought provoking than others. Overall, because I knew he was an intellect and a techie, it would not be like a quote book of Voltaire or Jack Prelutsky. It is a different genre of quotes fit for business. Enjoy!
Samsung Rising: The Inside Story of the South Korean Giant That Set Out to Beat Apple and Conquer Tech
Samsung Rising: The Inside Story of the South Korean Giant That Set Out to Beat Apple and Conquer Tech
In a very detailed account (close to 400 pages), Cain provides an excellent view into the inner workings of Samsung - a company that perennially seems to be mentioned only if the lead story is Apple. With his unique access to former and current executives and employees of Samsung and its partners and his own reporting over the years, Cain not only provides a breezy, detailed, and informative look at the corporate dramas internal to Samsung.

While the Lee clan is center to the narrative, Cain is able to also provide an informative read of the region's history, rivalries, and political tribulations. Perhaps no other region has the fate of a company is inextricably tied to the wellbeing, pride, and ambition of an entire country.

One also gets to get glimpses of various management philosophies, flavor-of-the-month marketing tactics, cultural barriers of building a global brand, and how personal ambition conflated with national identity drove strategies across various companies, particularly at Samsung.

While the author succeeds in providing a detailed look at the key personalities, their motivations, and a somewhat time-linear narrative of key events, he does not make any attempt to contextualize those with a richer description of the technological breathroughs or other socio-economic factors that were driving business trends at the same time. Moreover, there is very little analysis per-se; no second-guessing of key decisions or assessment of leaderships - the author lets his interviewees provide that and he does a fantastic job of abstracting and synthesizing those. In the end, Cain achieves what Samsung probably wants more than anything - see it as a global company in its own right and not just as an Apple competitor. An excellent read for anyone interested in management, technology and/or leadership.
Jeff Bezos: La Fuerza Detrás de la Marca: Introspección y Análisis de la Vida y Logros del Hombre más Rico del Planeta: Visionarios Billonarios, Volume 1 [Visionary Billionaires, Book 1]
Jeff Bezos: La Fuerza Detrás de la Marca: Introspección y Análisis de la Vida y Logros del Hombre más Rico del Planeta: Visionarios Billonarios, Volume 1 [Visionary Billionaires, Book 1]
Me ha gustado del libro en la forma en que el autor lleva la historia. Aportando de su conocimiento e inspiración en cada tema. Expresa de forma clara las diferentes formas y marcos mentales que tuvo Jeff y nos ayuda a nosotros a situarnos y ver donde estamos ahora. Para así movernos al próximo nivel en nuestras vidas. Recomiendo para todo aquel emprendedor que no desee ser promedio.
Recasting the Machine Age: Henry Ford's Village Industries
Recasting the Machine Age: Henry Ford's Village Industries
Henry Ford is famous for setting up the basic concepts of mass production. And some of his factories Highland Park, River Rouge and Willow Run to name three were truly huge facilities producing huge numbers of vehicles, even aircraft. Yet at the same time he was concerned about the social aspects of the businesses.

In the early 1920's he was instrumental in Ford setting up nineteen smaller 'village industries.' Each of these industries were set up to provide some kind of easily specified component that would be used in Ford vehicles or manufacturing. These included things like voltage regulators, twist drills, manufacturing test equipment, etc.

After his death, in the late 1940's and early 1950's these nineteen was shut down, usually merged into a large factory in the newly formed parts division. This effort cannot be considered a failure. All in all, the nineteen plants were too small, too hard to manage.

Now similar outside suppliers provide such sub component manufacturing, but they are larger, and independently owned. This same concept is also followed closely in Japan where smaller independent suppliers make components for automobiles and other products.
Ford versus Ferrari: The battle for supremacy at Le Mans 1966
Ford versus Ferrari: The battle for supremacy at Le Mans 1966
OK - it's probably been published to coincide with the release of the (controversial) movie and shares a key fault with the film - it's much more about Ford than Ferrari.
The story has been told before more fully in many books which are often quite expensive. This book is good value, with some excellent photos which may be familiar but are well-produced here. A shame that the caption-writers miss a few tricks - for example, a very good pic of Graham Hill leaning against a GT40 with an un-named executive ; who is in fact Alan Mann, an important player in the GT40 story.....
On the plus side, the book deserves praise for devoting a lot of space to the Lola GT which is often overlooked and also to the JWAE post-1967 story.
So - more of a 'browsers' book than one for the dedicated researcher - but worth the money.
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964
What really peaked my interest, causing me to jump into this seemingly endless bootlegged series was the song "I'll Keep It With Mine," which Britta Phillips did with intense exquisite passion and grace, on their release 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests, and is now doing live during Dean Wareham's Galaxie 500 tour. With this being the first time many of these songs have surfaced, I sat right down and queued up a whole host of interesting numbers, including a very introspective version of "Mama, You've Been On My Mind," and "Mr. Tambourine Man," where his imagery and abstractness seem all the more pointed.

Of course these aren't the most well recorded tracks, even with the remarkable cleansing process they were put through before being released. Never the less, one gets an insightful vision of what was circulating in the head of Bob Dylan, a mere ten or so weeks following the release of his very first album. Many of the tracks are very lo-fi in their nature, often Dylan opts for the piano rather than his guitar, and you can almost visualize him considering and changing these songs as they're coming out of his mouth. A number of the tracks, especially his talking blues forays sound sedated, mere shadows of what they would become. A real pleasure, and idea that I've always supported, was how much Bruce Springsteen's early demo sessions sound remarkably like Dylan in their structure, phrasing and development.

Dylan wasn't trying to prove anything here, these are just his initial takes on a large grouping of material. To be honest I'm surprised that he allowed a tape machine to be running, as these tracks were already cataloged in his head, this was just Bob, perhaps for the first time, allowing these songs to fully see the light of day, before he reworked them. It's important to maintain a sense of perspective here, an open mind, and even a sense of humor, because your gonna' hear some looser material back to back which songs that would become timeless classics.

As with all of this material, it's rather easy to dismiss, holding no lasting value, or repeated play interest. It's all sort of like standing on a wooden crate, rubbing the dirt from a smudged window pane, looking in and discovering that there's really not much to be seen, other than a young man, endlessly typing away, while adding the music to the words in his head. Of course I'm pleased to have had the look-see, but what is there to honestly say, just the dullness of an artist at work ... I'll take the finished product any day of the week.

Review by Jenell Kesler
Rolling Stone Bob Dylan: The Complete Album Guide
Rolling Stone Bob Dylan: The Complete Album Guide
Rolling Stone Bob Dylan: The Complete Album Guide by Rolling Stone - 2017-11-10 SIP and Meredith. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'bob dylan' category.
Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and off the Tracks
Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and off the Tracks
As a keen longstanding Dylan fan I was really looking forward to reading this. Victor was standing next to Bob during the crucial years of his development from 1962 to 1966, returned to Dylan's employ in the 80s and stayed with him till they fell out at the end of the 1990s.

The book is based around tapes Victor recorded before he died at the start of the 2000s, written by his son.

There are some interesting psychological insights into Dylan, for example his method of songwriting and how he thinks. It is no surprise to learn that being famous has had a bad effect on Bob's manner when dealing with people. This is understandable when one considers the ridiculous and dangerous behaviour in relation to Bob of some fans - some of which is described here.

I get the feeling that a lot has still been left out, to be fair much material went up in smoke when Victor's ex wife's house burnt down. And Victor by his own admission took a lot of drugs in the 60s so his memory may have failed him.

There is an element of revenge involved here too - Victor felt deep resentment from Bob's perceived ill-treatment of a member of his family.

The description of the first meeting between Dylan and the Beatles is spoiled by Victor being pathetically star-struck. There are no insights in this chapter.

The recounting of the tour dates in the eighties and nineties is not really of interest either except to see how Bob can allegedly behave like a spoilt brat at times.

Most annoying for me is the detail about Victor's family life which is surely of slight interest even to fans of the counter culture of the 60s and 70s, nobody who has read elsewhere about West Coast hippie scene will learn anything e.g. Electric Kool Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe. And there is information here which discredits Victor as a person, sadly.

As a literary work this book is not very impressive. Only Bob is a 'live' character in this book, everyone else described seems cardboard and unreal.

In all this is a book for hardcore Bob fans who are curious about what he was/is like as a person from the viewpoint of his batman. It is short on corroborative detail and you have to take much of what he says on trust. Be advised, a bitter man and his son wrote this book. Howard Sounes biography is far better value than this.
DOOGEE S95 PRO Rugged Smartphone 4G, Unlocked Cellphone Outdoor, 8+128GB, Helio P90 Dual SIM Free Android 9.0 IP68/IP69K Waterproof, 48+8+8+16MP AI Cameras, 6.3 inch, 5150mAh, GPS/NFC/Wireless Charge
DOOGEE S95 PRO Rugged Smartphone 4G, Unlocked Cellphone Outdoor, 8+128GB, Helio P90 Dual SIM Free Android 9.0 IP68/IP69K Waterproof, 48+8+8+16MP AI Cameras, 6.3 inch, 5150mAh, GPS/NFC/Wireless Charge
This phone extremely rugged! I was really impressed with the solid feel as soon as I took it out of the box. The metal and rubber give me an instant "quality feel" vs my previous phones. The phone was easy and familiar to use compared to my other Android phones (it is Android 9). The dual SIM was a highly sought after feature for my use. It has 8GB RAM and 128GB flash memory which is more than enough for me. The 48mp camera are clear and crisp and the 10x zoom produces nice and clear images. It also has a 16mp front camera for selfies. The amount of technology in this phone really is amazing...GPS, high res front/rear camera, dual sim, fast wireless charging...list seems to go on and on. I have been discovering new features almost every day. The battery is huge. I'm not sure what the specs are off the top of my head, but I easily go two full days on a single charge. The screen says it is drop and scratch proof. Luckily, I have not tested this yet :), but because of the solid feel of the rest of the phone. I think it will be true. Oh, yeah, important tip; use the "dark theme". It changes the entire feel of the phone - for the better.
Under Armour Men's Tech 2.0 1/2 Zip-Up
Under Armour Men's Tech 2.0 1/2 Zip-Up
Thin, thin, THIN!!!
For the "premium" price you pay for ANY of the UA clothing line, you would THINK you'd be getting a "premium" piece of clothing. That's NOT the case w/ this 1/4 Zip top. I found it to be VERY thin & NON-substantial. I bought this for my Son for Christmas BUT didn't even bother wrapping it once I took it out of the AMZ box & its plastic bag, and felt how truly lightweight & thin it was. (He's a huge UA fan & I didn't want to insult him w/ such a poorly made (fabrication, weight, & "hand") garment.) Sorry AMZ, UA, & Merchant...I'm returning it. :(

Undefined: More than the Sum of my Losses: A Birth Mom's Journey from Tragedy to Triumph!
Undefined: More than the Sum of my Losses: A Birth Mom's Journey from Tragedy to Triumph!
I was so excited to get my hands on this book because Michelle is my daughter's close friend and they were teenagers together when these events were unfolding. Even so, I was surprised at some of the backstory I didn't know about as it was unfolding. I remember Michelle's sadness during this time and how much I prayed for her as she went through these events. She tells this story as one who has been through the fire and come out on the other side...one who knows how much God cares for each of us and can move mountains to bring about a complete healing in a life marked by pain and betrayal. I'm so happy for her and Sarah. This book gives hope to anyone who has been through terrible loss and wonders if God is there for them. God walks with us in our pain, and sometimes moves mountains to make things right again. In Michelle and Sarah's lives, that's exactly what happened.
Extra Soft Toothbrush For Sensitive Gums, Micro-Nano Manual Toothbrush with 20000 Soft Floss Bristle for Gum Care, Protect Fragile Gums Good Cleaning Effect (2 Pack)
Extra Soft Toothbrush For Sensitive Gums, Micro-Nano Manual Toothbrush with 20000 Soft Floss Bristle for Gum Care, Protect Fragile Gums Good Cleaning Effect (2 Pack)
This was delivered 10 minutes ago - just in time for me to brush after finishing coffee and breakfast. All can say after the first use is (and pardon the language) WHERE THE HELL HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE???

Let me tell you that, as someone in their late 50s who is on all kinds of meds or a chronic illness, my teeth are in horrible shape. They look fine on the surface but my gums are damaged, bleeding and sore. I have been using baking soda and a rag to clean in the most tender spots because even the softest "regular" brushes are too harsh. I will be vulnerable and honestly say that I haven't had a rigorous brushing for at least 2 years. The actual disease is bad enough but the infusions I am on have really added to the tooth damage.

I am only upset that not one doctor or dentist has ever told me about this kind of brush. I will be spreading the word.

By the way, since the brush is so very gentle, I was able to brush with baking soda and a tea tree oil paste. Yes, I did need to brush for a longer period (about 5 minutes) but the brush felt so wonderful against my gums that I didn't mind. Now, instead of half-cleaning my teeth and gums with a soft rag, I can brush multiple times a day, Who knows - maybe I can fix some of the damage?

I am not sure how long these will last. The brushes themselves seem to hold up well after being wettened and used vigorously, but the packaging was kind of cheap-looking. Just to be safe, I am going to order more to have on hand. I don't want to ever be out of this type of toothbrush and I can't wait to tell others about it.
The Little Blue Box of Bright and Early Board Books by Dr. Seuss (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))
The Little Blue Box of Bright and Early Board Books by Dr. Seuss (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))
I grew up reading Dr. Seuss, among other children's authors. I had fond memories of that, so I bought this set for my child who was turning 1. I wish I had realized how much garbage that Dr. Seuss had written. Of the set, there is only one truly good book: "Oh the Thinks You Can Think." The worst of the bunch is "Ten Apples up on Top." I actually had to hide that one because it sucks so bad. It's a terrible book and I regret subjecting a developing brain to it. I mean, if you're going to write literary nonsense, can you at least make it good?

The books are durable and stand up to a one-year-old playing with them, stepping on them, looking at them, and handing them to adults to read. If only the contents of the books were as good of quality as the material they are printed upon!

So if you want only one good book to read out of the whole set, then buy it. If not, then give your child the instruction manual for your TV set. At least it will be better written than "10 Apples up on Top."
Red Rain (Nameless Book 4)
Red Rain (Nameless Book 4)
Red Rain, the fourth story in the Dean Koontz’s Nameless series, continues the pattern set in the first three stories. It is another, short, one sitting read. Koontz keep you turning pages until the end. In this installment, Nameless is sent to bring truth and justice to Regina Belmont, who lost her two children and was herself horribly burned and disfigured in a fire that was set by Danny Doyle, a criminal who makes his living setting fires for unscrupulous business men looking to bilk insurance companies. He is loosely associated with a ring of criminals who help him: a corrupt fire inspector who always rules Danny’s arson as accidents and two gang thugs who harass victims like Regina to insure they keep quiet and do not push law enforcement to dig too deep.

As always, Nameless and the Ace of Diamonds who directs him, bring justice outside of the system and do not hesitate to kill to do so. In this gripping episode, they come up with an ingenious plan that insures that the most of bad guys kill themselves leaving not much for Nameless to do. We do not gain a lot of new information about Nameless. The name of Regina seems to stir a memory from the past but, as usual, he cannot bring it completely forward. He also has a much more graphic repeat of the vision that has tormented him in several of the stories, perhaps threatening to eventually lead Nameless to an event from his past that he may not want to revisit. Koontz may throw us a small clue in the form of the book that Nameless is reading on a plane: Flannery O’Connell’s, The Violent Bear it Away. Her book was about southern religious fundamentalism, destruction and retribution. Hmmm. Nevertheless, I continue to enjoy this new format from one of our best storytellers.
Dr. Slump, Vol. 18: Final Volume! (18)
Dr. Slump, Vol. 18: Final Volume! (18)
The ultimate(last) volume in the Dr. Slump series finds the cast enduring once again the authors whims and lack of story ideas. The volume wraps up with a multi chapter 2nd Grand Prix, with the winner taking over as mayor of Penguin village.
It may have been noted in other manga that, during the translation to English, the publishing houses have altered the art and dialogue due to political correctness running amok. This volume has proven to be no exception. An under age drinking/smoking scene was altered to candy cigarettes and soda. In another story, in the original manga, some cast members were put into "Blackface" makeup. For this translation, the art was altered to give the appearance of cat whiskers, ears and noses.
I don't read Japanese, so I can't verify the accuracy of the translation.
Overall I'm pleased that VIZ has published all 18 volumes, but I value faithfulness to the original art/dialogue over PC.
Zoo 2 (BookShots)
Zoo 2 (BookShots)
As a general rule, I love James Patterson, and I really enjoyed Zoo. It was an interesting concept, well written, the characters were well rounded, suspenseful, exciting, etc. I was very excited to read the sequel and bought it pre-release. However, this book was a big disappointment. It was as if they were written by two different people; none of the characters charm from be first book came through, it wasn't all that exciting, none of the back stories were explored, none of the new stories were resolved, and it just wasn't very fun. The best thing about this book is how short it is. Writing is w tough business, and I understand that not every book is going to be a writers best effort, and I don't like bashing someone's work for the fun of it. However, this was just such a surprising disappointment, with such an unsatisfactory conclusion, you are better off leaving off at the end of the first book.
The Enormous Crocodile
The Enormous Crocodile
Roald Dahl still delights after all these years. First my daughter devoured everything he wrote and mourned his passing when she was just 11, but now a new generation is enchanted by his timeless magic. Great gifts for young readers, even pre-readers. Dahl never talks down to kids and invites them into an unspoken conspiracy with adventure after adventure.
The Twits, The Minpins & The Magic Finger
The Twits, The Minpins & The Magic Finger
The 2013 batch of Roald Dahl audiobook readings has struck me as an uneven bunch. There are some excellent audiobooks such as the David Walliams rendition of The BFG and Kate Winslet's absolutely divine rendition of Matilda. However, there have been some dull readings that lack the extra bit of sparkle that these stories need. Some of the lacklustre readings are included in this twin-disc that contains The Magic Finger, The Twits and The Minpins.

The Richard Ayoade rendition of The Twits turned out to be a grave disappointment for a listener like me. For a reading geared at children, the reader needs to empathise with the text and read in an engaging way. However, Ayoade's reading comes across as dreadfully dull and boring. After listening to this reading I can't help questioning why Puffin did not invite Rik Mayall to read this story, as he could do so in a more engaging, kid-friendly way. Anyway, Ayoade's reading is so quiet and monotonous that it almost seems designed to lull listeners to sleep rather than keep them awake with the antics of the Twits and the Muggle-Wump monkeys. Ayoade's characterisations tend to lack life, especially Mr Twit, Muggle-Wump and the Roly-Poly Bird. Mr Twit in particular comes across as dim witted and meek. This character needs to have a raucous, domineering voice and as such Ayoade's characterisation falls flat here. Only Mrs Twit is successful and Ayoade does his best to convey her scheming ways.

Winslet's Magic Finger fares better. I have great respect for Winslet's voice as a narrator and audiobook reader. I have enjoyed her absolutely divine, angelic rendition of Matilda. She tries her best in this reading of the Magic Finger and pulls it off convincingly. I can imagine her having fun with the characterisation of the bewitched ducks who occupy the Gregg farmhouse. The only thing is that I wish that the narrator's voice had sounded just a little bit more girlish and naive. In this reading it sounds a little detached and deadpan. The good thing is that Winslet is expressive and not dull.

Bill Bailey's rendition of The Minpins fares best. He reads expressively and offers very good characterisations of Billy and the Minpins. He strives to conjure up the atmosphere of the story. His word pointing is very good and he can does his best to match the mood nicely. However, at times I wish he had time to savour the words and express them better. Many words sound like they're being rattled off like the barrel of a machine gun.

None of these recordings can displace the audiotapes I grew up with. The 1980s Tempo recordings of Dahl were so well produced and they presented sparky recordings of Dahl. The Roger Blake reading of The Twits is better able to hold the attention of its ilsteners than the Richard Ayoade or Simon Callow readings. For The Minpins I am attached to a reading by Richard Pasco. It was an atmospheric rendition that did full justice to the story, complete with sound effects and the music of Shostakovich in the background.

I am sorry if I have to comment on the nuances of the readings. I know that the point of these children's audiobooks is to keep children amused and entertained. However, if the readings are dull, how can children be amused? As a keen fan of Dahl I also pay attention to the nuances of the performances, and so I would be able to imagine how the stories should sound when read aloud. I would like to let buyers know about the tenor and quality of the reading when they are considering their purchasing decisions.

All in all, a good collection, severely let down by Ayoade's boring and dull Twits reading.
Typhoon Fury (The Oregon Files Book 12)
Typhoon Fury (The Oregon Files Book 12)
While the book was exciting it lacked some of the 'down time' exposition and just moved from action sequence to action sequence like a summer hollywood blockbuster. However, I have to wonder if Mr Cussler even reviews the text of the books anymore. EVERY diving scene was rife with amateur errors which means that the co-author is not a diver and Mr Cussler (who is, and who knows better; only Vixen 03 had a major diving error in it) can't have seen. Divers do not use OXYGEN tanks (pure oxygen is fatal at even shallow depths). Divers use compressed AIR cylinders (tanks if you want to be sloppy). Salvage diving, even of the relatively small containers of Typhoon is not that simple and it would have taken longer, and been at a depth, than the mercenaries could have 'gone back down for'. If the wreck had been that shallow it would have been found sooner - the sand argument really would not have held. Most likely they would have been using Nitrox or rebreathers (if they could afford an RPG they could have used proper gear). If there are so many errors in a relatively small part of the book then I have to wonder how many errors were in the weaponry sections.....
The Dragon with Red Eyes
The Dragon with Red Eyes
First of all, I think the reading level is incorrect. This book has language more complex than books for babies. I would say preschool through 2nd grade is more appropriate. I read books to kids for a living and this is one of the best ones I've run across lately. It has a sense of reality, even though the main character is a baby dragon. It is uniquely charming, written by an accomplished Swedish author. The illustrations are appealing. The story has a sad but acceptable and quite realistic ending that any child can relate to.

Rosie Sumner
library assistant
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Astrid Lindgren (World Authors Series)
Astrid Lindgren (World Authors Series)
Astrid Lindgren (World Authors Series) by Eva Maria Metcalf and Bernth Lindfors. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Astrid Lindgren" category.
Deep Delta Country (American Folkways) (1st Edition)
Deep Delta Country (American Folkways) (1st Edition)
Kane, best-remembered as the author of Louisiana Hayride, "recreates the glamourous plantation life of the gay French sugar barons and documents the long history of tragedy striking from the sky, creeping in with the waters."

"...the panorama of strange folk beliefs, husbands who take on the shape of dogs to spy upon their wives; tormented spirits of unchristian babies who haunt the swamp in the guise of balls of fire."

"...a land which has been alternately a paradise and a battleground, where men of many nations have fought to take, or to save, the heart of a continent...."

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Paradise Incomplete

Corridor to a Treasure House
That Novelty, Sugar
Cannons Among the Chateaux
Imperial Highway
The Gay Picaroons
Loss and Survival

The French All Around
Dalmatia on the Mississippi
The Mixture Thickens
Stop Acting Like a Pilot
Harness in the River Mouth

Death of an Era
Rage in the Skies
Silk Shirts and Shotguns
The Twice that Rescued New Orleans
La Politique...She Stink, She Stink!
Shadings
Rare Ducks, With Salt
The Big Little Doctor
Everchanging, Everlasting

Acknowledgments
Bibliography (8 pp)
Index
Predator: Scarpetta (Book 14) (Kay Scarpetta)
Predator: Scarpetta (Book 14) (Kay Scarpetta)
It is hard to believe that Patricia Cornwell, who wrote the first ten books in the Scarpetta series, is the author of Predator The beautiful sentence structure and descriptions have morphed into something with a repetitive Dick and Jane feel.

"He kicks and kicks with his big boots until his legs are too tired to kick anymore. He slams and slams her with the stock of the shotgun until his arms are too tired to slam anymore." What???

One of the great things in the earlier books was how Cornwell introduced all the scientific knowledge. It was done in an artful way that made sense. This reads more like a technical manual where the info is just dumped on the reader. There is a multi-page description on how to make gelatin shooting blocks.

A number of the behaviors don't make sense. Lucy, the computer genius, apparently never updates her passwords for a year. Like the previous book, Lucy involves Benton in another secret that is kept from Kay. Once again this further damages Benton's relationship with Kay. At one point Benton and Kay have a long discussion about splitting up and Kay starts planning on taking her belongings. A few chapters later they are suddenly discussing what to have for lunch and everything is okay.

Marino is an incredible jerk to everyone, to the point where Kay considers firing him. He behaves in a degrading fashion to a local female cop who forgives him the minute he can spit out a coherent sentence. The characters are two dimensional, there are only the most remote forms of relationships, and there are a plethora of secondary villains with little resolution. The plot twists defy logic and there are enough loose threads to knit a sweater.

Scarpetta herself says it best:

"“I’m getting tired of coincidences. There seem to have been a lot of them lately." I totally agree!
#3 on Amazon Charts
#3 on Amazon Charts
t was wonderful revisiting this story. The last time I did a reread was when I bought the illustrated edition and of course, it all started with me looking at the beautiful illustrations and the next thing you know I was lost to this world. Honestly, it never gets old.

Rowling’s writing is marvelous from pacing to her ability to express the character’s emotions. I know there are folks who have not yet read the series (gasps). I, of course, cannot recommend them enough regardless of format. The movies are brilliant, but only scratch the surface of what the books and audios have to offer. If you love Harry Potter but have never tried audio, this is the perfect time to listen.
The Unofficial Harry Potter Joke Book: Great Guffaws for Gryffindor
The Unofficial Harry Potter Joke Book: Great Guffaws for Gryffindor
I’m a grown adult with a pretty good sense of humour. I think. I hope.
And the jokes in this book are terrible.
I mean they are genuinely, groan inducing, self loathing if you chuckle, truly awful.
But my 10 year old, whos sense of humour is less refined than mine is (to be fair I’ve got 25 years on him, he can’t help being easily amused) LOVED this book. Which was handy as he was the recipient when I gave it as a gift.
So yeah. Great for kids, terrible for adults.
Primitives by Kathy 28579 Polka Dot Trimmed Box Sign, 4 x 7.5-Inches, All Stages
Primitives by Kathy 28579 Polka Dot Trimmed Box Sign, 4 x 7.5-Inches, All Stages
I am truly obsessed with Primitives by Kathy! They are well constructed and a great addition to my home decor. I have an entire wall in my hallway covered in them!

I get a ton of laughs and compliments from friends and family who come to visit.

To hang them on the wall, I just use "Command Strips". This protects my walls (rather than poking holes everywhere) and gives me the opportunity to rearrange them from time to time.

I hadn't seen that she started making "String Art" as well but will be buying many of those here soon too!
Intuit 428970 Turbotax Deluxe Fed, State, E-File 2016, Old Version, for Pc/Mac, Traditional Disc
Intuit 428970 Turbotax Deluxe Fed, State, E-File 2016, Old Version, for Pc/Mac, Traditional Disc
I have used this product for the last several years and have not been disappointed. It is straight forward, easy to use with very clear and concise instructions that walk you through the entire process. It not only prepares your Federal and State taxes, it files them electronically and produces the printable forms for your records. (state e-file is $19.99 additional)T o be clear, this is the CD of the TT Deluxe program, loaded on to my personal laptop. In my opinion this is the only way to go. No surprises, you can start and stop as needed. The one time I tried to use TT on-line through my bank was an annoying disappointment with hidden fees and was a huge inconvenience. I would highly recommend this product and will use it again next year.
A History of India
A History of India
The DVD “History of India” from “The Great Courses” by Professor Michael H. Fisher is a must-have for anyone wanting to learn about the history of India, as well as, to a lesser extent, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The DVD series consists of 36 lectures beginning with the early history of India up to the twenty-first century. Topics discussed in this course include the early history of the Indian Subcontinent, the migration of the Adivasi (the aboriginal tribal peoples who are believed to have been the original inhabitants of India, but whose status is, ironically, unrecognized by the Indian government), the Indus Valley civilization, Indo-European Vedic culture, the caste system, the two great epic poems of India the Mahabharata (which recounts a famous war which occurred between two sides of the same royal family for control of India and which, it should be noted, was proven to have been a historical event after archaeologists found evidence that a battle did indeed take place near Kurukshetra (just outside of Hastinapur) in 836 BCE), the Ramayana (the other great epic poem chronicling the life of the Hindu god Rama and his attempts to rescue his wife Sita from Ravana, the king of the demons), Dharma (Hindu religious duty) in the Bhagavad Gita (the dialogue within the Mahabharata between the warrior prince Arjuna and the Hindu god Krishna), the origins and rise of Jainism, the rise of Buddhism, the Maurya Empire, King Ashoka (the Maurya Empire’s most famous king), the culture of Northern and Southern India, the influence of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism (an ancient Iranian religion founded in the sixth century BCE by the prophet Zarathushtra/Zoroaster believed to have been the first monotheistic religion in recorded history), the Muslim sultans of Delhi, the rise of the Mughal Empire (another great Muslim empire who ruled much of South Asia from 1526-1864 CE), the competition between various European powers for control of India, the rise of the British East India Company, the consolidation of British rule over India and the rise of the British Raj, Indian nationalism, the life and thought of Gandhi, as well as Indian nationalists like Ambedkar and Bose, the rise of Muslim nationalism under Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the subsequent partitioning of India into India and Pakistan in 1947. Lectures 31-33 talk about how Pakistan and Bangladesh came to be. Lecture 34 talks about India under Jawharlal Nehru, and finally lectures 35 and 36 talk about contemporary India. I hope to one day find this series on CD. All in all, it is a great series. I would highly recommend it.
A Man & His Car: Iconic Cars and Stories from the Men Who Love Them
A Man & His Car: Iconic Cars and Stories from the Men Who Love Them
At the confluence of love and emotion is passion, and it's in passion that mankind finds the fuel to drive his spirit. Perhaps this is why many of us feel a deep connection to machines like watches and cars. They're both mechanisms that take tremendous skill to design and build - and that simply doesn't happen without the passion to make it come alive. Perhaps many of us feel a connection to mechanical devices, in this particular case - to cars - because they're not just a mode of transportation for us, but rather an embodiment or an extension of who we are and what we want out of life. They become a big part of the fuel that drives our spirit. And it's from this place, I believe, that Matt Hranek has crafted his outstanding book A Man & His Car.

There's a beauty to the seemingly simplicity of A Man & His Car which gives the reader a sense of comfort and connection to the photos and the stories. When it's executed correctly, there's a volume of unspoken words found in the less-is-more approach to storytelling - and this book is swimming in the less-is-more, which leads to the I-can't-get-enough feeling one has with each page turn. To begin, the car photography is elegant and beautiful. One might be tempted to buy the book just to cut out pages of the cars and have them framed - but the connection the images have to the stories will most assuredly stop anyone who might be considering this. I've always loved symmetry and balance in all things creative - and Matt's photograph captures this with his stunning shots of the cars. That alone is enough to buy the book, but the fuel that drives the spirit of this book is found in the stories - and this is where the passion between man and machine lives. Anyone can talk about the guts of an automobile, but the genesis of the ownership and the purpose for which one has chosen a car, or rather the car has chosen them, is where life happens - and that's where you find the passion. And when you do, it's beautiful.

If you've ever turned your head to look at a car like a weathered Land Rover Series II in the country outside of London, or a well-worn Fiat Panda on the streets of Rome - and then wondered about the life of those cars and the men who drive them - then you'll absolutely love Matt Hranek's A Man & His Car. And if you're going to cut out the photos from the book, then be sure to buy two.
NXP MMBZ27VCL,215 TVS-DIODE, 440mW, 38V, DUAL COMMON CATHODE, SOT-23 (50 pieces)
NXP MMBZ27VCL,215 TVS-DIODE, 440mW, 38V, DUAL COMMON CATHODE, SOT-23 (50 pieces)
NXP MMBZ27VCL,215 TVS-DIODE, 440mW, 38V, DUAL COMMON CATHODE, SOT-23 (50 pieces) by undefined. Rated 58 out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the SellersDealsTrade-InAll Electronics ‹Back to results AliExtractor Ranks and Estimates Estimated Sales (month): 391 Est. Rev. (month): 10 category.
How to Live with a Huge Penis: Advice, Meditations, and Wisdom for Men Who Have Too Much
How to Live with a Huge Penis: Advice, Meditations, and Wisdom for Men Who Have Too Much
All this time I thought I was alone living with my disposition. It turns out many people suffer from being huge and this book will give needed guidance on how to live with it. Offers great advice and is surprisingly well written. The best use I have found for it being single is to make sure it is on your coffee table and when a girl comes over make sure she sees it. This will give her a chance to save herself and step out if she feels she needs to before Godzilla destroys the city. The only problem I have with this book is that it is written for those who are huge but not mega huge…still it does offer me some universal advice and well worth the money. If you suffer from being huge you should pick up this book, you can learn to live a normal life and come out from the shadows as I have.
NEO Chair Office Chair Computer Desk Chair Gaming - Ergonomic High Back Cushion Lumbar Support with Wheels Comfortable Leather Racing Seat Adjustable Swivel Rolling Home Executive (Brown)
NEO Chair Office Chair Computer Desk Chair Gaming - Ergonomic High Back Cushion Lumbar Support with Wheels Comfortable Leather Racing Seat Adjustable Swivel Rolling Home Executive (Brown)
Edit *12/18/20* This chair is cheap. Super noisy. Every movement is creaky. 1 armrest is flat. Can see the springs in the seating. This chair is worth no more than $75. Only because it is very eye catching. Comfortable initially. It still serves it purpose. Except noisy and much less comfortable. Your experience will be different but possibly similar. I'm not mad just disappointed!
I'd say it's has earned its 3 Stars but no way it's worth 4

Ok, let me start with reminding you this is $100. After searching long and hard, there are not many options for a chair that is not only appealing but hopefully comfortable and durable for this price or under. I am 6'1 and 230ish lbs. However the pictures provided are before I have even sat it in or completely assembled it. This review is after a few days of use. So first lets talk about quality. The wheel base is metal and solid. Casters were very easily put on (without using a mallet.) Hydraulic is nice and shiny (no cover included) Seat feels decently comfortable so far. With the armrest it does feel a little restrictive in width. No I'm not a wide guy. When I sit though sometimes I may want to just feel relaxed. The back is only attached by using the arm rest. Armrest are made of plastic by the way. There is no give in the back. The chair is nice though overall. I don't feel it's worth 5 stars though. You can see in the pics that the craftsmanship is not quality controlled very well. Working in fabrication myself I think this chair would match it's cost to quality closer to $50-$75. If it last me a year or more and still looks and feels good I might say otherwise. As for the customers having issues with build quality, I'd say it could be from not understanding how this chair is designed. With no back support in the frame and the arms being what looks like too much hydraulic pressure when machine pressed. They could break easy if not familiar with this type of design structure. Instructions are not that good but usable. Little tip for attaching the backrest is attach sides to base first. Do not tighten completely. Insert backrest. Tighten all of them. Instructions give bad building sequence in my opinion. I did casters and base first. Arms. Then back. The pic showing the backside of the chair- shows what feels like metal bulging out. This is it resting on the floor not assembled yet.
My conclusion- Only time will tell durability. Is it worth $100? Yes as of now.
3 stars for support as I don't think it will hold up.
5 stars for assembly because honestly wasn't that hard.
4 stars for comfort because at this moment( sitting in it writing this review ) it is comfortable.
Overall I would say I'm happy with it. Would I buy it again? Depends on the reason for needing another on. Would I recommend it. Sure. Of all the chairs I looked at online (including other retailers) this fit what I was looking for. Price-style-comfort.
I just hope it last!

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