Sean Gomez

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C++ Primer (5th Edition)
C++ Primer (5th Edition)
C++ Primer (5th Edition) by Stanley B. Lippman , Josée Lajoie , et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 400 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the c++ category.
Meet J.K. Rowling (About the Author)
Meet J.K. Rowling (About the Author)
Meet J.K. Rowling (About the Author) by S. Ward. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Riding the Bullet
Riding the Bullet
Riding the Bullet by Stephen King and Mick Garris. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 268 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Scala High Performance Programming
Scala High Performance Programming
Scala High Performance Programming by Vincent Theron and Michael Diamant. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Learning Swift - Second Edition
Learning Swift - Second Edition
Learning Swift - Second Edition by Andrew J Wagner. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
Hands-On RESTful Web Services with TypeScript 3: Design and develop scalable RESTful APIs for your applications
Hands-On RESTful Web Services with TypeScript 3: Design and develop scalable RESTful APIs for your applications
I'm a Java veteran interested in understanding better the modern JS web development world. I really like the topic and the hands-on approach that the author chooses to explain modern RESTful API programming. However, the eBook is so full of errors, it doesn't deserve more than 2 stars. Please spend some time and re-visit the code examples in the book and fix them.
At least the git repository that contains all code from the book seems to to be tested and has running examples.
Power Habits: 50 Habits to Model from the Rich and Famous to Become Successful Immediately
Power Habits: 50 Habits to Model from the Rich and Famous to Become Successful Immediately
“The worst thing is living without a passion. Think of life where you wake up daily full of motivation and energized by what is ahead of you. Does this in any way reflect your life right now?”

We all desire power and success, however many of us lack the ability to do more than dream. There are secrets to attain and Primo has given us the ultimate guide to those secrets. With 50 power habits this is more than a simple charged-up motivational speech. There is real useful information within these pages. I enjoyed reading about how some of the greats have achieved success with their own personal self-challenges and rules. Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, Jay Z and Bill Gates to name a few. My favorite was Mark Zuckerberg’s annual challenge to improve himself that has nothing to do with his career. And this is just some of an extensive list of rich and famous that includes all walks of life, which keep their selves challenged and motivated to do more in their lives. I found the book to be very well written, the habits were not overwhelming or difficult, but very doable and allowed for one to create their own inspiration to success. Take your dream of success and power to reality and become, the more you long to be.
Steve Jobs: The Man Behind the Bitten Apple: Insight into the Thoughts and Actions of Apple’s Founder (Billionaire Visionaries Book 3)
Steve Jobs: The Man Behind the Bitten Apple: Insight into the Thoughts and Actions of Apple’s Founder (Billionaire Visionaries Book 3)
I agree with the review by L. Montgomery; the 59 positive (five and four star) customer ratings for this book look contrived and not authentic. Mr. MacGergor's book is flimsy, superficial and not much more than a description of Apple's innovative product line. I was hoping to gain some insight into the life and personality of Steve Jobs but found this book avoided delving into this, other than general descriptions of how products were developed. Disappointing waste of time. This 48 page "book" reads like a high school research paper. Don't expect to gain much about Steve Jobs here.
Gravitas: Communicate with Confidence, Influence and Authority
Gravitas: Communicate with Confidence, Influence and Authority
I picked this book up in Waterstones one afternoon. It grabbed my attention because improving gravitas sounded pretty appealing, especially as i had to prepare for a best man speech and some work related public speaking. I'm not low on confidence by any means but i wanted to optimise the way i carry myself generally and public speaking has always been a weak point. I had some horrible moments at school and uni when i just completely choked. i tend to ramble, mumble and read from a sheet.
This book get's straight to the point, teaching you exercises to improve your confidence and gravitas immediately, gradually building up to a level where i personally felt confident to deliver the speech. Learning the psychology helped me with my nerves because it made me more aware of what was going wrong, why it was going wrong and how to rectify it. I like the quotes from famous public speakers and you soon begin to understand that gravitas is something that can learned, like those speakers themselves have been taught.
This book is very well written because i get bored easily and it kept me engaged. Every time i read a chapter i learned something new. Another thing i like about the book is that it's not just preparing you for a speech, it's arming you with the life skills to communicate with people more effectively and leave a lasting impression. I can honestly say, have changed my mindset and given me greater impetus. If you read one book this year, Gravitas would be my personal recommendation.
The Adjustment Bureau
The Adjustment Bureau
Any film based on the work of master sc-fi author Philip K. Dick (the inspiration for 'Blade Runner', 'Total Recall', Minority Report', 'Paycheck' etc and more to come !!!) is likely to get my attention, so getting the 2011 'The Adjustment Bureau' was always going to happen.

Using the basis of the short story 'Adjustment Team', first-time director George Nolfi also wrote the screenplay (after earlier writing contributions for films like 'Ocean's Twelve' and 'The Bourne Ultimatum') and was a producer for this sci-fi romantic thriller.

I enjoyed this film, which features a notable cast, a lot and it is presented very well on Blu-ray; the baffling things is that whilst it made a healthy box-office profit and got decent critical appraisal, it has a relatively low review-count on Amazon....

Unless you like to know beforehand a lot of the intricacies of a film plot, then the Amazon synopsis is best avoided - instead, here's just the (much less revealing) 2nd paragraph of it :

'On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Matt Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt)—a woman like none he’s ever known. But just as he realizes he’s falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. '

The plot is of the slow-reveal type, hence my recommendation to avoid the full Amazon synopsis, and after an appreciable amount time you will probably still only have an initial idea of what is going on; in the meantime, a lot of events occur which serve to either support or confuse the understanding.

However, the major matter which drives the story along is the personalities of the 2 lead characters and, especially, their blossoming relationship/how they interact; I suppose a theme summarisation might be something like 'Love, in the face of adversity' ! With the Philip K. Dick influence, who's work is often on the 'dark' side, quite how sinister outside influences are takes quite a time to be clear.....

The dominance of the 2 lead characters demands good performers, and here we get them with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt really showing the best of their acting (and running about !) capabilities - especially as the love 'theme' is mixed with quite a lot of dynamic action but, above all, a stack load of plot 'theory' argument/discussion/analysis and the like, which is especially in the remit of the notable supporting cast.

The production-values of the film are good but, despite the sci-fi theme, don't expect a wealth special effects - indeed don't expect any at all might be more accurate, save for some complicated graphics displayed on tablet screens ! The lead characters, story-telling, plot revelations and general dialogue are the main effects here - with massive support from a LOT of external settings in New York.

I found the screenplay and story structure particularly accomplished and entirely in keeping with the aim of plot themes and the way things are revealed in stages.

Whilst quite a lot of the action does occur in those outside settings, this film is actually quite dark in general appearance with a subdued colour palette and even more subdued musical soundtrack. Everything is there, it's just not as bright, with the presentational details set at, say, a hypothetical position '7' whereas a lot of sci-fi thrillers have it at '9' or the maximum of '10'.

This also explains why the presentation on Blu-ray might come across as underwhelming, when in fact it is sharp/flawless as one should expect of a modern release but also completely faithful to reality and as good as can be, it's just a tad 'lifeless' in terms of vibrancy as so much is subdued....

I picked this up used in it's 'Triple Play' format for a very good price, now it can be grabbed for an absolute pittance - which makes a nonsense of buying either the solo DVD or Blu-ray.

I've attached a photo of the case back with all the disc info as Amazon omits it.

The disc extras are very decent, with a commentary and extras with a running-time approaching 1hr. I've only perused the commentary, which was OK - but is a little too full of compliments to production members and I was initially confused as George Nolfi is the only contributor, but only presents himself as the writer - omitting to mention that he also directed the film !!!

So, this film is really an accomplished sci-fi romance, with thriller and dramatic elements intermingled which means that, along with the subdued presentation/musical soundtrack and often dark surroundings, the overall impression can lead towards the underwhelming end of the spectrum - but that is, with hindsight a rash impression to form and very unfair. Similarly subdued aspects for the Blu-ray presentation are also possible, but again after things progress it should be realised that everything is as good as it should be.

However, it is the excellent lead performances that make this film so successful; this is, after all, a love story about these 2 people so if those characters aren't played to their fullest, to reflect the significant themes of the plot, then all would be lost - but Matt Damon and Emily Blunt ensure everything is entirely effective and, ultimately, thoroughly believable.
Man on the Street (Box 10 CD)
Man on the Street (Box 10 CD)
Wow, what an amazing collection of early Dylan recordings and performances! The 10-disc set contains performances from 1962-1965. Each of the 10 disks comes in it's own attractive sleeve with a unique photo of Bob. There are absolutely no liner notes, which is too bad, because the context of these recordings is so interesting.

The first couple discs capture a young Dylan performing inspired covers of some of his favorite artists and songs. Then he starts sprinkling in some of his own early originals. By the middle of the box set, he's found his own voice and expanded his original repertoire. It's amazing to follow his development as a musical artist through these recordings.

The bottom line is this is a ten disc set containing mostly unreleased music for a very reasonable price. There's nothing else like it out there. There is absolutely no reason not to buy this one right away.
Bob Dylan (Little People, BIG DREAMS (37))
Bob Dylan (Little People, BIG DREAMS (37))
New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the incredible life of Bob Dylan. As anyone who reads my reviews knows, I love this series and gobble up each new book as they are published. Bob Dylan was born Robert Zimmerman. As a child, he loved music above all else. He was not always appreciated for his voice as a child. As he got older he began to compose his own songs under his new name, Bob Dylan. His songs were about real things, events, civil rights and war. He was well received with his new folk music. Many other famous artists recorded his music and it got the audience it deserved. Bob did not mind others singing and recording his songs. His writing was so poetic that he was the first musician ever to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. I love the timelines that appear at the end of each of these books. There are also other resources that can be searched out for further study. This book could be used to teach young children how to write a biography, show that it is important to have a dream and strive to achieve it as well as to introduce one of the greatest authors of our time to a new generation. A good book for a school, class, or public library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book to read via netgalley. The rating, opinions and ideas stated are my own.
Coding Projects with Mark Lassoff
Coding Projects with Mark Lassoff
I've been following Mark's classes on different platforms, got a few certifications (Javascript and HTML5) via FrameworkTV and his content is always presented in a simplified manner and clear, great for the beginners and intermediate developers as well, as there is always something new to learn. Coding made fun and simple.
Samsung Galaxy A01 (A015M) 16GB, Dual SIM, GSM Unlocked, 5.7” Display Smartphone - International Version - Red
Samsung Galaxy A01 (A015M) 16GB, Dual SIM, GSM Unlocked, 5.7” Display Smartphone - International Version - Red
Ok phone I bought two for me and my husband and so far their the same. The screen is a little slow when turning on. The face recognition is very difficult sometimes and the volume is really bad when it's all the way up. But the camera is nice.
I dropped mine one while in a case and somehow inside the screen is bent in and the rim around the screen by the volume buttons is popped up and the screen it popped out from that side. Be careful with this phone.
Update: just found out there's no audio when recording unless I post it on Facebook or something
KAGDIDA Bamboo Toothbrush Set with Travel Toothbrush Case, Useful Professional Tongue Scraper Cleaner and Cavity Defense Clean Dental Floss, Biodegradable Soft Bamboo Charcoal Toothbrushes, 7-Pack
KAGDIDA Bamboo Toothbrush Set with Travel Toothbrush Case, Useful Professional Tongue Scraper Cleaner and Cavity Defense Clean Dental Floss, Biodegradable Soft Bamboo Charcoal Toothbrushes, 7-Pack
These are the first bamboo toothbrushes I have tried and I'm very pleased with them. I don't know the exact criteria for soft or firm bristles. I used stiffer and softer ones over the years and these are perfect. Used one a few times daily now for almost two months and it still looks almost unused. These will last much longer than what I'm used to in a toothbrush. There is a slight perhaps rough feeling to the bamboo. I've read reviews about various bamboo toothbrushes, complaining about splinters or being so rough to cause bleeding. This is nothing at all like that. It's just that the bamboo might be ever so less smooth than a typical plastic toothbrush. I will definitely be purchasing bamboo toothbrushes in the future. The bamboo case works very well too. The cap was very tight, but after using it for a few days it's now snug fitting and perfectly fine. Definitely would recommend this set.
Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 2: Bordertown (Wolverine: Old Man Logan (2015), 2)
Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 2: Bordertown (Wolverine: Old Man Logan (2015), 2)
Jeff Lemire continues to knock it out of the park with his run on Old Man Logan, the new series that follows the reality displaced Logan as he becomes the new mainstay for the character in the 616 universe (although, I guess technically that's X-23, but regardless...). I picked up the first volume (skipping the Vol 0. Secret Wars story written by Brian Michael Bendis, because yeah, no) mostly out of my love for the original story but also out of curiosity. I had heard good things, but my pull list is a little light these days and I hadn't gotten a chance to see for myself. Volume 1 definitely impressed me as a great journey of a man who lost everything he knew for a third time and his coming to cope with his new reality, and hoping to change it.

Volume 2 picks up after Logan has officially become a member of Storm's X-Men team in the pages of Extraordinary X-Men (also written by Jeff Lemire, also really good and I also recommend it), needing a break from his new routine and going up north to an isolated town just across the Canadian border. While there, Logan discovers ghosts of his past life in the other reality in new ways. And unfortunately, other ghosts come back to haunt him.

Lemire's writing continues to impress and further pull me into Logan's life, both in the other reality and the 616 reality. This issue is great fun, with lots of action (wonderfully illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino) and caps it off with a great one shot, where both Jean Grey and Logan contemplate their relationship with each other and the reality they now inhabit.

It's great stuff, and I highly recommend fans of the original Old Man Logan trade/story check out this new series. It is quality stuff.
How I Met My Father
How I Met My Father
Short... but sweet and humorous. I loved the ultimate message of the film and that the message was delivered in a manner that made me laugh out loud without downplaying its importance.
A couple of the inside jokes, like the reference to this being a 168 Film Project short, may not connect with some but I loved it. Christopher Shawn Shaw, Thor Ramsey, & Torry Martin all have a sense of humor that appeals to me and this was no exception!
Laughter is a blessing! Take a 10-minute break and enjoy this film.
Green Lantern (2011)
Green Lantern (2011)
The Green Lantern got panned by the critics when it came out. Ryan Reynolds who played the Lantern said he didn’t like the movie either and made a small jab at it in the first Deadpool. Given how bad the subsequent DC films were however, maybe it needs to be re-evaluated.

The story focuses upon Hal (Reynolds) being picked to be the Green Lantern. He has to take on an alien known as Parallax that harnesses the power of fear. He infects a scientist named Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard). At the same time Parallax itself is heading towards the home planet of the Green Lantern Corps.

Hammond may look goofy as the villain with his head swelling up to a huge size, but the story provided him with good motivation. He was a genius in his field, and yet felt slighted by everyone. His resentment fueled his actions. On the other hand when he gets the huge head some people act like there’s nothing the matter with him. That’s a bad bit of writing.

Some criticized the film for having too much CGI including the Green Lantern’s costume. That might not have been needed but the rest is fine. The Green Lantern turns his thoughts into reality using his ring and there is no way else to create that other than computer graphics. There was also a crack in the Green Lantern corps that created added tension.

Making a comparison today The Green Lantern really is better than almost all the DC releases.
Lil Freak [Explicit]
Lil Freak [Explicit]
I really like this song, especially with Nicki Minaj in it. It's actually my favorite part. I'd recommend getting it, but it is a dirty song.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! / Horton Hears a Who!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! / Horton Hears a Who!
Some people on here wrote some very upsetting reviews. I ordered anyways. I don't know what the problem is. I got all the movies that were described here and some. No errors with the discs another person said. As for the Grinch this is the original Grinch, it's the same as the deluxe version you can buy on here. The original Grinch was 30 minutes long. Same with year without a Santa Claus, it is also the same Deluxe version you can also buy.

These aren't the official classics but a few on here are classics. I'd recommend purchasing the other holiday classics sets.

This set has;

Grinch (Deluxe)(original Dr Suess classic)
Leprechauns Christmas Gold
Pinocchio's Christmas
The Stingiest Man In Town
The Year Without A Santa Claus(Deluxe)(original Rankin/bass classic)
Rudolph's Shiny New Year(the original Rankin/bass classic)
Nestor, The Long Eared Christmas Donkey
Frostys Winter Wonderland.
Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Frostys Christmas In July (not listed on the box anywhere but Included.)

The Other Set;

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (original Rankin/bass classic)
Cricket on the Hearth
Frosty the Snowman (original Rankin/bass classic)
Frosty Returns (original Rankin/bass classic)
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (original Rankin/bass classic)
Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol
The Little Drummer Boy

Hope I've cleared up some confusion. Have Fun. I have both for my Christmas collection.
Os olhos da escuridão: The eyes of darkness (Portuguese Edition)
Os olhos da escuridão: The eyes of darkness (Portuguese Edition)
👀O livro, um ótimo exemplo do que chamamos de thriller, conta a busca de uma mãe por um filho desaparecido... Um ano se passou desde a morte do Danny, mas Tina Evans poderia jurar que acabou de vê-lo dentro do carro de um estranho. Na última perturbadora noite sonhou com seu filho. Ao acordar, foi até o quarto de Danny e para sua surpresa lá estava uma mensagem. Três palavras perturbadoras rabiscaram no quadro-negro: NÃO ESTÁ MORTO.⁣

👀Apesar do livro ter sido escrito em 1981 e mencionar um vírus na cidade Wuhan, esse livro não fala sobre pandemia, pessoas em quarentena e o mundo que vivemos hoje. Não comece sua leitura acreditando que essa é a história, pois você ficará frustrado.⁣

👀Temos aqui um suspense, com uma pitada de ficção científica, fantástico e eletrizante, com uma leitura muito fluida e capítulos que mantem o ritmo tão forte que você não quer parar de ler. Era muito difícil eu parar a leitura para acompanhar o pessoal do grupo, ainda mais que sou muito fã do gênero e nunca tinha lido nada do autor. Foi uma ótima surpresa!⁣

👀Muito engraçado ler um livro escrito na década de 80 onde não existia celular e tantas facilidade da vida de hoje. Me pegava falando sozinha: “Liga para o celular dela agora!!” Para só depois me tocar que isso seria impossível!⁣

👀O final foi um pouco corrido e foi onde senti que perdeu um pouco do clímax. Acho que o autor deveria ter segurado um pouco mais. Mas eu já estava tão acelerada com a leitura que eu só queria saber o que iria acontecer!⁣

👀Sabe aquele livro impossível de parar de ler? Então... temos ele aqui!⁣

“Tudo tem seu tempo. Tempo de matar, e tempo de curar; tempo de derrubar, e tempo de edificar.”⁣
Hidden Star (Stars of Mithra Book 1)
Hidden Star (Stars of Mithra Book 1)
Bailey James walked into PI Cade Parris' office with a bag of money, a 38 cal. gun and a very large blue diamond. Problem is she has no memory of who she is or how she came to be in possession of these things. Cade is instantly in love with her and she feels a very strong attraction to him.
She has very dark nightmares that give her bits and pieces. She is afraid she has stolen the stuff, maybe killed someone and she wants Cade to help her find the answers before going to the police.Cade protects her, and going step by step, starts putting the pieces back together. Bailey is extremely honest and trusting. Cade believes she is innocent. Call it a hunch.
The blue diamond is one of three. She has mailed the other two to her two most trusted friends which has now placed them in danger. Someone wants those diamonds back at any cost. One person is already dead.
An interesting who-dun-nit. Book one in a series of 3. I would recommend it.
Lessons Learned
Lessons Learned
Nora Roberts is an exceptionally talented author. Her early works are weaker than what she does later when she has honed this talent. Lessons Learned is only Ok. Too much hopping from place to place. Too much repetition. Not enough substance. If you are a first time reader, don't use this as an example of her later books. Her books come in three distinctly different parts: early, which are simplistic; middle which are amazing; and later (current) which are most likely not written by her at all. Look for her midcareer works. They are very, very special.
Dororo, Volume 2
Dororo, Volume 2
Dororo Volume 1 fell a bit short of the high standard we've come to expect from Tezuka: the artwork seemed rushed and relatively simplistic, the story was largely introductions and we'd seen similar characters in other Tezuka works...

But in Volume 2, as in many Tezuka stories, Dororo really hits its stride. The artwork is top-notch, pivotal events occur in the lives of both main characters, and a big picture seems to emerge in the episodic story of these two wanderers in feudal Japan.

In sum, if you like other Tezuka works, you'll like the momentum Dororo builds in Volume 2 which brings the series closer in quality and importance to Buddha, MW, Ode to Kirohito, Apollo's Song, and Phoenix.
"Something Has Gone Crack": New Perspectives on J.R.R. Tolkien in the Great War (41) (Cormarë)
"Something Has Gone Crack": New Perspectives on J.R.R. Tolkien in the Great War (41) (Cormarë)
Anyone familiar with the biography of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien knows that the Great War (World War I) broke out in 1914 when he and his friends and peers were in their early twenties, that he finished his degree at Oxford before joining the Lancashire Fusiliers in the summer of 1915, and that he was shipped to France in June 1916, just in time to be caught up in the terrible Battle of the Somme. While he was not wounded, he did contract trench fever a few months later, requiring him to be shipped back to England where he spent the remainder of the war in and out of hospitals. Although his actual battlefield service was brief, Tolkien was marked by it for the rest of his life. Some of his earliest writings in what was to become his legendarium were based on things he witnessed and experienced in France, and two of his closest friends were killed. Although Tolkien disliked allegory and was always quick to deny that the wars of Middle-earth were connected to the Great War, it is nevertheless indisputable that what he and his fellow soldiers experienced influenced his "mythology for England." This fine collection of essays, written by some of the ablest Tolkien scholars at work today, examines the Great War, Tolkien's experiences during and after the conflict, and how it affected the development of his tales.

There are fifteen essays divided into four sections in this volume. They examine the war and its effect on Tolkien from a variety of stances: historical, biographical, and literary. As an historian myself, as well as an ardent reader of Tolkien's writings, I found all of these to be fascinating and enlightening. I was interested in efforts to pinpoint the location of Tolkien's wife Edith's famous dance among white blossoms in the spring of 1917, of the effect of combat-related stress on Tolkien and others, of the psychological trauma caused by the loss of his friends Rob Gilson and Geoffrey Bache Smith, and of the evidence of such stress in some of Tolkien's less well known works. There are some fine analyses of Tolkien in comparison with other authors like Arthur Machen and Ernst Junger, as well as some excellent discussions of hospitals and nursing during the war, the relationships between officers and their soldier-servants or batmen, and of class and gender divisions of the period.

"Something Has Gone Crack" (a phrase Tolkien used in one of his wartime letters) will become an essential reference for Tolkien scholars and historians.
The Lord of the Rings (BBC Dramatization, Consumer Edition)
The Lord of the Rings (BBC Dramatization, Consumer Edition)
I had trouble finding this information before purchasing, so I am providing it.

As far as I can tell, this edition (The Lord of the Rings (BBC Dramatization, Consumer Edition) - black box, 12 CDs) is *almost* the same as the originally-released 13-episode version, which I have on cassette tapes and have listened to often. According to a wiki website, BBC released this first as 26 half-hour episodes, then as 13 hourlong episodes (adding and removing small pieces to make this work). This version is the 13 episode version. In addition it has opening and closing narration for each of the 3 books in LOTR, written by Brian Sibley and spoken by Iam Holm as Frodo (he plays Frodo in the episodes as well) in which Frodo thinks about writing down the story. Also, the episode divisions have been removed - which explains why the 13 episodes now fit on 12 CDs.

Overall I am very happy with this edition of my beloved BBC LOTR. I'm sure I will grow accustomed to the narrative framing - it's not very long or intrusive, and it's good; it's just a change. I will miss the music from the episode divisions, but I won't miss the interruptions to the narrative. I am thrilled to replace my worn-out cassette tapes with more durable CDs of the same performance.
O Símbolo Perdido (Robert Langdon) (Portuguese Edition)
O Símbolo Perdido (Robert Langdon) (Portuguese Edition)
Bom... o que falar dos livros de Dan Brown? Da série de Robert Langdon (para ser mais exata)? Maravilhosos, escrita incrível, leitura instigante e entre outras coisas a mais que quem é um leitor ardo de Dan sabe; e pra quem quer começar a ler os livros dele, vai ter uma mistura de sentimentos muito louca e vai aprender a amá-lo e sempre querer mais e mais (inclusive já estou esperando o próximo lançamento dele que já sabemos que vai ter).
Sobre a entrega... AMAZON, PARABÉNS! EU TE VENERO KKKK. Gente, que entrega rápida foi essa? eu fiz o pedido no dia 21 de maio e recebi no dia 1 de junho (11 dias), bem antes do prazo estimado. Parabéns Amazon!
Beatrix Potter and Her Paint Box
Beatrix Potter and Her Paint Box
I just borrowed this book from the library and loved it so much I wanted to purchase it for a niece. I can't believe this beautiful, simple book has only gotten one review! Beatrix Potter was a very interesting person, and this book is the perfect glimpse into a wonderfully quirky life.
O Enigma de Andromeda (Em Portugues do Brasil)
O Enigma de Andromeda (Em Portugues do Brasil)
O Enigma de Andrômeda foi o primeiro best seller de Michael Crichton (o mesmo autor de Jurassic Park), ele escreveu enquanto cursava a faculdade de medicina (Harvard Medical School). Isso explica muito, pois é um livro que deve ser maravilhoso para médicos. É cheio de termos e esquemas completamente desinteressantes que fazem com que tudo pareça mais uma planilha ou relatório do que um romance. Não há imersão. Não há empolgação.
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Um satélite espacial cai na Terra causando a morte de quase todos em uma cidade pequena. Um senhor doente e um bebê sobrevivem. Num complexo secreto elaborado para a pesquisa e controle do agente causador, este é analisado e investigado no que é, como age e em como ser contido.
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Tem partes interessantes, são as que envolvem interação humana e o acidente em si e suas consequências. Mas a enorme maioria do livro é sobre essa instalação governamental secreta. Uma narrativa arrastada, detalhada, redundante, e muito técnica sobre níveis e mais níveis e processos infindáveis de descontaminação para entrar nessa instalação. Maçante!
A ação, as páginas que nos deixam vidrados na história com o coração na mão infelizmente ficam só nas 10 últimas páginas.
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Mas o livro analisado como objeto físico é muito bonito, corte de pagina em preto e chegou em excelentes condições.
Bleach (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 14: Includes vols. 40, 41 & 42 (14)
Bleach (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 14: Includes vols. 40, 41 & 42 (14)
The Soul Reapers and Aizen’s Espada forces are fighting a vicious battle over Karakura Town, with the fate of all the residence in the balance. But while his hometown faces destruction, Ichigo is stuck in Hueco Mundo dueling against the Espada Ulquiorra. Pushed to the breaking point, Ichigo’s only hope of winning is to unleash his inner Hollow. But with the monster free, will anything be left of him to claim victory?!
Jojo's - Stone ocean T01: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure (Jojo's - Stone ocean (1)) (French Edition)
Jojo's - Stone ocean T01: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure (Jojo's - Stone ocean (1)) (French Edition)
I have searched all of the internet for an English version of Stone Ocean. It's not there, does not exist. While it is disappointing (and in my opinion infuriating considering how long its been out) luckily i can read french. SO if you can read french and want Stone Ocean; the product is great. If you CANT read french but want stone ocean, get this bc its in a roman language and a french to English dictionary is a lot easier to use than a JPN to English one.
The shipping is a bit steep though considering the jpn version is the same base price and free shipping, which is why its a 4 instead of a 5
Taltos: Lives of Mayfair Witches
Taltos: Lives of Mayfair Witches
Taltos takes the Mayfair Witch story on a tangent that is not so much a wrapping up of the trilogy as it is taking a different direction. The book is mostly about the Taltos and their history. A new character is introduced, an ancient Taltos named Ashlar. He is drawn to the Mayfair witches and the possibilities they represent. The corruption of the Talamasca takes up a good part of the plot - an unnecessary and annoying plot device over the last two novels that just further obfuscates things and doesn't add anything to the story that couldn't have been brought around more naturally. The Mayfair characters are pushed to the periphery of their own story. Rowan and Michael do very little in this book besides be around when other things are happening or other stories are being told. Mona is given a lot to do but her character is quite different from book 2. She has gone from cute little beribboned girl in book 1, to precocious teenage femme fatale in book 2, to helpless victim of circumstance in book 3. A new Mayfair named Mary Jane comes out of the swamp and takes on the role that Mona had in the previous novel of precocious teenage vamp. Morrigan is another new character, and is really just awful, and not in a compelling way.

Anne Rice is a good writer, and Ashlar's long exposition of the Taltos history is the best part of this book (though not equal to the Mayfair saga of the first novel), but the bringing about of this seems clumsy and out of nowhere. Like, it literally goes like, "Hi, I am a rich Taltos named Ashlar who has been around since time began and now I will tell you my story Rowan and Michael! Also I will solve the Talamasca problem because I am a nice guy! You'll let me know if you ever run across a female Taltos won't you?" Ashlar owns an internationally known company that makes famous "Ashlar" branded toys but no one in previous books ever said anything like, "Oh Ashlar, like the dolls!" when they learned Lasher's real name. Oh well. Just gives the impression that the trilogy evolved due to the success of the original novel but was not following a master plan. There is also a lot of laziness and indulgence in this book. You get the feeling reading it that Anne Rice really likes Claridge's of London and has started a hobby of collecting dolls and puts these characteristics onto her characters.

The book ends on a cliffhanger, but by the time it ends I didn't really care anymore if the Taltos take over the world. Doesn't seem likely. I know these characters come up again in future novels where the vampires and witches and Taltos join stories. I read one of these books and it was written almost like this book didn't happen - Mona is desperately ill due to childbirth and is an enemy of Rowan's. None of this was set up in this novel at all, in fact it seems like it was the opposite. Anyways, I guess Anne Rice has reached a place where she can write what she wants and people will buy it but it doesn't make for great reading always.
Spy Who Loved Me 1ST PB Edition
Spy Who Loved Me 1ST PB Edition
From hearing the first words read by Rosamund Pike, I knew I could be nothing but delighted with this CD set. Her voice is deliciously deep, resonant, and of course beautifully feminine.

I already owned Casino Royal read by Dan Stevens, and Diamonds Are Forever read by Daimian Lewis in the same 007 Reloaded series from AudioGo, so it was an obvious choice to buy this one read by the actress who had played Miranda Frost in the film Die Another Day.

The film The Spy Who Loved Me bears no relation to the book, other than the title. Rather than beginning with Bond, this original story starts with a fascinating depiction of a young Canadian woman's recent experiences in London and the road trip she takes across America. This leads her to the Dreamy Pines Motor Court and into the clutches of two extremely sinister gangsters. Fleming treats us to the girl's intimate thoughts and feelings, and provides a fascinating depiction of American motels in the fifties. A thrilling story: exciting, sensuous and full of danger.

I enjoyed Ms Pike's reading much more than the other stories in this series read by male actors. She plays all the characters with skill and variety. Ms Pike is very accomplished and reads with great feeling and panache. Her comments at the end of the recording on her personal response to the story are both insightful and reflective.

Worth every penny - the best of Bond on CD!
El juego de los abalorios (Spanish Edition)
El juego de los abalorios (Spanish Edition)
El juego de los abalorios es una novela sobre la pureza del espíritu a través del conocimiento, en un ambiente de renuncia al mundo, sin ambición personal ni búsqueda de la gloria, algo que se refleja en la vida de su protagonista y de su principal guía, el Magister Musicae. El juego de los abalorios no es un juego sino un complejo sistema de meditación, síntesis, contraposición y asociación de ideas que aúna de manera universal música, matemáticas, astronomía y filología. La novela, escrita como biografía, es una reflexión sobre los principios que rigen la vida de cada uno, la sociedad, la cultura, la espiritualidad y la historia.
Rex Stout: A Majesty's Life-Millennium Edition
Rex Stout: A Majesty's Life-Millennium Edition
Rex Stout in his maturity was "a man of mythic dimensions." He helped enlighten America about the Nazi threat, fought racism and supported world government. You'll get all the details in this scholarly biography.

You'll also encounter interviews and vignettes that give an intimate picture of Rex Stout - demeanor, behavior and opinions. I was delighted to learn that he hid boxes of chocolates and that he built a special cabinet with one slide-out shelf per shirt to keep his shirts pristine. The comic poem Stout wrote (page 249) to defend his profession of "mystery monger" is a treat. And the many insights into the Wolfe-Archie dynamic were just what I wanted from this book.

But for a recreational reader like me, the book does have some slow-going passages. While Stout's first marriage goes by in a paragraph, his leadership of boards and committees merits long chapters. This is an authorized biography; achievements must be chronicled.

In any case, I found it fascinating that Wolfe, the most rational of detectives, came to Stout, the most rational of writers, as pure inspiration. Wolfe and Archie simply happened one day. After this spontaneous birth, plots came to Stout as he puttered around. He let his characters fill in the story, and he did no revisions. McAleer's portrayal of how Stout created the Wolfe series is a delight.
Deconstructing Harry
Deconstructing Harry
This movie is simply the best self-parody ever done. In the poetry world I'm sometimes sneered at because self-parody is considered self-indulgent, usually by pinchy-faced critic types as opposed to the people who don't mind seeing the whole truth, whether that truth allows someone to be egotistical or not. So, predictably, critics were a bit snarly about Woody's new level of self-indulgence. In fact, the first time I saw the movie, I too was a bit upset about it, (and I'm not a literary snob).

In fact, after all these years, it turns out the film is raw talent and genius with some of the funniest romantic-horror-comedy scenes of all time. The highlights of the movie are quite simply two scenes. The first is the argument between Woody and Judy Davis, a real high-energy scene, complete with harrowing action. But the apex of the film is the final conflict between Kirstie Alley and Woody, which is just the best couples' argument scene that has ever been produced. Woody is good in the scene in that he keeps interjecting jokes in what should be a deathly serious thing, and he plays the "calm abuser," a type toward whom I have much bitterness, brilliantly. But it is Kirstie Alley who gives simply the best performance of her life in this scene. She is both frighteningly angry, in a way that is completely believable and yet she does hilarious things.

Of course he ongoing dialogue with his Jewish roots is very evident, and the conflict he has with his Judaic Fundamentalist sister and her similarly-oriented husband is classic.

Oh yeah, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus has a brief appearance that is sheer slapstick. She really is very funny and very sexy in this movie. Woody often disproves the critics, who by the way need to be disproved and mocked at every turn, when he takes actors that have been pigeon-holed by the critics and proves that they are great actors in their own right and, in fact, very convincing in diverse roles. (I'm a left-winger, but so are most of the movie critics. However, my form of leftiness doesn't include this "debunking" of people's careers or art. There is just some cynical urge in the critics to box people in, and it comes off practically like an edict or some authoritarian impulse. Sorry about the political note, but I sometimes have to take my fellow liberals to task, since conservatives do not have a corner on the market of pettiness.)

And, of course, we can never forget how wonderful it is when Woody takes a trip to Hell itself, which, it turns out, is ruled over by Bill Crystal, for subconscious reasons the movie itself will make clear). You never saw a Satan more comfortable in his own skin. The dialogue is funny and perverse, and a bit x-rated, so I can't quote much of it here, but it's some solid locker-room filth delivered by two men in suits looking quite classy as they do it. All of the contrasts here are excellent.

And, throughout the movie, as one who loves Woody would insist, the Psychoanalytic and Atheistic world view as they play out in their journeys through the subconscious and the conscious mind are sheer mythological and philosophical wonders. (I myself and not an Atheist, and am in fact very religious, but I really believes every belief system, including those differing from mine, have something great to give. In truth, Woody would agree with me in saying, whether or not there's a God, most people can't be trusted with religion, as the current wars display all too well. So I'm not at all hostile to Atheists, since they are usually more trustworthy than their spiritual counterparts, and I'm secure in my own spiritual feelings, so none of this threatens me.)

Now, if you are a person whose life is held together, and about to break apart, but not for a thin thread of romantic and philosophical constructs, this movie might not be for you. The first time I saw this movie, I wasn't strong enough to handle the truth of it. (This is very much a "you can't handle the truth" movie.) I have beliefs, but I'm not addicted to them. However, if you need to be right most of the time and you NEED to have your beliefs validated, you may want to skip this film. It's for folks who can be hit with the whole truth of their romantic and philosophical condition.
Funko POP!: Harry Potter - Harry Potter (Herbology), Multicolor
Funko POP!: Harry Potter - Harry Potter (Herbology), Multicolor
Ho acquistato questo Pop! per un collezionista amante della saga, e devo dire che è stato apprezzato tantissimo!
Il Pop! è veramente bello e ben fatto, ben dettagliato e non presenta difetti di pittura. È reso particolare dall'espressione sconcertata di Harry Potter e dalla simpaticissima mandragola che tiene in mano.
È arrivato in anticipo rispetto alla data prevista, ma purtroppo non dò 5 stelle perchè la scatola è arrivata un po' ammaccata ai lati a causa di un imballaggio completamente inesistente, cosa inammissibile per qualunque prodotto, ma specialmente per i Funko Pop! che sono prodotti da collezione, il che rende importante anche la scatola.
Dopo aver segnalato l'inconveniente ad Amazon, il destinatario del Pop ha deciso comunque di tenerlo.
Vista la velocità nella risposta e la professionalità dell'operatrice che si è occupata del mio ordine, mi sento di consigliarne l'acquisto, perché si ha la certezza di ricevere assistenza in tempi brevissimi.
Pushing Daisies: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
Pushing Daisies: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
I am a retired Hollywood sound editor—I did M*A*S*H for 6 years—so I know quality television. PUSHING DAISIES blew me away from from the first 12 minutes. It was feature-film quality all the way around. Those first 12 minutes set the tone for the whole show—superb cast, excellent script, laugh-out-loud funny, pathos, cinematography, art direction, editing, visual effects, even stop-frame animation! As I kept watching I was thinking, “there’s no way they can keep this quality going on a weekly basis”—but they did. The clever (and at time tongue-twisting) dialogue. The sets—the carpets match the drapes—AND the bedspreads!—and the Technicolor brilliance of the color!—the almost non-stop music which adds enormously to the charm, and of course the beautiful chaste romance in the middle of a very black comedy! There are so many excellent details that are only revealed on repeated viewings—why are there bees? Why are there circles everywhere? Why are the double names—The Darling Mermaid Darlings, Charles Charles, Travel Boutique Boutique Travel? The odd mix of cars, from a Toyota Prius to a 1940’s sedan on the same street? A key character “who is the only detective named after a poet and a fish.” And I love the coroner.....who seldom says more than “Hmmmmmmmm.....” There are so many delights in this show that you can watch it over and over and over.

Plus, speaking as a filmmaker/editor, it’s the ONLY TIME I’ve EVER seen a key plot point and a key joke being a CAMERA MOVEMENT! I just about fell out of my chair on that one!

Everything about this show is truly top drawer, and it was like getting to watch a screwball comedy each week with delightfully odd characters in a universe that, as one reviewer said, “is a Technicolor world at right angles to our own.”
Witchcraft, Magic and Alchemy (Dover Occult)
Witchcraft, Magic and Alchemy (Dover Occult)
I'm writing this review even though I have only read small snippets of the book so far - but to be honest, it's such a fantastic book that I could probably write a review without even looking in it!

I have always been fascinated by the occult and even though it's a little unusual for a 17-year-old to take such an avid interest in, say, demonic possession, John Dee and The Lesser Key of Solomon, I knew from reading just a few other reviews of this book that I had to own it. I was not disappointed at all. Although I only own one other book published by Dover, I can appreciate the effort that they've obviously put in to make this highly obscure volume available to the public. It's very well presented: it's a comfortable size, the typeface isn't too small, and best of all there are the illustrations. I have never in all my life seen a book with SO MANY accompanying pictures, all of them gathered from old books and lost tomes. They're the kind of illustrations I love: crude Medieval woodcuts and semi-surreal 18th century engravings, all of them explained and analysed in the text itself. Goodness knows how long Mr de Givry spent compiling all 365 (sorry, 366) of these images!

And most importantly for a relative newcomer to the occult world, the book is written in a highly informative style and not, as I feared it might be, too rambling and esoteric. A copy I bought of Baring-Gould's The Book of Were-Wolves did what several other old books do, containing whole passages of untranslated Greek. Not so here. It's very concise, referring constantly to an enormous range of sources from the Bible to James the First's famous Demonology treatise. It's also one of the books that doesn't force you to read from cover to cover in order to understand - you can begin most of the chapters at any time, without rarely having to flick back to a previous reference.

Overall I recommend this book to anyone who has even a slight thirst for the occult. Yes, so this particular work is more of an overview and doesn't go into microscopic details, but the fact that it is as comprehensive as it is makes a testament to De Givry's marvellous research skills!
Baby Crib Mobile, Woodland Baby Mobile, Crib Mobile for Boys and Girls Nursery Decor
Baby Crib Mobile, Woodland Baby Mobile, Crib Mobile for Boys and Girls Nursery Decor
Be careful! Can be a choking hazard. My 8 month old wanted to touch the mobile. I allowed her to do so as it brought a smile to her face. I failed to notice when she touched it that the small tip of a bird’s tail feather came off and fell into her crib. It was small enough to be easily overlooked, but large enough that she could have choked. I’m glad I happened to notice it later in the day before she laid in her crib. The felt birds have tails that easily come apart. Do not let your little one touch the mobile and always check each piece. The tips of the tail feathers are not glued and are merely slid in slots. Please watch out! It is a beautiful mobile and I like it but I don’t recommend allowing your child to touch.
Royal Canin Poodle Adult Breed Specific Dry Dog Food
Royal Canin Poodle Adult Breed Specific Dry Dog Food
If my dog would eat this food as soon as I give it to him, I would have given it 5 stars. It's really the only thing I don't like about this dog food. My son buys the same brand & of food for his 2 dogs, but different breeds, & those dogs will literally devour the food within seconds... they're like piranhas. Ever see the Tasmanian devil eat through wood in the Bugs Bunny cartoon? Then you have just witnessed how his 2 dogs eat!
However, my dog is a very "Fussy" eater. He only wants to eat our table food, though we have never fed him that.. He will sit next to the table waiting to see if we feed him from the table, all the meanwhile, his bowl is full of this food. Once we're done eating, & clear the table, the dog realizes that he's not going to get any food from us (again.. we never feed him table food, but he always thinks he is going to get some.) then, & only then, will he realize that if doesn't eat his food, he will not eat anything else, so he then slowly walks to his bowl & eats his food. We go through this same ritual day in & day out, every single day !!! As smart as my toy poodle is, & believe me, it's a very, very smart little bugger. But yet, he never learns this lesson.
I'd like to find another food that he gets excited to eat upon being served, but it's difficult to find dog food with great nutritional value, with no fillers, & at a reasonable cost, & then one that it will enjoy eating. If you or someone you know has the same situation with your dog & found a better solution, please do let me know. My dog will thank you for it !!!!
ProductWorks árbol de Navidad Charlie Brown con chip musical y cacahuates con cobija Linus, 24", Multicolor
ProductWorks árbol de Navidad Charlie Brown con chip musical y cacahuates con cobija Linus, 24", Multicolor
I was anticipating this product because I still wasn’t sure what it looked like in person or if it’s missing parts (some people said they never received the blanket) - I also didn’t know how sturdy the branches are, and how big it really is in person. When it arrived, I was so HAPPY!! The description is true to its promise! The tree is sturdy (I was able to hang some ornaments), the red Christmas ball is pretty (and was tucked safely inside the blue blanket), the music is loud and plays the Peanuts soundtrack (doesn’t go on and on but it isn’t very short, either), and the height is just right for me. I like that it’s small but not too small, I can bring it anywhere and place it wherever I want. Some people say it looks depressing, but that’s mainly the point of this little Christmas tree - for those who know the story of Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, they’ll definitely get it. But again, you can do so much with this little tree - you can decorate it with ornaments and fairy lights (I hung four about 5 inches tall ornaments), and it will look beautiful and festive!! It is such a lovely, wonderful little Christmas tree, it is guaranteed to be an heirloom and will be around for years to come!! (Batteries included too, by the way 👍🏼❤️!!)
Brightr® Sleep Nox Best Adjustable Pillow with Copper Hypo-Allergenic Pillow Cover for neck and shoulder pain | Soft - Feels Like Down | All Sleep Positions - Side, Back And Stomach
Brightr® Sleep Nox Best Adjustable Pillow with Copper Hypo-Allergenic Pillow Cover for neck and shoulder pain | Soft - Feels Like Down | All Sleep Positions - Side, Back And Stomach
I faffed around a bit deciding which height I prefer (I swap from side sleeping to back sleeping all the time) and have finally chosen - and the pillow is so soft and comfy I love it (I was getting headaches & neck aches in bed before, but haven't since I got this pillow). I also bought some goose down just cos everyone says they are so soft I wanted to try them, but I found them quite solid and nowhere near as nice as this one. Just wish the pillow protectors weren't so expensive as I'd like to buy a spare cos even that is lovely & soft.
Gaggia Cadorna Style Kaffeevollautomat für Espresso und Cappuccino, Kaffeebohnen oder gemahlen, RI9600/01
Gaggia Cadorna Style Kaffeevollautomat für Espresso und Cappuccino, Kaffeebohnen oder gemahlen, RI9600/01
Dopo lunga ricerca, non saprei dire quante recensioni ho letto di macchine del caffè di varie marche, ho deciso di acquistare questo modello più che altro per una questione estetica, veramente bella, e fiducia verso un marchio storico italiano, che ormai appartiene a Philips. Veniamo al sodo: dopo un rodaggio di più di un mese posso ritenermi pienamente soddisfatto; vanno assolutamente precisate alcune cose, in molte recensioni leggevo che il caffè non veniva buono o troppo acquoso, pure questa macchina ha avuto questo problema all'inizio ma poi, dopo varie regolazioni del livello di macinatura, impostato a 3, e vari caffè il problema è scomparso. Importantissimo è scegliere anche la tipologia di chicchi di caffè non solo per l'aroma ma anche perché alcuni fanno più schiuma e altri meno. In definitiva va fatto un rodaggio, io ho utilizzato almeno 1,5 kg di caffè, e un settaggio della macinatura in base ai gusti, leggere attentamente le istruzioni, va cambiato il grado di macinatura quando la macchina sta macinando. Non ho dato 5 stelle perché sarebbe stato il massimo avere una macchina superautomatica con la possibilità di regolazioni tramite bluetooth, aggiornamento software e accensione e spegnimento automatico.

Super consigliata!
Philips Kaffeemaschine vollautomatisch EP2230/10
Philips Kaffeemaschine vollautomatisch EP2230/10
Wir waren auf der Suche nach einem Kaffeevollautomaten um 400 Euro. Bedingung war eine herausnehmbare Brühgruppe und ein Milchbehälter. Letzterer fasst nur gut einen Viertelliter Milch. Das dürfte mehr sein, wenn man mehrere Cappuccini herauslassen will, oder nur Milch aufschäumen möchte. Das ist zwar nicht direkt als Funktion vorgesehen, aber leicht realisierbar, wenn man bei der Zubereitung des Cappuccino einfach den Vorgang abbricht, bevor der Kaffee hinzugegeben wird. Nicht sehr komfortabel, aber in dieser Preisklasse nicht außergewöhnlich. Ich habe das schon bei der Nespresso Lattissima so gelöst.
Aber es lohnt sich. Seltsamerweise wird der Milchschaum hier teilweise kritisch betrachtet. Ich hätte gesagt, dass der Milchschaum besser ist, als bei unserer Saeco Gran Batista, die damals mehr als das Vierfache gekostet hat. Chapeau!
Die Ausstattung ist für einen Vollautomaten dieser Preisklasse typisch. Kein großer Schnickschnack, wie beispielsweise Bluetooth-Abbindung, verhindert nicht die Zubereitung hervorragenden Kaffees. Ich kann nichts negatives berichten. Dass das Mahlen von Kaffee mit Geräuschen verbunden ist, liegt in der Natur der Sache. Dies negativ zu werten, fände ich unfair. Auch eine Jura für mehrere Tausend Euro macht dabei Lärm.
Die Reinigung der Maschine gestaltet sich unproblematisch. Die Brühgruppe ist einfach entnehmbar und ebenso einfach wieder einzusetzen. Das ist durchaus nicht selbstverständlich und häufige Keimzelle für Genervtheit.
Abschließend noch ein Wort zur Optik.
Auf den Produktfotos macht die Maschine nicht viel her. In Natura sieht sie richtig gute ja fast schon sexy aus und man muss sich auch nicht schämen, sie in eine 30000-Euro-Küche zu stellen. Chic und wertig. Das betrifft auch die Haptik, die für eine Maschine dieser Preisklasse bemerkenswert ist.
Kleiner und einziger Wermutstropfen für Fans von Kakao und Milchschaum ist, dass es keine direkte Funktion für die Zubereitung von aufgeschäumter Milch gibt. Das tut der Zubereitung von leckeren Latte Macchiato und Cappuccino etc keinen Abbruch.
Viel Kaffemaschine für realtiv wenig Geld. Ich bin begeistert.
Blueair Blue Pure 411+ Air Purifier for Home 3 Stage with Washable Pre-Filter, Particle, Carbon Filter, Captures Allergens, Odors, Smoke, Mold, Dust, Germs, Pets, Smokers, Small
Blueair Blue Pure 411+ Air Purifier for Home 3 Stage with Washable Pre-Filter, Particle, Carbon Filter, Captures Allergens, Odors, Smoke, Mold, Dust, Germs, Pets, Smokers, Small
Excellent product if it works. We bought four (two 411+ and two 121) and three of them are working fine. One just stopped working. It happens. Why the abysmal rating ? Product support. They list their phone lines as open 8 hours per day. The reality is about 4 hours. Doesn't really matter - they don't answer them anyway. They do not return calls. The have a chat line - but nobody there either. The chat converts to an email. And they don't respond. And they have email - you guessed it - they don't answer those either. The design of these units and quiet operation is awesome - but they have to work for more than 30 days to deserve even one star. 5 more days - then I am going to return it.
After a week of trying to contact them - finally got hold of a human being. Immediate replacement under warranty was initiated (still in progress). They have regained my faith and trust. Still lose one star for the awful difficulty of contacting them.
Ultimately - would I buy another for myself ? Yes. Would I recommend to friends and family ? Yes.
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I would still recommend them but warranty service continues to awful and infuriating. Got my first call form a human being this morning - but the caller ID was "Teletech Corp" which feels like a robocall or telemarketer. I did not answer the call, but the message left was clearly from BlueAir. The subsequent callback conversation was with a BlueAir employee who was not empowered to do anything - simply taking down my information for yet another person to call back. I am neither impressed nor hopeful.
Ending with a positive - I live in the Northern California fire zone - within 10 miles of two fires that burned over 400,000 acres. Smoke outside has been awful. Air Quality has been as high as 510 at my location. The filters work so well that while inside my house - the air was clean and could not even detect the smell of smoke or ash.
Hope you get a good one - they work extremely well when they do. If it fails, get ready for some real frustration.
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I have given up. This company does *NOT* stand behind their products. They are incapable of providing support for their products

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