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JavaScript: The Web Warrior Series
JavaScript: The Web Warrior Series
JavaScript: The Web Warrior Series by Sasha Vodnik and Don Gosselin. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 36 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Blackberry Winter
Blackberry Winter
Blackberry Winter by Cheryl Reavis. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Les Imposteurs
Les Imposteurs
Les Imposteurs by John Grisham, Maxime Van Santfoort, et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 44 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Stephen King's The Body: Bookmarked
Stephen King's The Body: Bookmarked
Stephen King's The Body: Bookmarked by Aaron Burch. Rated 2.7 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Thinking in Java (2nd Edition)
Thinking in Java (2nd Edition)
Thinking in Java (2nd Edition) by Bruce Eckel. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 108 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Yii 1.1 Application Development Cookbook
Yii 1.1 Application Development Cookbook
Yii 1.1 Application Development Cookbook by Alexander Makarov. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 16 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Oracle Database 11g A Beginner's Guide
Oracle Database 11g A Beginner's Guide
Oracle Database 11g A Beginner's Guide by Ian Abramson , Michael Abbey, et al.. Rated 3.6 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
A lot of people voice their disappointment with this book, because they expect it to be an in-depth, authoritative guide written for professional designers, and it turns out to be something else. Let me tell you a little secret, design people: it's not "the design bible", it's not "the UX bible", it's not anything bible. It's more of a religious pamphlet aimed at laymen who don't normally think about design in their everyday work, to bring them the gospel of good design practices in an extremely condensed form.

Developers love this book, because it's good (duh!) and also because it comes with recommendations from several luminaries in the field, most notably Jeff Atwood, the co-founder of StackOverflow. I'm no exception. It helped shift my focus from making software that does its job well, to making software that helps its users do their jobs well. It explains in very simple terms why you should care about how users experience and interact with the things you make and how to start thinking about making their interactions more satisfying and rewarding. It also walks you through the typical interaction cycle, from the idea of action that user wants to perform, to the interpretation of feedback they receive; it is a tremendous help when you are trying to 'debug' the interactions and figure out the exact reason why users find your design distracting, irritating or counter-intuitive.

There are sections clarifying the terms you might have heard elsewhere but don't know exactly what they mean (A/B testing, root cause analysis, iterative vs. waterfall approach) or how they might help you improve your design. There is a particularly illuminating chapter explaining why fridge controls and stove controls (among many other things) come in so many different and incompatible designs, how companies are trying to solve this problem with standardization and why standards sometimes create more problems than they solve.

What else? It's also short, well-written and entertaining. The jokes are rare, poignant, and usually delivered with a deadpan snark. To give you an example,
"The typewriter was a radical innovation that had a dramatic impact upon office and home writing. It helped provide a role for women in offices as typists and secretaries, which led to the redefinition of the job of secretary to be a dead end rather than the first step toward an executive position".
Nice, huh?

To summarize: buy this book if you want to know more about design in general and/or become a better designer to complement your other skills. Don't buy this book if you expect a huge how-to manual or a cookbook aimed at experienced designers.
In The Meantime: Finding Yourself and the Love You Want
In The Meantime: Finding Yourself and the Love You Want
Wow! This book has been a life changing stepping stone! I enjoy Iyanla’s personality shining through in this book. It made it much easier to take in and do the work. Here, is where I truly learned how to love myself. I thought I was loving myself before but that I needed others love more. After this book i realized I never knew what it looked like to love myself and nobody else’s love would ever be enough, nobody else’s love will EVER be the answer! With the knowledge I gained I’m able to love others better and able to help them love themselves a little more too. A MAJOR weight has lifted and life is easier. Life is BETTER! I purchased these as extra copies to give and loan to people.
Henry Ford: A Story of Entrepreneurship
Henry Ford: A Story of Entrepreneurship
My 4th graders really enjoyed this book, as well as the video that goes along with it. It contains a great deal of interesting info that most people don't know about Ford.
Library of Famous Women Juniors - Oprah Winfrey
Library of Famous Women Juniors - Oprah Winfrey
This book is labeled that it is for 9 year olds. My daughter just turned 9 and checked this book out at her school library to read due to black history month. I have NO problem with Oprah.....I do have a problem with my daughter reading about how her family member had her have "Sex" with him and if she wouldnt tell anyone he would buy her an ice cream......NOT for a 9 yr old to read.....Doing my best to keep any other child from reading this book in my kids Kindergarten through 3rd grade school library.
Street-Legal
Street-Legal
You never can pin Bob Dylan down. Take the artwork for 1978’s "Street- Legal" (itself apparently a phrase for a modified hoodlum’s car or a dodgy hot rod). He stands there all elusive-like outside the entrance to the makeshift Rundown Studios (as he called it) – looking to his left down a street from the safety of some steps and a layback. Dylan looks cool – alluding to something – seeing the bigger picture we mere fan-schmucks cannot see. He is after all the spokesperson for a generation – and a renewed one too since 1975 and the magisterial "Blood On The Tracks" LP that took the whole world by storm.

But then you turn over the cover to read the credits on the rear sleeve – and you’re presented with something truly garish and staggeringly unflattering – Dylan in what appears to be a white clown's outfit with mascara running down his face looking like he’s auditioning as an extra for the Alice Cooper Travelling Horror Show. It's a really crappy and unbecoming photo that no other artist would have let pass. But this is Bob Dylan - cool one moment - a putz and a let-down the next. A legend within a mystery within an enigma (and that's just the left leg)...

And in some ways that 'who gives a crap' attitude permeates everything about this much anticipated and yet (at the time) much derided LP. As one insider put it - "Street-Legal" was recorded in a week, mixed the week after and released regardless the week after that. The inference was of course that the new record was a rushed half-assed effort. And in some ways – recording-wise anyway – it is. His band entourage were supposed to be using Rundown Studios (in Santa Monica, California) as a rehearsal space for the Japanese Tour – so the material was recorded in a haphazard ad-hoc way (missed cues, vocals panning in and out etc) with the perceived idea that they’d return to the songs and the sessions and record them properly somewhere else. But Dylan liked what he had – describing it as "the closest to where I am" – and released the unwieldy poorly-recorded beast anyway (all 50 cramped-on-vinyl minutes of it).

The backlash also came from waiting. After the career highs of "Blood On The Tracks" in 1975 and "Desire" in 1976 and the filler live album "Hard Rain" in late 1976 – by June 1978 anticipation for more studio goodies was at fever pitch. As I recall the public liked/disliked "Street Legal" in equal measure - but critics were less kind – especially the famous Greil Marcus review which once again dragged out the 'crap' word whilst throwing in 'fake' and 'sexist' too for good measure (lyrics in "New Pony" stood accused). Dylan reacted angrily saying that even if the Production values weren't exactly Steely Dan – the music was good and his lyrics had meaning and were not just convenient quotes taken from the rhyming-couplets dictionary sat alongside his Woody Guthrie songbook and recent divorce papers in whatever place the Rambler called home.

Which brings us to this re-constructed Stereo CD Remaster from 2003 – carried out by the mighty GREG CALBI – a name synonymous with transfer greatness for me. Given what they had to work with and knowing how bad my initial 1980s CBS CD sounded – the transformation here is amazing and I for one feel should lead to a reappraisal of this slice of lyrical haphazard Bobness. Here is the changing of the guards...

UK re-released March 2004 – "Street-Legal" by BOB DYLAN on Sony /Columbia 512355 2 (Barcode 5099751235521) is a straightforward CD Remaster of his 1978 9-Track LP. It was initially reissued September 2003 as a CD/SACD Hybrid Dual Format release in a gatefold card digipak (Columbia 512335 6 – Barcode 5099751235569) but that quickly deleted and replaced with a standard jewel case issue. The 2003 Remaster has been used on this Reissue (repressed in 2009 and 2016). It plays out as follows (50:26 minutes):

1. Changing Of The Guards
2. New Pony
3. No Time To Think
4. Baby Stop Crying
5. Is Your Love In Vain?
6. Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
7. True Love Tends To Forget
8. We Better Talk This Over
9. Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat)
Tracks 1 to 9 are the album "Street-Legal" - released July 1978 in the USA on Columbia JC 35453 and June 1978 in the UK on CBS Records CBS 86067. Produced by DON DeVITO - it peaked at No. 11 in the USA and No. 2 in the UK.

You'd have to say that the gatefold slip of paper that laughably calls itself an insert is a huge disappointment - especially on a reissued Remaster. Where's the lyric insert that came with original albums - words being a tad important when it comes to Bob Dylan. But at least we get that stunning GREG CALBI Remaster - a man whose had his mitts on McCartney's "Band On The Run", Paul Simon's "Graceland", Supertramp's "Crime Of The Century" and "Breakfast In America" and even John Mayer's Remastered catalogue. Calbi has turned a pig's ear into something prettier than a sow's rump...a job well done it has to be said.

A quick glance at the original LP playing time for the Side 1 opener "Changing Of The Guards" shows a 6:34 minute duration – but the 2003 remaster and remix has the ‘endless road’ song extended to 7:04 minutes - suddenly packing a live-in-the-studio Band punch it never had. Now you can actually hear David Manfield’s Mandolin and the three ladies crooning after every line – Carolyn Dennis, Joanne Harris and Helena Springs on backing vocals. And the guitar on "New Pony" is now more menacing and in your face as are the drums (its also increased from 4:28 to 4:39 minutes - how much longer indeed).

I always thought "No Time To Think" had a great hook (as you slowly sink) - the clever rhymes come fast and furious and that rolling piano is now more to the fore in the mix even if it is overly long at 8:20 minutes. Side 1 ends with the first single "Baby Stop Crying". Released July 1978 on CBS Records S CBS 6499 and unlike most BD 45s "Baby Stop Crying" actually charted - peaking at No. 13 and enjoying an 11-week run and the wild luxury in 1978 of a 12" single issue in a picture sleeve (not sure why). With the guitar chug of "New Pony" as the flipside on all formats - it was an excellent double-header.

Side 2 opens with the cheery "Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)" as Bob asks "...can you tell me where we're heading...Lincoln County Road or Armageddon..." and at 5:42 minutes it remains the same but the clarity of that strummed acoustic guitar and the sax solo is better than before. "Is Your Love In Vain?" was the second single lifted from the LP in Blighty (CBS Records S CBS 6718 in September 1978 with "We Better Talk This Over" on the B-side) and its whiny theme made an impression at the time even if it did feel like some dismissive 60ts outtake ("...alright...I'll fall in love with you..."). But my fave-rave on the album is "True Love Tends To Forget" which feels like a great Bob Dylan song complete with actual emotion and not just snide observation.

The musical arrangement of "We Better Talk This Over" signals what is to come with "Slow Train Coming" and its lyrics are so emotion-confessional they can at times become uncomfortable. Speaking of which - were the lyrics "...if you don't believe there's a Christ...and sweet Paradise...just remind to show you the stars..." in the album's final cut "Where Are You Tonight (Journey Through Dark Heat)" about his lost 10-year marriage or leaning into the religious trio of albums that began with "Slow Train Coming" in August 1979 - probably both. And that "Like A Rolling Stone" organ sound – wow - a good end to a really good album.

Not as heart-wrenching as "Blood On The Tracks" or as lyrically hard-hitting as "Desire" - nonetheless 1978's "Street-Legal" is a winner on re-listen – it’s an all-good Bob Dylan album when such things were something you hoped for in the later decades but rarely got. "Street Legal" deserves another go-round and this superb 2003 Remaster has finally given the LP the aural oomph it always needed.

"...Missing her so much..." - Bob Dylan sang on "Where Are You Tonight..." - I felt the same re-playing this street hoodlum of a record...
Dylan (3CD) (Deluxe Edition)
Dylan (3CD) (Deluxe Edition)
This is an weak introduction to Bob Dylan. It should have been great, but of course they couldn't get it right could they? Unlike the lousy Biograph box, at least it is in chronological order (almost) - what is up with having Like A Rolling Stone come before It's All Over Now Baby Blue????????????????????? How STUPID is that?????? Some of the selections are questionable -- Masters of War is soooooo dated and was a terrible song even in 1962, and only 1 song from one of his best albums (Highway 61) and where are Visions of Johanna, Absolutely Sweet Marie or I Want You from Blonde on Blonde? But at least they didn't put Mighty Quinn on it just because it was a hit for Manfred Mann (the Dylan version totally STINKS!!!) All in all there is a lot of great music here but it is too bad they messed it up and didn't make it definitive. The third disc could have been particularly spectacular highlighting Dylan's return to greatness. However they did a very poor job selecting the songs from his last 4 albums -- where is Highlands, The Levee's Gonna Break or Thunder On The Mountain? The later songs selected here are ok but far from his best. Also what are Dark Eyes and You're Gonna Quit Me doing here? With so many great songs left off including these is a crime.
Under The Red Sky
Under The Red Sky
OK, it's not really worth five stars but I do get tired of all of the negative and derivative reviews of this album. Some critic mentioned "nursery rhymes" at some point in the past and every unoriginal thinker out there now seizes on this term and parrots it to death.
It's a rather "lightweight" album at times but there are really only two songs that seem to be based on the so-called "nursery rhyme" structure - "Under the Red Sky" and "Cat's in the Well," both of which have an undertone of dark ambiguity, more so on the latter which verges on subtly Apocalyptic. They are still both enjoyable pieces of music and nothing like what a person might expect who has actually bought a REAL "nursery rhymes sung for children" kind of album for their kids. It's simply a "structure" he uses, and by the way, lots of rock-and-roll uses that same kind of simple repetitive structure. The same "structure" is used on "The Beatles" (White Album) song "Cry Baby Cry" to great effect; here, it's probably the inclusion of a line like "the little boy and the little girl got baked in a pie" that trips people up. But it's more like a surrealistic dream than a child's story.
One odd fact is that this is the only Dylan album I have (35 so far) that includes all of the lyrics. There's nothing monumentally moving here, but there are lots of subtle little gems sprinkled throughout, couplets and phrases of vaguely philosophical despair and questioning.
"Wiggle wiggle" rocks, even if the words sound like Bob wrote them for his four-year-old daughter to dance to, and the highly-lauded "Basement Tapes" are full of verses of equally monumental silliness. No one ever complained about "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," one version of which mentions "a flute that toots and a bee that stings, a bird that flies and and a sky that cries, a fish that walks and a dog that talks."
I don't consider "2 X 2" (which is a beautiful song) to be a nursery rhyme structure, as it and "10,000 Men" both seem to be based on a kind of gospel music that I used to hear when I was young. One of the songs I'm thinking of may have been called "Children Go Where I Send Thee" and used the same approach of counting one number higher on each verse. So what? It's an effective rhetorical technique and works well in those songs. Dylan knows all about old gospel and folk music and I'm surprised that people aren't recognizing some of those simple yet memorable devices on this album.
As I said, this album is fairly lightweight, for the most part, but quite listenable and fun, and there are no "skip-over" songs for me on it, unlike some of his best albums. ("Oh Mercy," one of my favorites, has at least one tedious song that I rarely listen to in its entirety, as do "Blonde on Blonde" and the last three "greats," "Time Out of Mind," "Love and Theft," & "Modern Times.")
This one is at least better than several of Dylan's albums and actually shows some of the same goofing-off spirit that occurs on some of his equally-listenable "Traveling Wilburys" contributions. And "Handy Dandy" is one of the most-fun Dylan songs out there, a song I can't help singing along with when I hear it.
It's not "Blonde on Blonde" or "Highway 61" or "Blood on the Tracks" but it's NOT "bad," although I can see how someone who was stuck in one of those '60's-stuff-only modes, whether folk/protest or '65-'66 triad-of-greats, might not think that this was up to snuff. It doesn't suck, it's just not "great" and in any case it's not irritating the way, say, the musical "sound" of "Empire Burlesque" seems so out-of-character and even contradictory to Bob's voice.
eos USDA Organic Lip Balm - Tropical Mango | Lip Care to Moisturize Dry Lips | 100% Natural and Gluten Free | Long Lasting Hydration | 0.25 oz
eos USDA Organic Lip Balm - Tropical Mango | Lip Care to Moisturize Dry Lips | 100% Natural and Gluten Free | Long Lasting Hydration | 0.25 oz
I have other eos lip balms and they apply so smooth and moisturized my lips great. Not sure if it's a different type but these dont apply soft like my other ones that are pink and yellow. The scent is yum and smells great. But the application is like rubbing a smooth stone, I dont get the balm on my lips. I ended up slices pieces off and melting them into a lip balm jar. It applies much better after adding mineral oil.
"v neck t shirts mens"
"v neck t shirts mens"
In general, I’m a picky shopper in terms of quality, but when it comes to undershirts, I only need something of decent quality but at a good price.

As a point of reference, for my own use, three Calvin Klein v-neck undershirts at Costco for $19.99 cost more than what I felt was necessary for me (they are definitely of better quality though).

So I found these Gildans and gave them a try. The fact that they cost less than $2 per undershirt worried me so I wasn't expecting much, but they are actually better than expected, given the very reasonable price! I laundered them once before wearing one, and my initial impression is that they fit great (I ordered Medium size, and I’m a size 39 chest & 33 waist) and are of very acceptable quality considering the price.

I then compared them to some old Costco Kirkland V-neck T-Shirts that I’ve had for a very long time. These Gildans are a lighter thinner cotton, so their durability wash after wash remains to be seen, but I initially have absolutely no complaints for the price.

The Gildan cotton definitely feels rougher than the Kirklands, but not enough to prevent me from buying more Gildans for the price. The stitching on the Gildans is not as smooth or refined as the Kirkland’s, but again totally acceptable given the price point.

In the end, as long as you aren’t shopping for premium quality, IMHO I feel this is a very good deal on a set of 6 acceptable quality undershirts, and I found them even better than expected. If durability holds up after a reasonable amount of washes, I definitely plan to buy these again.
The Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dreams You Dream: Biblical Keys for Hearing God's Voice in the Night
The Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dreams You Dream: Biblical Keys for Hearing God's Voice in the Night
As one who has been a dreamer all my life and as a minister others seek out to interpret their dreams, I have read and consulted a lot of dream books. The Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dreams You Dream, Biblical Keys for Hearing God's Voice in the Night, is different. This book presents expanded biblical perspective for interpretation. Of course there are other books that use the Bible as the basis for dream interpretation, but none I have read that are as biblically thorough and biblically extensive as this one. It truly lives up to its name as "The Ultimate Guide."

The understanding of dreams gained from studying the material in this book also brings additional enlightened understanding of scripture which is exciting and delightful for those who study the Word regularly.

The chapters and sections are manageable as study and exploration go. Not too much to grasp or relate to all at once and not too much to chart to aid dream interpretation. In fact, the author does an excellent job of outlining systems that cut categories of dream symbolism down to size so they can be easily remembered and applied because they make sense according to our everyday lives. More than charts to memorize, this book presents systems to use and explanations instead of charts.

The tone of the book is very lighthearted and conversational even humorous which makes the heavy subject matter easier to digest. It not only teaches the basic precepts of dream interpretation, it also enables revelation and understanding when there needs to be action. I experienced an anointing on this book that increased my memory of my dreams, my consciousness in my dreams, as well as interpretation and revelation flowing from my dreams. I was more than impressed.

As God pours out His Spirit and dreams and visions are increasing, this text is also quite timely for the perfecting of the saints and to prepare the way of the Lord's second coming. It makes interpretation and revelation of dreams much more accessible for the saints since dreams are a major way God speaks to us. It allows us to use cultural experiences to make sense of our dreams as well as the Bible. In other words, the systematic premises and principles posited just make sense.

I am going to purchase a paper copy for quicker, easier access.
A Perfect Man
A Perfect Man
And here is the reason that I have to form my own opinion. Other reviews here hate it and I didn't. All a matter of taste. James and Nina are a lovely couple until Nina catches him screwing around ( you get the impression she knows he is a dog but hasn't caught him) At the Anniversary party she announces she is leaving him and then we have the soul searching. You get the impression that he never thought he was doing anything wrong. There is still love there, no doubt. The positives...Jeanne Tripplehorn, Live Schreiber, Louise Fletcher, the entire support cast, scenic Amsterdam and Larry! Larry won me over very early on...he is their puppy. The negatives? Sure, a little slow now and then. that is because there are no shootings or buildings or cars exploding. Just a good story. Bravo.
Come Morning
Come Morning
I think I actually held my breath a few times. I don't know any of the crew or the director, but this film is just about perfect. The acting, with such little dialogue, was superb. Who is that boy???!!! He might be the next Denzel Washington. Everything was lowkey and subdued but full of emotion. The quietude of woods, and house; and sparse dialogue felt like mantle of fatalism, very realistic. It was beautifully shot.

This is such an amazing film. And so much what I wasn't expecting. This should be taught in film school. I understand that this movie was shot on a shoestring in just a few days. What a remarkable achievement.

Don't let the reviews from all the people who didn't understand it or was disappointed that there wasn't a car chase with lots of special effects dissuade you from watching this little gem.

This movie is like a good novel, like "Beloved" by Toni Morrison with the slow reveal and passionate feelings barely held in check. I really love "Beloved" and this movie. The going to check out the director's other movies.

I feel like I say this in every review but horrible flash bang Hollywood movies in general don't appeal to me. I'd rather drink in one of these low budget, hidden treasures. Thanks to all the people making these beautiful movies even though the take probably won't be in the $millions.
Deadpool 2: Once Upon a Deadpool [Blu-ray]
Deadpool 2: Once Upon a Deadpool [Blu-ray]
Once Upon a Deadpool is basically the made-for-tv cut of Deadpool 2 with seven or eight minutes of additional footage (10 at the very most). So if you go in expecting a Deadpool 2.5 type movie, you’re gonna be disappointed. Now, I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy myself at all while watching the additional footage, but I don’t think it warrants the watch.

And believe me when I say that this is the made-for-tv cut. Virtually every scene was re-edited, re-dubbed and recut, and it’s not exactly done all that well. I think the editing would’ve confused me in some scenes had I not seen the original R-rated cut of Deadpool 2. In addition, some of the re-dubbing was lazy in some places. At one point they just flat out bleeped out some of the swear words.

Finally, my biggest problem with Once Upon a Deadpool is that this PG-13 version just does not work. There are some movies that *need* an R-rating in order for the movie to work, and the Deadpool movies are prime examples of this. For instance, try to imagine how pointless a PG-13 cut of Pulp Fiction would be. The first Deadpool was very important in proving to studios that R-rated blockbuster movies can be very successful and make money, and Once Upon a Deadpool goes against all of that. You’re basically neutering what was once a very entertaining film deserving of an R rating simply for some extra money.

As it says in the review title, just stick with the original theatrical cut of Deadpool 2. While the extra footage is admittedly rather amusing, you’re not particularly missing anything by not watching Once Upon a Deadpool and you’d probably be better off just skipping it.
Deadpool: Dracula's Gauntlet
Deadpool: Dracula's Gauntlet
Awesome!! I have not had this much fun reading a book in quite a while. Posehn & Duggan absolutely crushed this one out of the park! This book is extremely well crafted from top to bottom!! Geart story, Clean & beautiful art and genuinely witty dialogue. I cannot overstate how great of a read this is. At no point is there a lull or decrease in the quality of presentation. The sections which focus on Dracula are just as enjoyable as those with Deadpool & Shiklah. As a bonus, we get to see tons of Deadpool's sidekicks! Ben Franklin, Bob, Thunderbolts, etc etc. Throw in A.I.M., Hydra and M.O.D.A.K. and this book is a non-stop Deadpool-palooza! This one had me laughing out loud several times! Pay special attention for a delightfully jovial "Inferno" reference!! Basically, I would encourage anyone to buy this book flat out.....with ZERO hesitation! Ona final note, the book itself is beautiful! Marvel does a great job with these Deluxe Hardcovers. Highest Possible recommendation!!
The Lord of the Rings Omnibus: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings Omnibus: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King
This is the finest unabridged reading of this great book that can possibly be imagined. Rob Inglis, a well-known Shakespearean actor, doesn't just 'read' the story; he acts it, with distinct and well thought out voices for all of the characters. Gandalf sounds a lot like Ian McKellen; Aragorn has a royal yet rugged tone; Gimli the Dwarf has a distinctive bass voice which is very rich, while Sam and his dad the Gaffer sound appropriately alike with thick country accents, and Frodo sounds, well, just like Frodo should sound-- a pleasant and humble upper-class hobbit. Inglis gives a particularly impressive display of his acting abilities during the chapter "The Council of Elrond," where he is performing about a dozen characters at once! His emotional tone is very sensitive, and he gives vibrant expression to each sentence. His love and respect for the book are profound and obvious, and he takes all the time he needs to read it right! Another plus is his proper pronunciation of the names and languages. I have been a huge fan of this book for 42 years, but I still didn't know until listening to this recording that 'Frodo' is properly pronounced with a little trill, which makes the name more beautiful! The cost of these discs seems steep until you hear them; then it seems reasonable indeed, because this is a recording you won't listen to just once. Gather the family in the living room around the fire on those cold dark winter nights, and enjoy the ultimate reading of the ultimate fireside tale!
Harry & Meghan: A Very Modern Romance
Harry & Meghan: A Very Modern Romance
This is a true documentation of the background of both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. This documentation will leave no doubt in your mind as to whether or not they were meant to be together. The two have a lot much in common, very intelligent and comes from entirely different backgrounds. They share the same goals, which are helping the world to be a better place. A better place especially for those who at a disadvantage and need to have their voices heard.
The Green Archer
The Green Archer
This is a great story, one of the best. It has drama, tension, and mystery . Highly recommended. A ghost appears and walks at a castle benefits very unpleasant crook, but is it a ghost? What is the reason for the beautiful girls interest in the crook? Can the policeman discover what is going on?
Touch the Wind
Touch the Wind
This is one of those romances that will have you biting down on your fingers in suspense and swinging your legs , squealing because of the sultry love interactions between the two characters. I've read this one at least five times. Every time I read it, it gets better and better. Read it! You won't be sorry.
The Tombs (A Fargo Adventure Book 4)
The Tombs (A Fargo Adventure Book 4)
Clive Cussler and his coauthors have treated readers to an exciting quartet of novels in the relatively new Fargo Adventures. The first three of the entries in the series (initiated in 2009) were coauthored with Grant Blackwood, but now with the fourth, The Tombs, Cussler has teamed with Thomas Perry, who some readers will recognize as the author of the highly original and entertaining Jane Whitefield series, as well as other novels. How Cussler forms his collaborations with other authors in his different novelistic series is a matter of some interest to me, but not something about which I know anything. The formula for this series is intact, however, with the professional treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo on the trail of the buried riches of Attilla the Hun. This search, fueled by messages left by the ruler of the Huns himself, allows the two Fargos to wander about Hungary, Italy, France, Romania, Russia, and Kazakhstan. They try to stay ahead of a Hungarian crime lord and his network of fellow criminals along the way, with the help of a German archaeologist and a Hungarian taxi driver helpfully provided with a large family. The climax, set in La Jolla, California, is a real stunner and provides an argument in support of having an adequate home defense plan. This series has nothing to do with the workings of NUMA, the both fictional and real organization with which readers of the Dirk Pitt and Kurt Austin series are well familiar, which characters sometimes make cameo appearances in another of Cussler's series, the Oregon Files, starring Juan Cabrillo. I have been a fan of Clive Cussler since he began publishing and now that he is hooked up with a number of coauthors, I have a chance to savor his brand of adventure fiction much more often than if he were still writing alone. For me, that is a good thing and should also be for the rest of his fans, both new and old alike. Just so you know, Cussler and I are both native Illinoisans, although neither of us live there now.
Georgia
Georgia
Easy read. Had to imagine Madeira. A shame narrative did not supply the beauty of the island. Also was a bit rushed at end to conclude.
Rules of the Wild: A Novel of Africa (Vintage Contemporaries)
Rules of the Wild: A Novel of Africa (Vintage Contemporaries)
Francesca Marciano's heroine in her debut novel 'The Rules of the Wild' is Esme, a strikingly beautiful individual, full of unfulfilled yearnings and longings. Esme's early years are spent in New York with her mother, her brother,Teo, and her father, Ferdinando, a charismatic Italian poet. After her mother's tragic death when Esme is eight, the family move to Italy where Esme grows up "under the shade of the thick-walled family houses, behind crumbling facades...walking through dark alleys that open between buildings built by Michelangelo." When Esme reaches adulthood, she experiences another loss when Ferdinando dies and realizing that she has lived all her life shielded by her father's personality, Esme feels the need to go somewhere where she is challenged and where she can learn to face her fears. And so, she finds herself agreeing to go on a safari to Kenya with a boyfriend for whom she cares very little, and when it is time for them to return to Italy, Esme, deeply affected by Africa's beauty, decides she wants to stay on.

Shortly after her Italian boyfriend leaves, Esme meets Adam, born and bred in Kenya, who makes a living from taking Americans on safari and, mutually attracted to each other, they soon become lovers. Esme tells herself she is fortunate in meeting Adam; he is good-looking, loving, dependable and reliable - but, having lost people she cares about before, and having learnt never to count on anyone who says they love her, she keeps torturing herself that their relationship won't last. However, when finally Esme comes to accept that she can feel secure in Adam's love, she meets and becomes passionately attracted to Hunter Reed, an intense, driven, cynical and incredibly attractive journalist reporting on the carnage of war in Somalia and Rwanda, and who forces Esme to see the real Africa - both the beauty and the ugliness. Dividing her time between being with Adam on safari in the African bush, and in Nairobi, with the expatriate friends she has made since coming to Africa, Esme struggles to cope with her intense feelings for Hunter, telling herself that it's Adam she really loves and that Hunter will only hurt her. (No spoilers, we learn all about Esme's past very early on in the story and, as this story moves backwards and forwards in time, we know about Esme's relationship with both Adam and Hunter from the very first pages of the book).

Sensuous and intense, with some beautiful descriptions of Africa's spectacular landscape, Francesca Marciano deftly intersperses her depiction of the raw beauty of the African bush with the hedonistic lifestyle of a group of expatriates in, and around Nairobi, who party, drink themselves into oblivion and regularly take cocaine. And it is here that I should say that it is difficult to feel in sympathy with some of the characters in this story, as many of them are self-obsessed, self-interested individuals who are mostly involved in enjoying themselves and mainly interested in what they can get out of Africa - in fact, Esme refers to herself as a weak, selfish and self-obsessed creature who has adjusted the immense African tragedy to her own petty needs. That said, Esme does become more self-aware as the story progresses and, although I found myself losing sympathy with her over her behaviour at times, I found myself caught up in her dilemma and hoping for a happy or, at least, an optimistic ending for her - but do we get one? I obviously have to leave that for prospective readers to discover.
Alex and Ani Harry Potter Owl Post Ring Wrap
Alex and Ani Harry Potter Owl Post Ring Wrap
Carried up groceries and the ring snagged on a bag and immediately broke in half - I tried to be super careful with it but unfortunately I got unlucky. Wish they were stronger material, I have only been wearing it for a couple days.
Department 56 Harry Potter Village Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes Lit Building, 8.11 Inch, Multicolor
Department 56 Harry Potter Village Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes Lit Building, 8.11 Inch, Multicolor
They are a nice addition if your a HP fan and like to collect HP items. They are typical Made in China items so the painting is a bit sloppy. The casting and sculpture work and detail is very nice. Most HP fans would like them. I`m ok with them so I`m keeping mine I`m happy I found them cheaper than full retail I would not pay the inflated full retail price unless the quailty control improves.
Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 1" Memorabilia, 30 x 40 cm
Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 1" Memorabilia, 30 x 40 cm
I am a HUGE Harry potter fan, so have an ever growing collection on framed memorabilia that is slowly climbing across the walls and taking over the room!

This frame did not disappoint! Well worth the buy for Potter Heads!

Arrived quickly in a good condition with a secure packaging.

Very happy with my Siriusly good poster!
Dexter-Russell -2-3/4" New Haven Style Oyster Knife-Sani-Safe Series 2-Pack (2), White
Dexter-Russell -2-3/4" New Haven Style Oyster Knife-Sani-Safe Series 2-Pack (2), White
I bought a 2-Pack instead of a single piece in case I damage one after which I will still have an extra to work with. It was also a good value as it was $20 for the two. On close inspection of the knife, I found the edge of the knife too dull for my liking, so I sharpened before putting it to use. After shucking a dozen oysters, I got the hang of it and now I can do it within several seconds using this tool. A great buy and I am extremely happy with it...
14" Viking Longship Troop Carrier Collectible Museum Replica Ship Model Military Gift
14" Viking Longship Troop Carrier Collectible Museum Replica Ship Model Military Gift
It's okay, but I returned mine as the oars were cheap plastic and the silver paint on chains was horrible like something out of a gumball machine. I just can't overlook it. The sails and boat looked awesome and the stand was great as it didn't distract from the boat it's self. The shields on the sides we're amazing. It almost met my standards but I'm very picky and still looking for one like the one my parents had that I didn't inherit.
Penguins Stopped Play: Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World
Penguins Stopped Play: Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World
This is a thoroughly entertaining travelogue about a village cricket team, optimistically called the Captain Scott XI. Having played up and down England and adventured to a few other countries, they decide to play their way around the world.

Harry Thompson captains the team and has played in Antarctica when he happened to be there, so he sets out to be the first person to play cricket on all seven continents. Taking a long New Year break he and the team head off on appallingly mismanaged flights and cram the matches against Barbados, South Africa and elsewhere into the schedule.

I laughed out loud every evening that I read this book. I know as much about cricket as you could write on a matchbox. As with Michael Green's The Art of Coarse Rugby, however, it's the participation that counts, not the rule book. I am very sure that cricketing aficionados will get more out of this than I did, but don't let that stop the non-sporty folks from reading it too.

Thompson worked for the BBC and drops names such as Hugh Laurie and Hugh Grant into the tale, focusing on how they played cricket when they turned out one Saturday, but the real stars are the varied characters who make up the team.

I was really saddened by the end where we learn that the author died of cancer shortly after finishing the copy-edits. However it makes us understand that if there is anything we want to do in life, we should just go ahead and do it.
SocketScan S800, 1D Barcode Scanner, Black
SocketScan S800, 1D Barcode Scanner, Black
I have used several bluetooth scanners before for my amazon sourcing, I have to say this is by far the best I have ever had and I don't see my self needing a different one ever again, it never misses a scan, always grabs the correct numbers, it recognizes many types of invalid barcodes (foreign country codes usually) and does not scan them, this feature is great for local database scanning so you don't get an accidental positive result. It can scan from about 8 inches away, I have even used it to scan an item through the glass counter at a store without having to ask the employee to get it out of the case for me.
The only warning for buyers I would say is that the button is on a fixed spring and makes a small clicking noise every time you push it, this is not very noticeable but if you are in a library it might turn some heads occasionally.
Perfect Orthopedic Support and Relief of Your Back and Neck Pain with our Cervical Contoured Memory Foam Pillow. Anti-Snore and Cooling Effect for a Comfortable Night’s Sleep. Side sleeper pillow
Perfect Orthopedic Support and Relief of Your Back and Neck Pain with our Cervical Contoured Memory Foam Pillow. Anti-Snore and Cooling Effect for a Comfortable Night’s Sleep. Side sleeper pillow
I have now slept on my Comfort Zone pillow for three nights and can honestly say that they have been three nights of undisturbed sleep. There are quite a few similar pillows on the market and at the point of purchase, I really didn't know which to buy. The price and the shape were influential as I didn't want anything too cheap that would collapse the minute I put my head on it. I needed support for my shoulder and I liked the look of the shape of this pillow. I have given it a 5 star for support although just a shade deeper might have been the best for me. The depth of any of these pillows is really dependant on the size and weight of the person using it. I am under 5'6" tall and of normal weight so this pillow suite my frame pretty well. The pillow is well made and without any odd smell as mentioned in reviews for other similar pillows. I particularly liked the human touch as included with my purchase was a good quality eye-mask and a pair of ear plugs. These, together with a leaflet explaining how this little company began and showing photographs of the founder members, Mihai and Alex, from Moldova. I also like the fact that they donate 15% of the profit from any purchase to three well-known charities , to be picked by the purchaser via their web site.
Aroma Housewares 32-Cup (Cooked) (16-Cup UNCOOKED) Pot Style Rice Cooker (ARC-7216NG)
Aroma Housewares 32-Cup (Cooked) (16-Cup UNCOOKED) Pot Style Rice Cooker (ARC-7216NG)
Sometimes I wonder who gave these products a 5 star. Am leaning to believe it's the manufacturers that hire people to do so.

Folks DO NOT waste your time buying this pot. It doesn't matter how many cups of rice I cook it does not cook all the way through. I bought it for my catering business so I'll be able to cook more rice at one time. The first time I cook 16 cups it did not cook all the way through. I said let me cook a lesser amount I cook 10 cups it did not cook all the way through. I tried 6 cups it still did not cook all the way through. Every time I use this cooker when it's done cooking I have to transfer the rice to a pot and finish cooking it on the stove top. On top of it it burns the rice when you leave it on warm. What's the point of having a warm setting if you can't use it.
This was a waste of money. Will be sending it back.

Edit: so i tried the pot one more time before I returned it. I tried cooking 10 cups of rice, according to the manual it should take 60 minutes to cook. I timed it and in less than 6 minutes the cooker switch to warm with the rice uncooked of course. Again, I had to transfer it to a pot and finish on the stove top. In that 5 minutes the bottom of the rice also burned.
Fsdfgc Air Purifier for Home with True HEPA Filters, Low Noise Powerful Desktop Air Cleaner with 3 Stage Filtration Eliminate Smoke/Pet Dander/Pollen/Dust, Portable Air Purifiers for Bedroom, Office
Fsdfgc Air Purifier for Home with True HEPA Filters, Low Noise Powerful Desktop Air Cleaner with 3 Stage Filtration Eliminate Smoke/Pet Dander/Pollen/Dust, Portable Air Purifiers for Bedroom, Office
I like that it's not loud, and looks just like it does in the picture sometimes you never know what to really expect when you see products online.
Im very satisfied that I actually got a product the way they said it would be.
It's perfect size for a bedroom which is what I got it for.
I was looking for something to help Get rid of smoke and try to get rid of some of the allergens in the air with it being a time where everyone gets sick, they said it helps fight certain germs that cause the common cold.
The reviews I read were very positive and I don't have anything bad to say, it's held up to the reviews I've read about and seems to be very affective.
I'd recommend this product to my friends and family.
Twizzlers - Caja de 12 espirales de fresa sin azúcar
Twizzlers - Caja de 12 espirales de fresa sin azúcar
Got this as a gift for my birthday. As a diabetic I was delighted. Until I spent hour after hour, day and night, dealing with the gurgling stomach, flatulence and extreme diarrhea this created. Avoid at all cost!

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