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Out of Oz: The Final Volume in the Wicked Years
Out of Oz: The Final Volume in the Wicked Years
by Gregory Maguire
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.79
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1.0 out of 5 stars A dreadful ending to the "Wicked world.", February 10, 2014
I would really like to say that this was the best book of the series and it answered all the possible storylines the previous books started. Well it didn't This story was unreadable for pages on end with nothing happening to advance any storyline. This book was chocked full of one disaster after another and the most of characters getting more pathetic the farther along I read. But the most baffling thing about the book is the ending, or lack of a coherent ending. The book is heralded as the last in the series, but there was no ending. The author just stopped the story just as Rain flies for the first time. The back cover of the book has a wholy unsatisfactory discription of Rain's story, saying in one sentence, " Now it is up to Rain to take up her broom - and her legacy - in an Oz wracked by war." When does this broom flying and legacy thing take place? On the last page of the book. Misleading and over promising did this book no favors. What did you learn about in the book? There were a lot of taciturn, pathetic, self-pitying characters in Oz, including Glinda, the lion, Dorothy, Liir, Candle, Tip/Ozma, and all the others you met in the 550+ pages of whining the autor did. It seems like the book was written to take advantage of the commercial success of "Wicked", rather to advance the story of Elphaba'a descendants.


American Gardener YS24 YardStick 10-Inch 24-Volt Cordless String Trimmer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
American Gardener YS24 YardStick 10-Inch 24-Volt Cordless String Trimmer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Company bankrupt, no parts available!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, May 4, 2012
Bought this product last year. Have had problems from the beginning. The trimmer didn't hold a charge for more than 10-15 minutes. The connector between machine and charger is not very user friendly. Went to charge it this spring and the charger is cracked. Checked website and found they are defunct. No way to charge machine. Now it's just a large paperweight.


Enquiry
Enquiry
by Dick Francis
Edition: Audio Cassette
Price: $49.46
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Introduction to Dick Francis and still my favorite!!!, October 22, 2004
This review is from: Enquiry (Audio Cassette)
I have the listened to the BBC dramatization of Enquiry at least a dozen times and the unabridged version several additional times and it never fails to entertain me. It was the first of the Dick Francis stories I listened to or read and it is brilliant from several points of view. The development of all the characters is done so well, especially Kelly Hughes and his helper Roberta and minor characters such as the sleazy detective and the horse trainers and owners. You meet so many memorable characters as Kelly seeks to clear his name and Dexter Cranfield's as well. Kelly Hughes was the kind of hero several stories could have been done about and I wish there were more. While not all the Francis stories were written quite as well as this story, I listen to this one several times a year. I strongly recommend this book/audio to all fans of Dick Francis and the hourse racing business.


Agatha Christie's Poirot : The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Murder on the Links/ Cassettes (Bbc Radio Presents - Abridged Edition)
Agatha Christie's Poirot : The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Murder on the Links/ Cassettes (Bbc Radio Presents - Abridged Edition)
by Agatha Christie
Edition: Audio Cassette
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece among Christie's Best, May 15, 2004
I have listened to these BBC radio adaptations many times over the last 15 years and am always entertained by the quality of the stories, the actors, and the plots. "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" is simply a brilliant mystery, one of Agatha's best, with a dozen legitimate suspects and a most ironic ending. This mystery takes place in a village Hercule had retired to to raise "vegetables" and was having a devil of a time at it. But, murder followed Poirot to the country and he did his best to confound the police, the suspects, and even the murderer. "Murder on the Links" is also a wonderful mystery with several suspects and two corpses not one. By the time Poirot and Hastings travel to France in response to a summons from a rich man who was concerned about his safety, the man has been brutally murdered. Captain "Arthur" Hastings plays an active role in this mystery, falling for one of the suspects in a big way. The John Moffatt's portrayal of Hercule Poirot, the Belgian wonder, is always classic and is so in both of these stories. I stongly recommend these BBC radio shows to all Agatha Christie fans, especially those that enjoy Hercule Poirot.


The League of Frightened Men (Nero Wolfe Mysteries)
The League of Frightened Men (Nero Wolfe Mysteries)
by Rex Stout
Edition: Audio Cassette
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Nero Wolfe Mystery, well written!, May 6, 2004
This second adventure of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, while not as compelling as the first, is nonetheless an excellent mystery with a rather sly twist at the end. While the the chief suspect, Paul, was the victim of a prank so many years before, he is not a sympathetic character at all and appears to be very bitter through his mask of friendship towards all. Paul's wife also seems to have few good qualities and does, in fact, seem to have quite a bizarre personality. Stout's stories are all well written and contribute to fast paced adventures that usually end with one character very unhappy, in this case Paul appears to be both unamused and unimpressed by Nero Wolfe's solution of the case. I storngly recommend this story to all Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin stories.


Fer-de-Lance (Audio Editions)
Fer-de-Lance (Audio Editions)
by Rex Stout
Edition: Audio Cassette
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rex , Nero and Archie at the beginning, also at their best, April 28, 2004
The quality of Rex Stout's writing is unique in its blend of mystery and detective techiques whereas some mystery/detective authors use only one method. The stories of Nero Wolfe are entertaining, well written, and full of colorful, eccentric characters. This story is well written with the small details and descriptions fleshed out nicely. The story is about two murders, initially unconnected until Nero Wolfe sniffs out the truth. Read several of the Nero Wolfe stories and you will feel right at home in the Brownstone on 35th Street. Fer-De-Lance might be the first of the Nero Wolfe series, but it is a wonderful first book. The rotund Nero Wolfe does the thinking and Archie Goodwin does the 'legwork' with a sweet, sarcastic nature. I strongly recommend this story and many others in the Nero Wolfe series to all mystery and detective story lovers.


The Sittaford Mystery (BBC Radio Presents)
The Sittaford Mystery (BBC Radio Presents)
by Agatha Christie
Edition: Audio Cassette
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christie at her most Compelling!, April 23, 2004
Having listened to this dramatization of Agatha Chistie's mystery many times over tha last 15 years, I always catch some different nuance each time or remember something small detail I had forgotten. The voices of the actors who perform the dramatization really bring their characters to life and make the mystery extremely engaging. The table turning is absolutely wild and adds significantly to the puzzle of Captain Trevelyan's death. The singlemindedness of Emily in the pursuit of the murderer makes the novel flow smoothly. Her 'use' of the reporter, Charles Enderby, was also a nice touch, especially for the time period it was written in, the 1930's. Inspector Narricott's voice was also well cast and very strong in his role investigating the murder. Also, the setting is excellent for a murder mystery setting, Dartmoor in the dead of winter. I recommend this BBC full cast dramatization to all Agatha Christie fans.


Wodehouse Playhouse, Series 1
Wodehouse Playhouse, Series 1
DVD ~ John Alderton
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wodehouse in his usual brilliance!!!!, April 23, 2004
I bought this DVD because of all the Jeeves and Wooster stories I have watched, read, and listened to over the last 18 years. These stories are as superbly written and acted as I expected they would be. P.G. Wodehouse had a way with words that is unsurpassed in the literary field of humor and the stories on these DVD's highlight Wodehouse's ability to entertain with words. The two lead actors are wonderful in their portrayal of Wodehouse's characters and the humor is priceless. Having seen both John Alderton and Pauline Collins on stage live and in this series, they are actors who can play a variety of roles effectively and with passion. I strongly recommend this DVD set to all fans of P.G. Wodehouse's style and humor.


The Time Machine
The Time Machine
DVD ~ Rod Taylor
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars H.G. Wells Classic story is done Proud!!!!!, April 23, 2004
This review is from: The Time Machine (DVD)
I cannot say how faithful this movie is to the book, however it is an outstanding science fiction movie. The cinematic techniques available for this movie are not as garish as you might see today, but are nonetheless very effective in supporting the cracking screenplay. Rod Taylor's potrayal of Wells is spot on and deserving of special note. The sets are also exceptional with the period furniture and architecture very well done. It is a classic story well adapted to the screen. I recommend this movie to all true science fiction and Time travel fans.


Catherine Cookson's Fifteen Streets [VHS]
Catherine Cookson's Fifteen Streets [VHS]
VHS
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful tale with a powerful hero!!!, April 22, 2004
The version I saw of this story was on stage in the late 1980's in London at the Playhouse Theatre (I think) with Owen Teale in the lead role. It is a powerful story well written and acted just as well by the superb cast. I have remembered this show since I saw it on stage 15+ years ago and the mesmerizing performance Owen Teale gave. It highlights what the class system meant in England in the days gone by. I hope this show comes out on DVD as it would become a welcome addition to my collection of good drama. I strongly recommend this story to fans of good drama, stage or film.


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