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Abco Tech Air Vent Universal Car Mount Holder / Cradle for Cell Phones, IPhone 4 4S 5 5S 5C 6 - Samsung Galaxy S3 S4 S5 - Galaxy Note 2 3 - LG G2 - Motorola Moto X Droid HTC One, Nexus 5 And ALL SMARTPHONES - LIFE TIME SATISFACTION GUARANTEED!
Abco Tech Air Vent Universal Car Mount Holder / Cradle for Cell Phones, IPhone 4 4S 5 5S 5C 6 - Samsung Galaxy S3 S4 S5 - Galaxy Note 2 3 - LG G2 - Motorola Moto X Droid HTC One, Nexus 5 And ALL SMARTPHONES - LIFE TIME SATISFACTION GUARANTEED!
Offered by AbcoDirect
Price: $29.99
2 used & new from $21.77

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to install, it can hold any phone and can withstand all but the harshest of potholes, August 7, 2014
There is no instruction manual with this device; it is simple enough to understand that none is needed. The device comes in two parts, the holder of the phone and the connector to the air vent. There is a metal hook at the end of the connector and a spring controlled slider. The slider is moved so that the hook can be placed in the air vent and it then snaps back to hold the hook in place on the vent.
There is a bolt that can be loosened so that the angle of the holder can be adjusted, once the proper orientation is found, it can be tightened in place. All surfaces where the phone will be in contact with the holder are rubberized to provide a soft and stable grip on the phone. The two pieces on the bottom can be twisted in and out for easy placement of the phone in the holder. There is a push-button release on the back of the holder that will release the two pieces on the side so that they can be moved outward and then slipped back in to contact the phone. This allows the holder to be adjusted for almost all phones as it expands out to approximately four inches in width.
I placed this device on the vent in my truck and hit it with some minor slaps and it stayed in place. While it could not withstand more powerful trauma, it will stay in place during the more routine bumps and bounces. It you want your phone to be within easy reach while you drive, this stand will make it available while keeping it stable and safe.


The Year She Left Us: A Novel
The Year She Left Us: A Novel
by Kathryn Ma
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.92
51 used & new from $14.24

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The rapid shifts of contexts left me confused, August 6, 2014
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This novel is based on several aspects of the recent history and social structure of the People's Republic of China. With one of the oldest continuous cultures on Earth, there is a great deal of continuity and tradition, with sons being preferred over daughters so that they could provide for the parents in their old age.
When the Chinese government implemented their one child policy there was a dramatic shift in the gender balance in the nation. The number of recorded female births plummeted relative to the male children and one way this was done was for women to give birth and then anonymously leave the girl in a public location to be placed in an orphanage. That is the initial event to start this story.
Ari is a girl that was left on the steps of a building in China shortly after she was born and then adopted by an American couple. This is her story but it also involves the history of China since the Japanese invaded in the 1930's. The following several decades were very tumultuous times in China, while the Second World War ended in the last half of 1945, the Chinese nation remained at war with itself for decades afterward.
The problem that I have with this novel is that it moves from context to context, in the temporal, character and geographic senses when the chapter changes and you are not immediately sure where the story is. It is a good tale of an adopted child being simultaneously grateful, yet rebellious wanting to discover their ancestral roots while seeming to avoid taking them seriously.
The lack of lengthy continuity that I didn't think was handled as well as it could have been reduced my interest and enjoyment of what could have been a very strong item of historical fiction. The main character is loaded with uncertainties and is deeply flawed, not necessarily a bad thing but when you have such a character a strong foundational plotline helps to keep the narrative going. Given that most of the other characters also had serious flaws, the lack of well understood sequencing gave the story many aspects of a muddle.


[Apple MFI Certified - Lifetime Warranty] NiKi® 3.3 Feet 30 pin USB Sync and Charging Cable for iPhone 4 / 4S, iPhone 3G / 3GS, iPad 1 / 2 / 3, iPod nano 5th / 6th generations and iPod Touch 3rd / 4th generations, White (Retail Packaging)
[Apple MFI Certified - Lifetime Warranty] NiKi® 3.3 Feet 30 pin USB Sync and Charging Cable for iPhone 4 / 4S, iPhone 3G / 3GS, iPad 1 / 2 / 3, iPod nano 5th / 6th generations and iPod Touch 3rd / 4th generations, White (Retail Packaging)
Offered by ACEShield
Price: $7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A longer connection for when you really did it, August 6, 2014
Since it is 1 meter (3.3 feet) long, this cable will solve nearly all instances of the "connector too short" problem. One valuable use for this long cable that I immediately recognized would be in long rides in a vehicle. If an Apple mobile device were to run low on power, a car charger could be plugged in and then this cord could be run from the front to the back with the problem solved.
The cable can be used for both charging and synchronous data transfer. Charging can be slower when using a USB connection, but that is one of the realities the user of mobile devices must face. The data transfer feature seemed comparable in speed to that of shorter cables but I did not run a more precise quantitative test process.
Like the long extension cord that is essential when you need it, this cable can be essential in those circumstances where you really need a longer connection.


Dream Deceivers
Dream Deceivers
DVD ~ Rob Halford
Price: $19.20
22 used & new from $13.31

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many social messages in this video about extreme teen rebellion and the need to blame others, August 6, 2014
This review is from: Dream Deceivers (DVD)
When their child does something terrible, it is natural for the parents to blame others for the event. In this case, two teenage boys put a loaded shotgun to their face and pulled the trigger. One of the boys died immediately and the other lived but was horribly disfigured. The boys were major fans of the heavy metal rock group Judas Priest and their parents launched a lawsuit against the group for damages. Their claim was that there were subliminal messages in the Judas Priest songs that influenced the boys to pursue the suicide route. This movie sets the context and covers the trial of that lawsuit against Judas Priest.
The movie is disturbing on several levels, while you feel for the parents; once the trial is underway the revelations demonstrate that all was not well in the homes where the two boys lived. There was a history of alcoholism and drug use among the parents as well as the boys. Both of the boys had been in various levels of trouble for many years, so there were many warning signs of problems before they shot themselves. The two boys rebelled against authority as well, but that just meant they were fairly normal teenagers. This type of problem persists today; unfortunately today the boys take their guns to school instead.
It seems to be a permanent aspect of the human progression that children adopt behaviors and interests that scare their parents, especially in music. Elvis, the Beatles, Kiss and other groups have all rose to prominence among the young to the consternation of their elders.
The result of the trial is announced at the end of the video and it was a reasonable verdict. While you do have some empathy for the parents, it is obvious from all the evidence that is given on the video that this was just a tragedy of extreme teen rebellion. The video is very well put together and is a look into the teen life of hero worship, experimentation with new things and considering the world of "old people" to be repulsive. There are many different social messages in the documentary, making it an appropriate tool in sociology and psychology classes.


120cm Supper Long Blue Vocaloid Hatsune Miku Ponytails Straight Cosplay Wig Cw140
120cm Supper Long Blue Vocaloid Hatsune Miku Ponytails Straight Cosplay Wig Cw140
Offered by L-email cosplay
Price: $37.69
5 used & new from $29.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for playing a "Gaga" or a member of an alien species. Surprisingly comfortable, August 6, 2014
If you are male and scheduled to attend a costume party where there will be prizes for best costume, then this wig will vault you immediately into the top tier. It will give you the "Gentleman Gaga" look. The fibers are blue and feel more natural than I thought they would.
There are three pieces, a cap style wig where the hair is approximately seven inches long and two tails each approximately three feet long. The tails have strong plastic clips with seven plastic teeth on each side that are one-half an inch long on the connecting ends. With the exception of the clip, the tails are very light; it would not be difficult to support the weight through a night of partying. Although any act of wild dancing is probably not a good idea. If you leave off the long strands you have the main component of a costume depicting an alien from science fiction.
I placed the fabric directly on my bare skin for some time, the thin fibers kept my skin from heating up and there was no feeling of irritation, even after a few minutes of swishing the strands to mimic the normal movement of hair. The product also comes with a wig cap for holding your natural hair in place.
I tried the full package on in the privacy of my home and when I looked at myself in the mirror I could not stop smiling. This was the reaction that I would be aiming for if I were to wear this wig outfit to a costume party. You will catch the eye of every person in the place the moment you walk into the room, independent of your gender. Therefore, if you are female and going for the "Lady Gaga" look, then this wig will do it for you.

This product was made available free for review purposes and is available at the "L e-mail cosplay" store on Amazon.


Seedlings: Fables from the Forest
Seedlings: Fables from the Forest
by C.D. Baker
Edition: Paperback
Price: $5.81
5 used & new from $0.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Teaching positive qualities to children using the concept of sentient trees, August 6, 2014
In this book, Baker uses the idea of sentient trees to create situations that give five valuable life lessons to children within a religious theme. There are trees that are greedy, vain, selfish, bullies and just plain lazy. Each of them then experiences a situation that convinces them that their approach is fundamentally against their best long term interests. Each story ends with a Biblical quotation and a short series of discussion questions that can be used to further cement the point.
The trees learn the value of positive qualities such as kindness, humility and thoughtfulness towards others, making this a useful book in the social education of children. The images are also well done; they help the reader visualize the situation without overwhelming the message contained in the text.


Joyiqi Bicycle Portable Rechargeable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, Cycling Speaker Mp3 Player with Micro Sd Card and Aux Inputs, with 4 Interchangeable Colored Skins and Bike Mount, for Smart Phone and Tablet
Joyiqi Bicycle Portable Rechargeable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, Cycling Speaker Mp3 Player with Micro Sd Card and Aux Inputs, with 4 Interchangeable Colored Skins and Bike Mount, for Smart Phone and Tablet
Offered by JoyiQi
Price: $29.98
2 used & new from $24.52

4.0 out of 5 stars Light, easy to carry and can be used for purposes other than on a bike, August 5, 2014
This Bluetooth enabled speaker is cylindrical in shape, approximately three inches long and one inch in diameter. It fits in a stretchable plastic sleeve of the same length and the package I received contained sleeves in the four colors, red, green, blue and black. The speaker is on the open end of the sleeve with the switches and connectors on the other end. The closed end of the sleeve has openings that can be made to coincide with the on/off switch and the connector sockets.
The speaker is rechargeable and the cords for that action are included, the power source end is a USB port. The speaker is attached to a bar of the bike with a flexible plastic strip with loops on each end. The solid section goes on the bar and the two open ends slide over the ends of the speaker sleeve. When I first saw this arrangement I was skeptical of the ability of the plastic piece in holding the speaker rigid.
I tested this by putting the sleeve on a bike and then bouncing it a few times, the speaker stayed more stable than I thought it would. A few light slaps to the side of the speaker moved it a bit, but nothing close to dislodging it. It seems clear that the strap will hold the speaker in place but one wonders about the long term. My experience with the length of play with a full charge were consistent with the advertising.
The sound quality is better than I expected for such a small speaker, I rank it slightly higher than the speaker in my droid phone. A few large safety pins and a secure place to stick them and this speaker could also be attached to a backpack or even a belt so that you can have a better speaker than a cell phone if you want more quality tunes while you are on the go. It would also be valuable for camping; the small size and weight mean that it would pose no significant packing burden in both senses of the word.

This item was made available free for review purposes.


Eachine X-power Serie X2 10400mAh High Capacity Portable Backup External Battery Dual USB Port Power Bank with LCD Digital screen for Apple iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, iPad Air, Mini, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, 2, Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Moto X, G, Lg Optimus, Other Smartphones and Tablets
Eachine X-power Serie X2 10400mAh High Capacity Portable Backup External Battery Dual USB Port Power Bank with LCD Digital screen for Apple iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, iPad Air, Mini, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, 2, Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Moto X, G, Lg Optimus, Other Smartphones and Tablets
Offered by Eachinedirect
Price: $34.99
2 used & new from $27.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Handy and effective portable charger of mobile devices, August 5, 2014
This Eachine portable wireless charging bank is a device that allows you to charge 2 devices at once. It comes with the cords that allow you to charge an iPad, iPod, android smart phones, iPhone, and other phones. When you take it out of the package it is at 100% charge, unlike most products that you must charge out of the box. This allows you to plug your device in instantly. My iPad went from 19% charge to 83% charged in a time frame of about 7 hours.
The device has an on-off switch and the LCD screen informs the user what percentage of charge remains on the charger and you get several recharges of other devices when the charger is fully powered up. It is also compact and light, easily placed in a side pocket of a backpack or other bag. This makes it an excellent source of charging potential when you will be away from normal power outlets. I would recommend this product for people that need a rechargeable portable charger.

This item was made available free for review purposes.


Jesse Stone: No Remorse
Jesse Stone: No Remorse
DVD ~ Tom Selleck
Price: $7.99
81 used & new from $2.57

5.0 out of 5 stars The essence of Jesse Stone as Parker depicted him is expressed in video, August 4, 2014
This review is from: Jesse Stone: No Remorse (DVD)
Jesse Stone is one of the characters that the late Robert B. Parker made popular. While he is a superb police officer, Jesse is a functional alcoholic with a seemingly unbreakable emotional attachment to his ex-wife Jenn. In this movie, Jesse has recently been suspended as the police chief of Paradise, Massachusetts and forbidden to have any communication with the other people on the force.
Luther "Suitcase" Simpson has been named acting chief in Jesse's absence and he is overwhelmed when there is a sequence of execution style murders as well as clerks at convenience stores getting viciously beaten. Given his talents as a cop, Jesse's friend in the state police brings him on as an informal consultant, which gives Jesse some authority. His friends on the force bend the no-contact rules to pass information back and forth.
Tom Selleck's performance as Jesse is one of the best of his career; he plays the hard, yet soft cop to perfection. Jesse keeps his drinking under control, has some very entertaining conversations with the strong and unusual characters in the supporting cast and the crimes are solved. William Sadler is excellent as the cultured, yet ruthless crime boss Gino Fish. He is exactly as Parker depicted him in the novels.
This is a movie that held my interest throughout as it captures the essence of the Parker characters, both visually and in terms of dialog. Jesse is clearly the anchor of the Paradise police force, remaining solid while working through his problems.


Joyiqi Portable Wireless Bicycle Bluetooth Speaker with Flashlight and Bike Mount
Joyiqi Portable Wireless Bicycle Bluetooth Speaker with Flashlight and Bike Mount
Offered by JoyiQi
Price: $32.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen while you pedal, easily control your playlist with simple presses of easily accessible buttons, August 3, 2014
This speaker is Bluetooth enabled and is designed to be attached to a bar of a bicycle with the clamping device that is included. The clamp itself is a standard one for attachment to a round bar, it is u-shaped and the open end has a bolt with a wing nut that tightens it down. The clamp is made of very sturdy rubber, it is hard to slide anything inside it, and the clamp itself will not loosen.
There is a three-sided sleeve where the speaker is placed. It takes some force to slide the speaker in and even more to slide it out. It is hard to see where even the worst bump could possibly dislodge it. There is a light on one end of the speaker as well, although it may be difficult to align the speaker so that the light points forward to be used as a headlight.
The sound is of good quality and there are two volume control buttons, a play/pause button and buttons for skipping forward and backward. The brightness of the light is certainly strong enough to serve as a safety light, it can be seen for a great distance.
There is a USB cable for recharging and the specifications state that it can be used for approximately 5 hours at 50% volume. In my use that seems reasonable, although my tests were not that thorough. This is a neat product, eliminating the need for earphones as you ride. If you are like me you find it hard to keep them in your ears even when you are walking at a normal pace. This is a very good product and the speaker could certainly be used on stationary exercise equipment as well.


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