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The Brothers Karamazov
The Brothers Karamazov
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Edition: Audio CD
Price: $43.40
23 used & new from $17.53

25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars When They Say Abridged, They Mean It, October 20, 2007
This review is from: The Brothers Karamazov (Audio CD)
Echoing the previous reviewer, this product is disappointing for anyone who is familiar with this novel. And for those who are using this to become acquainted with The Brothers K for the first time, you will not only be purchasing a truncated version, but a version that arguably cuts out the most important and most famous passages. For example, the moving chapter on Zosima's life as he lies dying in his cell is missing, and so is "The Grand Inquisitor" section which Dostoevsky himself described as the culminating point in the novel. These are essential sections of the book, and without them the story is no longer what the author meant it to be.

On the other hand, Pigott-Smith is a wonderful reader, and he does a great job in every respect. Even after I realized that they were overzealous with the editing, I couldn't stop listening, because this set is truly a pleasure. I suggest that this could be used to entice those who would never read the novel to pick it up (I'm thinking high schoolers here), or just to refamiliarize yourself with the plot without getting into Dostoevsky's philosophical and theological statements.

BUT, then you've got to read the UNabridged version! You will not regret it.


Lunático
Lunático
Price: $12.99
56 used & new from $3.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only a Loco Would Not Like Lunatico!, April 13, 2006
This review is from: Lunático (Audio CD)
This record is filled with entrancing string arrangements, danceable rhythms, and intelligent lyrics. No one combines classical Tango with the modern club sound like Gotan Project; this piece is extremely versatile and will appeal to many types of musical tastes. And if you are already a fan of Gotan, buy the record immediately!

Put the disc in your stereo and you will feel as if you've been transported to a bar in Buenos Aires:

Some of the songs, like 'Celos', 'Amor Porteno,' and 'Paris, Texas,' have a slower, more deliberate pace; these are spread about the record and seem to be there to let let you catch your breath between songs and buy a drink.

Other tracks, like 'Notas,' 'Mi Confesion,' and 'Arrabal' are irresistably danceable.

The rest of the tracks are somewhere in between, but this record is not disappointing.

There is a seriousness to this piece, but it does not make the work unenjoyable. The music demands your attention, but wants you to have a good time. It is playfully seductive, and way beyond any other electronica I have heard this year.


Haydee
Haydee
Price: $14.96
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Record is a Gem!, January 20, 2006
This review is from: Haydee (Audio CD)
This is an interesting album with unique arrangements, catchy melodies, and a very strong voice captured on a crisp recording.

The songs vary from emotion-filled-pop-infused-loved-songs ('Tu y Yo,' 'Libelula,' 'Donde Van Las Palabras') to a vaguely samba rhythm tune, 'Mi Pasion, Mi Vida,' to a Cuban sound in 'Santa Madre,' and 'La Musica.'

Haydee's voice will make you listen to even your least favorite song on the album over and over again. It possesses an addictive tone, it is sweet and playful, yet gritty, sensual, and strong.

This seems like an effortless work, like there was never a doubt about its direction. The sound is generally mellow, but the danceable songs pop up at the perfect time on the record and prevent things from getting boring. Smoothness reigns throughout. It is clear that the songs are coming from an artist with a distinctive perspective of her craft.

The songs lead you where the artist wants to take you, and it is a delightful trip, filled with fine instrumentation and a passion filled voice. It would be a pity to miss out.


Pioneer AVIC-N2 In-Dash DVD Multimedia AV Navigation Receiver
Pioneer AVIC-N2 In-Dash DVD Multimedia AV Navigation Receiver

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practically Perfect!, December 13, 2005
I recently moved to the northeast and decided that I would pay a little more for this system with the hope that it would do at least half of the things that it said it would.

And I was very pleased, as it does everything it is supposed to.

I didn't install my system, but it didn't take long for it to get done, and now it is perched next to me as my ticket anywhere.

So far, I have had flawless directions to places in Providence, RI (a city filled with confusing, one way streets), Boston, New York, and all points in between.

I no longer am afraid to take the plunge and find a new restaurant, or whatever, because I just get the address and my little friend tells me where to go.

I have never had a problem with the screen or working the unit or anything. I don't think that I could ever get lost again.

Yes, this is much more than many GPS systems, BUT I truly believe that you will be happy with your decision if you decide to fork over the extra dough.


Critics of the Enlightenment: Readings in the French Counter-Revolutionary Tradition (Crosscurrents)
Critics of the Enlightenment: Readings in the French Counter-Revolutionary Tradition (Crosscurrents)
by Christopher Olaf Blum
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.95
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Survey, October 27, 2005
Prof. Blum's thick volume is a good addition to the library of any scholar of the enlightenment period.

The book introduces English speaking readers to six French Catholic writers, providing a well written introduction to the writers and then a selection of each author's writings.

These are the lost voices of the French Revolution, counter-revolutionary thinkers who focused their attention on the permanent things while providing elegant arguments for their principles. Theses voices were largely ignored by their contemporaries, let us not make the same mistake by looking over this engaging translation.

The writing is academic, but not unapproachable, and I would recommend this especially to college / graduate students looking for a supplement to their French History classes--most professors will gloss over these thinkers, if they are mentioned at all.

So pick it up if French History your thing, as it is an invaluable reference.


Apple iBook Laptop 14.1" M9848LL/A (1.42 GHz PowerPC G4, 512 MB DDR SDRAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)
Apple iBook Laptop 14.1" M9848LL/A (1.42 GHz PowerPC G4, 512 MB DDR SDRAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)
4 used & new from $78.43

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Laptop Out There, October 27, 2005
I hate computers, it always seems that if there is any possibility for me to do something wrong I do. But, I am a student and had to get something mobile to work on so I picked up this lovely item and all my computer prejudices melted away.

Let others debate the Mac v. PC issues. All I have ever wanted to do is the basic computer stuff: e-mail, word processing, listen to some music, maybe load some pictures from my digital camera . . . so far this lap top has made life a breeze for this technological moron.

It arrives in an attractive box ready to go. I literally opend up the box and was on the internet in a matter of minutes. The small keyboard has taken some time to get used to but I cannot think of anything bad about this computer.

Additionally, once you own a Mac you are privy to the benefits of a kind of subculture . . . all kinds of people tell me that they admire my ibook's sleek design and glowing apple in the cover, or long time Mac owners volunteer info on shortcuts etc.

So in short . . . buy the ibook because it is a all around solid investment AND it'll even make you new friends. What more can you want!?


1000 Days to the Bar - But the Practice of Law Begins Now: How to achieve your personal best in Law School
1000 Days to the Bar - But the Practice of Law Begins Now: How to achieve your personal best in Law School
by Dennis J. Tonsing
Edition: Paperback
42 used & new from $0.03

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Modestly Helpful, October 24, 2005
Mr. Tonsing's manual is a useful volume for anyone preparing for law school. Not only is it filled with helpful tips on how to brief a case, take notes, and write course summaries, but it also motivates the student to enter law school as a lawyer, not a student.

There is no doubt that Mr. Tonsing is committed to helping the reader do his best in law school.

However, while there are many gems in book, overall the prose is weak, and often times just corny. The author pedantically defines words like 'equestrian' and 'loophole' for his reader, and goes off the deep end near the end of the book suggesting that law students cover the walls of their apartments with burlap to make enormous wall charts. I suppose it may work for some . . . but it reminds me of Russell Crowe's schizophrenic character in "A Beautiful Mind," and while that character was brilliant he was also crazy.

This is certainly not the worst law school book out there, but I would shop around before deciding to purchase "1000 Days. . ."


Grammar Book For You And I (Oops Me): All that Grammar You Need to Succeed in Life (Capital Ideas)
Grammar Book For You And I (Oops Me): All that Grammar You Need to Succeed in Life (Capital Ideas)
by C. Edward Good
Edition: Paperback
33 used & new from $12.25

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book!, September 25, 2005
This engaging book makes grammar fun. It is a thorough review for students and professionals, and a solid introduction to English grammar for individuals learning the language for the first time. From who v. whom, to the split infinitive, Mr. Good entertains the reader as he teaches . . . I would call it a page turner, BUT, it is a grammar book.


Gideon's Trumpet
Gideon's Trumpet
by Anthony Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.00
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the time., August 24, 2005
This review is from: Gideon's Trumpet (Paperback)
I was required to read "Gideon" as part of my summer reading in preparation for my first year of law school, and I am very glad that I did.

It is a very accessible read, with enough narrative for those who usually read fiction, but enough technical information about the judicial process to keep the attention of a reader mainly interested in the nuts and bolts of how Supreme Court cases come to be.

It is a great introduction to the court system in general, the supreme court, and the issue of right to counsel.

The only caveat I would have is since the chapters vary from narrative to explanations of procedure some chapters will be easier to read than others--depending on your interest.


Harpoon Venture
Harpoon Venture
by Gavin Maxwell
Edition: Paperback
24 used & new from $2.48

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars She feels it!, July 28, 2005
This review is from: Harpoon Venture (Paperback)
This book is rough going. Maxwell is a talented writer, but the story tends to drag periodically throughout the work. However, this IS the story of a failed business enterprise, so one cannot expect an inspiring tale. It is filled with frustration, dashed hopes, and melancholy.

Despite this grim description, I do believe that this is worth your time if you are interested in the basking shark, or simply a story set a maritime setting. I have wanted to visit the Scottish Isles since reading this book. And Maxwell's descriptions of his companions make up for the generally somber tone.

This was a pleasure to read.

P.S. the title of this critique comes from the book.


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