Truck Month Textbook Trade In Amazon Fashion Learn more nav_sap_cbcc_7_fly_beacon Sixx AM Fire TV with 4k Ultra HD Grocery Mother's Day Gifts Amazon Gift Card Offer ctstrph2 ctstrph2 ctstrph2  Amazon Echo  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Amazon Echo Fire, Only $39.99 Kindle Paperwhite UniOrlando Shop Now SnS
Profile for Lynne E. > Reviews

Browse

Lynne E.'s Profile

Customer Reviews: 1386
Top Reviewer Ranking: 97
Helpful Votes: 13492


Community Features
Review Discussion Boards
Top Reviewers

Guidelines: Learn more about the ins and outs of Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Lynne E. RSS Feed (California, USA.)
(TOP 100 REVIEWER)   

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-20
pixel
Douglas MacArthur: American Warrior
Douglas MacArthur: American Warrior
by Arthur Herman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.18

3.0 out of 5 stars Readable But Extremely Lengthy Biography of Famous Soldier, May 1, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
DOUGLAS MACARTHUR: AMERICAN WARRIOR isn't a good choice for someone like me, who merely wants a readable, fairly complete biography of the famous soldier. The book is 834 pages long, without counting the footnotes, bibliography, index, or other extraneous material!

The text IS readable, but it's simply too much unless you have a serious amateur historian's interest in the life of the late General MacArthur. I haven't read any other MacArthur biographies, so I can't attest to this one's accuracy, or to whether it contains new material, or to whether the author's take on MacArthur's persona is intriguing. However, in looking at the book as a historian might, I'm bothered by the author's decision to present so many real-life conversations as if the reader were "a fly on the wall" at the actual event.

The conversations sound like they were taken verbatim from a Movietone newsreel, or a tape, or a transcript of the actual event--but the passages are NOT footnoted with specific references to the source material. Presenting the conversations in this manner makes the book feel more alive and current (and certainly adds to the overall readability), but it seems to play fast and loose with actual facts. I never feel that I can trust a biography as a reference, when it includes conversations with words in quotation marks, without nailing down the factual sources.

A random example of what I'm talking about is this (from Chapter 15): "The general drew himself upright. 'Don't you know,' he said in his sonorous voice, 'the Japanese haven't yet made the bomb with my name on it?" This sounds like the biographer is describing something seen in actual photographic footage. However, the footnote (#22 in my Advance Reading Copy) says "Quezon, Manchester, 255"--which suggests that the conversation is not necessarily verbatim, because it is based on something this biographer found in some other biographer's book (in this case, a biography by Manchester). Whether the actual words were ever spoken depends on where Manchester got them from, and what he cites as his source.

It may well be that the footnotes will be fleshed out in the final version of this biography (to be released on June 14, 2016), so that my problem with the citations to the source material will be corrected. Nevertheless, I believe that the usefulness of this biography as a reference book is substantially limited by the author's decision to present so many conversations as if they were "overheard". For this reason, I rate DOUGLAS MACARTHUR: AMERICAN WARRIOR at 3 stars ("It's okay" on the official Amazon scale).


Mr.Coffee 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Stainless Steel
Mr.Coffee 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Stainless Steel
Price: $49.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Looks, But Overall Poor Design, May 1, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This MR.COFFEE 12-CUP PROGRAMMABLE COFFEEMAKER, STAINLESS STEEL looks fabulous, brews fast, has easy-to-use buttons, includes a water filtration system, has a keep-warm plate, and includes a cleaning cycle setting. Unfortunately, the coffeemaker also has a hard-to-fill reservoir, a clumsy "removable filter basket", and an exposed showerhead-type water system that emits steam when the lid is opened.

The good looks are not enough to make me like this coffeemaker! Everything (coffee grounds and water) must be added from the top. This is all right when the coffeemaker is cold. However, if you open the top to add coffee for a second pot right after the first pot has brewed, the showerhead will send a cloud of steam straight into your face. (I strongly prefer a coffeemaker with an enclosed showerhead and a coffee basket that swings out sideways, like the slower-brewing Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Digital Coffee Maker.)

The lid on this Mr. Coffee coffeemaker has a second lid in the back half that flips up. I think this is intended for you to use in filling the reservoir, but the second lid doesn't always want to stay up. It's also faster to fill the reservoir by opening the entire lid. When you open the top, the entire mechanism with the showerhead feels flimsy, as if it will break easily (and early breakage has been my experience with this type of coffeemaker design).

The outer "removable filter basket" lacks a handle for easy removal. It has ear-like tabs that are hard to grip (especially if the coffeemaker is hot) and require using two hands to pull the basket up and out. If you're using the water filtration system, you will probably want to remove this outer basket for every pot, because you must put ground coffee (inside a paper or permanent filter) into the basket, and then place the water filtration system over the top of the basket. The water filtration system itself consists of a charcoal filter disk that slides into a frame or lid for the "removable filter basket".

The water filtration system is supposed to remove chlorine from your water, to make your coffee taste better. You need to change the charcoal filter every month. (The coffeemaker comes with just one filter.) This isn't very useful to me, because my tap water often tastes odd because of organic matter. Removing chlorine isn't enough, so I filter my coffee water with a different type of filter before adding it to the coffeemaker's water reservoir.

My coffeemaker arrived without either paper filters or the "Mr. Coffee nylon permanent filter" that is supposed to be included (according to the instructions). I guess that the permanent filter got removed in the warehouse, because the box wasn't completely sealed when it arrived. Some kind of additional filter is needed inside the "removable filter basket", or coffee grounds will escape into the carafe during brewing.

The coffeemaker comes with a short 26" cord, which is more or less standard for kitchen appliances now, especially heating appliances. The cord arrives coiled inside the coffeemaker's base, and needs to be pulled out when you first set up the coffeemaker.

Because of the many bad design features, I rate it this Mr. Coffee coffeemaker (Model BVMC-JPX37-AM) at 2 stars ("I don't like it" on the official Amazon scale).
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: May 2, 2016 1:59 PM PDT


DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Everyday French Stripe Kitchen Tablecloth For Dinner Parties, Summer & Outdoor Picnics - 70" Round Seats 4 to 6 People, Red
DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Everyday French Stripe Kitchen Tablecloth For Dinner Parties, Summer & Outdoor Picnics - 70" Round Seats 4 to 6 People, Red
Price: $24.99
3 used & new from $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Everyday Tablecloth for All-Purpose Dining Area Table, April 29, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This DII SUMMER & PICNIC TABLECLOTH, FRENCH STRIPE (70" Round) fits my 46" round dining table with a generous overhang all around. The stripe converts a plain natural-beige tablecloth into a slightly fancier casual tablecloth that's great for everyday. It works for me, because my dining area table is in use 24/7, for reading mail and news on tablets, eating meals, and doing everything else that requires a flat surface.

The tablecloth is 100% cotton, and feels the way that a tablecloth ought to feel. The moderately-coarsely-woven cloth is thick and substantial, and the cloth doesn't slide around or off the table easily (unlike some microfiber polyester cloths). The hemming is done with light-colored thread that makes the hemline barely visible.

This tablecloth is easy care. It's machine washable, and doesn't really need ironing. The colors do fade a little with washing.


First Alert CO910V  10-Year Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Voice Alert, White
First Alert CO910V 10-Year Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Voice Alert, White
Price: $49.99
46 used & new from $45.18

5.0 out of 5 stars CO Alarm That Doesn't Need Battery Changes, April 29, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This FIRST ALERT 10-YEAR CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM WITH VOICE ALERT (CO910V) has two really good features: (1) it's manufactured by First Alert, a company with lots of experience in making home smoke and carbon monoxide alarms; and (2) it has a built-in lithium battery that lasts for up to 10 years.

Because of the built-in battery, you don't have to remember to change your AA or AAA batteries regularly. The built-in battery will chirp, like any smoke/CO alarm, to warn you when it's nearing the end of its life. Also, because this is battery-operated, you don't have to mess with wiring as you install it.

Installation is easy. Either (1) you drill holes in the mounting plate and use the included anchor screws to affix the plate (and the slide-in alarm) to a wall; or (2) you slide the alarm onto the mounting plate, attach the tabletop support brackets to the back, and set it on a tabletop. To be sure, the mounting instructions are NOT very clear. I finally set them aside and figured out how to add the tabletop support brackets by identifying the only holes that would accept the little prongs.

The audio alert is loud, given by a rather harshly grating female voice. You can program the alarm to identify the room it's in. If you do this, the activated alarm will sound its standard series of loud alert beeps, then follow with an announcement of what room the alarm is in, and finally conclude with a statement of what the highest CO level is.

Maintenance after installation requires keeping the alarm clean, and testing the alarm from time to time to make sure it's working. The testing button is located on the lower front edge of the alarm.

INSTALLATION NOTE: Once you turn the alarm on by sliding the switch on the back of the alarm, you cannot turn the alarm off again. If you slide the switch backwards to its original position, you will permanently disable the alarm.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: If your first attempt at programming the alarm to identify the room should fail (or if you want to change the room location later), you can always get back to programming mode by pressing the "test" button 5 times (you will see a green indicator light each time you press the button).
Comment Comment | Permalink


Commode Splash Guard
Commode Splash Guard
Offered by ORBS Ltd.
Price: $19.21
3 used & new from $15.21

1.0 out of 5 stars Substituted "Drive" Splash Guard Does Not Meet Needs, April 29, 2016
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This COMMODE SPLASH GUARD BY INVACARE, as sold by ORBS, Ltd., is NOT a deep, white, Invacare splash guard. (I already own an Invacare splash guard that came with an Invacare commode frame.) This product from ORBS is a cheap, shallow (only 5" deep), gray, tabbed (no rolled rim) splash guard labeled "Drive". The price (about $19 including shipping) is what I would expect to pay for a genuine Invacare splash guard (though the Invacare site lists it for about $82). The $19 product I received should be priced at half that.

A shallow splash guard like this does NOT meet my needs. I have a commode frame over a toilet that raises the toilet seat, so a deeper splash guard is needed to bridge the distance between the raised toilet seat and the toilet rim. I rate this product at 1 star ("I hate it" on the official Amazon scale).
Comment Comment | Permalink


DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Dinner, Summer & Picnic Tablecloth, 70", Red, White and Blue Check, Seats 4 to 6 People
DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Dinner, Summer & Picnic Tablecloth, 70", Red, White and Blue Check, Seats 4 to 6 People
Price: $24.99
2 used & new from $19.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Brightens Up Cluttered All-Purpose Dining Table, April 29, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This DII SUMMER & PICNIC TABLECLOTH, RED, WHITE AND BLUE CHECK (70" Round) looks so nice on my breakfast/lunch/dinner table! The tabletop--in use 24/7 for reading mail and news on tablets, eating meals, and doing everything else that requires a flat surface--gets cluttered, but the bright check stands up to the clutter. It really cheers up my condo's dining area.

The tablecloth is 100% cotton, and feels the way that a tablecloth ought to feel. The moderately-coarsely-woven cloth is thick and substantial, and the cloth doesn't slide around or off the table easily (unlike some microfiber polyester cloths). My round table is 46" across, and this cloth covers it with plenty of overhang all around. The hemming is done with light-colored thread that makes the hemline barely visible.

This tablecloth is easy care. It's machine washable, and doesn't really need ironing.
Comment Comment | Permalink


Medline Industries MDS89664SGC Guardian Commode Splash Guard (Pack of 4)
Medline Industries MDS89664SGC Guardian Commode Splash Guard (Pack of 4)
Price: $20.67
7 used & new from $15.30

1.0 out of 5 stars Shallow Dark Gray Splash Guards Made of Flimsy Plastic, April 25, 2016
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
These MEDLINE INDUSTRIES GUARDIAN COMMODE SPLASH GUARDS (MDS89664SGC) (Pack of 4) are made of cheap, flimsy, bendable plastic. They are shallow--only 5-1/2" deep. The dark gunmetal gray color is NOT good for cleaning, because splashes on the interior are difficult to see against such a dark background.

These splash guards look nothing at all like the sturdy, deep splash guard that comes with a Guardian or Invacare commode and is almost as deep as the pail. The pack of four splash guards (priced under $22 on Amazon) looks like it is budget-priced for buying in quantity, but I don't think these are worth even $5 each. I rate this product at 1 star ("I hate it" on the official Amazon scale).


Mikasa Antique White 4-Piece Place Setting, Service for 1
Mikasa Antique White 4-Piece Place Setting, Service for 1
Price: $39.99
3 used & new from $34.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Choice for Everyday Dinnerware, April 25, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Mikasa is known for quality porcelain, so I knew that I'd like this MIKASA ANTIQUE WHITE 4-PIECE PLACE SETTING. This pattern is a good starter-set choice for anyone, because it's plain white, decorated with a sort of flat, fluted edge around the plates and flat fluting on the bowl and mug. There are no colorful flowers or butterflies or geometric shapes to get tired of, when the dinnerware is in everyday use.

The shape of the mug makes this place setting more casual than formal, but the pattern is still very good for guest entertaining. The fact that the dinnerware is microwave and dishwasher safe is a big plus. The only thing I don't care for, is the octagonal shape of the dinner and salad plates, which means the table must be set more carefully to avoid a haphazard look. Because I would prefer round plates, I rate this Mikasa Antique White dinnerware at 4 stars ("I like it" on the official Amazon scale).


Mega Bloks Call of Duty Anti-Aircraft Vehicle
Mega Bloks Call of Duty Anti-Aircraft Vehicle
Price: $17.85
13 used & new from $17.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Action Figures, But Small Scale Makes Assembly More Difficult, April 22, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This MEGA BLOKS CALL OF DUTY ANTI-AIRCRAFT VEHICLE has a lot of interesting detail, but it's quite a bit smaller than I expected. The small size requires small blocks, and to stay in scale the soldiers' accessories (e.g., the hand grenade, the pockets, the belts) get really tiny. Thus the assembly is more difficult than for other building toys with similar numbers of pieces.

The camouflage coloring on most of the blocks also slowed my assembly down, because it makes the blocks harder to see and identify. (But of course that's what camouflage is supposed to do, and you want camouflage in a military-themed building toy!) The soldiers are indeed "superposable" action figures, per the claim on the box. The figures bend at the knees and elbows; and the head, torso, arms and legs all attach with ball joints, so they can move in many directions.

The instruction booklet (4-3/4" x 8-1/8") is pretty good, though some of the pages have a few too many of the assembly steps combined. It's easy to make mistakes when blocks are added on the top and the bottom of other blocks in a single step.

Because I found the toy overly difficult to assemble on account of the small size, I rate it at 4 stars ("I like it" on the official Amazon scale).
Comment Comment | Permalink


Speck Products Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Case, CandyShell Clear Case, Military-Grade Protective Case
Speck Products Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Case, CandyShell Clear Case, Military-Grade Protective Case
Price: $39.90
31 used & new from $10.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fits Too Tightly--Phone Won't Pop Into Case, April 22, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This SPECK PRODUCTS SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 EDGE CASE (CANDY SHELL CLEAR, MILITARY GRADE PROTECTIVE) looks wonderful, because it's entirely clear. It lets my phone's gold color show through--or it would, if the fit weren't so tight that I need a mini-prybar to get it onto the phone! My Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge simply will NOT pop into this case. I tried inserting the top first, the bottom first, and each side first, but nothing worked.

I think that the case is actually a couple of millimeters too short. Probably I could force this case onto my phone if I used a tool (maybe a spudger), because the case is slightly stretchy at the top and bottom edges. I'm not willing to do this, though. If I shoehorn the case on, I'll never be able to get it off again without scratching or breaking the phone.

Because I would like this case a lot if it were a tiny bit larger, and I think it's possible to shoehorn it onto a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge phone, I rate it at 2 stars ("I don't like it" on the official Amazon scale).

EDIT: The manufacturer commented on another review that there are case installation instructions on its web page. I looked at the video for installing the Candy Shell case on an iPhone, but it didn't help. I did try to install the case starting from the side, but it certainly didn't pop in as shown in the iPhone video. Perhaps my hands just aren't strong enough.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: May 2, 2016 12:11 PM PDT


Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11-20