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New York: The Novel
New York: The Novel
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $13.99

4.0 out of 5 stars New appreciation for THE city...., July 17, 2016
I enjoyed the novel "Forever" about New York and this book added to that ... both in a centuries-long history and an involved thread of interconnected generations of New Yorkers.

Captivating ... much more in the history of the early centuries and settlers, than in the latter part of the book.

The story, of course, became more predictable when it progressed through the 1900's as I know much of the history from that time and remember many of the events from the 60's right through to the end of the novel just after 2001.

Historical fiction is my favorite genre and although I certainly enjoyed this, it is not highly ranked among my favorites. Good read and character development. A long book, worth reading, yet seems to lack an "energy" in the story telling.

Especially interesting if you are familiar with the geographical layout and landmarks in New York.


Amazon Tap - Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Amazon Tap - Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Price: $114.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Amazon tap is superior in its class..., July 16, 2016
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
Had the echo since it first came out and have watched its capability expand. The tap, does everything that "Alexa" does without my having to say Alexa . I must admit I have gotten so used to saying Alexa when I walk in the door to turn on music, set timers, etc.

This little tap is great as is the Amazon sling. It is not an issue to move the sling out-of-the-way to charge the tap, and I feel it is absolutely necessary have the sling on to cover electronics on the bottom in the event that you put it on anything wet. My only suggestion would be that somehow it would manage to Bluetooth with your phone so that you can actually use it for calls as well as music and audible books .

I have had both the Bluetooth speakers made by Bose and Jawbone....The Amazon tap is far superior


Speck Products SmartShell Case for iPad mini/2/3
Speck Products SmartShell Case for iPad mini/2/3
Price: $28.27
5 used & new from $12.00

4.0 out of 5 stars But for what it is - its just fine. Full cases seem to be a much better ..., July 15, 2016
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
Reality is . . . it is a lightweight cover for the BACK of the iPad only.... it is meant to be used with a front only iPad cover. Not what I expected nor wanted. I will accept it as my mistake in not reading it correctly. It is well made - I just didn't want a back only. The all in one - front and back cases - are much nicer in my opinion.

But for what it is - its just fine. Full cases seem to be a much better value.


OxyLED 60W Equivalent 3000K A19 LED Light Bulb with E26 Base, Soft White (6 Pack) - Super Bright 810 Lumens
OxyLED 60W Equivalent 3000K A19 LED Light Bulb with E26 Base, Soft White (6 Pack) - Super Bright 810 Lumens
Offered by Hisgadget Inc
Price: $19.99
2 used & new from $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great replacement bulb, July 4, 2016
Foremost -as per manufacturer, they save up to 80% power - Energy sites claim even more. These LED's are a great advancement form the ''spiral lights that were replacing bulbs just a few years ago. The look is far better, especially when used over a table, where the bulbs are visible. Also, the color on a "warm" scale is very nice - similar to standard white bulbs yet easy to read by. Cannot comment on how long they last .


Dr.meter Forehead Thermometer Clinical Digital Infrared Baby Exergen Thermometer FDA approved Purple
Dr.meter Forehead Thermometer Clinical Digital Infrared Baby Exergen Thermometer FDA approved Purple

5.0 out of 5 stars A very welcome technology, June 29, 2016
I received this in exchange for a review and I am glad I have it. As a boomer, who raised my children with a glass/mercury thermometer...technology has come a very long way.
Use this device for Twin babies, who seems to exchange illnesses and fevers .... So simple to use, never having to wake up the children to take their temps. Nice to have accurate temperatures....


Dr.meter Backlight Mini Digital Multimeter AC/DC Voltage Tester, Current, Resistance Multi Tester
Dr.meter Backlight Mini Digital Multimeter AC/DC Voltage Tester, Current, Resistance Multi Tester
Offered by Hisgadget Inc
Price: $49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what you would expect, June 29, 2016
Replacing an older version..fot the price, this is great. Sturdy and wires are secure. Frankly it is used most often to test batteries...we have a tendency to either keep half used ones or they are simply dead...testing saves money. A multimeter us such a handy device to have around...back light is helpful. Great gift for budding teen electricians ....


Bling Jewelry 40 Gauge 925 Sterling Silver Gold Plated Rope Anklet Italy
Bling Jewelry 40 Gauge 925 Sterling Silver Gold Plated Rope Anklet Italy

5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly great, June 17, 2016
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
Amazingly I have now worn this constantly for a month - night and day - in pools, spas, swimming in the ocean - at yoga, cycling, etc etc

It has not come off, "gold" has not peeled . . . frankly I am shocked! I thought it would just be a little shine for my Florida trip:)

End of July .... This simple chain is still going - looks good, Never take it off and clasp has not failed. It is even still golden.


Nomader BPA Free Collapsible Sports Water Bottle - Foldable with Reusable Leak Proof Twist Cap for Gym Travel Hiking Camping and Outdoors - 22 Ounce (Cool Gray)
Nomader BPA Free Collapsible Sports Water Bottle - Foldable with Reusable Leak Proof Twist Cap for Gym Travel Hiking Camping and Outdoors - 22 Ounce (Cool Gray)
Offered by Nomader
Price: $24.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pros and Cons . . ., June 17, 2016
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This product is strong - sturdy, very well made. Great that it can be used for hot and cold.
A very nice bottle - another pro is is has an easy drink spout as well as a wide opening for cleaning.

AND . . I returned it.

WHY?
1. It was difficult to roll up and secure
2. even rolled up - it saved very little space (a few inches?) still not convenient to stick in my pack
3. No good place for a carabiner so it could not hook on the outside of my pack
4. technically it is not "collapsible" simply capable of being made a tad smaller


iClever BoostCube+ 30W Dual USB Wall Charger with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and SmartID Tech. White
iClever BoostCube+ 30W Dual USB Wall Charger with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and SmartID Tech. White
Offered by Hisgadget Inc
Price: $49.99
2 used & new from $16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Smart ID and super fast charging, June 1, 2016
I have many wall chargers - from having owned several iPhones, iPads, etc. Gone are the days of using a single cable, slow trickle charger . . .

Those I have given away now and was pleased to start using the three cable wall chargers. Then came the smart ID and now the super fast chargers. This unit evaluates what you are charging - preventing using the wrong amount of power for the device.That is the Smart ID aspect. These new super chargers are very much faster . . . Easy to carry one with you for a fast charge in your office, for at atoners home (Starbucks, airports, etc.) I cant vouch for the exact speed - It is quite fast and makes a difference as within 20 - 30 minutes it gets enough of a charge to carry on for hours.

Well built, solidly made, foldable plug. The technology on these is changing so fast - good to have this latest development.


Quick Charge 3.0, iClever BoostCube+ 36W Dual USB Wall Charger with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and SmartID for Galaxy S7/S6/Edge, Note 5/4, LG G5/G4, HTC One M8/M9/A9, Nexus 6, iPhone, iPad and More
Quick Charge 3.0, iClever BoostCube+ 36W Dual USB Wall Charger with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and SmartID for Galaxy S7/S6/Edge, Note 5/4, LG G5/G4, HTC One M8/M9/A9, Nexus 6, iPhone, iPad and More
Offered by Hisgadget Inc
Price: $29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Smart ID and super fast charging, June 1, 2016
I have many wall chargers - from having owned several iPhones, iPads, etc. Gone are the days of using a single cable, slow trickle charger . . .

Those I have given away now and was pleased to start using the three cable wall chargers. Then came the smart ID and now the super fast chargers. This unit evaluates what you are charging - preventing using the wrong amount of power for the device.That is the Smart ID aspect. These new super chargers are very much faster . . . Easy to carry one with you for a fast charge in your office, for at atoners home (Starbucks, airports, etc.) I cant vouch for the exact speed - It is quite fast and makes a difference as within 20 - 30 minutes it gets enough of a charge to carry on for hours.

Well built, solidly made, foldable plug. The technology on these is changing so fast - good to have this latest development.


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