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Spellbinder

Spellbinder

by Thea Harrison

Spellbinder is Spellbinding

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5out of 5 by Kelli 7 days ago

First, let me say that I'm am writing this review based on an ARC from the author.

Thea Harrison is a true storyteller, which is why I am a long-time Thea Harrison reader (back to her Amanda ... More

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Joseph Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 31, 70 & 101

Joseph Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 31, 70 & 101

performed by Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Exploring The Haydn Symphonies: Nos. 31,70,101

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5out of 5 by Gissinglover 7 days ago

For many years, only a handful of Haydn's 104 symphonies were regularly performed. With the rise of interest in Haydn, there are many complete sets of the symphonies as well as recordings of ... More

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Haydn Symphonies Nos. 57, 67, 68

Haydn Symphonies Nos. 57, 67, 68

performed by Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan (conductor)

Exploring The Haydn Symphonies: Nos. 57,67,68

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5out of 5 by Gissinglover 7 days ago

The 104 symphonies of Haydn are a never-ending source of joy. Concert hall performances generally are limited to a handful of the symphonies, but each work may be sought out and enjoyed in recordings ... More

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Haydn: The London Symohonies, Vol. 2

Haydn: The London Symohonies, Vol. 2

performed by Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Colin Davis (conductor)

Haydn's London Symphonies

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5out of 5 by Gissinglover 7 days ago

I have been listening to many of Haydn's earlier symphonies on the ongoing cycle of the complete series on Naxos. But for the final set of twelve, Haydn's masterpieces in the form, I wanted Sir Colin ... More

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Haydn: The London Symphonies, Vol. 1

Haydn: The London Symphonies, Vol. 1

performed by Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Colin Davis (conductor)

Haydn's London Symphonies

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5out of 5 by Gissinglover 7 days ago

Haydn's twelve London Symphonies represent the culmination of Haydn's long and slow development as a symphonist. They remain among the greatest most varied set of symphonies ever written. Haydn ... More

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Haydn: Symphony Nos. 90, 91 & 92

Haydn: Symphony Nos. 90, 91 & 92

performed by Hanover Band, Roy Goodman (conductor)

Exploring The Haydn Symphonies: No. 90,91,92

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5out of 5 by Gissinglover 7 days ago

Beginning with the Paris symphonies of 1785 -- 1786, (no. 82-87), Haydn's work assumed a new degree of originality and mastery as he composed for parties other than his Esterhazy patrons. Between the ... More

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Beyond the Horizon

Beyond the Horizon

by Greg Spry, Sunny Moraine (Editor), Sophie Logan (Revised by)

Literary Titan

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5out of 5 by LiteraryTitan 7 days ago

Greg Spry's Beyond the Horizon is the second in his Beyond series. The focus of the plot is split equally between Maya Davis's once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore interstellar space over a ... More

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Prince Preemie: A Tale of a Tiny Puppy Who Arrives Early

Prince Preemie: A Tale of a Tiny Puppy Who Arrives Early

by Jewel Kats, Claudia Lenart

Definitely a book to be cherished

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5out of 5 by sharon m 7 days ago

This is such a delightful book, the story was so heartwarming and the beautiful illustrations are absolutely adorable. The story starts with an excited feel as Prince Puppy is to be born in the ... More

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Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson

Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson

by S C Gwynne

Stonewall Jackson's Way

5out of 5 by Gissinglover 8 days ago

Before the battle of Antietam in September, 1862, an anonymous Southern poet wrote "Stonewall Jackson's Way", which was subsequently set to music and became a favorite Confederate song. The poem's ... More

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Schumann: Sinfonie Nr. 4

Schumann: Sinfonie Nr. 4

performed by Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Wilhelm Furtwängler (conductor)

Furtwangler Conducts Haydn And Schumann

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5out of 5 by Gissinglover 8 days ago

This CD offers both the new and the experienced lover of music the opportunity to get to know two great symphonies in highly distinctive styles, Schumann's Fourth and Haydn's 88th, performed by the ... More

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Oxford Composer Companions: Haydn

Oxford Composer Companions: Haydn

by David Wyn Jones (Editor)

A Comprehensive Guide To Haydn

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5out of 5 by Gissinglover 8 days ago

David Wyn Jones, the editor of this outstanding 2002 reference work on Haydn, (1732 -- 1809), notes in his Preface that "Joseph Haydn was the last 'great' composer to be adequately served by ... More

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Stories for Our Children: A Book for African American Christian Families

Stories for Our Children: A Book for African American Christian Families

by Byron Douglas

A MUST FOR EACH CHILD

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5out of 5 by opalessence 8 days ago

1997...well I am so happy I became aware of this book in 2017. A++ for information and art work. I am giving a copy to each of my grandchildren and would highly recommend that each parent, ... More

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Playing the Beethoven Piano Sonatas

Playing the Beethoven Piano Sonatas

by Robert Taub

Playing The Beethoven Piano Sonatas

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5out of 5 by Gissinglover 8 days ago

The Introduction to Tovey's Edition of the Beethoven Sonatas begins: "The Pianoforte Sonatas of Beethoven must always be among the choicest possessions of all who love music and especially of those ... More

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The Secret History of the World

The Secret History of the World

by Mark Booth

Possibilities

5out of 5 by dougj 9 days ago

If you are wearing blinders and prefer to experience life like that, this book may not be for you. If you are not wearing blinders and have a few questions re human development and progression this ... More

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The Last Circle: Danny Casolaro's Investigation Into the Octopus and the PROMIS Software Scandal

The Last Circle: Danny Casolaro's Investigation Into the Octopus and the PROMIS Software Scandal

by Cheri Seymour

shocking content

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5out of 5 by dougj 9 days ago

I have had no doubt for years there are many unscrupulous people in private industry and throughout government entities. This book exposes just how Archon many in positions of power and authority are ... More

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Essential Interviewing: A Programmed Approach to Effective Communication

Essential Interviewing: A Programmed Approach to Effective Communication

by D R Evans

It's OK

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3out of 5 by Jeffrey K 9 days ago

Makes you think in terms of conducting a more active interview. However, it offer poor and limited advice on what they are trying to achieve. So it's a good book to serve as a springboard for ... More

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Technique of the Neurologic Examination: A Programmed Text

Technique of the Neurologic Examination: A Programmed Text

by William DeMyer

Awful example of programmed learning

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1out of 5 by Jeffrey K 9 days ago

If you're looking for a book that does the same outstanding job as books on neuroanatomy programmed texts, this doorstop is not it. It hit the garbage very quickly. Of no value in helping to learn ... More

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The Great Plague

The Great Plague

by Stephen Porter

I like Stephen Porter's

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3out of 5 by WTH2017 9 days ago

other works on London and although I have not delved deeply into this book, I have read others of his on the plague More

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Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine

Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine

by Roy Porter

Handy overall summary

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4out of 5 by WTH2017 9 days ago

As you would expect from Roy Porter, it is extremely readable and follows the flow through time More

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Source Book of Medical History

Source Book of Medical History

by Logan Clendening (Editor)

Useful

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3out of 5 by WTH2017 9 days ago

Useful if not fascinating. Use mostly for reference purposes More

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Haydn: The Paris Symphonies Nos. 82-87

Haydn: The Paris Symphonies Nos. 82-87

performed by Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner (conductor)

Exploring The Haydn Symphonies: Nos. 82 -- 87

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5out of 5 by Gissinglover 9 days ago

Haydn's set of six "Paris" Symphonies, no. 82 --87, composed in 1785 -- 1786 represent a turning point in his career. Up to that time, Haydn had composed for the Esterhazy family. He was employed in ... More

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Debris of Battle: The Wounded of Gettysburg

Debris of Battle: The Wounded of Gettysburg

by Gerard A Patterson

The Gettysburg Wounded

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4out of 5 by Gissinglover 9 days ago

Gerard Patterson's "Debris of Battle" is an excellent, readable book that describes the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863), the sufferings of the wounded, and the efforts of many ... More

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From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1776

From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1776

by George C Herring

A Grand Overview Of America's Foreign Relations

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5out of 5 by Gissinglover 9 days ago

This new volume of the Oxford History of the United States tells the story of the foreign relations of the United States from its inception in 1776 to the present day. The author, George C Herring, ... More

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Alpha Squad: Boot Camp

Alpha Squad: Boot Camp

by Lorelei Moone

Shortish shifters book"

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4out of 5 by Kitty Ranma 9 days ago

This story is really good, but the characters could have used some more development.
I'd also would have expected to see more shifting going on, there is some going on but mostly it's just mentioned ... More

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Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission

Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission

by Bret Baier

the darker side

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1out of 5 by Edwin L 9 days ago

There is a book on the life of Allen Dulles that speaks to Eisenhower, and his legacy, with force: David Talbot's "The Devil's Chessboard". What I'm asking about those three days before ending his ... More

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