Reviews by adimarzo
Just as I remembered
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I loved the All of a Kind Family books when I was a child and re-reading them with my daughter brought back great memories. My daughter is 5 and this is the first non-picture book i have read to her. Even without colorful pictures the stories held her attention. I look forward to sharing the rest of the series with her.
clever
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A simple, but clever picture book showing that items may be in several different categories (color and shape, shape and ability to fly, etc.).
one of my favorites
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This is a compilation of previously released works by Ingrid, including many live versions. It is one of my favorites of her albums, a really good combination of songs, fairly mellow. "The Chain" is mesmerizing.
Great dramatic rendition
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This adaptation was a much more dramatic rendition of the story, with emphasis on the acting, than the stage version. But I though the songs suffered for it. You could tell which actors were hired for their singing ability and who was hired for their name recognition and/or acting ability. Hugh Jackman does a great job as Valjean, he can really hold his own with the songs. But Russell Crowe, while he has a decent voice, did not have nearly enough power to match what I came to expect from the stage version. And Anne Hathaway should have had a singing double. She did a great job actiing out the songs but her voice was almost painful to listen to. All in all I enjoyed the movie but it made me nostalgic for the song quality from the original musical.
my favorite REM album
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This is by far my favorite REM album, and one of my top 10 albums. Nightswimming is simply perfection and Find the River and Sweetness Follows are also excellent.