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John M. Kellum

Seattle, WA | Member Since 2014

  • 4 reviews
  • 29 ratings
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  • 14 purchased in 2015

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Copycat Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Barry Day
    • Narrated By David Ian Davies

    London 1900 and Sherlock Holmes finds himself investigating a string of murders that have one common thread -- each of them recalls one of his earlier cases. Has that great mind finally cracked - Watson wonders - and how is all this connected to Britain's latest secret weapon and the doings of the enigmatic Graf von Bork and the mysterious Society for Anglo-German Solidarity?

    John M. Kellum says: "Too Obvious"
    "Too Obvious"
    What did you like best about Sherlock Holmes and the Copycat Murders? What did you like least?

    I the narrator voices I found quite polished. While not English myself I have both English family and friends who are Londoners and thought the accents were fine. His skills were the most impressive part of the show.

    The story foreshadowing was so heavy handed even the good inspector would have know what was going on from the first 10 mins much less Mycroft or Watson.

    Has Sherlock Holmes and the Copycat Murders turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all into every life etc....

    Which scene was your favorite?

    No scene but the voices of Sherlock (think Peter Cushing) and Watson were very good if not expected.

    Could you see Sherlock Holmes and the Copycat Murders being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not without complete rewrite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Approach: A Path of Inner Discovery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By A. H. Almaas
    • Narrated By A. H. Almaas

    A. H. Almaas, whose writings brilliantly illustrate the unity of modern depth psychology and traditional spiritual wisdom, is a respected, pioneering teacher. The Diamond Approach features insights refined from Almaas' 30 years of teaching, including how he has helped thousands around the globe "do the work" by investigating reality, developing emotional wholeness, uncovering their true essence, and realizing the non-duality of being.

    Leonardo says: "Good Interview, not a book!"
    "Listen to the Sample before Purchase"
    What disappointed you about The Diamond Approach?

    This maybe necessary and truthful or not but it's hardly kind.
    Good interviewer who attempted to ask relevant questions followed by the author providing answers that were 95% gibberish. Yes, it maybe my inability to see deeper meaning in what words can never provide or it could just be gibberish.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by this guy

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    only with content

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    it could have been longer

    Any additional comments?

    Please listen to the sample. If you like it I wish you and your 30 to 40 essences well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scientific Secrets for Self-Control

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor C. Nathan DeWall

    Join an expert in self-control research for six engaging and inspirational lessons that shatter the myths about willpower and replace them with verifiable science that can make the seemingly unattainable finally possible. Packed with eye-opening studies, experiments, and exercises to strengthen your self-control when dealing with money, fitness, personal relationships, and more, this course will have you wondering why you ever doubted yourself.

    Jake says: "Sometimes the secret is that the chest is empty..."
    ""Mr Rogers Lite" talks about self control"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Disappointed pretty much across the board. Wanted to like it and actually renewed by Platinum membership for the 2sd time in 2013 and this was the first book i pulled down.
    Content was nothing that anyone interesting in area would not already have know or found out from reading an old Psychology Today in the dentist office.
    Their may have been a table of contents but I didn't feel like it reflected a clear model.
    Still quite angry I spend a credit on this and had to give up 2/3 way into the lecture and I not doing a good job but just so don't want to invest any more time ..
    Just listen to a sample first...

    btw - unless I mistaken Mr Rogers uses the phrase "most easiest" somewhere in 2sd or 3rd chapter...
    better suggestions welcomed.

    What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

    Dumbed down delivery on top of simplistic content

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Felt like he was talking to remedial Freshman class ...

    Any additional comments?

    Waited two days to write and while I sure Prof DeWall is nice guy and many love him as a professor considering the intro but still hate I wasted so much time before giving up.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Hex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Tracy Sallows, Allen Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The two-time Hugo Award-winner expands the universe of his Coyote saga. The danui, a reclusive arachnid species considered the galaxy's finest engineers, have avoided contact with the Coyote Federation. Until, that is, the danui initiate trade negotiations, offering only information: the coordinates for an unoccupied world suitable for human life - a massive sphere, composed of billions of hexagons.

    A User says: "An awe inspiring saga."
    "Wanted to Like it but..."
    What disappointed you about Hex?

    I really wanted to like Hex after the authors forward but several issues. I've bought both the audible and the kindle book and haven't been able to finish either one. Good price, good performance but issues with story and character development. Issue without spoilers, I hope.

    All the characters ( with one possible exception) continually show poor judgement with regard to command decisions, technical insights, how to respond to possible/potential threats, all couple with the emotional maturity of 12 year old children.

    Repeated clanging of the archaic use of 20th century technologies even for a new frontier world that gets painful to overlook after few chapters. Idiots making decision or making such obviously dumb ones to set up a story line.

    No biologist? No linguist? Text messages that take minutes to translate? Surprise and wonder at basically electronic paper? Surprise at the idea that a communication device might also be used to listen to conversation without you knowledge!

    Hex has lot promise and I may give the Coyote early novels a try but at best 2.5 stars for me.

    What could Allen Steele have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    see above

    Which character – as performed by Tracy Sallows and Allen Steele (introduction) – was your favorite?

    The academic/VP at least until the middle of the book where i gave up did the smallest number of stupid things. But really saving his guess of it being a Dyson sphere because a real scientist wait to test his data before he tell anyone his theory ?? That old one ...

    What character would you cut from Hex?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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