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Colleen Kelly

Surfers Paradise Queensland Australia
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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,025

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Read

  • By Christopher on 21-01-2018

Terrible right wing religious nonsense

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-2018

The forceful punishment of children described in this book is Illegal. Horrendous right wing opinions. Hated it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Writing Creative Nonfiction

  • By: Tilar J J. Mazzeo, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Tilar J J. Mazzeo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Bringing together the imaginative strategies of fiction storytelling and new ways of narrating true, real-life events, creative nonfiction is the fastest-growing part of the creative writing world. It's a cutting-edge genre that's reshaping how we write (and read) everything from biographies and memoirs to blogs and public speaking scripts to personal essays and magazine articles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original and informative

  • By Colleen Kelly on 06-03-2018

Original and informative

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-2018

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, typical of "The Great Courses"....this is brilliant.

What did you like best about this story?

Well researched. Well read. Original work that CONTRIBUATES to the genre.

What about Professor Tilar J J. Mazzeo University of Washington Ph.D’s performance did you like?

Well spoken, easy to understand.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just very well researched and read.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend to writers of ALL genres.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals

  • By: Hannah B. Harvey, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Hannah B. Harvey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

An absolute treat for the heart and mind, these 24 lectures demonstrate how to master the art of storytelling, offering insight into the process of crafting and delivering a tale to enhancing the stories you tell everyday-to your children at bedtime, in your conversational anecdotes, and in your presentations at work. Teachers, lawyers, clergy, coaches, parents, and anyone who wants to understand the power of stories to capture hearts and minds will benefit from these lessons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The most irritating voice/accent on audible.com.

  • By Colleen Kelly on 06-03-2018

The most irritating voice/accent on audible.com.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-2018

What would have made The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals better?

This is the MOST irritating voice on audible.com. If she said "Nair-ator" one more time, or read "Little Red Riding Hood' again - I was about to run off into the woods myself. I would have returned this book, except it took so long to listen to her long boring repetition.

Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

The Great Courses are normally BRILLIANT! This one was a BIG let-down

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Hannah B. Harvey’s performances?

NEVER.....ah that hideous voice.

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

Nothing original. Irritating voice. HORRENDOUS southern accent sounded like she hadn't finished high school.

Any additional comments?

Very disappointed. I would have returned this if I could have. Not nearly the normal standard of "The Great Courses"

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

  • By: Richard Wolfson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard Wolfson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 120

"It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • engrossing!

  • By Mars on 10-10-2015

Most incredible audio I have ever listened to!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-2018

Such an incredible teacher!!! Even I understood! perfect for the lay person. REALLY well researched!!!

  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

  • By: Harriet Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Audio Élan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Harriet Jacobs’ autobiography, written under the pseudonym Linda Brent, details her experiences as a slave in North Carolina, her escape to freedom in the north, and her ensuing struggles to free her children. The narrative was partly serialized in the New York Tribune, but was discontinued because Jacobs’ depictions of the sexual abuse of female slaves were considered too shocking. It was published in book form in 1861.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • INCREDIBLE! BRILLIANT!

  • By Colleen Kelly on 12-01-2018

INCREDIBLE! BRILLIANT!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-2018

If you could sum up Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl in three words, what would they be?

INCREDIBLE - BRILLIANT - SAD

What did you like best about this story?

It is true

Which scene did you most enjoy?

None of the scenes are enjoyable - that's the point - to show you REALITY.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

OH YES! And I've listened twice.

Any additional comments?

Should be MANDATORY listening (and I believe it's suitable for) every high school child in the USA!

  • Buddhism

  • One Teacher, Many Traditions
  • By: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Thubten Chodron
  • Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Buddhism is practiced by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, from Tibetan caves to Tokyo temples to redwood retreats. To an outside viewer, it might be hard to see what they all have in common. In Buddhism, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and American Buddhist nun Thubten Chodron map out with clarity the convergences and the divergences between the two major strains of Buddhism - the Sanskrit traditions of Tibet and East Asia and the Pali traditions of Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkable..one of the greatest texts of all time

  • By Colleen Kelly on 01-12-2017

Remarkable..one of the greatest texts of all time

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-2017

At times very in depth you HAVE to listen to the end ...it is simple and incredible tips for life.

  • The Remains of the Day

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Dominic West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

A contemporary classic, The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro's beautiful and haunting evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House. In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the countryside – and into his past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure delight

  • By Sandra on 20-12-2015

Brilliant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-2017

This is a classic work that has stood the test of time! A book with great story...but some important underlying truths about acquiring happiness.

  • Breakfast with Buddha

  • A Novel
  • By: Roland Merullo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • highly recommended

  • By Colleen Kelly on 31-10-2017

highly recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-2017

So easy to listen to! Some really easy life steps for anyone. Child friendly. Highly recommend.

  • The Sociopath Next Door: by Martha Stout

  • Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review
  • By: Instaread
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 2

Sociopaths comprise an alarming four percent of the population; that is, one in every 25 people is a sociopath. But this mental disorder is not well understood and many people fail to recognize it in others, which makes sociopaths difficult to identify and potentially very dangerous. It is urgent that people understand what a sociopath is and learn to recognize their revealing traits in order to protect themselves against these individuals who otherwise blend into the general population.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This is not a book - it's only a book review

  • By Colleen Kelly on 17-07-2017

This is not a book - it's only a book review

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-2017

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

MAKE IT CLEAR - this is not a book - it's simply someone reviewing it. And...in a hideous electronic voice.

What didn’t you like about Michael Gilboe’s performance?

I don't think it is even a person - hideous electronic voice. Not a book. Only a very brief and short review.

What character would you cut from The Sociopath Next Door: by Martha Stout?

Not applicable. This is not a book...it's only a brief book review, read very badly.

Any additional comments?

Buy the REAL BOOK!!!! This is not a book only a badly written electronically read review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Spiritual Cleanse

  • Train Your Brain to Stop Negativity with Self-Hypnosis, Meditation and Affirmations
  • By: Joel Thielke
  • Narrated by: Joel Thielke
  • Length: 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Motivational Hypnotherapy's Joel Thielke is a world-renowned hypnotherapist and author who has helped millions of people worldwide. This powerful hypnosis program is designed specifically to remove negative energy, self-doubt, and limiting beliefs and guide you through spiritual cleansing. It's a safe, gentle way to get rid of negative energy and revitalize your body and soul. You'll feel incredible and fueled with positive, healing energy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Really annoying sound. Stressed me more listening

  • By Colleen Kelly on 01-07-2017

Really annoying sound. Stressed me more listening

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-2017

What would have made Spiritual Cleanse better?

Really annoying "double" sound. Plenty of better products out there.

What will your next listen be?

Nothing by this guy that's for sure!

Would you be willing to try another one of Joel Thielke’s performances?

NO...irritating voice, irritating sound. Didn't get a thing from it at all...Much better products out there.

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

Such annoying sound it stressed me more than I started. The "double" you can't hear it thing is CRAZY...Hated it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful