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R. Bell


Harrisonburg, VA United States | Listener Since 2005

  • 9 reviews
  • 68 ratings
  • 174 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

    Lind says: "Well written and well read"
    "Grasping the largeness of it all"

    I found it personally amazing at how I found the book enjoyable. I am an engineer and numbers and science come easy for me to understand, so maybe that has something to do with it. I had just finished reading "Einstein" so my mind was insync with the story of this book. I enjoyed the descriptions of how early thinkers went about proving their theories of the cosmos and heavens. I learned that my falling into a "black hole" would not involved my being compressed to death but rather it would involve my being pulled apart or disassembled atom by atom (or was it molecule by molecule). I have been enriched by this piece of knowledge and will find some way to use it in future conversations with my friends. I recommend the book.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Abbott
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Karen Abbott's colorful, nuanced portrait of the iconic Everleigh sisters; their world-famous brothel, the Everleigh Club; and the perennial clash between our nation's hedonistic impulses and Puritanical roots culminates in a dramatic last stand between brothel keepers and crusading reformers. Sin in the Second City offers a vivid snapshot of America's journey from Victorian-era propriety to 20th-century modernity.

    Z. Halley says: "Great book - brilliant narrator!"
    "Didn't move me"

    I didn't find the story all that interesting. I didn't stay with the story until to very end. Had to give up on it and move onto another book.

    1 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Fate

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    In six minutes, one of us would be dead. None of us knew it was coming. So says Wes Holloway, a once-cocky and ambitious presidential aide, about the day that changed his life forever. On that Fourth of July, Wes put Ron Boyle, the chief executive's oldest friend, into the presidential limousine. By the time the trip came to an end, Wes was permanently disfigured, and Boyle was dead, the victim of a crazed assassin.

    Scott says: "Houston"
    "Just a so so story"

    Nothing about the story line interested me. The story seemed to go nowhere.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James L. Swanson
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas

    The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history, the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild 12-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

    F. Elizabeth Hauser says: "Fascinating!"
    "The best book for me so far"

    Manhunt is an excellent book; the best that I have read from audible so far. I was raised and had worked in the Washington DC area and lived Charles County Maryland where all of the action and events took place. I knew the story of Lincoln's assassination and Booth's escape from what I had been taught in school and seen in many TV presentations over the years, but there were many things I had never known that I found interesting to know. I had always believed Booth died in a barn fire; he did not. I had always thought Booth died in Maryland following getting his broken leg set by Dr. Mudd in Charles County; he did not. Relearning about Secretary of War Stanton's taking charge following Lincoln's assassination on April 14, 1865, makes me recall a similar attempt by Secretary of State Haig to take charge following President Reagan's attempted assassination. I had always believed Dr. Mudd had spent many years sentenced to Devil Island for his participation in the Lincoln assassination; he did not. Richard Thomas gives a marvelously read narration delivered, I felt, in such a masterful way as to be more of an audio performance. He is very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lee: The Last Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charles Bracelen Flood
    • Narrated By Michael Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Robert E. Lee, one of the most famous figures in American history, vanished after his dramatic surrender at Appomattox. In fact, he lived only another five years, during which time he did more than any other American to heal the wounds between North and South during the tempestuous postwar period.

    David says: "An incredible leader"
    "Impressed with what I learned"

    My curiousity in learning more about the character of the man I had only ever known of as a great confederate general is solved. I am literally in awe of the man's integrity and character in accepting Civil War defeat and then striving to do what he can to help heal a nation and bring order to where there was strife. I enjoyed the book for telling about Lee's life following his surrender at Appomatex until his death five years later in Lexington, VA.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • A Million Little Pieces

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Frey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman

    By the time James Frey enters a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he has so thoroughly ravaged his body that the doctors are shocked he is still alive. Inside the clinic, he is surrounded by patients as troubled as he: a judge, a mobster, a former world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute. To James, their friendship and advice seem stronger and truer than the clinic's droning dogma of How to Recover.

    Heath says: "Great Book"
    "Loved It"

    Although much is said about whether the story is a true memoir or not, I still loved the story and the way it was presented, written or read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Understanding Islam: An Introduction to the Muslim World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Thomas W. Lippman
    • Narrated By Nadia May

    Of the 1.3 billion people who today follow the Islamic faith, all are profoundly affected by the teachings of Muhammad and by Muslim traditions that have developed over the past thirteen hundred years. This comprehensive guide offers an informative and insightful introduction to Islam, both as a religion and as a political-economic force. This download has never been more timely!

    R. Bell says: "Could have been better"
    "Could have been better"

    I learned what I believe to be is a lot about Islam that I didn't know. But the narration was poorly produced. I could often tell where splices were made in the narration and there were background noises at times. At three points in the narration, I found a sentence was repeated. The book was sufficient to satisfy my current curiosity of what Islam is all about.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Heroes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stewart Dubinsky knew his father had served in World War II. And he'd been told how David Dubin (as his father had Americanized the name that Stewart later reclaimed) had rescued Stewart's mother from the horror of the Balingen concentration camp. But when he discovers, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancee, and learns of his father's court-martial and imprisonment, he is plunged into the mystery of his family's secret history.

    Janet C. Walker says: "Excellent"
    "Enjoyed it"

    I could write a long descriptive accolade about this book because I really liked it a lot. I was worried that I would tire of a long 13-hour reading but I was duly surprised. The narration was marvelous with just the right voice inflections to hold me to the story. The story line was artfully written and kept it my interest through to its end. I highly recommend the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of the greatest physicists of the 20th century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled ability to tell the story of his life. What Do You Care What Other People Think? is Feynman's last literary legacy, which he prepared as he struggled with cancer.

    Steve says: "If you like Feynman (as I do) you will love it."
    "It's all in the details"

    I thoroughly enjoyed hearing book this for the meticulous and analytical way it discussed the events in the authors life. I was sort of bored with the early part of the book but I guess this early part of the book laid a foundation for the later part of the book. For as it got to the Challenger investigation, I really listened in. Being an engineer myself, I was delightfully stuck by the way Mr. Fyneman laid out his part in the Challenger investigation and the step by step order in which he presented them. I enjoyed the way the order of his thought was presented during what was an engineering evaluation of the Challenger tragedy. This made the book really interesting to me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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