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  • The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life, in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies
  • By: Geoffrey West
  • Narrated by: Bruce Mann
  • Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

Visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent systems and networks. The term complexity can be misleading, however, because what makes West's discoveries so beautiful is that he has found an underlying simplicity that unites the seemingly complex and diverse phenomena of living systems, including our bodies, our cities, and our businesses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and clear enough for a lib arts major

  • By kwdayboise (Kim Day) on 05-29-17
  • Scale
  • The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life, in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies
  • By: Geoffrey West
  • Narrated by: Bruce Mann

Absolute Twattle

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

In less than the first five minutes there are numerous and glaring assumptions, mistakes and opinions offered as facts such that this title needs to be recategorized as fiction.

  • Level Five

  • By: William Ledbetter
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748

In Level Five, the debut near-future thriller by Nebula Award winner William Ledbetter, AIs battle for dominance, and nanotechnology is on the loose. And all that stands in the way of the coming apocalypse is a starry-eyed inventor who dreams of building a revolutionary new spacecraft and an intelligence agency desk jockey faced with the impossible choice of saving her daughter - or saving the world. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A firm 4 stars.

  • By Tony on 07-20-18

Actually Sci-Fi and well done

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Maybe it's just me but it seems a number of books calling themselves science fiction will have one small element of something interesting or novel and the rest is just drama. This actually is sci-fi. It's well written, well-thought-out and just a dash of drama to keep it fun.

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  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,241

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part history lesson, part audio documentary.

  • By brian on 11-01-18

Detailed and Delightful

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Something on the order of Connections meets Cliff Notes with a few revelations (thanks to some hard working historians). Narration is, of course, more than perfect!

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  • A Rare Book of Cunning Device

  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,260

Exclusive to Audio! Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is very much amiss - and we're not talking late returns here. Is it a ghost, or something much worse? PC Peter Grant really isn't looking forward to finding out....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Peter Grant bonus short story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 05-01-17

Fun!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Fun and original short story and truly perfect narration. The same wonderful fun as Harry Potter!

  • Shotguns and Stagecoaches

  • The Brave Men Who Rode for Wells Fargo in the Wild West
  • By: John Boessenecker
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

 Shotguns and Stagecoaches tells the true stories of the Wild West heroes who guarded the iconic Wells Fargo stagecoaches and trains, battling colorful thieves, vicious highwaymen, and robbers armed with explosives.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Historical Info!

  • By Twang on 11-07-18

Great Historical Info!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Anyone who enjoys the history of the Old West will find this a treasure grove if information. It is well told, succinct and not a "puff piece" for Wells Fargo. Can't understand then how they chose this narrator whose voice just isn't a fit for the story and who makes absolutely no attempt to pronounce, either English, Spanish or Indian place names correctly. This is a really nice bit of writing that deserves better.

  • Aurora: CV-01

  • Frontiers Saga, Book 1
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640

A world recovering from a devastating plague. A brutal enemy threatening invasion. A young man seeking to escape the shadow of his father. A ship manned by a crew of fresh academy graduates. A top-secret experimental propulsion system. A questionable alliance with a mysterious green-eyed woman. What destiny has in store for the crew of the UES Aurora is far greater than any of them could ever imagine. And this is only the beginning....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 90% SciFi, 10% Cheese

  • By John C. on 06-16-14

Another great ride!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Keep 'em coming. Can't wait to get into the next book in this series. Narrator was good but not quite the right voice but maybe I'm just listening for James Holden :)

  • The Godfrey Diary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn

  • By: Edward Settle Godfrey
  • Narrated by: Brian V. Hunt
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Lieutenant Edward Settle Godfrey was commander of K Company of the 7th Cavalry in the battalion of Captain Frederick Benteen. Godfrey was a central figure in the Reno-Benteen defense over the 25th and 26th of June, 1876. He kept a diary of the Yellowstone Expedition against the Sioux from May 17 to September 24.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heads up all you Horsemen and Muleskinners

  • By Twang on 09-06-18

Heads up all you Horsemen and Muleskinners

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

...Oh and history bluffs too.
Once again Big Byte Books delivers a treasure of memories and long lost knowledge. For you horsemen and muleskinners out there there are some bits of, I'm sure, long lost gems of knowledge.

  • Sherman at My Door (Annotated)

  • By: Dolly Sumner Lunt
  • Narrated by: Brian V. Hunt, Claire Dayton
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Union General William Tecumseh Sherman came right through her yard on their march to the sea in 1864, just as they had other plantations. But the widow mistress of Georgia's Burge Plantation was no typical southern belle. She was a Maine-born transplant with 100 slaves. Here, in Dolly Sumner Lunt's own words, is a description of those days as she watched everything she had and believed in being threatened by an army she described as invaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Especially good read for horsemen and packers

  • By Twang on 09-06-18

Especially good read for horsemen and packers

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Once again Big Byte Books delivers a treasure of memories and long lost knowledge. For you horsemen and muleskinners out there there are some bits of, I'm sure, long lost gems of knowledge.

  • At Gettysburg

  • Or, What a Girl Saw and Heard of the Battle
  • By: Matilda "Tillie" Pierce Alleman
  • Narrated by: Brian V. Hunt, Claire Dayton
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Long considered one of the most vibrant and compelling accounts of the battle of Gettysburg by a young resident of the town. Fifteen-year-old Matilda "Tillie" Pierce saw Union general Buford enter town with his cavalry, saw the rout of the first day of fighting, and the Confederates streaming through the town. She gave water to many Union soldiers, including General George Gordon Meade, the new commander of the Army of the Potomac.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Running out of Superlatives...

  • By Twang on 09-06-18

Running out of Superlatives...

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Disclaimer: I don't work for, have a relative that works for or have ever met anyone associated with Big Byte Books.
Warning: If they ever go public don't get in my way to buy stock. You'll get run over :)
These folks are finding and bringing to life priceless diaries and presenting them with heartfelt sincerity. I feel like my I'm hearing Grandma or Grandpa letting me in on closely held memories and family secrets from a time long ago.

  • A Texas Cowboy

  • Or, Fifteen Years on the Hurricane Deck of a Spanish Pony
  • By: Charles A. Siringo
  • Narrated by: Brian V. Hunt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

When legendary Charlie Siringo wrote this classic work, he was only 30 years old and had already spent half that life as a cowboy. With enduring wit, he tells the tale of long cattle drives, small-town beauties, meetings with Billy the Kid, and growing up on the Texas frontier. In plain language you'll hear what it was like to live on the "hurricane deck of a Spanish pony" for months on end, earning enough to head into town and have a good time. Crisscrossing the Lone Star State, he lived a vanishing way of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a Treat!!

  • By Twang on 08-23-18

Such a Treat!!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

Words fail me so once again I will use the same ones...Gem, Treasure, Treat, Priceless.