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Sam Motes

Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

Tampa | Member Since 2011

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  • 212 reviews
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  • 724 titles in library
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  • Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets: Surviving the Public Spectacle in Finance and Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William Bonner, Lila Rajiva
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Collectively, people think and act in ways that are different from how they think and act as individuals. Understanding these differences, says William (Bill) Bonner, a longtime maverick observer of the financial world and the vagaries of the investing public, is vital to preserving your wealth and personal dignity. Now Bonner and co-author Lila Rajiva show groupthink at work in an improbable array of instances throughout history and reveal why swimming against the current pays.

    morton says: "Great, Witty, Thought Provoking Audio"
    "Crowd control"
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    Attempts to explain the dynamics of politics, religion, and the market via fresh perspectives counter to some other popular authors such as Friedman (The World Is Flat) and Surowiecki (The Wisdom of Crowds). He points out the good theories of both authors but attacks them head on as not representing the true un-flat world with its uneducated masses pulled down to the lowest level by a fear to stand out and buck against the majority. Interesting read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Dos Passos
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
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    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When John Dos Passos published this book in 1921, its explosive portrait of World War I shocked America. Instead of glorifying the Great War, he shows three men caught in a military machine that is as dangerous for them as the foreign terrain and the enemies they fight. Fuselli leaves San Francisco for the front lines in France, anxious to move up the military ladder of success. Chrisfield, a farm boy from Indiana, feels himself swept along as he marches in a sea of other soldiers.

    Sam Motes says: "Slave to the military complex"
    "Slave to the military complex"
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    This antiwar novel by Dos Passos starts off with the story of gung ho soldiers ready to take on the world to the AWOL prone jaded soldiers that feel they are slaves in a system that cares little to none for them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reason in Art: The Life of Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George Santayana
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    In Reason in Art, Santayana explores the social and psychological origins of art. He examines its moral and ideal functions, its lapses into tastelessness, and the distinctive character of music, speech, poetry, and prose. The Spanish-born philosopher sees art as part of the broader human context, concluding that art prepares “the world to receive the soul and the soul to master the world.”

    Barnaby says: "Sensationally articulate: Pure intellectual oxygen"
    "psychology of art"
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    Not what I expected but still a decent philosophical read on why art is important.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bolivar: American Liberator

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Marie Arana
    • Narrated By David Crommett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (59)

    It is astonishing that Simón Bolívar, the great Liberator of South America, is not better known in the United States. He freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than 75,000 miles on horseback to do so, and became the greatest figure in Latin American history. His life is epic, heroic, straight out of Hollywood: he fought battle after battle in punishing terrain, forged uncertain coalitions of competing forces and races, lost his beautiful wife soon after they married and died relatively young, uncertain whether his achievements would endure.

    Jean says: "Absolutely fantastic book!"
    "The liberator of Latin America"
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    This book tracks Bolivar from youth through his military campaigns that impacted most of Latin America through his fall from grace and near destitution late in Life. Reject by the people he fought to free late in Life yet still a galvanizing force in the politics of Latin America today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charles R. Cross
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    For many, the name Jimi Hendrix conjures up a larger-than-life image of the man who set fire to guitars, women's hearts, and the status quo. In this groundbreaking account, music journalist Charles R. Cross takes a far deeper look. Beyond Hendrix's legendary onstage and offstage magnetism, and his excessive lifestyle, was a man who struggled to accept his role as an idol and privately craved the kind of normal family life he never had.

    J. Wood says: "Hendrix-Man and Myth"
    "Tragically beautiful life"
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    Great read that gave insight into the beautifully tragic life of Jimi who was destined to flame out early. He seemed to want to change his self destructive ways at times but struggled with the feeling that he was at ten end of his mortal coil.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Doug Ordunio
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (616)

    Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

    Doug says: "Compelling pre-history and emergent history"
    "Why the conquering elite conquered"
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    Interesting look at the dynamics of why the conquered fell to the conquering throughout history. Why didn't the Incas superior numbers wipe the invading Spaniards off the map for instance. A very engaging read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen Davis
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    As the lead singer of the Doors, Jim Morrison's searing poetic vision and voracious appetite for sexual, spiritual, and psychedelic experience inflamed the spirit and psyche of a generation. Since his mysterious death in 1971, millions more fans from a new generation have embraced his legacy, as layers of myth have gathered to enshroud the life, career, and true character of the man who was James Douglas Morrison.

    Donald says: "Jim Morrison"
    "Tragic flame out of a life lived to extreme"
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    A tragic story of Morrison as he struggles with fame, girls , and the demons In his veins that ended his life in his artistic prime. This is the quintessential rock tragedy. Very gripping read that truly pulled me in to the artistic genius who was destined to flame out at a young age due to always doing everything to the extreme. The voice of his generation and for many young teenagers afterwards trying to make since out of the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conquistadors

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Wood
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Following in the footsteps of the greatest Spanish adventurers, Michael Wood retraces the path of the conquistadors from Amazonia to Lake Titicaca, and from the deserts of North Mexico to the heights of Machu Picchu. As he travels the same routes as Hernán Cortés, Francisco, and Gonzalo Pizarro, Wood describes the dramatic events that accompanied the epic sixteenth-century Spanish conquest of the Aztec and Inca empires.

    Sam Motes says: "The trampling of people and culture"
    "The trampling of people and culture"
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    Wood does a good job of portraying the unbridled ambition that drove the conquest of the new world. This wa a very engaging read that mixed the history with the modern day quest to see the areas and understand the people of today that remain from the indigenous first people and the mixing of the foreign invaders.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carol Dweck
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (737)

    Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

    Peter says: "Gems sparsely scattered throughout a desert"
    "Glass is full versus the fill your own glass view"
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    Delves into the difference between a fixed and a learning mindset. A know it all versus an always looking for opportunities to learn and improve. Naturals don't learn to work hard. Michael Jordan was cut from varsity team in high school. Turned down by first college choice but he had a legendary training routine. Fixed mind sets believe in fate and don't strive for continuous improvement. They act as if the world owes them something and continuously find fault in others for their short comings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speak Memory: An Autobiography Revisited

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (106)

    Speak, Memory, first published in 1951 as Conclusive Evidence and then assiduously revised in 1966, is an elegant and rich evocation of Nabokov’s life and times, even as it offers incisive insights into his major works, including Lolita, Pnin, Despair, The Gift, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, and The Luhzin Defense.

    meredith says: "this inspired me to read Nabokov's novels"
    "Strange biograpical choice for me but worth it"
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    I have never read any of Nabokov's books so this was a strange pick up but I am glad I picked it up. It was interesting to get insight into the life of the writer and his prose were very memorable. His quote of he Gnomes that were in the yard the year he read War and Peace and how they will always be a part of the book to him was interning insight on how a books meaning is molded by our environment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ahmed Rashid
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    What are the possibilities—and hazards—facing America as it withdraws from Afghanistan and reviews its long engagement in Pakistan? Where is the Taliban now in both of these countries? What does the immediate future hold, and what are America’s choices going forward? These are some of the crucial questions that Ahmed Rashid—Pakistan’s preeminent journalist—takes on in this follow-up to his acclaimed Descent into Chaos.

    Michael Moore says: "Useful Introduction to the Puzzle of Pakistan"
    "Pakistan in depth"
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    Intersting insight into the sectarian divides within the nation and the regional and international forces at play in making the Pakistan of today. It goes along way to explain the forces at play in Afghanistan as well. It was a very interesting read for anyone interested in world politics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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