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Sam Motes

Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

Tampa | Member Since 2011

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  • Ayn Rand and the World She Made

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Anne C. Heller
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Ayn Rand is the author of two phenomenally best-selling ideological novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, which have sold over 12 million copies in the United States alone. Through them, she built a right-wing cult following in the late 1950s and became the guiding light of Libertarianism and of White House economic policy in the 1960s and '70s. Her defenses of radical individualism and of selfishness as a "capitalist virtue" have permanently altered the American cultural landscape.

    Mark says: "Great history of both Rand and her era"
    "A Brilliant yet tragically flawed life"
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    Paints the story of a brilliant yet flawed intellectual devoted to spreading the word on objectivism and free market capitalism I her passionate defense of the individual. Heller gives interesting insight into the ideas and late night discussions that gave voice to the characters of Rand's novels and the battle against repression and altruism they fight. Thought provoking reviews of Rand's novels and essays come along for the ride as well. The book pulls no punches in the brutal portrayal of Rand as a ego centric control freak who saw no one but her cult like following inner clique as even having a chance of being worthy of existence. She left relationships and marriages in wreckage in her wake as she epitomized the self centered life she glorified.

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  • You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After a Breakup, Divorce, or Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Louise Hay, David Kessler
    • Narrated By Louise Hay, David Kessler
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    In You Can Heal Your Heart, self-empowerment luminary Louise Hay and renowned grief and loss expert David Kessler have come together to start a conversation on healing after loss. Louise and David discuss the emotions and thoughts that occur when a relationship leaves you brokenhearted, a marriage ends in divorce, or a loved one dies.

    Sam Motes says: "The heart will beat on"
    "The heart will beat on"
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    The authors build the readers confidence to get through the great traumas of life from loosing a job, divorce, major illness to the loss of a loved one. The focus is on using positive affirmations to build the psyche and get out of the victim why me mentality. A very good read to dealing with the grief and moving on.

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  • Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Douglas A. Blackmon
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history - an Age of Neoslavery that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.

    Roy says: "Will Take Your Breath Away"
    "An uncomfortable read that demands to be consumed"
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    Tells the story of corruption and greed that fueled the extension of slavery up to the time of World War II. Corrupt public officials had their pockets lined by unethical business men itch the chattel of men and women caught in trumped up charges and forced to work against their will. Severe corporal punishment was the norm and death and despair flourished. This is a implication of post slavery seldom discussed but that explains so much of the rac dynamics that exist I. The south to this day.

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  • Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Todd Henry
    • Narrated By Todd Henry
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    Most of us live with the stubborn idea that we'll always have tomorrow to do our most important and valuable work. We fill our days with frantic activity, bouncing from task to task, scrambling to make deadlines and chase the next promotion. But by the end of each day we're often left asking ourselves "did the work I do today really matter?" We feel the ticking of the clock, but we're stuck in first gear, unsure of the path forward and without a road map to guide us.

    Oliver says: "Deeeeep sigh. And a tired one at that."
    "Grab life by the short hairs and ride!"
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    Die Empty starts off with a great metaphor of all the un filled dreams, ideas and passions that fill the graveyard. It ends with the idea of living every day as if it was your last. Between those bookends are some great ideas about how to strive for your best work and to make a difference in the world. Not necessarily trying to gain world recognition but to know deep in your heart you gave your all.

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  • The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee
    • Narrated By TBA
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies — with hardware, software, and networks at their core — will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human.

    Chris Lunt says: "Good for the periphery"
    "Kurzweil would be proud"
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    The author makes the argument that cutting age inventions like IBM's Watson Jeopardy champion, Google self driving cars and augmentation technologies for things things like vision and hearing are just warm up acts for the massive innovations that the second digital age will bring about. He then does a great job of ores anti g both the utopian Kurzweillian singularity view of the bight future ahead as well as the doom and gloom Ludite view of as Keynes called technological unemployment that will come about as we all struggle to keep ahead of the sun setting of jobs robots will be able to do more reliably and cheaper. The author explores variations on guaranteed income that will be required as the machines take over the average jobs that lead to a widening gap between the smaller minority haves and the majority have nots. This is certainly a optimistic leaning wake up call at what our future may hold that is a very thought provoking read.

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  • Siddhartha

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Siddhartha is Nobel Prize-winning author Hermann Hesse's most famous and influential work, a novel of self-exploration that will linger in your mind and spirit for a lifetime. A young man, blessed with loving parents and a safe home in a world where want and neglect abound, leaves this haven in search of himself.

    Ramanujam says: "Very Interesting to Listen"
    "Spiritual evolution through life's events"
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    Story of self reinvention and spiritual growth through the stages of life. The author looks into the teachings of Buddha through observing the lives of the highly religious, highly worldly, and those living lives in the vast grey areas in between. The struggle of Siddhartha as he struggles with holding his son back by in trapping in his own world and finally setting him free to find his own path in life is an impassioned look at being a parent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist's Journey Through the Hell of Divorce

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stacy Morrison
    • Narrated By Stacy Morrison
    Overall
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    Just when Stacy Morrison thought she had it all, her husband of 10 years announced that he wanted a divorce. She was left alone with a new house that needed lots of work, a new baby who needed lots of attention, and a new job in the high-pressure world of New York publishing. Morrison had never been one to believe in fairy tales. As far as she was concerned, happy endings were the product of the kind of ambition and hard work that had propelled her to the top of her profession.

    Sam Motes says: "A beautifully tragic trip through divorce"
    "A beautifully tragic trip through divorce"
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    A brutal look at the unraveling of a marriage and the struggle to maintain sanity through the journey and keeping the child front and center.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Putting Children First: Proven Parenting Strategies for Helping Children Thrive Through Divorce

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By JoAnne Pedro-Carroll
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
    Overall
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    As Dr. JoAnne Pedro-Carroll explains with clarity and compassion in this powerful book, parents can positively alter the immediate and long-term effects of divorce on their children. The key is proven, emotionally intelligent parenting strategies that promote children's emotional health, resilience, and ability to lead satisfying lives. Over the past three decades, Pedro-Carroll has worked with families in transition, conducted research, and developed and directed award- winning, court-endorsed programs that have helped thousands of families navigate divorce and its aftermath.

    Sam Motes says: "Hard but timely read"
    "Hard but timely read"
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    Very focused at keeping focus on what is right for the kids while your world is falling apart around you during a divorce.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Boyle
    • Narrated By Gregory Boyle
    Overall
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    As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

    Jeremy says: "Perhaps the best book I've read in years."
    "Hope and tragedy in the projects"
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    A story of unconditional love, acceptance, second chances, longing to be loved, bad decisions, hope, tragedy, and above all belonging. Father Boyle truly has touched many lives of the boys caught up in gangs and struggled to fight against the finality of the existence they have lived. Many rays of hope in this book but also gut wrenching tragedy of the senselessness of violence as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Civilization and Its Discontents

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sigmund Freud
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
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    First published in 1930, Civilization and Its Discontents is one of the most influential works of pioneering psychologist Sigmund Freud. Focusing on the tension between the primitive drives of the individual and the demands of civilization for order and conformity, Freud draws upon his psychoanalytic theories to explain the fundamental structures, conflicts, and consequences of society.

    Sam Motes says: "Don't conform"
    "Don't conform"
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    Individual freedom beaten down by societal confirmation is the key theme. Freud argues that the innate drive for sex and aggression dwells in all of us. This is a very approachable read for the non-academician from the great thinker Freud.

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  • Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Janet Reitman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals.

    Matt says: "My cup of tea."
    "Scientology exposed"
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    Needham makes a compelling case why Big Data technologies like Hadoop are allowing more and more companies and researchers work at internet speed and scale. The super computer clustering capabilities at unbelievably low costs will change everything for companies struggling to keep up with the Von Newman centric computing paradigms that just can't keep up.

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