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Sam Motes

Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

Tampa | Listener Since 2009

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  • 226 reviews
  • 381 ratings
  • 745 titles in library
  • 91 purchased in 2014
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  • Rosinante to the Road Again

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John dos Passos
    • Narrated By David Crommett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
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    (2)
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    Making allusions to Don Quixote's wanderings on his trusty steed Rosinante, American novelist John Dos Passos creates a story of two travelers making their way by foot from Madrid to Toledo in post-World War I Spain. Along the way, they encounter simple, earthy folk on the trail and in taverns, thus providing a convenient backdrop for Dos Passos's observations on the tension between old agrarian ways and new industrial imperatives.

    Sam Motes says: "Wanderings through post WWI Spain"
    "Wanderings through post WWI Spain"
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    Giving homage to Cervantes by using Rosinante in the title bringing with it visions of Don Quixote's trusty steed on the path of discovery. Dos Passos examines the spirit of the people of Spain in the years after World War I in this work. The comparison of the all work attitude of the Americans versus the laid back Spaniard more concerned with enjoying life was center stage. My favorite quote from the work was "They fall in love sensually with ideas, with great ideas. They Re incapable of marrying a great and pure idea and breeding a family with it; they only flirt with ideas. They want them as mistresses, sometimes just for the night. "

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas A. Shippey
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    Odysseus. Robinson Crusoe. Harry Potter. What do these memorable characters have in common? Why do we turn to certain stories again and again? And what impact have they made on world history? These 24 eye-opening lectures give fresh insight into some of the greatest heroes in world literature, from warriors such as Beowulf and Odysseus to unexpected heroes such as Uncle Tom and Sancho Panza. Professor Shippey gives you an inside glimpse into the writer's process.

    SC in SC says: "Outstanding! Myth, Legend & History Come Alive"
    "Heros from all ages and back grounds"
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    Interesting series on fictional character heroes including Crusoe, Baggins, Uncle Tom and others. The most interesting one to me was Winston Smith who on first blush is hard to see as a heroic character but to fight the good fight and stand up in the face of certain defeat is certainly chivalrous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2452)
    Performance
    (1613)
    Story
    (1614)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Cancers story"
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    Reads like a biography of cancer from its ancient history through the medical follies and progressive steps by Doctors and Scientists to try to find a cure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poetic License: 100 Poems - 100 Performers

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Emily Dickinson, e. e. cummings, William Wordsworth, and others
    • Narrated By Jason Alexander, Christine Baranski, Charles Busch, and others
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Why a poetry album? Easy answer: I love poetry. I love reading it. I love memorizing it. I love hearing great actors recite it. As the poet Mark Strand wrote, “Ink runs from the corners of my mouth / There is no happiness like mine / I have been eating poetry.” In the past, when I was full from eating, I have had the audacity to set poetry to music. But, on this audiobook, you will hear the music of the poems.

    Christine says: "100 poems -No table of contents!!"
    "Just the poems Mam."
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    An enjoyable collection of poems but I preferred the Poets Corner collection by Lithgow with its mini summary of each poet and poem to give context.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michelle Alexander
    • Narrated By Karen Chilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (359)

    In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans.

    Jeremy says: "An essential read. A horrifying reality."
    "Justice denied"
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    The author builds the case that the mass incarceration of people is no mistake as the system has been made as the next evolution of the old Jim Crow laws in the south. She focuses on a broken war on drugs that have lead to a normalcy in the poor communities of everyone having a criminal back ground and how that background becomes a scarlet letter keeping them out of society and severely limiting their life choices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Lithgow
    • Narrated By Morgan Freeman, Susan Sarandon, Helen Mirren, and others
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (124)

    John Lithgow has compiled an outstanding collection of memorable poems and has gathered his famous friends to read them. The wide variety of carefully selected poetry in this audiobook provides the perfect introduction to reel in those who are new to poetry, and for poetry lovers to experience beloved verses in a fresh, vivid way. Lithgow offers insightful and sometimes poignant commentary to accompany each poem. His essential criterion is that "each poem's light shines more brightly when read aloud".

    Scot says: "Thank You, JL"
    "Poetic love shared"
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    An eclectic collection of poets make up this book. I enjoyed the guest readers who did a great job of giving life to the readings. Lithgow's love for poetry comes through as he gives his personal history of reading poetry and then proceeds to give a brief review of each poet. It is certainly a collection I will listen to from time to time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1447)
    Performance
    (1325)
    Story
    (1338)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "animal lovers safari"
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    Full off danger and intrigue and a huge dose of heart as Anthony and his workers strive to save the Elephants and other animals. The tragic story of the baby elephant with the deformed legs was heart wrenching. A great read for any animal lover

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (291)

    In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto out of planethood. Far from the sun, tiny, and eccentric in orbit, it's a wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during the mounting debate over Pluto's status, Americans rallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog.

    John says: "A Great Value"
    "Pluto's fall from grace"
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    An interesting read on how educated people can get wrapped up in nostalgia and labeling things. The exposure over the Pluto declassification as a plant certainly stocked the discussion on scientific topics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hardwiring Excellence: Purpose, Worthwhile Work, Making a Difference

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Quint Studer
    • Narrated By Kevin Young
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    A 'textbook with passion', Hardwiring Excellence offers a road map and practical how-to guide for creating and sustaining a culture of service and operational excellence. In this book, author Quint Studer, founder of Studer Group, draws on his personal experience as a former hospital executive who led two organizations to the top 1% in patient satisfaction and his experience coaching hundreds of healthcare organizations since.

    jay says: "Nice Ideas, but . . ."
    "Very much Health Care focused"
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    This was very much directed at leadership in the Health Care industry but there was good information here about encouraging the heart to the point that i completed listening to it. I guess I should have read the summary or reviews rather than relying on the cover.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Miller
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (465)

    In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning.

    Phillip says: "Most Informative Book on the AT"
    "A Walk of Life"
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    AWOL tells the story of a budding through hiker who take a break from the cube life of Suburbia to take on a through hike of the Appalachian trail. It is full of stories of physical pain and endurance as he battles though with a purest mentality to walk every step of the trail. The characters AWOL meets along the trail, the battle against himself as well as the elements, and the communing with nature stories make for a very interesting read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jack D. Schwager, Bruce Kovner, Richard Dennis, and others
    • Narrated By Jack D. Schwager
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (164)

    What separates the world's top traders from the vast majority of unsuccessful investors? Jack Schwager sets out to answer this question in his interviews with superstar money-makers including Bruce Kovner, Richard Dennis, Paul Tudor Jones, Michel Steinhardt, Ed Seykota, Marty Schwartz, Tom Baldwin, and more in Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders.

    XEVEN says: "ESSENTIAL"
    "Investing advise form yesteryear"
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    Very dated. This is a collection of interviews from top traders from around 1990. I couldn't help but keep wondering how many of them got wiped out by the great recession. Certainly conflicting advice here with some pushing for technical analysis and others not, some pushing for holding for the long term and others flipping trades constantly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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