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Sam Motes

Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

Tampa | Member Since 2011

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368
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215
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HELPFUL VOTES
73

  • 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)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    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
  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Colin Woodard
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (365)

    North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an "American" or "Canadian" culture, but rather into one of the 11 distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territory. In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent....

    Theo Horesh says: "One of a Kind Masterpiece"
    "Clustered migration patterns explain much"
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    An interesting look at the clustering migration patterns that developed the fundamental differences in regional religious, political, and all other beliefs thought out the US today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Scoble, Shel Israel
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (192)

    Social media is but one of five converging forces that promise to change virtually every aspect of our lives. You know these other forces already: mobile, data, sensors and location-based technology. Combined with social media they form a new generation of personalized technology that knows us better than our closest friends. Armed with that knowledge our personal devices can anticipate what we'll need next and serve us better than a butler or an executive assistant. The resulting convergent superforce is so powerful that it is ushering in an era the authors call the Age of Context.

    James says: "Great content by a great narrator!"
    "Context is everything"
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    Takes the trends of social media, sensors, and other technologies and shows how the age of context is driving huge paradigm shifts in the way we interact with our gadgets and each other. Scobles and Israel bring great insight to the discussion due to their deep knowledge of technology and business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jeffrey J. Selingo
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    What is the value of a college degree? The four-year college experience is as American as apple pie. So is the belief that higher education offers a ticket to a better life. But with student-loan debt surpassing the $1 trillion mark and unemployment of college graduates at historic highs, people are beginning to question that value. In College (Un)Bound, Jeffrey J. Selingo, editor at large of the Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that America’s higher education system is broken.

    Calliope says: "Unfocused and unconvincing"
    "College in focus"
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    An inside look at how our education system is evolving via our technology centric, always connected, and domination of a academia geared towards success rate of passing students rather than what the student learns or how successful they are in the job market after leaving school.

    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)
    Performance
    (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
    (68)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (61)

    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
    (165)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    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
    (817)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (639)

    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
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    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

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