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Sam Motes

Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

Tampa | Member Since 2011

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  • Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Manning Marable
    • Narrated By G. Valmont Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (172)

    Of the great figure in 20th-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age 39. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man.

    connie says: "invites further reading on Malcolm X"
    "The evolving consciousness of a great leader"
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    This is a much different look at the life of Malcolm X as compared to that told by Alex Haley. The story of continual reinvention and standing up for what he believed in against all odds was very powerful. I do not see this work as a replacement for Haley’s book since that work gives insight of how Malcolm wanted to be seen but this is a good supplement text to read in addition to that work to get a deeper understanding of the events that made the man.

    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
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    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.

    Sam Motes says: "Very much Health Care focused"
    "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
    (436)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (396)

    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
    (161)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (148)

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Zeynep Ton
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Almost one in four American working adults has a job that pays less than a living wage. Conventional wisdom says that’s how the world has to work. Bad jobs with low wages, minimal benefits, little training, and chaotic schedules are the only way companies can keep costs down and prices low. If companies were to offer better jobs, customers would have to pay more or companies would have to make less. But in The Good Jobs Strategy, Zeynep Ton, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, makes the compelling case that even in low-cost settings, leaving employees behind - with bad jobs - is a choice, not a necessity.

    Sam Motes says: "Operating the company to a growing bottom line"
    "Operating the company to a growing bottom line"
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    Talks about how to use operations management strategies to turn the usual focus on cutting labor thin to bleed out profits to over staffing to build a happy, healthy, fully engaged work force that will drive profit growth.

    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
    (442)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (399)

    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
    (248)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (216)

    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
    (100)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    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 1 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
    (69)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (62)

    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

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