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Sam Torode

On my father's side, I'm a distant relation of Henry David Thoreau (Torode and Thoreau are alternate spellings of Thorold, a family originating on the Isle of Guernsey). On my mother's side, my ancestors include Texas farmers, preachers, outlaws, and old-time country musicians.

My novel, "The Dirty Parts of the Bible," reflects both sides of my heritage, combining philosophical exploration with a quest to Texas. I also create contemporary editions of classic wisdom books.

A few of my favorite storytellers are Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, P. G. Wodehouse, John Kennedy Toole, Flannery O'Connor, Ray Bradbury, Sue Monk Kidd, and Garrison Keillor.

In philosophy, my favorite thinkers are Ralph Waldo Emerson, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, Joseph Campbell, and Rupert Sheldrake.

Listen to my song "Two Too Shy" by clicking the video on my Amazon author page. It's from the album, "Someone to Watch Over Me," available at: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016K6D8NI

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    • The Manual

    • A Philosopher's Guide to Life
    • By: Epictetus, Ancient Renewal, Sam Torode
    • Narrated by: Sam Torode
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Epictetus (c. AD 50-135) was a former Roman slave (he was also lame in one leg, and walked with a crutch) who went on to become a great teacher....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best book to live by.

    • By Amazon Customer on 09-05-18

    Regular price: $3.95

    • As a Man Thinketh: 21st Century Edition

    • The Wisdom of James Allen
    • By: Sam Torode
    • Narrated by: Sam Torode
    • Length: 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Widely considered the greatest self-help book of all time, As a Man Thinketh reveals how our thoughts determine our character, circumstances, health, appearance, and achievements....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Powerful read

    • By AngelGS on 05-10-18

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Tao Te Ching

    • By: Lao Tzu, Sam Torode
    • Narrated by: Amanda Brewer
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    The Tao Te Ching is a series of meditations on the mysterious nature of the Tao - the way, the guiding light, the very source of all existence....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Easily understood, relatable to life experience.

    • By Jose l. Vera on 01-05-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Meditations: An Emperor's Guide to Mastery

    • By: Marcus Aurelius, Ancient Renewal, Sam Torode - translator
    • Narrated by: Sam Torode
    • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    How to think clearly, act purposefully, overcome any obstacle, and find peace and happiness along the way....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My favorite audio version

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-25-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Dirty Parts of the Bible

    • A Novel
    • By: Sam Torode
    • Narrated by: Bruce Miles
    • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    It’s 1936, and Tobias Henry is stuck in the frozen hinterlands of Michigan. Tobias is obsessed with two things: God and girls....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Laugh out loud funny and just irreverent enough.

    • By Kathy on 06-18-11

    Regular price: $19.59

    • Nature

    • By: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sam Torode - foreword
    • Narrated by: Sam Torode
    • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Nature" is perhaps the greatest original work of philosophy written by an American....

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Everyday Emerson: The Wisdom of Ralph Waldo Emerson Paraphrased

    • By: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sam Torode
    • Narrated by: Sam Torode
    • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Everyday Emerson, best-selling author Sam Torode (The Dirty Parts of the Bible: A Novel) rephrases the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson in contemporary language....

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Mark Twain on Masturbation

    • Some Thoughts on the Science of Onanism
    • By: Mark Twain, Sam Torode
    • Narrated by: Sam Torode
    • Length: 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    One evening in Paris, 1879, Mark Twain rose to the podium and tackled the touchiest of subjects: masturbation....

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Elbert Hubbard: A Treasury of Insights, Inspirations, and Provocations

    • By: Sam Torode, Elbert Hubbard
    • Narrated by: Sam Torode
    • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Discover America's forgotten sage. This is a new anthology of Elbert Hubbard's most insightful, inspiring, and provocative writings, edited and introduced by Sam Torode....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hubbard is the man

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-28-19

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Book of Craw: A Hobo's Testament

    • By: Sam Torode
    • Narrated by: Sam Torode
    • Length: 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Book of Craw - comprised of poems and proverbs from Craw's own notebook - is a companion volume to The Dirty Parts of the Bible: A Novel....

    Regular price: $3.95

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