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Steve Gildersleeve

St. Paul, MN | Member Since 2011

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  • 6 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 154 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Oliver Burkeman
    • Narrated By Oliver Burkeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (194)

    The Antidote is a series of journeys among people who share a single, surprising way of thinking about life. What they have in common is a hunch about human psychology: that it’s our constant effort to eliminate the negative that causes us to feel so anxious, insecure, and unhappy. And that there is an alternative "negative path" to happiness and success that involves embracing the things we spend our lives trying to avoid.

    Whitney says: "Very Insightful - Fresh Perspective"
    "A Buffet With A Moving Walkway"
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    Any additional comments?

    I encountered useful insights in certain chapters, but I also found myself eagerly waiting for the current chapter to end at times. No topic is explored in much depth, so plan on further reading when you're intrigued by one of the chapters (each is on a different aspect of positive or anti-positive thinking). The author did a good job of reading his book - that part was fine.

    If you've spent time delving into this subject already, you may find many of the chapters to be less-than-useful reviews and it won't be a good value to you unless you're happy with a couple of useful nuggets. If you're new to the subject, this book will be a great starting point.

    All in all, I felt like I was served up a nice buffet of information, but I couldn't slow down and get more of what I found interesting, nor could I quickly move past what I didn't want. The analogy of a moving walkway directing me past a buffet at a prescribed pace came to mind as I was listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Bob Goff
    • Narrated By Bob Goff
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (169)

    Love Does shares powerful stories coupled with eye-opening truths and empowers anyone who longs for a better world and a richer faith. You don’t need another Christian message or a self-help book. You need to have your paradigms about the world shifted into truth. That’s exactly what you get in Love Does. Have you ever noticed that the real change in your life - the growth that sticks and becomes a part of you - never happens with a program or the sheer grit of your best efforts?

    Frank Papa says: "A pleasant surprise, well read by the author"
    "Good Stories and Advice"
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    Mr. Goff uses stories from his life and the bible to illustrate a path the avoids the many negatives of modern religion and 'religious people' these days. My teenage daughter and I listened to it together on a car trip. I surprised her with it; she wasn't pleased. However, she liked it so much she went out and bought the book to discuss with her friends (I was pleasantly astounded). I typically can't abide the books found classified in the religion/christianity category these days, but this book is refreshing in its lack of dogma and in its surplus of inspiring ways to live your life to the fullest and in accord with the teachings of Jesus (not any church version of him, but the historical version) without annoying your friends and family and colleagues.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3311)
    Performance
    (2842)
    Story
    (2813)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Great Until the End"
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    Lots of very interesting information on being an Introvert and relating to one. Very affirming and useful and much of it I'd never encountered before. At the end, she offered too many suggestions for raising an Introvert child and that got tedious (I'm a parent and much of her wisdom wouldn't survive the reality of childhood and parenting -- but it sounds good on paper) and I didn't finish the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wait: The Art and Science of Delay

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Frank Partnoy
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (72)

    A passionate polemic in favor of pausing to think, not blink. What do these scenarios have in common: a professional tennis player returning a serve, a woman evaluating a first date across the table, a naval officer assessing a threat to his ship, and a comedian about to reveal a punch line? In this counterintuitive and insightful work, author Frank Partnoy weaves together findings from hundreds of scientific studies and interviews with wide-ranging experts to craft a picture of effective decision making that runs contrary to our brutally fast-paced world.

    Ray says: "Interesting"
    "A Good Counterpoint and Worth the Money"
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    The information in this book offers some perspective on books like Gladwell's "Blink" and the Getting Things Done movement and reassures those of us not not convinced about the benefits of multitasking and instant-whatever. The narrator started to remind me of a TV preacher after a while, but it was tolerable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4755)
    Performance
    (4442)
    Story
    (4437)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Cristina Hatfield says: "Quite an enjoyable read"
    "Entertaining and Worth the Credit"
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    Wheaton is a great narrator (check out Ready Player One, too). And Scalzi is a lot of fun. He has some great ideas, good dialogue, and unexpected plot twists; if you like his other books, you'll like this one. This is not deep, weighty science fiction but I wasn't in the mood for that and I wasn't disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Jon Van Ness
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Break out the TV dinners! From the author who gave us Cod, Salt, and other informative bestsellers, the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture.

    David says: "Birdseye - one step too far for Kurlansky"
    "Kind of a light-weight"
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    Would you try another book from Mark Kurlansky and/or Jon Van Ness?

    I liked Kurlansky's other books, but this one didn't have much meat to it and the story didn't hold my interest like his others did. It felt like it could/should have been a Kindle Single.


    Would you recommend Birdseye to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, it was good enough, but it wasn't worth the money.


    What aspect of Jon Van Ness’s performance would you have changed?

    The flow of his reading was off at times -- the pauses and inflections not quite on the mark.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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