The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life

  • by Steve Leveen
  • Narrated by Steve Leveen
  • 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What would you read if you had the time? What would you learn if you could? Spend just three hours with Steve Leveen's Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life and you could gain a lifetime of greater fulfillment as a reader. The secret, as Steve will tell you, is to know how to fall, and stay, in book love. That's easy to do, once you give yourself permission to read your way. This means knowing how to find the books that speak to your interests, passions, and desires. Being able to give up on a book with no guilt. Discovering the full power of audiobooks. And learning how to become an active reader: the athlete rather than the spectator.
The CEO and co-founder of Levenger, Steve was inspired to write this Little Guide to help repair what he calls his own ill-read life. What he learns, about reading groups, libraries, and even speed reading, may surprise you.
But perhaps the most important discovery is this: that a well-read life has little to do with how many or even which books you read. Rather, it has everything to do with a life well-lived.


What the Critics Say

"Perfect for all of us who can never get enough time with good books. It not only urges us to indulge deeply and often, it shows us how." (Myra Hart, Professor, Harvard Business School)
"Readers and want-to-be readers will be encouraged by the advice to read more, more widely, and more systematically. And, as those readers gain confidence, they may read more adventurously. One can only be delighted that such a book is being published." (Michael Keller, University Librarian, Stanford University)


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Whether you are already in book love or not, everyone can gain from this little jewel. I got the book (on sale because I felt "why not?") more on a whim, but I have told more people about this book than about almost any other book I have "ristened" (I love that term!!) in years.

Yes, I have been doing many of the tips he offered, but he still confirmed that I was on the right track and gave me several additional new pointers. His narration was not the most exciting I have ever heard, but his section on whether or not an author should read his own work was right on. I would rather have heard his rather monotone voice than someone else who might "jazz it up" for the wrong reasons. But most important of all, I gained a new respect for the validation of not necessarily caring for the same books others do (the classics was a great example) and for not wasting time finishing a book that does not interest me.

Right on, Mr. Leveen! Thank you for this treasure. You know your craft well and I am glad to have been introduced to you.
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- Patti

worth a listen

I was hesitant to order a book on reading to listen to. Even after 6 years and an audible customer (march 1999), I still feel like I'm not really reading a book when I listen to it instead. And, I was mildly concerned that the author would dismiss audiobooks as somehow "cheating." But instead, he validated my choice to "Risten" to books as a worthwhile way to access books.

While most of the content is familiar territory, hearing it in a fresh context helped me get out of the scifi/fantasy rut and broaden my listening horizons.
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- Susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-11-2005
  • Publisher: Levenger Company