The book invites you to " know thyself" with a different set of tools, and it is really helpful.
The use of storytelling to illustrate the points makes the listening pleasant and helps you mirror your own emotions and interactions to decipher what is happening in your brain.
The lack of variety in the narrator's tone of voice makes it difficult to go through the self congratulatory beginning and the biochemistry parts - which are mostly dispensable anyway.
Once you understand the relevance of the reflections it contains, you want to finish the book and incorporate the new skills a.s.a.p., so critical they are.
Rock presents an exhaustive and well researched list of "actions" to take to improve several aspects of cognitive function. In today's overloaded, e-connected, 24/7 access there are some great tools for getting things back under control.
Part 1 was abundent in advice, yet part 2 seems little distracted, although you'll still find jewels of wisdom and helpful nuggets of insight in the second part.
The narrative, while emphatic tended on the monotone by the time I got around to Part 2. If you need a vivacious, dynamic, narrator to keep you engaged this could be a difficult book for you.
Yes, because first time around is just wrapping your brain around the concepts
No, to much to absorb all in one sitting...worth taking notes
I love the info in this book. I kept thinking, "Yes!" as the author was reviewing ways our brains work and how to manage our thinking and time, because I have found I have to manage myself just the same way. I have been caught going down all the rabbit trails he mentions. Fascinating. My only trouble was that the reader, who has a great voice, speaks with an odd cadence and inflection, so I had difficulty staying focused on the material. Great info, still. Worth the listen.
A more entertaining story.
Set up with dialogue between characters or have the narrator try to change voices.
It sounded like he was reading a textbook.
The best. Plan to listen to part 2 several times/year.
That your conscious mind is a fickle and scarce resource that must be rationed only for the most important tasks. Like a high end Euro sports car, when not properly maintained it will cost you more in the long run.
His voice was excellent. Can't believe some people knocked it...to each his own i guess. He really kept me coming back for more. Intelligent voice for intelligent topic.
Just when you thought it was safe to use your brain...
Great "read.". Great author. Great narrator.
The subject matter was absolutely eye opening. And mind opening. I printed excerpts (found online) for my employees and have personally been working to include some of Rock's suggestions into my management (and life) style.
The narration, though, was simply awful. Nearly monotone. On more than one occasion it reminded me of the character Mr. Smith, from the movie The Matrix. And this made for an unnecessarily tough slog considering the scientific nature of the book.
So, I steeled myself against the fact that I'd have to listen and re-listen to the book as I knew my attention would easily wane due to the sleep-provoking narration. And it was worth the investment of time (and I did indeed listen through it twice and found that I'd missed things the first time around) as it has indeed changed my perspective on how much control I could actually have of my mind.
By the way, if you Google this book and David Rock, you can find papers that he's written and You Tube videos of some of his lectures for Google Tech Talk.
Using clear, concise language, the author uses a simple metaphor to explain a very complex subject. Using day-to-day examples, he explains why we hit some of the roadblocks or experience some of the reactions we do, and then offers an alternative scenario that might have produced better results in our interactions. I have listened to this book twice, and find myself referring to his stage metaphor often in my thought process. Whether you are trying to increase your productivity at work, trying to improve relationships, or just curious about how our brains process information, this book is a winner!
So practical and accessible.
Using narrative structure made the content sticky
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Yes- I like the way the story was laid out
It wasn't the story by itself I liked, but the story was the vehicle to carry the message of the book. It was a perfect fit between a story to relate to, the depth of content of the book, and how to use this information in real life situations.
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For me- I probably couldnt listen in one sitting- there is an immense amount of great content.
I have bought three more print versions so far- one for me to make notes in and two to give to co-workers. It is definitely a book I am talking about with others.