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.
Not sure there are some concepts I would have liked to make notes
No. Some of the stuff he wanted to be funny was not funny to me but really corny. I could have done away with the sexual innuendo. Definitely not funny.
good concepts could have been more direct. Then again for a personal presentation it might have been ok. I read it back and forth to work and it just was, at times, hard to follow.
These type books are my new infatuation and this is arguably the best one I have listened to yet. It probably helps that I have listened to so many books of this nature but I really liked the way this gentleman explains things. My honest opinion is that most anyone would enjoy this one.
Useful, adaptable, most-read
I can't pick one part of the book that was not useful for busy ppl