This book is an interesting and easy read. It has the substance of a non-fiction book, built like a story book. The points given are applicable and easy to remember. I have recommended this book to both co-workers and friends.
This was an excellent book on how and why your brain performs the way it does toward better understanding yourself. Fascinating.
The subject of this book is incredibly powerful and the author uses a unique style to explain the physiology of the brain and how it impacts our moment by moment actions as individuals. I've listened twice to grasp all of the practical advice for implementation in my everyday life, from the corporate environment, to my personal and family relationships.
Over the last couple of days I've had to fast for medical reasons, and along the way, I found myself drawing on learning points from the book about brain physiology to understand why I was feeling the way I was (physically, mentally and emotionally) at certain times during the fast. I could "label" my thought patterns making them easier to deal with and to communicate to others. I could recognize when my pre-frontal cortex needed fuel to control the emotional brain functions. It was very enlightening!!
But all the good could be undone by the narrator. This reading is incredibly syncopated and difficult to tolerate. The reader has a naturally slow tempo that for some reason (I can only imagine poor editing) suddenly speeds up, and then just as quickly sloooowwwws down again. I had too listen to the first reading at 1.5x speed to tolerate the narrator.
Overall, however, this book has excellent material. It is so powerful that I will be buying a text version so I can highlight and review brain improvement techniques regularly!!
I found this a very helpful book that connects the science of how the brain works with how to be more effective at work. The before and after "case studies" were also useful to see the theory in practice. Very insightful work and I've used the insights already in my work, especially in dealing with conflict.
You would think that this book with be a dry read...but I was wrong. I couldn't wait to get to the next listen. I encourage you all at any age to give a listen.
Lots of incites on how you think and why it is so difficult at times. I could use a summery or cheat sheet to keep the various techniques in mind.
I had invested about 5 hours and it was an overall good book. On my way to work today it stops with an error. I delete the book and reinstall and it still will not play Chapter 4 on the Part 2 down load. So after listing to 2/3 of the book it will leave you up in the error.
The combination of explainations of the biology of the brain and the psychology of why we do things means that half of the reading audience is bored at any point in time. The analogies do not make sense and the scenarios are contrived. I have been a subscriber since 2003 and never quit a book in the middle... until now.
This is a really interesting and applicable book. It provides really clear strategies for steering your thinking and avoiding behavioural mishaps at work. Thing is, the narration is terrible. I mean terrible, distracting and annoying. This is particularly frustrating when you’re trying really hard to pay attention to the valuable lessons. One of the other reviewers described it perfectly: the odd inflections on the wrong syllables—he sounds like Agent Smith, from The Matrix movies. I recommend you buy the book and read it – great content, not a good audio version.
Am I the only one, who got some chapters repeated in part II and the end missing? In my download part II ends by asking me to look for the next part of the audiobook???
If this book was boring, I wouldn't care... But I really want to hear it to the end...