This book used two fictional characters, Paul and Emily, to illustrate more effective ways of interacting with others in a day's work. I like to know rationale for how I should approach situations, and this book provides it. By relating the brain's physiologic functions to each scenario, I have a reason for why certain approaches work. The only aspect that I did not like is how the author tries to liken the situations and the brain to a play--referring to the director and actors. However, the scenarios are very practical--I bought this for an employee who works for me.
I tried listening to this on double speed but it just couldn't grab my attention. Have given up at the beginning of part 2.
This is one of the best audio presentation. The topic is a very complicated one. But the author presented that through 2 characters which made the book very understandable and simple.
This information was amazing, but I feel it should also be marketed as an effective Time Management Tool. I've read and applied at least 5 time management tools--this one is what I consider to be the best.
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.