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Your Brain at Work Audiobook

Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long

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Publisher's Summary

Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

In this book, we travel inside Emily and Paul's brains as they attempt to sort the vast quantities of information they're presented with, figure out how to prioritize it, organize it and act on it. Fortunately for Emily and Paul, they're in good hands: David Rock knows how the brain works-and more specifically, how it works in a work setting. Rock shows how it's possible for Emily and Paul, and thus the reader, not only to survive in today's overwhelming work environment but succeed in it-and still feel energized and accomplished at the end of the day.

Your Brain At Work explores issues such as:

- why our brains feel so taxed, and how to maximize our mental resources

- why it's so hard to focus, and how to better manage distractions

- how to maximize your chance of finding insights that can solve seemingly insurmountable problems

- how to keep your cool in any situation, so that you can make the best decisions possible

- how to collaborate more effectively with others

- why providing feedback is so difficult, and how to make it easier

- how to be more effective at changing other people's behavior.

©2009 David Rock (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Jayram San Diego, CA, United States 03-29-12
    Jayram San Diego, CA, United States 03-29-12

    Love listening to everything in science, astronomy, neuroscience, education and creativity.

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    "superb audio book"

    David Rock has written an excellent book that consists of solid neuroscience examples and cute analogies that is neatly tied to real world examples about how brain responds to different office situations. I have a reasonable neuroscience background and thoroughly enjoyed his description about various brain areas and how they function. With these insights it becomes much more easy to apply various strategies to excel in office environment (and school or other competitive environment). The speaker was quite pleasant to listen after initial adjustment period. A MUST listen title.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dean Duxbury, MA, United States 03-27-12
    Dean Duxbury, MA, United States 03-27-12
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    "Excellent nuances of communication"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Your Brain at Work to be better than the print version?

    The audio was almost meditative at times. I found it most useful when starting the work day to listen to a section and apply the techniques throughout my day and week when applicable.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The nuances of insight in how we react, what we say and don't say, and at what time is one of the finer points of having successful or failing interactions with the ever interesting human condition. I found that the detailed approach to examples and case scenarios while at times pedantic and plodding, help simplify complex interaction issues that everyone goes through. The backing science behind it all just helped bolster the understanding of how it all ties together to make or break your everyday communications wherever you go...


    Have you listened to any of Bob Walter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Delray Beach, FL, United States 03-26-12
    Edward Delray Beach, FL, United States 03-26-12

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    "It was OK and sensible"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Perhaps I've read or listened to a few too many of this sort. It was fine but nothing new or rather different. I often listen to audio a few times or check my own notes on books that inspire thought, or new perspective and idea, I began listening to this one again. I didn't, or couldn't. the 3 stars is for effort.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Rock? Why or why not?

    No for the reasons above


    What three words best describe Bob Walter’s voice?

    OK


    Was Your Brain at Work worth the listening time?

    Not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-26-12
    Martin Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-26-12
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    "Very helpful! Well written and narrated."

    I am not a big one for self-help books, but this book is very helpful in the way it not only sheds light on the science behind brain function, but also offers useful tips on how to apply that insight on a daily basis. It keeps the science simple and the examples relevant: we all face the daily challenges that the author's principle characters encounter. He shows us why we succumb to fuzzy thinking and offers a way out of the vicious cycle of self-defeatist behavior. Very worthwhile!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Zuhair Shwaikh,Kuwait, Kuwait 03-18-12
    Zuhair Shwaikh,Kuwait, Kuwait 03-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Thank you David!"
    What made the experience of listening to Your Brain at Work the most enjoyable?

    Honestly my life changed because of this book...specially the labeling technique helped me leave some unwanted habbits...it was one of the best books i have read on the subject...a big thanks to the author for this masterpiece.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Your Brain at Work?

    I listened to the book twice...specially the part about how to avoid bad habbits


    What does Bob Walter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was nice...i am not into reading so cant say


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Change your life :)


    Any additional comments?

    No just tell the author he is a genius :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stefan 03-15-12
    Stefan 03-15-12
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    "The title says it all, and it is well delivered"

    A good book, using common examples the author guides you through the minefields of the brain. While the topic is very interesting in general, I somehow found it hard to focus on the not overly enthusiastical voice of the narrator.

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    Páll Huddinge, Sweden 03-13-12
    Páll Huddinge, Sweden 03-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book. Slow and monotone narration."
    Any additional comments?

    It's got some great points about the workings of the brain and points on how to react to different situations. What makes it more interesting is the fact that the auther uses 4 characters - a family and their reaction to real life situations to explain the theories he is presenting.

    But the narrator maybe is not the optimal for this kind of book. At least I didn't quite feel as the author was talking to me. The reader reads far to slowly oftentimes I was forgettinge the beginning of the sentence when it ended. Thank goodnes Audible Iphone app has the possibility to select 1 1/2 times speed as 2x sounds funny and strange to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Meridian, ID, United States 03-12-12
    Emily Meridian, ID, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Science explained in a way I can understand"
    If you could sum up Your Brain at Work in three words, what would they be?

    Educational, insightful, attention-keeping


    What did you like best about this story?

    If only all education used this technique... I'd be the rocket scientist I always knew I could be.


    What about Bob Walter’s performance did you like?

    I listened to the story at 1.25 and 1.5 speed, because it's such a long audio and time is precious... but I thought Bob Walter's performance was EXCELLENT. Sounds like he was talking from the heart, not the pages of a book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't be a victim of your brain


    Any additional comments?

    HIGHLY recommend the ebook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Oscar Tampico, Mexico 03-05-12
    Oscar Tampico, Mexico 03-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting but bad narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator


    What was most disappointing about David Rock’s story?

    The narrator, and to may biological terms.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No, awful narration and voice.


    Did Your Brain at Work inspire you to do anything?

    To analize better how to react on certain circumstances.


    Any additional comments?

    The information is good, but the narrator makes you go to sleep. Its to much informaticion for an auditobook, with to many biological terms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Bear Creek, United States 03-01-12
    Tina Bear Creek, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Boring!"
    Would you try another book from David Rock and/or Bob Walter?

    No


    What was most disappointing about David Rock’s story?

    This book was more physical science than any useful information


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Your Brain at Work?

    The in depth explanations of the various regions of the brain


    Any additional comments?

    Was painful to listen to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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