We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Smart Thinking Audiobook

Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done

Think smart people are just born that way? Think again. Drawing on diverse studies of the mind, from psychology to linguistics, philosophy, and learning science, Art Markman, Ph.D., demonstrates the difference between "smart thinking" and raw intelligence, showing listeners how memory works, how to learn effectively, and how to use knowledge to get things done. He then introduces his own three-part formula for listeners to employ "smart thinking" in their daily lives.
Regular Price:$24.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Think smart people are just born that way? Think again.

Drawing on diverse studies of the mind, from psychology to linguistics, philosophy, and learning science, Art Markman, Ph.D., demonstrates the difference between "smart thinking" and raw intelligence, showing listeners how memory works, how to learn effectively, and how to use knowledge to get things done. He then introduces his own three-part formula for listeners to employ "smart thinking" in their daily lives.

Smart Thinking gives listeners:

  • The means to replace self-limiting habits with new behaviors that foster smart thinking
  • An understanding of the mind itself as well as memory
  • The ability to define and solve problems by finding and applying relevant knowledge
  • Ways to present and process information effectively

©2012 Art Markman (P)2012 Gildan Media Corp

What the Critics Say

"Novak, chairman and CEO of YUM! Brands, offers powerful and sinceredirectives for creating a cohesive, success-oriented corporate culture.….Business people at all levels willfind something of value." (Publisher's Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.7 (519 )
5 star
 (149)
4 star
 (181)
3 star
 (120)
2 star
 (42)
1 star
 (27)
Overall
3.7 (433 )
5 star
 (116)
4 star
 (163)
3 star
 (93)
2 star
 (35)
1 star
 (26)
Story
3.9 (433 )
5 star
 (145)
4 star
 (154)
3 star
 (94)
2 star
 (21)
1 star
 (19)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    nonmum 02-10-16
    nonmum 02-10-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Terrible"
    What disappointed you about Smart Thinking?

    Was expecting more in the way of actual direction and education. The book literally says the same thing over and over and over. Very boring to listen to and brings minimal value on a self-help level.


    What was most disappointing about Art Markman’s story?

    There is no direction, it rambles aimlessley.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not buy this book, it stinks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Thomas Gelder 02-07-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Helpful, Practical, Rendered Unmemorable"

    Smart Thinking is definitely my kind of book. It deals with cognition, learning, and draws from diverse realms of academia and real world examples. I work with students in building curricula and I frequently cite passages from this work.

    What compelled me write this review was Sean Pratt's anemic reading. He injects absolutely zero personality into the performance. He pauses for an unnatural length at the end of most sentences which breaks up flow significantly. Maybe this was the sound engineer's fault, but the result is the same.

    There are numerous titles on Audible that I would love to read (Nudge being chief among them), but I will not buy because Mr. Pratt is such a drag to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    CR Frisco, TX 01-01-16
    CR Frisco, TX 01-01-16 Member Since 2002

    I listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & are hopefully helpful to you as well.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    100
    96
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Ideas can transform you if you put in the work"

    I'm surprised by some of the strongly negative reviews. It's not that bad. There are a few worthwhile take-aways. Here are a couple:

    At the end of a meeting or book, review the key take-away messages of what you heard or learned. This is related to the "role of three" (there are usually 3 key things you keep in your head at once).

    Be able to explain things to yourself to ensure you truly understand it. For example, how things work or a process. This strengthens your knowledge of that particular subject and also builds your ability to pull from this info to understand new areas or create your own breakthroughs through analogies.

    At the start of each chapter he covers the few things he plans to cover (to help you prepare your to listen for the key take-aways) and at the end of each chapter is a summary, which I appreciate. Sean Pratt is a common choice of narrators for this type of book. If you have heard him perform any other self-development or business book, then his performance is very likely consistent to your previous experiences.

    All that said, there is some work involved with becoming a "Smarter Thinker" and to "Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done". Reading the book alone is not going to instantly transform you into a problem solving machine.

    Bottom line: while it may not seem like break-through material and it may be easy to tune out, there is worthwhile material here and it;s well presented. I would recommend giving this book a try. BTW, I'm picking up his next book (Smart Change) today as deal of the day (1/1/16).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Wilson 12-13-15
    Wilson 12-13-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Thumbs up"

    Lots of great information in this book and it is well narrated. A bit long and dry in some parts, otherwise it may have received 5 stars in my review. However, it is still well worth the small investment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael 02-07-15
    Michael 02-07-15

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    296
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    478
    245
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    44
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Brilliant!"

    Art Markman makes it so clear how to think better to solve problems, innovate, and get things done solo or in groups that this book is a must. Not pop psychology and not long and boring. If you just take away the concepts on smart habits you are a winner baby.
    Do yourself a favour and listen to this book slowly. Learn from it and take the concepts into your own realm you will profit straight away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    docspider 01-21-15
    docspider 01-21-15 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "fabulous"

    Very informative. beautiful writing. much to be learned. listened twice. great pace. highly recommended. enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Danny Smith 01-19-15
    Danny Smith 01-19-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Informative"

    I liked the information but it was a bit boring, I struggle to finish. The narrator was no help he was great at making me sleepy. The reason I was determined to finish the book is because I know the author is smart and provides a wealth of how to thinking smart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    alicek 01-16-15
    alicek 01-16-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good advice that most could take to heart"

    a bit repeatative , would like it if this author would put in a condensed version

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Carlitos 01-13-15
    Carlitos 01-13-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    66
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Amusing and logical"

    This book reinforced some concepts I have been applying on a daily basis. Although I didn't find the book original I recommend it as it is a great guide for a structured and rational thinking and efficiency.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Neil Wilson Vancouver, BC, Canada 10-02-14
    Neil Wilson Vancouver, BC, Canada 10-02-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very, very helpful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Smart Thinking to be better than the print version?

    No, it's complimentary!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Practical things to learn. Three points. Habits.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Pratt – was your favorite?

    Art Markman


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Needs to be sipped. Swished around the brain first.


    Any additional comments?

    I like books like this that are practical and presented in a digestible way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.