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  • The World Beyond Your Head

  • On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction
  • By: Matthew B. Crawford
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

In his best-selling book Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew B. Crawford explored the ethical and practical importance of manual competence, as expressed through mastery of our physical environment. In his brilliant follow-up, The World Beyond Your Head, Crawford investigates the challenge of mastering one's own mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Things/Aware People?

  • By Darwin8u on 05-25-15

Boring, badly written

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-16

A few good ideas. Not worth a book. Needs an editor. Written as if he has paid by SAT word.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Deep Work

  • Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bottoms
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,265

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive 21st-century economy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Blocking off time each day to work without distractions will make you more productive

  • By M.J. on 11-17-16

Waste of time

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-16

Let me save you a few hours, this books is worth about three blog posts. The first half of the books is about why Cal believes Deep Work matters. Skip it, it's fluffy stories and motivation. The second half of the book is about how to do "Deep Work" If it's never occurred to you to restrict or remove email and social media then perhaps it's useful to read. There's a tiny section on block scheduling and a short section on improving focus and attention that could be useful, but are better already covered by Newport's Study Hacks blog.

105 of 117 people found this review helpful

  • Think Like a Freak

  • The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain
  • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,310

The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not much new

  • By Bobbie on 05-24-14

No new content

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-15

If you listen to the podcast skip the audio book, there is no new content.

  • Fight Club

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Jim Colby
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,654

When a listless office employee (the narrator) meets Tyler Durden, his life begins to take on a strange new dimension. Together they form Fight Club - a secretive underground group sponsoring bloody bare-knuckle boxing matches staged in seedy alleys, vacant warehouses, and dive-bar basements. Fight Club lets ordinary men vent their suppressed rage, and it quickly develops a fanatical following.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad...

  • By Nate_D on 04-11-14

Skip the audiobook version

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-14

I found the narration of the audiobook was grating and had difficulty not comparing it to the movie. The story and characters are different enough to justify reading the book if you liked the movie, but skip the audiobook.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mindset

  • The New Psychology of Success
  • By: Carol Dweck
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,013

Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Literally Mind-Altering

  • By John on 09-08-15

Terrible. Fluffy stories, no depth

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-14

Mindset is full of unconvincing anecdotes about celebrities, athletes, ceo's having the growth mindset. Her research is barely skimmed and there is little practical advice. It's as if the book was written by a hack self-help writer, rather than a successful psychologist.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Rapt

  • Attention and the Interested Life
  • By: Winifred Gallagher
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

In Rapt, acclaimed behavioral science writer Winifred Gallagher makes the argument that the quality of your life largely depends on what you choose to pay attention to and how you choose to do it. Gallagher grapples with provocative questions - Can we train our focus? What's different about the way creative people pay attention? Why do we often zero in on the wrong factors when making big decisions? - driving us to reconsider what we think we know about attention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Neuroscience of Concentration

  • By Roy on 06-02-09

Skip it

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-13

Snobbishly written, references to every psychologist under the sun while not going deeply into any of their work.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • How Children Succeed

  • Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
  • By: Paul Tough
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 876
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 867

The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: Success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues for a very different understanding of what makes a successful child. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, economics, and psychology, Tough shows that the qualities that matter most have less to do with IQ and more to do with character: skills like grit, curiosity, conscientiousness, and optimism.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Heavy on Anecdotes, light on data

  • By Gregory on 01-21-13

Fluff. Waste of time.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-13

Stories about psychologists, minimal science, no new research. Narrator uses annoying voices when reading quotes.

The gist is bond w/ your child, encourage a growth mindset, and try to build character. Nothing shocking (or practical).

  • The Charisma Myth

  • How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism
  • By: Olivia Fox Cabane
  • Narrated by: Lisa Cordileione
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,282
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,639
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,609

What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic.

  • By Gare&Sophia on 12-05-12

Nice little book, good techniques

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-13

Lots of techniques/exercises mentioned, many focused on relaxation, mood and communication. Thankfully, there was relatively little theory. The authors personal stories were not overdrawn. This book won't turn you into a charismatic person, but you'll probably get something out of it.

The editing was a bit weird, I could tell where different audio was sliced in.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Doing

  • How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well
  • By: Camille Sweeney, Josh Gosfield
  • Narrated by: Ashley Present, Colin Fant, Jal Duncan, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

What really separates the best from the rest? We all know that it takes hard work, dedication, and the occasional dose of luck for someone to make it to the top of their chosen field. Yet, we also suspect that it takes a little something more - but what? The Art of Doing asks today’s most successful celebrities, businessmen, and iconoclastic achievers, "How do you succeed at what you do?"

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ok content, weird production

  • By Ethan on 02-25-13

Ok content, weird production

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-13

Some of the individual "takaways" (the top 10 lists by the subjects) are interesting and there's enough variety in the subjects. Unfortunately the narration quality is all over the place and each chapter concludes with lists of trivia that are obnoxious. It's not a bad book, but probably better browsed in a book store on paper, or bought if it comes on sale. Not worth a whole credit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Willpower Instinct

  • How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
  • By: Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,793

Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Research based guide to improve willpower

  • By Neuron on 05-27-13

Ok book, bad narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-13

Several practical ideas. Anecdotes were average. I'd like it better with a different narrator. Walter Dixon sounds boring, stuffy and unenthused. You may want to hold off until using your credit until you have a specific willpower challenge in mind.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful