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Deep Work Audiobook

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

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Publisher's Summary

Popular blogger Cal Newport reveals the new key to achieving success and true meaning in professional life: the ability to master distraction.

Many modern knowledge workers now spend most of their brain power battling distraction and interruption, whether because of the incessant pinging of devices, noisy open-plan offices or the difficulty of deciding what deserves their attention the most. When Cal Newport coined the term deep work on his popular blog, Study Hacks, in 2012, he found the concept quickly hit a nerve. Most of us, after all, are excruciatingly familiar with shallow work instead - distractedly skimming the surface of our workload and never getting to the important part. Newport began exploring the methods and mind-set that foster a practice of distraction-free productivity at work, and now, in Deep Work, he shows how anyone can achieve this elusive state.

Through revealing portraits of both historical and modern-day thinkers, academics and leaders in the fields of technology, science and culture, and their deep work habits, Newport shares an inspiring collection of tools to wring every last drop of value out of your intellectual capacity. He explains why mastering this shift in work practices is crucial for anyone who intends to stay ahead in a complex information economy and how to systematically train the mind to focus. Put simply: developing and cultivating a deep work practice is one of the best decisions we can make in an increasingly distracted world.

©2016 Cal Newport (P)2016 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Engaging and substantive.... Deep Work accomplishes two considerable tasks: One is putting out a wealth of concrete practices for the ambitious, without relying on gauzy clichés. The second is that Mr. Newport resists the corporate groupthink of constant connectivity without seeming like a curmudgeon." (The Wall Street Journal)

"Cal Newport is a clear voice in a sea of noise, bringing science and passion in equal measure. We don't need more clicks, more cats, and more emojis. We need brave work, work that happens when we refuse to avert our eyes." (Seth Godin, author of Linchpin)

"As automation and outsourcing reshape the workplace, what new skill do we need? The ability to do deep work. Cal Newport's exciting new book is an introduction and guide to the kind of intense concentration in a distraction-free environment that results in fast, powerful learning and performance. Think of it as calisthenics for your mind - and start your exercise program today." (Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive)

"Deep Work makes a compelling case for cultivating intense focus, and offers immediately actionable steps for infusing more of it into our lives." (Adam M. Grant, author of Originals)

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    Rodrigo Moreira 11-01-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Muito util"

    A narracao eh muito boa. Clara, fluida. Da para ouvir rapido.

    O conteudo do livro também é muito bom. Me deu otimos insights. Espero me tornar mais produtivo com ele.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    rod 01-25-17
    rod 01-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome and practical book"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book!The strategies in this book some of which were already part of my life have the potential to radically change ones life if followed and applied consistently : This is a a good manual for anyone desiring to take their performance up to the next level .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Juan F Ramirez 05-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Useful and actionable"

    This books not only tells why the deep life is important but also tells how to do it. It is one of the best books i have ever read. Though it is scientific it is entertaining

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    04-30-17
    04-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I loved it."

    Definitely has made a lasting impact on my approach to work, study and anything worthy of effort.
    My output and efficiency is going off the roof.

    Thank you Cal.

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    Luke_Vidler 04-18-17
    Luke_Vidler 04-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very nice "

    Solid applicable self help, much better than any believe it into existence nonsense. Highly recommended.

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    Cliente Amazon 03-29-17
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    "Much more than I had expected"

    This could possibly be a life changing book. I have also bought the paper book, will start to implement this in my life

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    Marco Troisi 03-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Practical strategies backed by evidence."

    Practical strategies backed by evidence. Lots of actionable advice, examples and real life stories for those who want to succeed in the modern work environment.

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    ALVARO 03-06-17
    ALVARO 03-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good book, nothing exceptional
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    Sometimes it looks like a compilation of various separated thoughts. It offers goods advices tough.

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    Lizett 02-15-17
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    "Buenos tips"

    Tips que pueden servir, y con ejemplos claros para poder aplicarlos. Sobre todo para priorizar correos

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    Raony 01-10-17
    Raony 01-10-17
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    "Great book!"

    Cal was Very corageous and original to throw out these ideas in such wired times!

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  • AManda
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    "well written, well read, and extremely useful"

    I almost didn't buy this but after hearing a recommendation I decided to give it a try, glad I did. If you're drowning in the day to day minutiae and struggling to get the important stuff done this book is a must.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Armine
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    "loved it"

    This is the third book by this about author that I've read and I loved them all. Cal's advice is always practical, well explained and to the point. I recommend highly.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    11/14/16
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    "This book improved my productivness."
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    I would recommend this book to anyone who is suffering from constant procrastination and have difficulty with focusing on their work.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. T.
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    "Appropriate for Internet addicts"

    Appears to be targeted at professional knowledge workers, but the advice is more appropriate for teenagers who are not focussed enough to keep off the Internet while at work. Not based on research, but on a few examples of high flying individuals (mostly academics) who allegedly used the prescribed methods

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
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    "lots of advice. great read."

    I wrote down quite a bit reading that book that I will use instantly. I wouldn't say I was a virgin to Cal's ideas. on a recent project I hid away in a conference room to complete the project with complete focus. no emails or Im. but admittedly I am more reactive to the demands of others than I am to my own made up goals. couple of things I'm going to enforce are more deep thinking moments. and the daily timeblocks allocated time. the thought of ownership for each 30 mins is good. and also saying no to things. I can often day yes to a lot of things. my thinking is that you never know which stone the gem is lying underneath. but after reading this book I need to be more defensive of my time. as a coder I have lots of ideas but email and calls keep me from acting on them.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • JedHoll
    5/19/17
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    "Interesting"

    The key messages I think are that email and social media in particular tend to be distracting and use up a lot of your time. Periods of abstinence will increase your productivity. Perhaps a whole book was a long way of making this point but it was made very well

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ina
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    "It's a good book"

    I loved it! Even though it is directed towards people with an academic career I believe it has something in it for everyone. Think deep!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Aidan John
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    "interesting"

    you will definitely pick up some good tips on increasing your concentration. worth a listen

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    5/9/17
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    "Deep Work Review"

    Loved the stories, hearing about the daily rituals of successful peoples & learning practical strategies, of which I will be testing.

    I will be listening to this again.

    Thank you for your focused deep work :)

    Gary Edwards

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Walter Rothon
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    4/27/17
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    "Excellent ideas well told."

    Very well researched and detailed concepts with excellent examples and narrative. If you care about doing more with less then this book will help.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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