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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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    BA Averill Park, NY, United States 07-30-12
    BA Averill Park, NY, United States 07-30-12
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    "Fascinating info... difficult reader to stick with"

    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.

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    Buffalo_doug Ottawa, Ontario 07-23-12
    Buffalo_doug Ottawa, Ontario 07-23-12 Member Since 2012

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    "You brain would not work like this"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A more entertaining story.


    What could David Rock have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Set up with dialogue between characters or have the narrator try to change voices.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It sounded like he was reading a textbook.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


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    Greg G Atkinson, NH 07-19-12
    Greg G Atkinson, NH 07-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A must listen..."
    Where does Your Brain at Work rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best. Plan to listen to part 2 several times/year.


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

    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.


    What about Bob Walter’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    Just when you thought it was safe to use your brain...


    Any additional comments?

    Great "read.". Great author. Great narrator.

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    Jordan Cincinnati, OH, United States 07-05-12
    Jordan Cincinnati, OH, United States 07-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Painful narration, excellent work by David Rock"

    The subject matter was absolutely eye opening. And mind opening. I printed excerpts (found online) for my employees and have personally been working to include some of Rock's suggestions into my management (and life) style.

    The narration, though, was simply awful. Nearly monotone. On more than one occasion it reminded me of the character Mr. Smith, from the movie The Matrix. And this made for an unnecessarily tough slog considering the scientific nature of the book.

    So, I steeled myself against the fact that I'd have to listen and re-listen to the book as I knew my attention would easily wane due to the sleep-provoking narration. And it was worth the investment of time (and I did indeed listen through it twice and found that I'd missed things the first time around) as it has indeed changed my perspective on how much control I could actually have of my mind.

    By the way, if you Google this book and David Rock, you can find papers that he's written and You Tube videos of some of his lectures for Google Tech Talk.

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    Tracy COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, United States 06-12-12
    Tracy COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, United States 06-12-12
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    "Amazing insight into how our brains work."

    Using clear, concise language, the author uses a simple metaphor to explain a very complex subject. Using day-to-day examples, he explains why we hit some of the roadblocks or experience some of the reactions we do, and then offers an alternative scenario that might have produced better results in our interactions. I have listened to this book twice, and find myself referring to his stage metaphor often in my thought process. Whether you are trying to increase your productivity at work, trying to improve relationships, or just curious about how our brains process information, this book is a winner!

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    Tom Durban, South Africa 06-11-12
    Tom Durban, South Africa 06-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Life changing!"
    What made the experience of listening to Your Brain at Work the most enjoyable?

    So practical and accessible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Using narrative structure made the content sticky


    Which character – as performed by Bob Walter – was your favorite?

    N/A


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

    Understand Your Brain, Transform Your Life


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    John Bruch 05-31-12
    John Bruch 05-31-12
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    "Should be on your top ten list"
    Would you listen to Your Brain at Work again? Why?

    Yes- I like the way the story was laid out


    What did you like best about this story?

    It wasn't the story by itself I liked, but the story was the vehicle to carry the message of the book. It was a perfect fit between a story to relate to, the depth of content of the book, and how to use this information in real life situations.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorites yet


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

    For me- I probably couldnt listen in one sitting- there is an immense amount of great content.


    Any additional comments?

    I have bought three more print versions so far- one for me to make notes in and two to give to co-workers. It is definitely a book I am talking about with others.

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    Edie Gormet Caliornia 05-27-12
    Edie Gormet Caliornia 05-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Your Brain at Work to be better than the print version?

    Not sure there are some concepts I would have liked to make notes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concepts


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

    Not sure


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. Some of the stuff he wanted to be funny was not funny to me but really corny. I could have done away with the sexual innuendo. Definitely not funny.


    Any additional comments?

    good concepts could have been more direct. Then again for a personal presentation it might have been ok. I read it back and forth to work and it just was, at times, hard to follow.

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    Willy 05-26-12
    Willy 05-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Best Explanation of How My Brain Works Yet!!!"

    These type books are my new infatuation and this is arguably the best one I have listened to yet. It probably helps that I have listened to so many books of this nature but I really liked the way this gentleman explains things. My honest opinion is that most anyone would enjoy this one.

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    Amazon Customer LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 05-04-12
    Amazon Customer LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 05-04-12

    Da Ram

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    "So all the world is a stage"
    If you could sum up Your Brain at Work in three words, what would they be?

    Useful, adaptable, most-read


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't pick one part of the book that was not useful for busy ppl


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