• Your Brain at Work

  • Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long
  • By: David Rock
  • Narrated by: Bob Walter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-29-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4 out of 5 stars (2,878 ratings)

Regular price: $30.79

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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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Great content, but a tedious read

What did you like best about Your Brain at Work? What did you like least?

I read this book for the information, not to be entertained. The knowledge of how our brains work is extremely valuable and potentially life changing. Unfortunately, the author chose to bury that information in lengthy descriptions of all of the physiological and chemical processes that determine how brains work, as well as in vignettes that provided examples.The stories actually would have been helpful if they were shorter.The scientific stuff should have been moved to an appendix. This would have been an awesome book if it was half as long.

What didn’t you like about Bob Walter’s performance?

The narrator's tone was dramatic and serious. His voice was better suited to Masterpiece Theater than to the subject matter at hand.

Was Your Brain at Work worth the listening time?

Sort of. I'll probably have to buy the hard copy and highlight the key points so I can refer back to them and keep them fresh in my mind.

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This Book has made a HUGE difference in my Life!

What made the experience of listening to Your Brain at Work the most enjoyable?

At first I was worried because it sounded very dry and technical. However as I listened and understood what the author was saying and how it could be applied to making my life better it was amazing! The knowledge helps with all aspects of a person's life, not just work. The book gives you the information but also action steps that can be taken to re-train your brain. In three days I already feel much less stressed and I am enjoying more parts of my life than I ever have.

Would you recommend Your Brain at Work to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes but I would worry if they will give it a chance long enough to get to the good stuff in the audio book, the point at which they will see and understand the implications.

What about Bob Walter’s performance did you like?

He has a soothing voice that fits for explaining technical information.

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


No, yes. The first half hour to hour I didn't want to continue. After an hour the groundwork was explained and the concepts that help to change how you think started to unfold. Then YES! Now I want to buy every book this author has written. I believe it can help me with losing weight, athletic performance, my marriage, everything!

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Stop Cursing your abilities....Listen to this book

This work is amazing. Very informative on how our brain works and how this ignorance is the real reason for our frustration when we under-perform and under-organize the day-to-day works both at workplace and at home-front.

This is really cool. The story is quite dramatic and lively. But the narrator could have been slightly better. He is a bit slow and outdated in the expression. Overall a must listen for every one. A lay-men's guide to neuroscience. David rock has refined the findings and presented them. This definitely not for those who wants some technical info or stuff on brain or mind.

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  • Bill
  • Olathe, Ks
  • 10-09-12

Good Information - So-So presentation

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I enjoyed the book and will have to listen to it a couple more time to get all I can out of it. It was very educational but, based on the title and description, I was expecting a little bit more of a 'how to' approach. The techniques are there but hidden a little bit.
Maybe having a hard copy of the book too would help.

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  • Thomas
  • Pasco, WA, USA
  • 10-08-12

A great book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Rock's book provides some very applicable techniques that can really change our lives.

What did you like best about this story?

The metaphor of the mind as a stage with characters helps the reader make more tangible the concepts.

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  • Cheryl
  • Taichung Ciyy, Taiwan
  • 10-08-12

Excellent book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would certainly and highly recommend this book. I am now 47 years old and have noticed changes in my phyhsical status as well as my memory and temperament. I have an excellent memory but have recently found it deteriorating. By the way, I am a gynecologist. As I specialist in my own field and clearly aware of my health and mental status, I started to seek for methods that help me adapt to my condition which is individualised . I bought this book out of curiosity but have found it to be very good, despite the fact that the ways and tactics are actually similar to my own thinking. I started out as a desire to know how non-medics feel and interpretate about the human brain and realised that the author truely put in very much effort to his work. I really appreciate his hard work and would sincerely recomment this book to the readers. However, if the reader is already an expert in this field, then this book will not be necessary.

What other book might you compare Your Brain at Work to and why?

N.A.

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

He is excellent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I appreciate all the tactis he used. These tactics are actually the very basics of how relationships should base on. In this way, there will be less flaws in life and less regrets, more successul and happy work and family relationships.

Any additional comments?

Many thanks to David Rock and Bob Walter for this fine piece of work !

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useful insights into how the brain works

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. it was easy to listen to and had useful application.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Many people criticised the narrator's repetitive pattern of speech and whilst this was very evident it soon fades into the background as you absorb the content, so for me it was not that much of a problem and his voice has a very mellow tone, so it was not all bad.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no

Any additional comments?

The value of any book like this is in how it helps you to change or think differently about yourself or the world and this book did both for me so I think it achieved its aim.

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  • Mickey S
  • Upper Darby, PA, United States
  • 10-06-12

A comparison between what to do and what not to do

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was an okay listen. I have read many psychology books and the information in this book was not really filled with a lot of meat. What I mean, is that the information could have been written and illustrated in about 2 minutes of text. But, instead we get this long, overdrawn out analysis and explanation. So, the time spent was okay, I probably would want to get my time back.

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

I like that there were about 10 cases analyzed and the author wrote the cases from "what not to do", and then "what to do". This may help some people see the point, but I rather hear it directly and show a few different illustrations, not the same ones.

Did Bob Walter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, he did mention a few different characters, but they could have been lifeless automatons. You do not really get the history of the characters, so they do not seem animated or even real. But, yes, they are different and have their own properties.

Do you think Your Brain at Work needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, the book is complete and could have been done in just a few minutes, rather than drawn out into several hours.

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Good stuff but I'd love a PDF with references

What made the experience of listening to Your Brain at Work the most enjoyable?

I got a good deal of benefit from the story based approach. The explanations and suggestions seemed sounds and backed up by research.

Any additional comments?

I want to be abel to research the papers and authors that are mentioned in the book, but there is no bibliography or citation section available. Please give me a PDF with the sources of the research!

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  • Stephen
  • Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada
  • 10-01-12

Making sense

What did you love best about Your Brain at Work?

Examples were practical, clear, and real! Understanding of the brain helped by this depiction.

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

None before

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

Indeed, however it will happen over time and I will listen to it more than once!

Any additional comments?

Great format for busy folk like myself!