• 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
  • Release date: 03-29-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4.2 (2,595 ratings)

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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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  • Edward
  • Delray Beach, FL, United States
  • 03-26-12

It was OK and sensible

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Perhaps I've read or listened to a few too many of this sort. It was fine but nothing new or rather different. I often listen to audio a few times or check my own notes on books that inspire thought, or new perspective and idea, I began listening to this one again. I didn't, or couldn't. the 3 stars is for effort.

Would you be willing to try another book from David Rock? Why or why not?

No for the reasons above

What three words best describe Bob Walter’s voice?

OK

Was Your Brain at Work worth the listening time?

Not really

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  • Martin
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 03-26-12

Very helpful! Well written and narrated.

I am not a big one for self-help books, but this book is very helpful in the way it not only sheds light on the science behind brain function, but also offers useful tips on how to apply that insight on a daily basis. It keeps the science simple and the examples relevant: we all face the daily challenges that the author's principle characters encounter. He shows us why we succumb to fuzzy thinking and offers a way out of the vicious cycle of self-defeatist behavior. Very worthwhile!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Zuhair
  • Shwaikh,Kuwait, Kuwait
  • 03-18-12

Thank you David!

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

Honestly my life changed because of this book...specially the labeling technique helped me leave some unwanted habbits...it was one of the best books i have read on the subject...a big thanks to the author for this masterpiece.

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

I listened to the book twice...specially the part about how to avoid bad habbits

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

He was nice...i am not into reading so cant say

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

Change your life :)

Any additional comments?

No just tell the author he is a genius :)

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The title says it all, and it is well delivered

A good book, using common examples the author guides you through the minefields of the brain. While the topic is very interesting in general, I somehow found it hard to focus on the not overly enthusiastical voice of the narrator.

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  • Páll
  • Huddinge, Sweden
  • 03-13-12

Great book. Slow and monotone narration.

Any additional comments?

It's got some great points about the workings of the brain and points on how to react to different situations. What makes it more interesting is the fact that the auther uses 4 characters - a family and their reaction to real life situations to explain the theories he is presenting.<br/><br/>But the narrator maybe is not the optimal for this kind of book. At least I didn't quite feel as the author was talking to me. The reader reads far to slowly oftentimes I was forgettinge the beginning of the sentence when it ended. Thank goodnes Audible Iphone app has the possibility to select 1 1/2 times speed as 2x sounds funny and strange to listen to.

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  • Emily
  • Meridian, ID, United States
  • 03-12-12

Science explained in a way I can understand

If you could sum up Your Brain at Work in three words, what would they be?

Educational, insightful, attention-keeping

What did you like best about this story?

If only all education used this technique... I'd be the rocket scientist I always knew I could be.

What about Bob Walter’s performance did you like?

I listened to the story at 1.25 and 1.5 speed, because it's such a long audio and time is precious... but I thought Bob Walter's performance was EXCELLENT. Sounds like he was talking from the heart, not the pages of a book.

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

Don't be a victim of your brain

Any additional comments?

HIGHLY recommend the ebook.

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  • Oscar
  • Tampico, Mexico
  • 03-05-12

Interesting but bad narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator

What was most disappointing about David Rock’s story?

The narrator, and to may biological terms.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

No, awful narration and voice.

Did Your Brain at Work inspire you to do anything?

To analize better how to react on certain circumstances.

Any additional comments?

The information is good, but the narrator makes you go to sleep. Its to much informaticion for an auditobook, with to many biological terms.

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  • Tina
  • Bear Creek, United States
  • 03-01-12

Boring!

Would you try another book from David Rock and/or Bob Walter?

No

What was most disappointing about David Rock’s story?

This book was more physical science than any useful information

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Your Brain at Work?

The in depth explanations of the various regions of the brain

Any additional comments?

Was painful to listen to

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Great listen.

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

The book is full of insights on how the brain works and why people react the way they do. It also provides several tips on how to use this knowledge on practical situations.

What about Bob Walter’s performance did you like?

As in most my reviews, I like when I can set the speed to three times as fast an still understand the reader.

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

The title is perfect:

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Enjoyed Frame Stories, But Narration A Little Off

I very much enjoyed the concept of this book - two characters Paul & Emily moving through their normal days at work and home scene-by-scene with breaks to review their mental processes and suggestions for mechanisms to improve the outcome of the scene, followed by a "Take Two" replaying the scene with the central character having more self-awareness and utilizing the concepts just described.

At the end of the day many of the mechanisms presented by the author do boil down to having greater self-awareness and framing your situations in a less threatening fashion (don't just assume everyone is attacking you or making fun of you), but it was still a good overall audiobook that I did enjoy and would recommend.

The narration was OK, but as other reviewers have mentioned there are times when it seems words are emphasized in an unusual fashion or sentences are broken at inappropriate places.