We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Your Brain at Work Audiobook

Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long

Regular Price:$30.79
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (2542 )
5 star
 (1301)
4 star
 (743)
3 star
 (301)
2 star
 (123)
1 star
 (74)
Overall
4.2 (1952 )
5 star
 (1000)
4 star
 (565)
3 star
 (248)
2 star
 (85)
1 star
 (54)
Story
4.1 (1983 )
5 star
 (925)
4 star
 (597)
3 star
 (318)
2 star
 (94)
1 star
 (49)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Amazon Customer 04-23-17 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good info, absolutely terrible narrator"

    It took me almost six months to slog through this book. The information was interesting, but the narrator sounds like a clinically depressed robot- monotone, but with bizarre cadence and unnatural inflections. I'd rather listen to my GPS read a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    C.L. 03-27-17
    C.L. 03-27-17 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "One of the best books on productivity"

    I read a ton of self-help, productivity, and pop psychology books. I've probably gone through about 20 in the past few months as I listen to them on my way to work. This one stood out from the crowd. It contained an amazing amount of insights that I wasn't previously aware of. The writing is incredible, as well. The key lesson is to "activate your director." This means to take a moment to reflect on what you are thinking and feeling. The book then provides concrete examples and the scientific basis for proposed changes to your way of thinking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brad Gillespie Chicago IL USA 02-24-17
    Brad Gillespie Chicago IL USA 02-24-17 Member Since 2016

    WebmasterWSDF

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    79
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Hard "read", worth the time, at double speed"

    I will recommend this audiobook with the caveat that because the situations are done twice, the wrong way then the right way, I had to increase the speed too 2.0 to keep my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Muna El-Maddan 01-12-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "must read, enlightnung"

    I found the book very informative, and the topic with provided explanations and approaches really helpful and important to integrate in ones life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Niall 12-04-16
    Niall 12-04-16 Member Since 2017
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fascinating Book!"

    One of the best books I've ever read! Provides a rich insight into how your brain works and how to use it to maximise performance in work and normal day-to-day life. Very well written complex concepts made easy to understand. Highly recommended A+

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    KP 11-05-16
    KP 11-05-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Outstanding!"

    This explains so much about how I get overloaded at work. Thank you so much!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    CharlieSeymourJr Wallingford, PA, United States 10-20-16
    CharlieSeymourJr Wallingford, PA, United States 10-20-16 Member Since 2010

    Charlie Seymour Jr

    HELPFUL VOTES
    58
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    50
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Brain Insight"

    I keep listening to brain books. This was really well laid out and fun to follow!

    Charlie Seymour Jr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mohenda Surage 10-13-16 Member Since 2015

    moe

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    31
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Scientific approach to behavior"

    I think it very good and insightful. The narrator was kind of dry but content is worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tomas 09-27-16
    Tomas 09-27-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An eye opener!"

    It offered a view to the brain's working in a clear and logical way. Soon I was able to see my own thinking as part of a stage of actors and how sometimes they acted on their own terms. Much like mice when the cat was not around.
    This audiobook offered so many tips that I imagine posters with pointers and reminders all around me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    AMS 09-25-16
    AMS 09-25-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A lot of information."

    A book is a magical thing that lets you travel to far away places without ever leaving your chair.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • LindaJ
    2/3/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved it - but only on second attempt"
    What did you like most about Your Brain at Work?

    Not sure why but I started to listened to this book before and it really didn’t connect with me. Was irritated with the style and the characters. Clearly it must have been my mindset at the time because recently I had a long journey and thought I may as well give it another go and switch to something else if I still don’t like it. Wow! - what a difference on the second attempt. Unlike other listeners, I found the scenarios really helpful and the information I took away is making a real difference. This is the first book that has actually helped me understand the days that just go wrong and how to change it and of course why some days just flow.
    I plan to replay it whilst not in the car and take more notes so I can refer to them and help keep me on track.
    Highly recommend this, but be aware that you may need to hang in there and get into the subject and characters before fully understanding the message.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    DUNDEE, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
    Overall
    "Did not like"

    I did not like this audio book and only managed to about two thirds of the way through before giving up. I'm not quite sure what it was that put me off although the constant repetition of the examples given from a positive and negative aspect got boring quickly. I also didn't like the narrators voice which didn't help with keeping the subject interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scott
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Very interesting and relevant!"

    It was good to know it was not just me who, when I get to work find it very hard to concentrate on one thing as my brain decides to jump around all over the place especially when under pressure.



    This book brought out several things I know I do - That feeling of dread when 100 emails download in the morning, the lack of focus and the feeling of being constantly interrupted by my own thoughts, putting things off etc



    By using the analogy of the stage to represent how your brain works and how much energy somethings require it was really easy to understand the key points from this book. At first I was worried as the narrator started talking about Frontal Cortex, frontal lobes etc and thought this would be a dull listen but by using the characters in the book, couple of busy married people with pressured jobs and typical family life, it made the theories and approaches from the book very relevant, easy to understand and grasp.



    Really good audio book if you are trying to focus more and understand how your brain works (at work and at home) and how you need to manage your brain and stop it losing focus and energy then I would recommend this book.



    Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yasser
    Dublin, Ireland
    12/25/12
    Overall
    "Helped me better focus at work"

    I work with multinational teams spread out across the globe and the topics discussed in this book addressed major areas of concern that I had in such working environments. The author starts with an example that highlights a less than ideal way of dealing with a scenario, discusses what went wrong, why, and how to avoid it, then goes through a modified version of the scenario that fixes what went wrong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • simon
    sunderland, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "This book really plays with your mind"

    A good book but only listen/read if you are doing nothing else as you need to give it all of your energy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rani
    WALTHAM CROSS, United Kingdom
    7/1/12
    Overall
    "Your Brain At Work"

    Really loved this book. It is one of the few self help books with examples that can happen in any professional's life. The book gives effective ways of making your brain operate effectively in stressful time-bound situations and in working with other people. Definitely one of the best self help books I ever listened to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • redwood
    Nuneaton, United Kingdom
    1/5/12
    Overall
    "Great practical ideas"

    I was reluctant to buy this audiobook because of the various comments relating to the narrators advice. I'm glad I decided to ignore the comments and buy it! Ok, I know what people mean about the narrator's voice, he does sound a little like the voiceover guy on 'The Twilight Zone'!, but to be honest I didn't find this off-putting at all - on the contrary his vocal style seemed to fit the subject matter.

    As far as the content goes, the book explains how the brain works, how that effects peoples performance at every day work tasks, and tips about how to organise your thinking in a more effective way. The book uses a series of scenes from a play depicting two people at work in order to illustrate the key points.

    I found this a really interesting and useful book, and have already started to apply some of the ideas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    United Kingdom
    12/1/11
    Overall
    "Why don't we know this already?"

    Your brain is up there with, er oxygen and it is amazing how little most of us know about its capabilities and limitations and how to make the most of this most vital of assets. The core analogy, namely seeing the brain as a stage, works well. I would have awarded 5 stars but found that at just short of 10hrs the message could have been delivered more succinctly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CC
    Scotland
    11/21/11
    Overall
    "Extremely useful book"

    It's not often you read a book in this space then change your behaviour based on what you've learnt. I've done that. I've repeated many of the ideas to people I work with (the early suggestion about the costs of prioritizing in particular) and I will continue to do so for years. A real keeper.

    (Oh, and I know it's a preference thing, but I enjoyed the narrator's voice and style.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christina
    Monks Risborough, United Kingdom
    11/11/11
    Overall
    "Probably good content spoilt by poor narration"

    Should have listened to another reviewer who commented in same vein. Whilst the production is perfectly clear, the almost monotone narration does it no favours.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.