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Publisher's Summary

An AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award Winner

This program is read by the author.

It's time to move "doing nothing" to the top of your to-do list.

In 2015 Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's popular podcast and radio show Note to Self, led tens of thousands of listeners through an experiment to help them unplug from their devices, get bored, jump-start their creativity, and change their lives. Bored and Brilliant builds on that experiment to show us how to rethink our gadget use to live better and smarter in this new digital ecosystem. In this fascinating new audiobook, Manoush explains the connection between boredom and original thinking, exploring how we can harness boredom's hidden benefits to become our most productive and creative selves, without totally abandoning our gadgets in the process.

Grounding her arguments in the neuroscience and cognitive psychology of "mind wandering" - what our brains do when we're doing nothing at all - Manoush includes practical steps you can take to ease the nonstop busyness and enhance your ability to dream, wonder, and gain clarity in your work and life. The outcome is mind-blowing.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Manoush Zomorodi (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"In this spirited exploration of our relationship with technological devices, Zomorodi's melodic voice beckons and inspires listeners to develop a deeper understanding of how tech devices affect our potential...Zomorodi persuasively conveys her compelling points on the need for reflection to make room for enlightenment in this age of technological overload." ( AudioFile)
" Bored and Brilliant shows the fascinating side of boredom. Manoush Zomorodi investigates cutting-edge research as well as compelling (and often funny) real-life examples to demonstrate that boredom is actually a crucial tool for making our lives happier, more productive, and more creative. What's more, the book is crammed with practical exercises for anyone who wants to reclaim the power of spacing out - deleting the Two Dots app, for instance, or having a photo-free day, or taking a 'fakecation'." (Gretchen Rubin, author of number one NYT best seller The Happiness Project)

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Live harmoniously with your technology!

I wasn't bored and book is brilliant. This was a great kickoff to 2018! I love that she isn't anti-technology. This book is all about creating harmony in a world where technology is evolving at a tremendous rate.

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Perfect!

Manoush tells us in a incredible way how technology is affecting our lives and now we can get free from all those this distractions to live a fulfilling life.
Great narration by the own author!

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The Book is Life Affirming

I absolutely loved & enjoyed the challenge at the heart of this book. It was a work that met me exactly where I was at in my personal life regarding technology and offered practical steps to take further control of my relationship with my phone while reinforcing some of what I’d come to on my own with a wealth of research.

The information is well organized which made it easy to follow along as an audio book. The anecdotes are highly engaging and Manoush’s performance made the whole concept very accessible.

I’m looking forward to buying the hard cover and transferring my notes to their pages and open up discussion with my family about ways we can all embrace some of these concepts in our home.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to have a better command of or who is asking questions about their relationship with technology.

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Premise was good ie the title

But as someone who doesn’t play games, tweet, Snapchat or have my phone surgically attached, the admonition were overkill.

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phenomenal view of boredom

this book is well read, engaging, and really pulls thoughts together on why boredom is a good thing. A must read!

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brilliant and Thought Provoking

I was skeptical I enjoy a very small margin of self help or time management books, this met both standards and Im a tough cookie. Well done.

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yes this is what I needed

a wonderful reminder to disconnect and find out what is in the world around us

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loved it

manoush zomorodi's ted talk is one of my favourites. she is an excellent speaker.

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amazing

I loved this book!
I recommend it for anyone that miss being bored and thoughtful

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Love this book

Easy to listen to. This information is great to hear and rehear so that we can move forward with technology as a tool in our lives. My best ideas have always come from walks in the woods.

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  • 11-29-17

Was expecting more

Was really expecting more form this book as I watched podcast with author on YouTube which I found more interesting then the book.

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  • The Coypu
  • 11-12-17

Excellent, thoroughly researched must read/listen!

Manoush Zomorodi is an excellent journalist, a great podcaster, but above all, she has a great thinker. Once again, she brings her authenticity to the table

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  • Cosmicganesha
  • 09-19-17

Highly recommend!

This is a fantastic book that has really got me thinking about how best to take back control of my digital life and gadget use. I've been using my iPhone in a completely unconscious way and hearing all the information in the book has really woken me up! Although.... I'm writing this review (head down in my phone) whilst walking my dog on a beautiful sunny day next to Australia's most famous beach, Bondi Beach. I think I have a long way to go! This book is a great start though. Manoush's narration is brilliant too!

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