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The Distracted Mind

Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World
Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
4 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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In The Distracted Mind, leading psychologist Larry Rosen and pioneering neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley explain why our minds have become addicted to email, text messages, virtual worlds, and social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Through compelling true stories and scientific research, they show how digital distractions affect every aspect of life, from work, safety, and communication to our relationships and health.

The way our brains work mean we're all too easily hijacked by 'weapons of mass distraction', but there are countermeasures we can take. Rosen and Gazzaley offer proven strategies for regaining and retaining control over where we choose to focus our attention, making The Distracted Mind essential listening for anyone who wants to make best use of their brain today.

©2016 Adam Gazzaley and Larry D. Rosen (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Repetitive

What could have a been a nice science article, at the most, ended up being a book by using over-redundancy and a few fancy terminologies. Very dissapointed

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Horribly annoying narrator

So sorry I didn't listen to a clip before I bought the book. The subject is fascinating, but the narrator is so annoying it's almost comical. Or would be comical if in hadn't wasted my money on the book.

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Very informative, very academic, boring at times.

The entire contents of this book could be condensed into a 15 minute ted talk. It is very interesting but heavily padded with supporting, but not very entertaining, stories.

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Poor narration

I can’t tell you about the quality of the book, as I can’t get through more than an hour of it. The narration is some of the worst I’ve heard on Audible.

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Narrator sucks

Chris Sorensen’s voice and enunciation is terribly dull. What’s wrong with him? You might want to consider listening at a faster speed if you’re interested in the content

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The narration is very robotic

The narration is very robotic, and difficult to listen to. I believe the content is probably worthwhile. I may end up buying a hard copy of the book

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Could the narrator care less?

Do you remember the teacher in Charlie Brown? That’s what the narrator sounds like to me. I can’t even get into the book as the performance is so boring. It is like whit noise in the background, just about putting me to sleep.

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This book takes way too long to get Anywhere

I am all about learning, but for someone looking to learn about why their mind is distracted... Good luck with this slow moving book.

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  • SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, US
  • 06-03-18

Narration is robotic

Difficult to pay attention to this reading. I guess the narrator itself is boring to listen to. Prime example of a distracted mind , my mind wonders off whenever he speaks. Listened to 4 hours of this. Took in 30 minutes of information only.

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A plethora of information

Loads of info on what we know about maintaining focus and ignoring distractions, which are different things for our brains apparently. Along with advice on what has helped improve both. In reference To those complaining about the narrator, I listened at 2x speed and didn’t have any issues.