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Deep Work Audiobook

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

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Publisher's Summary

Popular blogger Cal Newport reveals the new key to achieving success and true meaning in professional life: the ability to master distraction.

Many modern knowledge workers now spend most of their brain power battling distraction and interruption, whether because of the incessant pinging of devices, noisy open-plan offices or the difficulty of deciding what deserves their attention the most. When Cal Newport coined the term deep work on his popular blog, Study Hacks, in 2012, he found the concept quickly hit a nerve. Most of us, after all, are excruciatingly familiar with shallow work instead - distractedly skimming the surface of our workload and never getting to the important part. Newport began exploring the methods and mind-set that foster a practice of distraction-free productivity at work, and now, in Deep Work, he shows how anyone can achieve this elusive state.

Through revealing portraits of both historical and modern-day thinkers, academics and leaders in the fields of technology, science and culture, and their deep work habits, Newport shares an inspiring collection of tools to wring every last drop of value out of your intellectual capacity. He explains why mastering this shift in work practices is crucial for anyone who intends to stay ahead in a complex information economy and how to systematically train the mind to focus. Put simply: developing and cultivating a deep work practice is one of the best decisions we can make in an increasingly distracted world.

©2016 Cal Newport (P)2016 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Engaging and substantive.... Deep Work accomplishes two considerable tasks: One is putting out a wealth of concrete practices for the ambitious, without relying on gauzy clichés. The second is that Mr. Newport resists the corporate groupthink of constant connectivity without seeming like a curmudgeon." (The Wall Street Journal)

"Cal Newport is a clear voice in a sea of noise, bringing science and passion in equal measure. We don't need more clicks, more cats, and more emojis. We need brave work, work that happens when we refuse to avert our eyes." (Seth Godin, author of Linchpin)

"As automation and outsourcing reshape the workplace, what new skill do we need? The ability to do deep work. Cal Newport's exciting new book is an introduction and guide to the kind of intense concentration in a distraction-free environment that results in fast, powerful learning and performance. Think of it as calisthenics for your mind - and start your exercise program today." (Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive)

"Deep Work makes a compelling case for cultivating intense focus, and offers immediately actionable steps for infusing more of it into our lives." (Adam M. Grant, author of Originals)

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    peter 07/09/2016
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    "Very good"

    All principles on point and applicable to life style. Thanks you soo much for sharing this with the world.

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    Kyle 17/11/2016
    Kyle 17/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Sad narratWion and poor story line."

    Boring and non inspiring. Compared to my last book the power of habit I struggled to enjoy this.

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    "This book improved my productivness."
    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is suffering from constant procrastination and have difficulty with focusing on their work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Armine 11/11/2016
    Armine 11/11/2016
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    "loved it"

    This is the third book by this about author that I've read and I loved them all. Cal's advice is always practical, well explained and to the point. I recommend highly.

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    Matthew 10/11/2016
    Matthew 10/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "lots of advice. great read."

    I wrote down quite a bit reading that book that I will use instantly. I wouldn't say I was a virgin to Cal's ideas. on a recent project I hid away in a conference room to complete the project with complete focus. no emails or Im. but admittedly I am more reactive to the demands of others than I am to my own made up goals. couple of things I'm going to enforce are more deep thinking moments. and the daily timeblocks allocated time. the thought of ownership for each 30 mins is good. and also saying no to things. I can often day yes to a lot of things. my thinking is that you never know which stone the gem is lying underneath. but after reading this book I need to be more defensive of my time. as a coder I have lots of ideas but email and calls keep me from acting on them.

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    Nick Winkelman Phoenix, AZ 07/12/2016
    Nick Winkelman Phoenix, AZ 07/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Life Changing"
    Would you listen to Deep Work again? Why?

    Yes. This book illuminated ideas that I have been sifting through for 10 years.


    What other book might you compare Deep Work to, and why?

    This is written with the coherence and insight comparable to Drive by Daniel Pink.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Bottoms’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Loved his voice and life he brings to the text.


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    Brizzle 04/12/2016
    Brizzle 04/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Deep Work is a lifestyle not just quick tip "

    Some really useful insights some of which are research based on how to increase your productivity but more importantly your quality of work while being productive. It's more about changing your approach to work rather than just saying "Do x and you'll be more productive"

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    Demetri 29/11/2016
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    "A real eye opener"

    A very good listen. Very interesting insights into the importance of growing your attention and practical guidance on exactly how to do this

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    "This book is well worth a listen"

    Lots of great tips and ideas. Made me realise where I've been going wrong of late.
    Can't wait to listen again.
    It's the kind of book you can go through several times and still pick something new up!

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    Sam 02/11/2016
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    "very powerful."

    great message. deserves a second, "Deep Listen" or a Deep Work read. I'm off to start playing how to apply Cal's advice.

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  • Rodrigo Moreira
    01/11/16
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    "Muito util"

    A narracao eh muito boa. Clara, fluida. Da para ouvir rapido.

    O conteudo do livro também é muito bom. Me deu otimos insights. Espero me tornar mais produtivo com ele.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fausto Cepeda
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    14/10/16
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    "Know: Deep work is useful,know u know it"
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. The book says why deep work is useful and all kinds of examples of deep work success stories. I agree. But that's it, that's the whole book. Well, he also says you need to go and do deep work, so go. Now you don't need to read the book.


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  • vzasadnyy
    30/10/16
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    "Interesting book, that motivates you to deep work "

    Interesting book, that motivates you to deep work by example backed up with methodology.

    Can't say that I recommend it for everyone, but those who want to boost productivity it's a good one.

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    18/10/16
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    "Well done!"

    A good balance between anecdotes and studies on the effects talked about.

    Much better than his earlier book So Good They Can't Ignore You.

    Will update the review once I complete the book.

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    The writing style was keep consistent.

    In this book, he argues that for jobs that require deep work a commitment to getting the maximum deep work will produce more value than filling your time with shallow work.

    He argues that your time is valuable and you should reflect on if what you are doing is the most valuable way to spend it. Think through how you spend your time and see what the consequences of excluding things you do today, to further focus on your more valuable skills.

    He cites studies that confirm the ease which we are distracted from deep work and emphasise the difficulty to learn how to do it and because of that, he suggests ways to make deep work easier.

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  • Razvan Pascalau
    16/09/16
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    "Very good advice but the first third of the book is boring"

    I liked the book overall and the tips are great but i got really bored by the first third of the book where the importance of deep work is explained. It is probably due to the fact that I already recognized the importance of deep work before starting this book. A great book nonetheless

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  • Martins Straupmanis
    13/09/16
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    "Great book"

    Great book for everbody who wants to do more and create real value. Many tips and ideas how to be more productive, how to do more in same time and how to manage life in general. Loved real life examples, it showed, that author is fully committed and these ideas works.
    Book that you need to read/listen more then once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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