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Bored and Brilliant Audiobook

Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    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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    "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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  • Leia Mitchell
    08/01/18
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Le Zaine
    07/01/18
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shelly Brimhall
    Ogden, UT
    09/10/17
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    "great read especially in this day in age"

    I loved it! I definitely have had my struggles of finding myself giving myself too much time in my phone. this is a great book to give you the baby steps to reorganize your life and productivity. Manoush does an incredible job at reading, her voice has a great enthusiasm and keeps you actively listening!

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  • Amazon Customer
    18/01/18
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    "good read ...reduce your device addiction"

    great way to understand your inability to put your phone down and live in the now.

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  • Joe Richards
    07/12/17
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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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  • Juanita Pied
    30/11/17
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    "A great companion to the Ted Talk"

    Great reflection to remind us not to get carried away by the “busy bee” model. This books helps realize that we are self-sabotaging our creative potential by dedicating so much of our time to checking our phones, playing with apps or browsing the internet.

    The narration is spot on, especially the discussion on the “two-dot” game. Great audiobook!


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  • C. Singer
    Idyllwild, CA
    01/11/17
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    "Inspired by TED talk...."

    I was inspired when I saw Mannish Zomorodi's TED talk to get this book. After 3 chapters I started fast forwarding because there was SO MUCH DATA! And I guess that was what it was all about. Really, the TED talk was enough information for me to inspire me. But I'm glad I bought it, because it somehow rewarded the author for her work, even though it was too much detail and data for me. The premise is great.

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  • Trey Hill
    31/10/17
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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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  • Victor
    18/10/17
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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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  • Daniel Chappell
    10/10/17
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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