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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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    Philpot 23/09/2016
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    "Well worth the investment!"

    This book has really challenged my view of effective work in our current environment. I have realised why I'm not achieving as much meaningful work and what I can do about this. A really timely read for all knowledge workers.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Avid Reader 22/08/2016
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    "Just what I needed"

    Great book. The suggestions regarding the blocking out of distractions to deep thinking are excellent.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John 16/08/2016
    John 16/08/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Great contemporary logic for old-fashioned hard work"

    I like the logical structure while maintaining an easy context for wholistic understanding.
    A good listen/read for anyone waning to achieve great things by being smart (use your brain to think strong thoughts)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Antony 10/12/2016
    Antony 10/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Not what you are looking for..."

    It has a seductive title. Everyone wants to learn how to work harder and for longer but trust me - this will not help you. I've listened to many similar audiobooks but this is based on the most loosely referenced information that will supposedly help you to improve your concentration. Nearly all of it is common sense and some of it is simply outlandish: "Memorise a deck of cards" "Store information as variables in your brain"??? Hmmmmm

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "good point- didnt need 70000 words to explain it!"

    i was waiting for the explanation on HOW to do deep work... didnt really come? the entire book is about justifying the importance of deep work so if you are unsure why its important this is a good explanation

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Irene 07/11/2016
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    "Easy to consume info"

    I found it a great insight to change the way I work.
    Distractions too often is rewarded because we seem adept in consuming more, but we're not taking anything in really.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Informative with firm facts backing up a great listen"

    Enjoyed this very much. It is a current up to date wealth of information with easy to follow advice to be able to create the all important ability to do deep work

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    22/06/2017
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    "Timely"

    Very timely advice for a busy solo father of two and first year university student. Fractured attention and focus have made my life mentally exhausting. Now, after applying some off Cal's suggestions I'm finding my study time less in duration and greater in output. More importantly, I'm less interrupted by my smart phone and have much more focused time with my children. This is reaping great rewards in the depths of our connections, their behaviour is improving and they are doing better at school because of focused home work time with them. I'm quite keen to teach my children (and myself) to focus better on tasks and not switch around or allow ourselves to be distracted by that ever intrusive 'ding' from unimportant smart phone apps.

    This book is perfect after Grit.

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    Jordan Thomas 20/06/2017
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    "Recommended"

    Recommended for absolutely anyone that struggles with getting thoughtful work completed or 'office-work' productivity in todays ever connected world.

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    Ootnat Sydney, Australia 27/05/2017
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    "Best productivity book"

    Evidence based principles grounded in cognitive science and deliberate practice research. Concrete strategies that achieve measurable improvements.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Rodrigo Moreira
    1/11/16
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • rod
    25/01/17
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    "Awesome and practical book"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book!The strategies in this book some of which were already part of my life have the potential to radically change ones life if followed and applied consistently : This is a a good manual for anyone desiring to take their performance up to the next level .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Juan F Ramirez
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    "Useful and actionable"

    This books not only tells why the deep life is important but also tells how to do it. It is one of the best books i have ever read. Though it is scientific it is entertaining

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  • Anonymous
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    "I loved it."

    Definitely has made a lasting impact on my approach to work, study and anything worthy of effort.
    My output and efficiency is going off the roof.

    Thank you Cal.

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  • Luke_Vidler
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    "Very nice "

    Solid applicable self help, much better than any believe it into existence nonsense. Highly recommended.

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  • Cliente Amazon
    29/03/17
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    "Much more than I had expected"

    This could possibly be a life changing book. I have also bought the paper book, will start to implement this in my life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marco Troisi
    27/03/17
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    "Practical strategies backed by evidence."

    Practical strategies backed by evidence. Lots of actionable advice, examples and real life stories for those who want to succeed in the modern work environment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ALVARO
    6/03/17
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    "Good book, nothing exceptional
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    Sometimes it looks like a compilation of various separated thoughts. It offers goods advices tough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lizett
    15/02/17
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    "Buenos tips"

    Tips que pueden servir, y con ejemplos claros para poder aplicarlos. Sobre todo para priorizar correos

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raony
    10/01/17
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    "Great book!"

    Cal was Very corageous and original to throw out these ideas in such wired times!

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  • AManda
    3/09/16
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    "well written, well read, and extremely useful"

    I almost didn't buy this but after hearing a recommendation I decided to give it a try, glad I did. If you're drowning in the day to day minutiae and struggling to get the important stuff done this book is a must.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Armine
    11/11/16
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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    14/11/16
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    "This book improved my productivness."
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    I would recommend this book to anyone who is suffering from constant procrastination and have difficulty with focusing on their work.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    10/11/16
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    9/05/17
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    "Deep Work Review"

    Loved the stories, hearing about the daily rituals of successful peoples & learning practical strategies, of which I will be testing.

    I will be listening to this again.

    Thank you for your focused deep work :)

    Gary Edwards

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • JedHoll
    19/05/17
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    "Interesting"

    The key messages I think are that email and social media in particular tend to be distracting and use up a lot of your time. Periods of abstinence will increase your productivity. Perhaps a whole book was a long way of making this point but it was made very well

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ina
    16/05/17
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    "It's a good book"

    I loved it! Even though it is directed towards people with an academic career I believe it has something in it for everyone. Think deep!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Aidan John
    14/05/17
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    "interesting"

    you will definitely pick up some good tips on increasing your concentration. worth a listen

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. T.
    6/06/17
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    "Appropriate for Internet addicts"

    Appears to be targeted at professional knowledge workers, but the advice is more appropriate for teenagers who are not focussed enough to keep off the Internet while at work. Not based on research, but on a few examples of high flying individuals (mostly academics) who allegedly used the prescribed methods

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Nathaniel
    31/05/17
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    "Very good, intelligent arguments backed up by evidence"

    Really impressed with this. I thought it might be a book that just says "doing deep work is good" but this is one of the top productivity books I've read. It covers a huge number of topics and the author acknowledges and addresses many counter arguments to his points. You can tell he's an academic, very intelligently written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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