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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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    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 5 people found this review helpful
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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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    Irene 07/11/2016
    Irene 07/11/2016 Member Since 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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lance Swift Northampton 10/04/2017
    Lance Swift Northampton 10/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Dull beyond words"
    What would have made Deep Work better?

    Less repetition of the obvious


    What was most disappointing about Cal Newport’s story?

    It's all about Cal. More examples of how his suggested methods of focus actually worked for other people outside of his industry would have won me over


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Bottoms’s performances?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Deep Work?

    50% of the book would go. I would cut in more fact, show relevance to others outside of academia, and take out the remminicances


    Any additional comments?

    Save yourselves $14

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    Michael 15/03/2017
    Michael 15/03/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow, immediately relistening to it"

    some great strategies for helping you excel and focus in today's world of distractions. fantastic book

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    Samantha 28/02/2017
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    "Gold! One of my top 5 audiobooks :)"

    Excellent advice that works. I highly recommend this book to create greater work and life quality.

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    Garry 21/02/2017
    Garry 21/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Beyond busy and distraction"

    Valuable information and insight into accessing a state of creativity and concentration .
    A good read!

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    Ken Craig 21/02/2017
    Ken Craig 21/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Just what I needed to hear"

    Compelling argument.

    I've already noticed improvement in my productivity and well being. I'm sceptical about some of the strategies suggested, but Newport doesn't pretend it'll work for anyone either.

    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.

    3 of 3 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
  • 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

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  • Marco Troisi
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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

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  • 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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  • Noah H
    29/12/16
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    "very applicable advise"

    loved this book. I have no doubt that the advise and tips shared in this book is going to make me more productive in my work and even more present in my off time. must read in this time to tame your brain and getting your focus back where it belongs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    13 of 14 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    14/11/16
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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.

    6 of 7 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/09/16
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    "not captivating enough"

    it is full of truths but id did not captivate me enough to finish it

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • R. Newton
    Llangollen
    2/01/17
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    "Brilliant book with easy to follow advice"

    I liked the way that it just makes sense

    When following deep work you quickly realise how "fast" you can get things done.
    If you just follow the advice on e-mails time will flood into your day.
    This is not about time management but it will free up your time.
    In addition it is written in an easygoing style that encourages you to try it out.
    The audible book allows me to listen when I am travelling so that I can continue reinforcing the techniques without effort

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • peter
    7/09/16
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mario Chris
    London, UK
    22/04/17
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    "Just read it."

    It's perfection. I know, that sounds like a bit much. But it's not. Get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Geoff
    10/04/17
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    "a challenge to shallow work"

    excellent challenge to the assumption that emails and social engagement activities are vital to succeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/04/17
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    "Good tips"

    Contains several good tips and inspiring stories, but some parts could be more concise. solid book overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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