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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (200 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. Edward M. Hallowell, Edward M. Hallowell Narrator: Edward M. Hallowell, Edward M. Hallowell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9780739334744
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Look at what's happened to the usual how-are-you exchange. It used to go like this: "How are you?" "Fine." Now it often goes like this: "How are you?" "Busy." Or "Too busy." Or simply "Crazy."

Without intending for it to happen or knowing how, when, or why it got started, many people now find that they live in a rush they never wanted. If you feel busier than you've ever been and wonder how this happened and how you can keep up the pace much longer, you are hardly alone.

Crazy? Maybe not. Dysfunctional? Yes, indeed. We all have more to do than ever before — and less time to do it. In this highly listenable audiobook, the foremost expert on ADD, Ned Hallowell, explores the society-wide phenomenon of culturally induced ADD.

Being busy may very well keep you from doing what matters most, or it may lead you to do things you deem unwise (like getting angry, for example). Being busy is a problem for almost all of us. This audiobook is about both the opportunity and the problem — where this peculiar life comes from and how to turn it to your advantage. Offering solutions to this difficult, complex problem that might work for you, most importantly, Crazybusy may prompt you to create solutions of your own.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lain | 2/2/2014

    " Who cannot relate to being "overstretched, overbooked, and about to snap?" As with his other books, Dr. Hallowell presents not only the problem (overcommitted, speeded-up lifestyles), but some practical solutions as well. I rolled my eyes along with the anecdotes he presents, completely identifying with his subjects. If you want to do something good for you and your family, read this book -- especially if you think you don't have time to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teradatodd | 2/1/2014

    " I really like his humor. Will be easy to keep going while living in this crazy busy schedule. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daphne | 1/26/2014

    " This was a really good book. It has a lot of great information about how to not feel so overwhelmed with being busy in every part of your daily life! I recommend that everyone should read this book!! It's beneficial to everyone, no matter what you do in your life! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katharine Hawkinson | 1/15/2014

    " I guess I am too busy to read this. Got a couple chapters in, but ironically kept skimming because I was too busy. Maybe another time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 1/6/2014

    " I got halfway through this one and realized I was reading the same advice chapter after chapter. It was so repetitive that I considered abandoning it after the first 30 pages. I hung in for 30 more. I won't bother any further. It's a great book for folks who've never much though about time management, and even for folks who have, there's good reminders. Just don't expect to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 12/30/2013

    " A great book to help one re-examine the pace and priorities of life! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa Davis | 12/23/2013

    " Some good tips on how to manage time, but it's unlikely that I will do the full-scale evaluation of time spent like Hallowell suggests. I guess if I get that desperate, I may, but for now, I've got a few take-always that make this a worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 12/20/2013

    " Though it did not exactly instill great new habits in me for productivity, it did reassure me that I wasn't the only one who felt this way and that I'm not actually crazy; it's this world that's crazy and you have to recognize that before you can deal with it in a healthy way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jien | 11/15/2013

    " There were some interesting details and a great chart on determining the worth of time spent on every activity. The downside though was that there were many example stories that were just redundant and unneeded, not to mention boring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meghann | 11/12/2013

    " This book was a waste of my very precious time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry Ann | 11/3/2013

    " I found this book very helpful. I am full of energy and enthusiasm and this book helped me take a balanced look at my life. It gave me strategies to avoid over doing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paula | 10/21/2013

    " Great content, a good read, but the book didn't meet my expectations. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenna | 10/19/2013

    " After suffering through more than 3/4 of this book, I just couldn't take it any more. There isn't an original idea to be found and the author's writing style is unbelievably annoying. Personally, I found CrazyBusy to be a total waste of time and money. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 5/22/2013

    " This book really opened my eyes to a new way of thinking. I found myself thinking, "Oh maybe it is me that needs to change and not my husband!"=) Highly recommended for anyone who wants to find a way to slow down in this crazy busy world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 10/9/2012

    " "Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap" An honest view of our maxed-out lives and some strategies for taking time back, slowing down, and recognizing the pros and cons of our new connectedness and technology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heath | 6/8/2012

    " Great book with some very interesting insights into the "modern world". I was expecting a more precise road map for how to approach structure & focus but I realized at the end that the generalities presented were exactly what the "Doctor ordered". "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Colleen Wainwright | 4/15/2012

    " Any book addressing the issue of overloaded modern lives ought to be far shorter and far less self-congratulatory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia | 1/30/2012

    " This is the best book I've read explaining how we got ourselves into this mess we are in--overbooked and driving ourselves and our children crazy. It's not preachy, doesn't condemn all our activitiy, just makes us think about HOW we are using our time, and what we are actually getting out of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 11/11/2011

    " I read this for fun. It's not a Christian book, but it has clever insights into the fast-paced world in which we live. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexa | 10/1/2011

    " Reminds to focus on what is truely important...which is easy to forget in this Crazy Busy world! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 6/12/2011

    " Very good book and helps put our crazy lives in perspective. Definitely worth reading "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 12/25/2010

    " OK. I learned some productivity tips for minimizing electronic distractions. I found the made up words distracting though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 11/7/2010

    " another one of the three books that i have bedside. a must read for anyone living in the West. i also read this book while touring Japan. completely changed my living behavior. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 10/7/2010

    " A great book to help one re-examine the pace and priorities of life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heath | 8/22/2010

    " Great book with some very interesting insights into the "modern world". I was expecting a more precise road map for how to approach structure & focus but I realized at the end that the generalities presented were exactly what the "Doctor ordered". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 5/25/2010

    " I read this for fun. It's not a Christian book, but it has clever insights into the fast-paced world in which we live. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meghann | 5/23/2010

    " This book was a waste of my very precious time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teradatodd | 4/21/2010

    " I really like his humor. Will be easy to keep going while living in this crazy busy schedule. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 4/10/2010

    " This book really opened my eyes to a new way of thinking. I found myself thinking, "Oh maybe it is me that needs to change and not my husband!"=) Highly recommended for anyone who wants to find a way to slow down in this crazy busy world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monk | 12/9/2009

    " Solid on observations about the modern world, short on practical solutions. Primarily a stop-and-smell-the-roses kind of thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexa | 7/31/2009

    " Reminds to focus on what is truely important...which is easy to forget in this Crazy Busy world! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Incommunicado | 12/26/2008

    " Mostly disappointing. I went into it sold on the premise that the constant distractions of today's society can create ADD-like symptoms, but the book did not provide much new information. Granted, the book's layout did not translate well to audio: too many lists. I was just hoping for more. "

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About the Author
Author Edward M. Hallowell

Edward M. Hallowell, MD, author and psychiatrist for adults and children, was an instructor at Harvard Medical School for over twenty years. He is now the director of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in New York City and Sudbury, Massachusetts. He is the author of Crazy Busy and coauthor of Driven to Distraction.