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Author: Cal Newport Narrator: Jeff Bottoms Publisher: Hachette Book Group Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781478930082

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One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you’ll achieve extraordinary results.

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep—spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there’s a better way.

In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four rules, for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.

A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, Deep Work takes the listener on a journey through memorable stories—from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air—and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. Deep Work is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.

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  • “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, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Cal Newport is a clear voice in a sea of noise, bringing science and passion in equal measure.”

    - Seth Godin, New York Times bestselling author
  • “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.”

    - Wall Street Journal
  • “Deep work is the killer app of the knowledge economy: it is only by concentrating intensely that you can master a difficult discipline or solve a demanding problem.”

    - Economist (London)
  • “As a presence on the page, Newport is exceptional in the realm of self-help authors.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “This is a deep, not shallow, book which can enrich your life.”

    - Globe and Mail (Toronto)
  • “In this strong self-help book, Newport declares that the habits of modern professionals—checking email at all hours, rushing from meeting to meeting, and valuing multitasking above all else-only stand in the way of truly valuable work.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “The friendly urgency in Jeff Bottoms’ narration is perfect for this multilayered advice on managing distractions and improving personal productivity. With diction that sounds both classy and conversational, he communicates like a helpful friend.”

    - AudioFile


  • A 2016 Amazon Best Books of the Year So Far Selection for Business & Leadership 
  • A 2016 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Best Nonfiction Award Nominee

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About the Author

Cal Newport, PhD, is a writer and an assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown University. He also runs the popular website Study Hacks: Decoding Patterns of Success.

About the Narrator

Jeff Bottoms is known for his work on Grand Theft Auto IV and Iron Man 3: The Official Game. The multi-talented voice of many cable networks now lends his voice to radio imaging. Jeff can be deep, dramatic and intense at one moment and lighthearted, warm and storytellerish the next.