Four Seconds

  • by Peter Bregman
  • Narrated by Chris Sorensen
  • 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Peter Bregman, author of the Wall Street Journal best-seller 18 Minutes, offers strategies to replace energy-wasting, counter-productive habits that commonly derail us with truly effective ones.
The things we want most - peace of mind, fulfilling relationships, to do well at work - are surprisingly straightforward to realize. But too often our best efforts to attain them are built on destructive habits that sabotage us. In Four Seconds, Peter Bregman shows us how to replace negative patterns with energy boosting and productive behaviors. To thrive in our fast-paced world all it takes is to pause for as few as four seconds - the length of a deep breath - allowing us to make intentional and tactical choices that lead to better outcomes. Four Seconds reveals:


Why listening - not arguing - is the best strategy for changing someone's mind
Why setting goals can actually harm performance
How to use strategic disengagement to recover focus and willpower
How taking responsibility for someone else's failure can actually help your team
Practical and insightful, Four Seconds provides simple solutions to create the results you want without the stress.

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A wandering generality

This audio book has much positive substance, but is (in my view) so thrown together in such a poor package as to be inferior to many other books you could better spend your time and money on, so I RECOMMEND YOU keep your powder dry on this one, and look elsewhere for better.

Specifically, the problems I had with this book include...

1.) Misleading Title and description...
The name and desciption of the book suggest it is focused on the particular topic of how you can better control your behavior and improve your life and relations by stopping yourself (for say, "four seconds") and (doing something). There is a chapter or two in the book on this, but the author then rambles, and on, flitting incoherently from one topic to the next. The rest of the book is...

2) Disorganized - This book presents a seemingly randomly presented collection of disjointed mini-lectures, with no overarching organizing structure to provide a coherent organizing principle or focus.

3.) Poor narrator / narration. The narrator is just terrible, with a voice like Tennessee Tuxedo, apparently capable of a grand total of ONE whiny inflection besides just reading out loud in a plain nasally voice. This alone makes the book a tough slog.

4.) Uneven - Another reviewer said this book is like a bunch of blog posts, and that's a fair description. This book does read like a blog, where whenever the author happened to think of something, he just added it on, and then served up the pile.

5.) Superficial - as in any book where the author flits like a butterfly from flower to flower, from how to ask for a raise (one of the weakest lectures), to how to console upset people, a bromide as to how to manage Email (really? another book with a diatribe about Email?), how to rationalize fad diets (and fad management techniques) and dozens of others, the treatment is necessarily superficial.

In summary, if you just to turn off, say, Howard Stern, or whatever rubbish fills the air on your car radio, and turn on some positive noise instead; offering well intentioned and uplifting intentions, this book is good material.

IF however, you want...
...something which is meaningfully specific,
...organized in a structure which facilitates comprehension and retention,
...and well read by a professional narrator so as to be able to tolerate listening at all,
here are a few better books just off the top of my head...

~ HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE - Dale Carnegie
~ CHANGE ANYTHING - by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, et al.
~ HOW TO FAIL AT ALMOST EVERYTING AND STILL WIN BIG - by Scott Adams
~ HOW ADAM SMITH CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE - by Russ Roberts
~ THE MYTH OF MULTITASKING - by Dave Crenshaw
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- M. Shults

Practical, entertaining and easy to access...

I grabbed this book in response to the "Four Seconds" portion of the title. something it that title made me think it was super short. Instead it was engaging which gave it a sense of brevity. The book itself is full of interesting perspective on taking conscious and deliberate action in order to direct better outcomes. I'm sure I'll listen again soon.
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- Xavier O. Jenkins

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-24-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio