Summary and Analysis | Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg

  • by FlashBooks Book Summaries
  • Narrated by Dean Bokhari
  • 0 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is a book summary of Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg.
From the author of the New York Times best-selling phenomenon The Power of Habit comes a fascinating new book that explores the science of productivity and why, in today's world, managing how you think - rather than what you think - can transform your life. At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key concepts - from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making - that explain why some people and companies get so much done. Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics - as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters - this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don't merely act differently.
They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.
A young woman drops out of a PhD program and starts playing poker. By training herself to envision contradictory futures, she learns to anticipate her opponents' missteps - and becomes one of the most successful players in the world. A group of data scientists at Google embark on a four-year study of how the best teams function and find that how a group interacts is more important than who is in the group - a principle, it turns out, that also helps explain why Saturday Night Live became a hit.
A Marine Corps general, faced with low morale among recruits, reimagines boot camp - and discovers that instilling a "bias toward action" can turn even the most directionless teenagers into self-motivating achievers.


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Worst Reading Imaginable

I'm a Duhigg fan, but this abbreviated reading did nothing for me. Worst was the narration. Adding special emphasis to every other syllable only draws attention to the fact that Mr. Bokhari is not familiar with the text. In general, I found this summary to be so cursory that it failed to convey the author's main points with anything close to clarity.
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- C. Grippo

Annoyingly slow speaking

I had to turn up the playback speed up to 2.0 and the narrator's awkwardly long mid sentence and even mid phrase pauses were still evident and annoying.

The summary itself seemed fine but I just couldn't get past the distracting narrator. Maybe it's just me?
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- Byron Allen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-29-2016
  • Publisher: FLASHBOOKS, LLC