Bored and Brilliant

  • by Manoush Zomorodi
  • Narrated by Manoush Zomorodi
  • 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award Winner
This program is read by the author.
It's time to move "doing nothing" to the top of your to-do list.
In 2015 Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's popular podcast and radio show Note to Self, led tens of thousands of listeners through an experiment to help them unplug from their devices, get bored, jump-start their creativity, and change their lives. Bored and Brilliant builds on that experiment to show us how to rethink our gadget use to live better and smarter in this new digital ecosystem. In this fascinating new audiobook, Manoush explains the connection between boredom and original thinking, exploring how we can harness boredom's hidden benefits to become our most productive and creative selves, without totally abandoning our gadgets in the process.
Grounding her arguments in the neuroscience and cognitive psychology of "mind wandering" - what our brains do when we're doing nothing at all - Manoush includes practical steps you can take to ease the nonstop busyness and enhance your ability to dream, wonder, and gain clarity in your work and life. The outcome is mind-blowing.

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What the Critics Say

"In this spirited exploration of our relationship with technological devices, Zomorodi's melodic voice beckons and inspires listeners to develop a deeper understanding of how tech devices affect our potential...Zomorodi persuasively conveys her compelling points on the need for reflection to make room for enlightenment in this age of technological overload." (AudioFile)
"Bored and Brilliant shows the fascinating side of boredom. Manoush Zomorodi investigates cutting-edge research as well as compelling (and often funny) real-life examples to demonstrate that boredom is actually a crucial tool for making our lives happier, more productive, and more creative. What's more, the book is crammed with practical exercises for anyone who wants to reclaim the power of spacing out - deleting the Two Dots app, for instance, or having a photo-free day, or taking a 'fakecation'." (Gretchen Rubin, author of number one NYT best seller The Happiness Project)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Inspired by TED talk....

I was inspired when I saw Mannish Zomorodi's TED talk to get this book. After 3 chapters I started fast forwarding because there was SO MUCH DATA! And I guess that was what it was all about. Really, the TED talk was enough information for me to inspire me. But I'm glad I bought it, because it somehow rewarded the author for her work, even though it was too much detail and data for me. The premise is great.
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- C. Singer

The Book is Life Affirming

I absolutely loved & enjoyed the challenge at the heart of this book. It was a work that met me exactly where I was at in my personal life regarding technology and offered practical steps to take further control of my relationship with my phone while reinforcing some of what I’d come to on my own with a wealth of research.

The information is well organized which made it easy to follow along as an audio book. The anecdotes are highly engaging and Manoush’s performance made the whole concept very accessible.

I’m looking forward to buying the hard cover and transferring my notes to their pages and open up discussion with my family about ways we can all embrace some of these concepts in our home.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to have a better command of or who is asking questions about their relationship with technology.
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- Trey Hill

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-05-2017
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio