Rest
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

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Narrated By: Adam Sims

Duration: 6 hours and 56 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the complete unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, read by Adam Sims.


For most of us, overwork is the new normal. Resting means late-night TV binges or hours spent on social media. We never truly recharge.

In this revelatory book, Silicon Valley consultant Alex Soojung-Kim Pang offers a way for us to be more productive and fulfilled in all areas of our lives. Working better does not mean putting in longer hours: it means working less and resting better. Whether through daily naps, as Winston Churchill did in the Second World War, spending a week alone in a cabin like Bill Gates, or simply walking or playing a game, 'deliberate rest' is the key to getting more done.

Drawing on emerging neuroscience, Rest is packed with tips for upping our downtime - from sleep to hobbies to holidays. It's time to change the way we work, rest and play.

Genre

Popular psychology, Popular medicine and health, Working patterns and practices, Advice on careers and achieving success, Coping with stress, Neurosciences, Business strategy

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Amusing and edifying

Washington Post (on The Distraction Addiction)

Skeptical without pandering to technophobia or neuroscience

The New Yorker (on The Digital Distraction)

Good books are interesting and valuable; but the best books reframe the way you see the world, getting you thinking differently about everyday situations and assumptions. Rest does just that. With a fascinating combination of research and historical examples, your view of rest - as what you do when you are not working - is turned upside down. A thoroughly enjoyable, insightful and life-enhancing book.

Tony Crabbe, International Business Psychologist

Take a break and read Rest: you'll make smarter decisions, have better relationships, and be happier and more creative.

James Wallman, author of 'Stuffocation'

Want to be creative and get more done? We used to think only hard work was the answer. This beautifully researched book debunks the "work till you drop" myth by describing how intentional rest is crucial for being your best. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including neuroscience, the arts and psychology, Rest will fundamentally change the way we see work in the years to come. Give it to your boss! Give it to your work-obsessed spouse! Give it to your frazzled office buddies! A new paradigm of work is emerging and this fascinating book will be an indispensable guide

Peter Fleming author of 'The Mythology of Work'

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang shows us how much more productive we can be by spending less time in noisy open-plan offices . . . It should be compulsory reading for office managers everywhere

Evening Standard

It's high noon for the global economy's thinking class, who are locked in a losing battle for clarity in a crowded, clickable world. This book is a science packed call to arms: it's time to claim rest as a right and pay close attention to the needs of our beleaguered brains.

Anthony Townsend, author of Smart Cities

If work is our national religion, Pang is the philosopher reintegrating our bifurcated selves

New York Times Book Review

An incredibly timely read - for this moment in history, but also in my own increasingly rest-starved life. This might be the book to finally persuade us that downtime isn't in conflict with good work; rather, it's an essential ingredient of it.

Oliver Burkeman, Guardian columnist and author of 'The Antidote'

Pang offers original and often inspired ideas

San Francisco Chronicle (on The Distraction Addiction)

You're holding some terrific advice in your hands on the virtues of walking, napping, and playing. Pang has written a delightful and thought-provoking book on the science of restful living.

Clive Thompson, author of Smarter Than You Think

Read this book, and you'll see how time off helps us learn and create better

Ferran Adria, 3-Star Michelin chef and founder of El Bulli

I love Rest. It places rest back on the pedestal it so clearly deserves and generously points out - through great stories and acute insight - things to reflect on and build into our own lives.

Rohan Gunatillake, Founder of Mindfulness Everywhere and creator of the bestselling buddhify app

In his Fascinating, well-researched and highly readable new book, Dr pang makes an excellent case for the critical importance of rest in our lives. You will consider how and why you rest in a completely new light after reading this book.