I haven't listened to or read another author that tries to teach life lessons that are relevant today through historic stories from the past. Is he always successfull? No, not always. Is it entertaining and will you learn some cool stories about great masters of the past (think Mozart, Da Vinci)? Yes!
This book may or may not change your life. The lessons are great and the stories are interesting, however, as with all these self help types of books, you will only see change if you apply it. Fred Sanders does a great job narrating this book (one of the better Narrations I've listed to on a Robert Greene book).
One of the best books I've read on mastering your own skills! I loved the stories of all the great master and how they worked to better their craft. This book was engaging and insightful.
This is a fantastic collection of biographies and lessons. A very pleasant education on just about everything
The books gives a big incentive to create. Moreover, reading this books definitely has a positive impact on the mood!
This is definitely one of my favorite books now.
Really enjoyed this audio version.
Maybe, but I would be cautious.
He didn't perform characters. This was written in the third person throughout.
Some exceptional concepts and ideas are buried within this book. However, the author cannot seem to get past the idea that parents are all overbearing, non-nurturing, stifling, and have to be "overthrown". Are you kidding me? I get the idea that we have to unshackle ourselves, but I get the feeling the author is projecting, and it significantly takes away from the enjoyment and message of this book.
For readers are already familiar woth Greene's laws (the 48) and strategies (the 33), you'll find them sprinkled here and there in Mastery whenever they make sense.
This is the best of Greene because he seems to have become a master himself.
Fred Sanders's voice is clear and excellent even for a French listener like me.
principles are great, but this author has no heart for people. success at the cost of any relationship is not the way people should live - that's the reason this world is in the state that it is today
Robert Greene doesn't practice what he preaches... read the reviews of the 40 laws and you'll see that he doesn't practice them himself... what kind of a person writes and recommends things that he doesn't practice himself?
I find the audio edition more suitable since most parts are stories and are fun to listen to. Other parts are more instructional and for those I would've preferred a print version instead of rewinding to re-listen.
Affirmed and validated my actions
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I highly recommend everyone to get your hands on this book! I couldn't wait to finish it and start applying all its knowledge! Extremely insightful.
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I'll need to listen to this masterwork more than once, not because I'm lacking or daft but rather, it is so full of wisdom. To hear it once and then never again, would be like reading the Bible and doing so. So many of Robert's phrases are themselves unremarkably memorable, like the haunting of a ghost we befriended long ago but only remember during the reading.
There was a life-changing novel, a simple one named "How to Raise Your Self Esteem" by Dr. Nathaniel Brandon. It spared me from suicide as a 27 year old man who just lost his husband of a decade. No one was coming to 'save me'. In an a more thorough, mature, intellectual way, 'Mastery' is the logical next step.
I love to watch the tide rise and fall in my mind as I struggle to argue with Robert's finer points. That destiny has no place in mastery and yet, how was it not destiny for Mozart to be born to a musical family? Was it merely a coincident he was born to love the piano at age 4? I can't buy that any more than I can believe Evolution has no Father. I discovered my own brand of autism through the expounding of another's views and trademark personality.
If you pass this book by then, may the master you hoped you'd find research it pass you by as well. It's a well-deserved end. If however your wisdom guides you and you do purchase the novel, then may you be blessed and enhanced by its many gifts.
I really liked the info, but it did get pretty redundant. I know the author makes the disclaimer that there's redundant stories, but it seemed like it really went overboard and didn't really need to be 16 audio hours. Still, there's good, even inspiring info about how to master new skills.