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Renee Dean

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  • The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Epstein
    • Narrated By David Epstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training? In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success, Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving this great riddle.

    Cynthia says: "Epstein writes! He scores!"
    "Thoroughly researched and fascinating"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Sports Gene the most enjoyable?

    Epstein does a spectacular job reviewing the nature vs. nuture debate in athletic performance with an unbiased, critical eye. He covers the breadth of the current research, tells engaging stories about the athletes and scientists behind the statistics and breakthroughs, and paints a dynamic picture of the role genetics play in producing elite athletes, including the many shades of grey inherent in scientific research findings. I especially appreciated that he didn''t shy away from the question of race. I believe Epstein's review is the first thorough explanation of what we currently know about racial/ethnic differences in athletic performance. Worth reading purely for those chapters, if you ask me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the descriptions of all the scientists the author interviewed and visited in this book.


    Have you listened to any of David Epstein’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any of his previous books, but his performance was really fantastic. He approximated the accents and voices of the characters quite well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I would love to see this made into a documentary, but I'm not sure there is a better tag line than Inside The Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance


    Any additional comments?

    Required reading for coaches and trainers!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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