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Michael

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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!"
    "Perfect for anybody who has ever been an athlete!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Sports Gene the most enjoyable?

    Well constructed and narrated, this book systematically examines stereotypes about athletes and training using data from research studies. As a runner, I easily related to the anecdotes Epstein wrote.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sports Gene?

    I particularly enjoyed the explanation and examination of the "10,000 hour rule" of training.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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