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Mastery | [Robert Greene]

Mastery

What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.
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Publisher's Summary

The eagerly anticipated new book from the author of the best-selling The 48 Laws of Power

What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.

Temple Grandin, Martha Graham, Henry Ford, Buckminster Fuller - all have lessons to offer about how the love for doing one thing exceptionally well can lead to mastery. Yet the secret, Greene maintains, is already in our heads. Debunking long-held cultural myths, he demonstrates just how we, as humans, are hardwired for achievement and supremacy. Fans of Greene's earlier work and Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers will eagerly devour this canny and erudite explanation of just what it takes to be great.

©2012 Robert Greene (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Irina Moscow, Russia 03-30-14
    Irina Moscow, Russia 03-30-14
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    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.

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    Steven 04-23-13
    Steven 04-23-13
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    "Myopic at times, with some useful stuff thrown in."
    Would you try another book from Robert Greene and/or Fred Sanders?

    Maybe, but I would be cautious.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Greene again?

    Maybe.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Sanders – was your favorite?

    He didn't perform characters. This was written in the third person throughout.


    Do you think Mastery needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 04-11-13
    Michael 04-11-13

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "Good advice and well presented."

    This is a good look at what it really takes to be a master. No quick easy silver bullet but just work, insight and sweat. I like Robert Greene's books as I find them very helpful and well written. Wish I had this knowledge when I was starting out. Of course it doesn't answer the problem when your chosen profession or skill you are pursuing disappears or becomes redundant. You're suppose to have the insight to see where the next step is. I have not found that and feel like I am looking in a dark room for a black cat that isn't really there. Never the less this book is well worth the listen to. One of the good self help books.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    V. CRETEIL, France 12-11-12
    V. CRETEIL, France 12-11-12
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    "Best of Greene's books"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mastery to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    Fred Sanders's voice is clear and excellent even for a French listener like me.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sumguynobuddynoes Sioux Falls, SD, United States 01-30-14
    Sumguynobuddynoes Sioux Falls, SD, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Sunshine hype."
    What would have made Mastery better?

    Relying upon more real principles and less positive mental attitude exercises.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Greene again?

    No. He must be delusional to expect spoken rules to be accepted as eternal principles. Using reason beyond credible limits to justify miraculous results. Like two shaman referring to the same thunderstorm in opposite terms. One desires sacrifice to appease the angry gods and the other declaring that the gods are fighting our battles for us in the heavens. He twists thoughts to support outlandish claims.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Fred Sanders’s performances?

    No. Reading was a repetitious rhythm that was more like a constant commercial than a book reading. He regularly mispronounced words like "omnipotent" in his readings. Always sounding exactly the same in his timbre and pace.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Distrust, a con in the grossest manner. I fell for these same principles and found myself irresponsibly in debt. An "attitude of abundance" does not regard lack as a possibility. My collectors would tend to disagree with that reality. Thinking it so does not make reality go away. It still needs to be addressed.


    Any additional comments?

    It is like the scripture in the bible that spoke of early members of the church saying to the poor, "go home, be fed, all is well, be happy" It did not fill their bellies any more that these words could fill ones own coffers.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    bryan SAN CLEMENTE, CA, United States 12-11-13
    bryan SAN CLEMENTE, CA, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Repetitive, upholds antiquated paradigms"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It repeats the same biographies over and over. I might recommend an abridged version.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Greene again?

    Probably not.


    What does Fred Sanders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader was good.


    Do you think Mastery needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Repeated himself enough as it is.


    Any additional comments?

    While there is some great info on masters and useful info on mastery, Greene does not respect the reader's time. I can see the possible value of of spreading a biography over several topical chapters, but many details of each of the biographies are repeated at least 3-4 times. The book therefore has a very drawn-out feel.

    Perhaps more importantly, Greene will often praise a master's tendency to carve his own path, but then he will also stress the importance of walking on eggshells around existing paradigms in "career" paths, as if a career path in profit-driven enterprise is unavoidable and the only way to give voice to your creativity. He does not advise masters to challenge the status quo when it is not prudent. He talks about a fighter pilot's unmatched kill count as if it is an accolade, and not a tragic symptom of pilots having to master a task that should not be necessary. Mastery of flight is one thing, but to exalt a kill count is to miss the point that masters are the ones who should, by their massive action and inner wisdom, be the ones saving us from the necessity to act out our lives within these paradigms, rather than "finding their niche" within a culture to demonstrate their mastery. Again, he does praise masters' staunch individuality, but ultimately forfeits to the notion that the expression of that individuality must manifest within the typical realms of politics, economics, business, academia, etc., ignoring the fact that any true master with half a pair of testicles will not forfeit and will find a way to achieve mastery without any consideration of or acquiescence to the trending pardigms and societal fuckery of the era.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris C. 02-26-15
    Chris C. 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read!!"

    Very inspirational book that opens your creative ways of thinking as you look into the lives of some very successful people.

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    Joseph H. Bohn 02-25-15
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    "An absolute pleasure to enjoy again and again"

    The author takes you on a journey through the ages, meeting the likes of many masters, including Mozart, DaVinci, Darwin and more. History, Sociology, Philosophy. . it's all in there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arturo Nava 02-24-15
    Arturo Nava 02-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Truly masterful !"

    This is one of the best books I have listened to ever. If you want to find the path to mastery this is your book !

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    Oscar 02-24-15
    Oscar 02-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Mastery."

    A bit repetitive, but overall a great book. I definitely recommend it. All the success that all these geniuses (Masters) have obtained wasn't overnight or luck. It took hours and hours of working on their craft that led to that. If we devote ourselves just how these great people did we could obtain mastery as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Martin Keith Dell
    1/7/15
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    "Amazing!"

    Fantastic study of some of the greatest minds of the last few hundred years in their different fields of expertise. Greene looks into their biographies and pin points not only what made these individuals great but also how we all have the capability of achieving mastery.

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  • A. P. Hughes
    Surrey
    12/9/14
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    "informative and crisp"
    If you could sum up Mastery in three words, what would they be?

    typical Robert Greene


    What did you like best about this story?

    the research and clarity


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    difficult to say, it was all excellent


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    difficult due to the length, but certainly devoured it in a couple


    Any additional comments?

    anybody who has read Robert Greene knows exactly what to expect, anybody who hasn't read Robert Greene, should!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alex
    12/4/14
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    "A must read for developing yourself"
    Would you listen to Mastery again? Why?

    Yes, this book really helps to expand your mind and understand life in a different way, defiantly a book I will be listening to several times during different points in my life.
    Each chapter has answers that you will be seeking throughout the stages of your life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Narrator is very engaging, the passion in their voice helps to keep your attention.
    The messages in the book are the best part.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    There is no one chapter that stands out has they all carry a message that will be important in some way in your life.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Mastery, becoming the greatest version of you.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GenKan
    5/11/14
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    "A great start to any aspiring master"
    Where does Mastery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, have listened to funnier but nothing compare to its educational message.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mastery?

    Einsteins story about his job at the patent office, how a job can be something that helps you eat and give you time to critically think about what you really want to do and become in life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Temple Grandin and how she overcame autism, becoming a true master.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book and will have examples of things you probably have done subconsciously, but not taking anything away from it just making it even more powerful. Almost turning it into a tool instead of something you think, you feel or would like to be the right way.
    The references to past masters making it a collection of GREAT stories and not too educational.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pawel
    Corby, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Great Book that i'd recommend to anyone"

    This is the first book I got from Audible and I'm happy with the choice. I learned much from this book as it show you what it takes to be good in something. It is hard work , we sometimes resist doing and calling ourself talentless. But talent without the long hours of hard work to put in is nothing. I will definately some back to this book and listen to it again as it is really inspiring. Again, I would recommend this book to anyone...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
    SANDHURST, United Kingdom
    7/17/13
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    "Well researched and tight message throughout"
    What did you like most about Mastery?

    Robert Greene always produces interesting content and researches it very well. He is thorough and his writing is engaging as he weaves the stories of various masters of their discipline throughout the ages, bringing theme after theme together to tie the subject together in comprehensive manual for intellectually understanding mastery.

    Worth a read. Very interesting in both content and context.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • qwerty22
    london, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Life Changing!"
    What made the experience of listening to Mastery the most enjoyable?

    The fact various topics discussed vehemently segmented into chapters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mozart! No spoilers!


    What does Fred Sanders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Fred Sanders brings a presence of immediacy and engages you the listener for whole 16hrs.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Its got to be Chapter 6! Again No spoilers!!


    Any additional comments?

    You wont be disappointed. This book is very interesting plus it could make you a bit smarter as well!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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