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Mastery

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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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    tracy 05-31-13
    tracy 05-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good but Repetitive"

    This book is aligned with the idea that mastery of any subject or art takes time, not talent. The author gives numerous examples of people who put in the effort to become masters. He also provides some useful information about the pitfalls that occur on the road to mastery. I enjoyed it, but was a little annoyed that all the stories are repeated about 3 times each over the course of the audiobook.

    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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    Lawrence 02-19-13
    Lawrence 02-19-13
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    "The Book You Need Exiting High School"
    What did you love best about Mastery?

    The author uses plenty of example from Davinci to Mozart to Proust to Darwin to Paul Graham to illustrate his points about Mastery and how it is not through some rare gift but through conscious practice and attention to detail. Understanding this and how it relates to your "life's work" can guide career decisions. I wish I had a copy of this when I left high school rather than learning on the job so to speak.


    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Shane Meridian, ID, United States 02-09-13
    Shane Meridian, ID, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Must Read For Everyone!"
    What made the experience of listening to Mastery the most enjoyable?

    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.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ironlironzion Los Angeles, CA, US 12-16-12
    Ironlironzion Los Angeles, CA, US 12-16-12
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    "An amazing listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mastery to be better than the print version?

    This is a fantastic collection of biographies and lessons. A very pleasant education on just about everything


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Doces321 Atlanta, GA 01-02-13
    Doces321 Atlanta, GA 01-02-13
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    What did you like best about Mastery? What did you like least?

    The idea is common sense. Master something and you will do well. I like Robert Greene's 48 laws of power. Excellent story telling, entertaining and useful. However, mastery is somewhat similar. I did not think it was worth listening. Didn't finish until end and wish i could return for something I have not yet heard.


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    John Chamblee, GA, United States 02-04-13
    John Chamblee, GA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2009

    I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.

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    "Better if Half the Length"

    The substance of this book is great. It features stories of interesting people who have achieve mastery in their fields. It debunks the myth that masters are born and not made through hard work.

    Great subject matter with interesting stories. What could be better? It would be better if it were eight hours instead of sixteen. The book simply needs a major editing (pruning might be a better word). The book is repetitive and needlessly lengthy, droning on like a politician's speech after the point has already been made.

    22 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Regis 05-10-15
    Regis 05-10-15
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    "Amazing"

    I changed my life because of this book. I was trough some depressing times but thanks to Mastery I became more productive.

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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.

    2 of 3 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
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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.

    11 of 21 people found this review helpful
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  • I. Reid-Knightley
    Bolton, UK
    4/8/13
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    "An inspirational insight into success"

    This is an entertaining and insightful examination into what it takes to stand out above the crowd. It helps you to realise that the success of geniuses like Mozart, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michael Faraday wasn't handed to them on a plate and that their natural talents alone did not secure their places in history. The secret ingredients were the love of their subject, their attitude and their determination to succeed despite constant obstacles. This book has helped me to see setbacks and challenges in a different light - often, they are blessings in disguise. Sometimes, they are the very key to success itself.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • livvster
    7/26/15
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    "Read this when you're 21!"
    Where does Mastery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best Audible books I've listened to


    What other book might you compare Mastery to, and why?

    It's unique researching high achievers that are not all well known and better for it.


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    His passion made me want to carry on listening


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

    10,000 hours to Mastery


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. I particularly enjoyed learning about some of the lesser well know Masters and have been inspired to read and research some of their material. I have learned a great deal. I was left feeling this book should be read in your 20's and there was a sense that by 40 (as I am) it's a little too late!! Nonetheless it is a great read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    Congresbury, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "Not a revelation"
    Any additional comments?

    More interesting for the biographies than any insight into mastery and self development. Can literally be summed up as 'work hard at what you enjoy and are best at'. Really wanted to like this book but finished a little disappointed at the lack of developed insight.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • david davidson
    london
    4/29/16
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    "Mostly nonsense"

    2 hrs of content stretched out to 16 hours. Not really sure of the point or practicality of it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Byron
    BROUGH, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "character building!"

    First of all I generally don't write reviews but in the case of this book I am making an exception! if you are like me and looked for this book on the recommendation of Elliot Hulse you will not be disappointed! it will get you on the way to becoming "the strongest version of yourself" the main problem i have with this audio-book is that Fred Sanders (i have never heard of him before is he famous in america?) voice get on my nerves but that's probably more of a personal thing! so all in all if you want a book for self improvement or even just to see what other peoples ideas on self improvement are! (like me) its worth ago right?

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Rory
    York, United Kingdom
    4/4/13
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    "Marvelous insight into some of the greats minds"

    Really enjoyed this from start to finish. Some brilliant stories on past and present masters of their fields. The narrative of trying to apply your own mind to do the same I took a bit tongue in cheek. I'm definitely not Mozart..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • FENG
    Lueven, Belgium
    12/23/12
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    "Great and life changing"

    It is the book that help u get skills life and jobs done. Finding the thing motivates u from feep within your heart.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Majed
    8/12/15
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    "Amazing, Enlightening and Motivating"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I read the book, and listened to the audio book twice and plan to do so again. The stories of the masters' lives are truly inspiring and I believe everyone should know their stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mastery?

    Michael Faradays story really resonated with me


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

    Martha grahams story was a very unlikely one which shows you can achieve once you trust yourself and follow your instincts


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • D Anderson
    7/3/15
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    "An inspirational read for the aspiring Master"

    Robert Greene presents valuable principles of Mastery and allows the reader (or listener) to absorb these principles with relevant examples throughout history.

    Thoroughly enjoyed! Well read too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shek
    4/27/15
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    "Brilliant"

    A true insight into mastering any field. Recommended for anyone wanting to develop their inclinations. Lessons not easily learned from people around you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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