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Mastery Audiobook
Mastery
Written by: 
Robert Greene
Narrated by: 
Fred Sanders
Mastery Audiobook

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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    David 04-14-16
    David 04-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "very useful"

    i highly recommend this to anyone pursuing greatness in any arena. well worth the listen.

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    Amazon Customer 04-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Mind -blowing!"

    This book took my understanding to a whole new level. A first read is hardly enough to take it all in. This work now needs to be studied closely to extract all the focus points for mastery.

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    Brendan Despard 04-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "repetitive but inspiring and personal"

    It did take many long walks to finish, but each session helped me reaffirm my personal pursuits in life. The core concepts are well articulated so that any type of person can relate or at least connect with. There is a lot of focus on the brain with some instructions on how to make it masterful. the insights on learning are in sync with current research. appealing delivery and pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    HR L. 04-12-16
    HR L. 04-12-16

    Avid reader. Loves both fiction and non fiction.

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    "Worth multiple listens."

    Mastery is at the very top of the list of my favorite books. It's filled with interesting life stories of past and modern day masters, it gives detailed practical knowledge on how to go beyond average in one's professional life and above all it's inspiring. This is a great guide for anyone who is willing to forget about looking for shortcuts and instead work long and hard towards achieving true mastery.

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    Charlie 04-11-16
    Charlie 04-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Value on an Exponential Curve"

    I gotta admit. The book starts slow. Really slow for that matter. I kept putting it down out of boredom But once you're 75% into it the value from EVERY sentence is huge. The entire remainder of the book is noteworthy. I highly recommend to anyone who is seeking their purpose or "life task" and want an overarching philosophy on how to take action on said purpose.

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    SBe27 04-09-16
    SBe27 04-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great listen very inspirational (on the go)"

    this was a great listen and im looking to get more audio books by robert greene

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    John s. Rogerson Madison, Wi, US 04-08-16
    John s. Rogerson Madison, Wi, US 04-08-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Good but repetitive"

    Although the content of the book was very interesting, the structure and the extreme amount of repetition was very annoying. It was as if he was trying to make a longer book by just repeating the same thing over and over.

    His theory on mastery and the descriptions of various masters throughout history was very effective in spite of the above.

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    Richard Cosh 04-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "better than sex"

    Robert Greene is one of my favorite authors, and this is his best work yet. Learn lessons from the world's greatest masters in this piece of art!

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    Xiang 04-07-16
    Xiang 04-07-16 Member Since 2012
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    "nice story and nice story"

    It brings you back again and again. It gives strength and it is so simple to read.

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    Janet 04-07-16
    Janet 04-07-16 Member Since 2015

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    The principles repeat themselves and the illustrating stories are too long. I am really disappointed of this book.

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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.

    4 of 4 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    Congresbury, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "Not a revelation"
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    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.

    7 of 8 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.

    2 of 2 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?

    5 of 6 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 Saiepour
    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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