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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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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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    denis belokon 03-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    What made the experience of listening to Mastery the most enjoyable?

    Clearly describes what to achieve, what is above everything


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mastery?

    How the best ever masters achieves superioriy, Leonardo Da Vinchi and others


    Any additional comments?

    The must have and must listen to everybody! Helps understand why you are here in this world, where to go and what to achieve!

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    Robert Corpus Christi, TX, United States 03-22-13
    Robert Corpus Christi, TX, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Book!"
    If you could give Mastery a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Guide to Self-Discipline


    Any additional comments?

    This book gives excellent advice to anyone who is trying to master any skill. Whether you're trying to master a skill or just improve it, this book will definitely help you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-20-13
    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2013

    I am so glad I found this service!

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    If you could sum up Mastery in three words, what would they be?

    Educational, Entertaining, Thought-Provoking


    What other book might you compare Mastery to and why?

    Any of Greene's other books have been leading to this, however, this one is more focused on the development of self, rather than reacting or influencing people.

    48 Laws of Power
    Art of Seduction
    33 Strategies of War


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

    No


    If you could give Mastery a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A study of genius; A genius study


    Any additional comments?

    This book I wish I had read as was nearing the end of college. It put so much in perspective, as with Greene's other books, you find yourself looking at the world in a different light. This book is far less cynical than the previous entries, and far less "morally questionable." I am already planning on rereading/listening to this again.

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    Meesha Melbourne, Australia 03-07-13
    Meesha Melbourne, Australia 03-07-13

    Meehan is a best selling author and superstar

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    "Exceptional"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes definitely. It has quality information, inspiring relevant stories and examples. And it explores the true mindset and attitude that one must develop to create mastery in any area of thur life. This book requires a great deal of patience but I found it to be addictive from beginning to end


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Excellent narration. Compelling, genuine and knows how to create impact where it's needed through use if time and emotion in voice.


    Did Fred Sanders do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes!! Used different levels if emotion, sound, tone, and depth of voice to create differentiation a in representing different examples.


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

    Absolutely. It exceeded my expectations


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    Simon 02-25-13
    Simon 02-25-13
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    "Fantastic"
    What made the experience of listening to Mastery the most enjoyable?

    A fantastic book and well narrated. Highly recommended.


    What other book might you compare Mastery to and why?

    48 Laws of power, also by the same author.


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

    Narration in a quality voice. Good for those who learn better via listening.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Did not laugh or cry, but there were many 'AH-HA' type moments throughout the book.

    Once you listen to the book you'll realize why.


    Any additional comments?

    Only problem with this audio book was that I felt it a bit quiet. I had to turn the volume up quite a lot and even then it seemed 'off'.

    Other than that a fantastic book and well narrated.

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    Brian 02-16-13
    Brian 02-16-13
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    "Robert Greene's best book yet"

    Unlike Greene's other books, which are base and amoral (although still entertaining), this book is uplifting and motivating. Becoming great at anything is hard work and it is the hard work that separates those who achieve mastery in a subject area (or areas) and those who merely spectate. Mastery is not magic or necessarily innate ability, it is dedication to a pursuit through various phases of learning, from novice to master, combined with time and impeccable, undying work ethic. Greene, as in his other books, weaves historical examples throughout. Mastery is his best work to date and his first work to eclipse his own 48 Laws of Power.

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    C. Campbell Bakersfield, CA 02-12-13
    C. Campbell Bakersfield, CA 02-12-13 Member Since 2015

    Can't complain.

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    "An amazing look at greatness"

    Reading Robert Green books is like climbing a mountain. It's long, hard at times, but extremely rewarding once you reach the top.

    The book starts off setting the tone by talking about the origin of human beings & culture. He even goes into the evolution of our primate ancestors to evolve stereoscopic vision, as an adaptation to living in trees, which were repurposed to aid tool making in humans. Knowing the author went this deep in grounding his future claims about human greatness was chilling.

    5 stars easy.

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    Timothy Ormond Beach, FL, United States 02-12-13
    Timothy Ormond Beach, FL, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2007
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    I enjoyed this one ... good writing and great read. The biographical stories were fascinating and I found the switching of topics fascinating.

    The only problem I had with this book, is that the underlying premise (that there are different stages of mastery) seemed lost at times. Also, there was a tendency to wax on and give different advice: for example, the author described the frantic energy and creative spark that deadlines can create for us ... then later describes that creative mastery should be done slowly.

    Overall, though ... great read and great narrator. If you want to read something similar, try "Talent is Overated" ... this book has a similar message, similar biographies, but has a more focused premise (that all great performers required about 10k hours of concentrated practice to achieve greatness).

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    J. S. White Midwest USA 02-11-13
    J. S. White Midwest USA 02-11-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Another well-written and conceived Greene title"

    This is standard Robert Greene work - and that's a good thing. Like "The 48 Laws of Power", he breaks down his topic (Mastery) into bite-sized chunks and then provides interesting glimpses and interpretations of historical (and current) events in light of the particular topic at hand. His stories are interesting and his points fascinating.

    There are things in this book for everyone. I wish I'd read this book when I was sixteen. I'll probably give it to my daughter to read when *she* is sixteen. If your ambition is mastery of *anything*, I recommend this book!

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    Mike Grass Lake, MI, United States 02-02-13
    Mike Grass Lake, MI, United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "What guided you to this book?"
    If you could sum up Mastery in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing, Inspiring, Truth


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Moments of resonance, Solidifying and expressing ideas and theories I've had about intuition, or the "guiding force" available to all of us.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved every story, lesson, and quote. Undoubtedly these masters tapped into a resource which most ignore. I was drawn to this book because of my own guidance, coincidences, and paths found through this process. Our marketed, physical systems have took us as far as they can, now we must look inward to reach our full potentials. These masters were a rarity in the past but I believe with technology and books like Mastery will be abundant in our future. Robert Greene expresses the importance of submersing yourself into a field and being guided by your intuitions, but this practice goes for all aspects of life. This is a great crash course for anyone interested in this field. “We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.” -Marcel Proust.

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