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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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    Amazon Customer United States 01-07-13
    Amazon Customer United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    If you could sum up Mastery in three words, what would they be?

    Learn to Master


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The real absence of fluff in this book I found very refreshing. While it never got boring the author simply presented facts and relevant stories to drive the point, without making preachy.


    Any additional comments?

    When I was listening to this book I never wanted to put it down. I would highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    r spanaway, WA, United States 01-07-13
    r spanaway, WA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "must have for anyone wanting true success."
    Where does Mastery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favorite Audible book so far.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This book breaks down the reality of what regular studies are....egular teachers are....regular managers are...regular jobs are..regular results are......then it gives you the option to see what is better and focus on a [ath that will lead you to Mastery. Its a must have!


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

    the ausio on this book is poor. It is nothing compared to How the win friends and influence people. even when turned all the way up it is hard to hear.. takes away from the Audio purpose truthfully. it is as critical to be produced well as a hit record in a recording studio. Needs re done


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 12-24-12
    Stephen SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Overall One of the Best Books I Have Ever Read"
    If you could sum up Mastery in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic, Enlightening, Extremely well researched and well written!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mozart, Ben Franklin, and all the historical characters.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    This is a guidebook for life. It is a book I will reference always.


    Any additional comments?

    Just spectacular, this book is flying under the radar, but deserves much praise!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Miro Kosice, Slovakia 12-24-12
    Miro Kosice, Slovakia 12-24-12
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    "Excellent book - great narration"
    Where does Mastery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My first audiobook. It is really the great.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The narrator's rhythm of voice and speed of speech is very appropriate to visualise the story and catch the learning from it.


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

    Yes, both of them.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcel Pasig, Philippines 12-11-12
    Marcel Pasig, Philippines 12-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Informative, concise."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mastery to be better than the print version?

    It's not necessarily better than the print, perhaps at par with the book version. What makes it worthwhile is the convenience of listening to the book while I'm doing my work, which takes so much of my time from reading the actual book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Duluth, GA, United States 12-09-12
    Marc Duluth, GA, United States 12-09-12
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    "Robert Green is Mastery"

    Mastery by: Robert Greene is another great tool in his ever growing library of classics in the making.

    The funny thing about his books is that they build upon each other and by the time you read them all, you will know why he has released "Mastery". Can't wait to see what will come next.

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    Enrico Raleigh, New Caledonia 11-26-12
    Enrico Raleigh, New Caledonia 11-26-12
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    "Take years off to get to your goals"
    If you could sum up Mastery in three words, what would they be?

    Just finished first session of Mastery. Wow this book gives proven facts on how to accelerate your success. Well back to part 2!


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    chris Edna, tx, United States 12-08-12
    chris Edna, tx, United States 12-08-12
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    "Good but...."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Good book but the material is better covered by other writers (Napoleon Hill esp)
    the main contribution Robert Greene makes to the story is, well, stories.
    This is good and he is good at it, I have three paper books by him, this one however was reduced by Robert's tendency to reference the theory of evolution as fact. Get angry and defensive but it is still a theory.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Greene again?

    yup


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    odd way to phrase a question, I guess it's asking if I like his performance? He did a good job yes.


    Was Mastery worth the listening time?

    nope


    Any additional comments?

    If you would like a nicely modernized Napoleon Hill and can tolerate or believe in the religion of evolution then this book is well written and I recommend it.

    3 of 19 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    1 of 1 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..

    1 of 1 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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Balsall Common, United Kingdom
    12/13/12
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    "Meandering"

    Goes on for a while and entire sections are repeated. All in all it is a book that somewhat confirms the obvious, but in an entertaining way. The narration sometimes droops a bit and the author hasn't quite mastered the art of being concise.

    6 of 9 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
  • Petra
    London, United Kingdom
    3/14/14
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    "Not for me"
    Would you try another book written by Robert Greene or narrated by Fred Sanders?

    No


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Relief


    Was Mastery worth the listening time?

    This was a departure for me. The self help aspects of the book I found irritating and there was a lot of repetition in telling the stories of historical masters. However, the philosophy of his main thrust was reasonable, some aspects of brain development, the evolution of intelligence and some of the mini biographies were interesting.


    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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