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Peak Audiobook

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

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Publisher's Summary

Mozart wasn't born with perfect pitch. Most athletes are not born with any natural advantage. Three world-class chess players were sisters whose success was planned by their parents before they were even born.

Anders Ericsson has spent 30 years studying the special ones - the geniuses, sports stars and musical prodigies. And his remarkable finding, revealed in Peak, is that their special abilities are acquired through training. The innate 'gift' of talent is a myth. Exceptional individuals are born with just one unique ability, shared by us all - the ability to develop our brains and bodies through our own efforts.

Anders Ericsson's research was the inspiration for the popular '10,000-hour rule', but, he tells us, this rule is only the beginning of the story. It's not just the hours that are important but how you use them. We all have the seeds of excellence within us - it's merely a question of how to make them grow.

With a bit of guidance, you'll be amazed at what the average person can achieve. The astonishing stories in Peak prove that potential is what you make it.

©2016 Anders Ericsson (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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    MRM 09-04-16
    MRM 09-04-16
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    "Awesome book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Peak to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, so it's hard to say whether it's better or not.


    What other book might you compare Peak to and why?

    This can be compared to Outliers (though I haven't read that one yet). But I believe this is better than Malcolm Galdwell's book since it expands on the 10,000 hour rule


    Which character – as performed by Geoffrey Beevers – was your favorite?

    The narrator


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

    It made me really think about how I can improve myself or help my daughter become an expert!


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen. The narrator is great too. Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Piotr Golofit 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book!"

    Best book I've listened to this year! I will surely listen to it again soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ingmar Lindström USA 08-29-16
    Ingmar Lindström USA 08-29-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great insights and grand plans"

    Great narrator, science backed information and visions for the future. I recommend it to anyone wishing to better themselves and the ones around them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    10/2/16
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    "The road is long."

    Yes, the road is long, but know this: you can only improve your skills, you can never improve your self, for your self is the one who observes improvement (or the lack of it.)

    Enjoy your work and redefine it as play because if you set out to improve a skill with a lot of stress and the need to improve you will enivitably contaminate all that you do and seek with negative vibes.

    It is therefore wise to learn who you truly are before you learn any other subject. This may seem Needlessly esoteric but it will save you much unnecessary stress and trouble in the long run.

    Peace and love.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Quinn
    11/14/16
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    "These are the guys that wrote Gladwell's rhymes"

    Empowering. The best way to improve examined. Weakness: doesn't answer the question fully about what environmental factors supercede practice and doesn't consider the work world much. Overall worth a listen, very well read and laid out arguments in a meaningful fashion

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • dsodonoghue
    10/29/16
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    "Deliberate practice"

    This book describes one of the most important insights of the last half century and provides both evidence and anecdotes that strongly support its conclusions. The narration is clear and delivered at a very comfortable pace. I have strongly recommended this book in all formats to friends and family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • WildMike
    Kent, UK
    7/5/16
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    "Fascinating and inspiring."

    Probably the best book currently available on the subject of deliberate practice. highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. A. A. Banjo
    London, UK
    6/13/16
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    "A life changing book. I highly recommend it"

    This is a life changing book that dispels many myths around talent, genius, savants and others. It has caused me to embark on a quest of self improvement with more rigour.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Reviewing dad
    3/31/17
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    "A thought provoking and inspiring book"

    Listened to this over 8 or 9 days. It's profoundly affected my thinking and as a parent, teacher, coach, trainer and learner, I'm fizzing with enthusiasm for implementing its lessons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. D. Cox
    London
    3/2/17
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    "great to finally get myths debunked"

    great to finally get myths debunked especially the​ Malcolm Gladwell 10,000 hour rule. Top violinists take 25,000 hours an Beatles performed in Hamburg for about 1,100 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frederick
    2/23/17
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    "Great book"

    This one goes into my top 5 books.
    Well written and very good research gone into it.
    Something we can certainly apply to our lives.
    Only down side for me was the narrators voice was a struggle to keep interest with. I'd recommend listening to at at least 1.5x speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Davis
    United Kingdom
    1/20/17
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    "Good concepts but lots of repetition"

    This book is great. It deals with some brilliant ideas and thinking on the science of deliberate practice, but I found my mind wandering towards the end as there are lots of stories that are repeated again and again.

    Overall it is a book that i would recommend if you are interested in developing skills and learning new things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terranovav8
    1/12/17
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    "Very insightful book."
    Would you listen to Peak again? Why?

    Yes, It is very insightful and interesting although with all books of this type you need to be selective with what you might actually take away from it!


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

    No, it's a very intense listen. Albeit this was one of my first audiobooks and was grappling with trying to take everything not having the ability to re-read pages or paragraphs while I was driving the car.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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