In this groundbreaking audiobook, New York Times best-selling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand reporting with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes like big wave legend Laird Hamilton, big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of “flow”, an optimal state of consciousness in which we perform and feel our best.
Building a bridge between the extreme and the mainstream, The Rise of Superman explains how these athletes are using flow to do the impossible and how we can use this information to radically accelerate performance in our own lives.
At its core, this is an audiobook about profound possibility; about what is actually possible for our species; about where - if anywhere - our limits lie.
©2014 Steven Kotler (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Listening was fine I had no problems with the narration of the title book.
Not if the book is anything like this one.
Yeah he's awesome.
The book is mainly a bunch of stories compiled by surfers, skateboarders and mountain climbers. No real "science" at all. Just a bunch of pseudo science nonsense about these people who have entered the flow state. So I would cut out the nonsense and put more actual research into the book.
Extremely disappointed in this "book." I had the hopes after the first hour they would stop talking about the "extreme athletes" that have reached the flow state but it ended up just being story after story of the same thing. This was my first attempt at an audiobook and I have been let down. I listened to only about half of it. Terrible experience.
Solid book with some good insights and stories to give examples. Would've like to have heard more examples on how to tap into Flow in everyday life. Could have made this into a long article in magazine, etc rather than book.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
I'll admit up front, I didn't finish this book. I had high hopes after hearing an interview with the author, but... well, I can't claim to be the best athlete, but speaking as someone with a footing in the world of art, when somebody makes the claim that a certain move in a given sport is "the equivalent of Leonardo da Vinci painting the Mona Lisa with a steak knife shoved through his eye"... all bets are off. That statement is beyond meaningless, and there are so many more like this that it renders the discussion just as meaningless. I'd put down a fiction book if it were written like that. From nonfiction, there's no excuse. I skipped ahead in the book from there hoping for more meat and potatoes. I didn't find much beyond more anecdotes, hyperbole, and very little practical application. I'll go again at a later date now that I know what to expect, but as of this review, I'm just disappointed. Hyperbole may be the name of the game when dealing with extreme sports, but I was looking for something else.
ESP, shared consciousness, precognition? This is the biggest book of pseudoscience, cargo cult science I've ever read. A real gallery of new age science illiteracy that I'm afraid the average reader of this book may not be equip to deal with.
Full of tremendous exaggerations and little to no critical thinking. If you are someone like myself you'll be vexed by the fallacious lines of reasoning (look at all of these anecdotes man, this my value research data!) and the, "all these people can't be wrong" mindset of the author. If I knew this was the kind of book I was getting I have never have gotten it.
If you goal is to hear a collection of 'cool' anecdotal stories of a few extreme athletes then be my guest listen away and ignore all the scientific claims he makes just be safe. Otherwise you will not find anything of value there.
PS: The title of this book should be changed.
Please note, I only read 66% of the book so far wishing it would get to talking about the things mentioned in his big think video, but it did not.
This explains the mystery of top performance. We have all experienced a flow state but few of understood how to get into it and repeat it. This book shares the state of the art of mastering our state of mind.
I wanted to but it is a deep book that requires digesting and reviewing to get the most out of it.
Absolutely Loved This Book.......
"Flow" I Can Concur,
Does Transcend A
Visionary Artist's Mind.......
As I Am Well & Aware When My Mind Is Firing On All Cylinders Pushing My Limitations Past Possible Boundary's
While Building Others Dreams (Cars)
Or What I Like To Call
With My Company........
As The Many Story's Inside.....
Of Those Amazing Feats Pushed The Outer Limits To Find.......
How Far, How High, Can The Human Body & Mind Take Us.......
The Many Names Attributed Too & Involved With In These Short But Phenomenally Prolific Stories
Make This A Book To Tap Into,
Be There & Relive
Those Moments Of......
Storied History Bound By
Nothing Short Of "Amazing Glory"
Captured In Moments
Just Past The Blink Of An Eye
This Book Is Another......
One Of Greats By Amazing Author
Even Though I Am Not An
"Extreme Action Sports Artist"
I Watch & Find It Inspiring......
Applying That Same "Flow".......
To What Has Made My,
Cars Truly Individual & Unique
"Buy This Book......
Sit Back & Enjoy,
The Rush Your Mind Will Feel
As You Go "Vertical" While
Thanks Steven Kotler
For Taking Me Inside
As I Thoroughly Enjoyed The Ride,
In Reading This Book......
If there was any sort of narrative whatsoever, or if it wasn't so formulaic.
Extreme sport story > FLOW!!!! > Repeat
Admittedly I couldn't finish it. It was grueling.
Book with an interesting premise. I loved hearing the tales of action adventure sport heroes. I think it was a bit longer than it needed to be.
"Rubbish, nothing practical or actionable"
This was just a long rambling geared towards "dudes" who do snowboarding, BMXing, Extreme Skiing, or anything else that classifies as an adrenalin shot. There is nothing practical in it for regular sportsmen who run, bike, or do anything more mainstream.
No. This book is pretty much a complete waste of 8-9hrs for most people.
He did a decent job, but you can't polish a turd.
All of them. Seriously.
Get Lore Of Running instead.
"Excellent: Motivation and Education"
I've now listened to this multiple times and feel I learn something new with each listening!
The best and easiest way to a natural high and accelerated learning!
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