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The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance | [Steven Kotler]

The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    nicholas 09-17-14
    nicholas 09-17-14
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Listening was fine I had no problems with the narration of the title book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Kotler again?

    Not if the book is anything like this one.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Cummings’s performances?

    Yeah he's awesome.


    What character would you cut from The Rise of Superman?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-18-14

    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.

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    "Less Hyperbole, Please"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Burns Bethesda, MD 04-05-14
    Brian Burns Bethesda, MD 04-05-14

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    "This book will change your life."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    I wanted to but it is a deep book that requires digesting and reviewing to get the most out of it.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "Our Brains are amazing!"
    Would you listen to The Rise of Superman again? Why?

    Yes... I already have!
    Partly because there is a great deal of detailed science behind what is going on.
    Also because the stories that are shared are amazing!


    What other book might you compare The Rise of Superman to, and why?

    I don't know of any other book that looks into the workings of the brain or the hacks to manipulate it.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Cummings – was your favourite?

    Jeremy Jones


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Danny Way


    Any additional comments?

    I've now developed a far better idea of what is going on in my head when I seek adventure and why I like it so much.

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