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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 Member Since 2014
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    "Should have a different title"
    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.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Burns Bethesda, MD 04-05-14
    Brian Burns Bethesda, MD 04-05-14 Member Since 2009

    Brian Burns

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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.


    5 of 7 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.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Anton Vikoch 03-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Book of Pseudoscience and Cargo Cult Science"

    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.

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    Nick 02-22-15
    Nick 02-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book on using "flow" aka the zone!"

    Great book on how and why being in flow/ the zone enhances human performance no matter the endeavor. Get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennie United States 02-17-15
    Jennie United States 02-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The x games is so scientific"

    I like action adventure sports, but I'm not an enthusiast. Listening to the long winded anecdotes concerning every imaginable form of action adventure sports with the scientific explanation that followed was a bit challenging at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Kemp 01-13-15
    Ian Kemp 01-13-15 Member Since 2004
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    "It's hard to take a book seriously that"

    Says things such as, "that was like painting the Mona Lisa upside down and blind folded". Actual quote to describe doing a skateboard jump over the Great Wall of china.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arttemis Keszainn Austin 01-12-15
    Arttemis Keszainn Austin 01-12-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Love it!! For visionaries, artist, and enthusiasts"

    This is a great book – read it if you're interested in science, artistry, high-performance sports and the future of human consciousness and human potential!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    anthony 01-02-15
    anthony 01-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Solid but left me wanting more"

    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.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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