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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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    "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.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    anthony 01-02-15
    anthony 01-02-15 Member Since 2015
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Troy 06-18-14
    Troy 06-18-14

    I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!

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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.

    8 of 12 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.

    2 of 3 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 8 people found this review helpful
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    Graham 07-24-15
    Graham 07-24-15
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    "Not all risk is based on simple adrenaline rush!"
    Where does The Rise of Superman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny Way. I skated back in the day, circa 1978.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Great Wall!


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

    Many. Goosebumps from former lives lived ~ to see another day.


    Any additional comments?

    While those who have had action sport history or experience will “get” this more than most readers/listeners there is a powerful message for everyone in this work. VERY fitting to the exponential times we are living and facing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 06-23-15
    Jonathan 06-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "good book but..."

    great book but I was looking for more business applications, the examples are largely adventure sports, which is great but you have to make a leap to integrate it into business, however - there were some great portions towards the middle that broke down how to create flow on demand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Philip J Monu 06-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So interesting!"

    I recommend to anyone interested in increasing performance and creativity. Also well read and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Seth Tate (Northwest Kustoms) 05-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    ""Flow"..........As Real As It Gets!!!"

    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
    ~Muscle Machines~
    With My Company........
    Northwest Kustoms

    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
    Steven Kotler
    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
    "Free Flowing".........
    Thanks Steven Kotler
    For Taking Me Inside
    As I Thoroughly Enjoyed The Ride,
    In Reading This Book......
    Seth Tate
    Northwest Kustoms

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin 05-12-15
    Justin 05-12-15
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    "Still unclear"

    Still not clear how to get into flow with out being on the edge of death

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Rubbish, nothing practical or actionable"
    What would have made The Rise of Superman better?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Kotler again?

    No. This book is pretty much a complete waste of 8-9hrs for most people.


    What aspect of Jeff Cummings’s performance might you have changed?

    He did a decent job, but you can't polish a turd.


    What character would you cut from The Rise of Superman?

    All of them. Seriously.


    Any additional comments?

    Get Lore Of Running instead.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Y. Syed
    Somewhere in Internet Land
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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