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The Talent Code Audiobook

The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Anything

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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times best-selling author explores cutting-edge brain science to learn where talent comes from, how it grows, and how we can make ourselves smarter.

How does a penniless Russian tennis club with one indoor court create more top 20 women players than the entire United States? How did a small town in rural Italy produce the dozens of painters and sculptors who ignited the Italian Renaissance? Why are so many great soccer players from Brazil?

Where does talent come from, and how does it grow?

New research has revealed that myelin, once considered an inert form of insulation for brain cells, may be the holy grail of acquiring skill. Journalist Daniel Coyle spent years investigating talent hotbeds, interviewing world-class practitioners (top soccer players, violinists, fighter, pilots, artists, and bank robbers) and neuroscientists. In clear, accessible language, he presents a solid strategy for skill acquisition - in athletics, fine arts, languages, science or math - that can be successfully applied through a person's entire lifespan.

©2009 Daniel Coyle; (P)2009 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"I only wish I'd never before used the words 'breakthrough' or 'breathtaking' or 'magisterial' or 'stunning achievement' or 'your world will never be the same after you read this book.' Then I could be using them for the first and only time as I describe my reaction to Daniel Coyle's The Talent Code." (Tom Peters)

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    "very interesting material, and applicable."

    very interesting material, and applicable. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20. a review takes 20 words... how 80's

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    "Very informative and entertaining."

    Loved it. Very easy read from beginning to end. Great read for anyone. We are all teachers right?

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    CJ Smith 10-15-15
    CJ Smith 10-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read for parents of athletes"

    This book was recommended to me by my daughter's Junior Olympic swimming coach. Took me forever to read but did the Audible version and finished in 2 days! Loved the book. Highly recommend

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    Amir 09-16-15
    Amir 09-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Such an amazing book!"
    Where does The Talent Code rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Talent Code definitely would rank on top of my 3 best audiobooks so far.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read for whoever is interested in talent development or basic understanding of neuroscience.

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    Macaroo Rocky Mountains of Colorado 08-20-15
    Macaroo Rocky Mountains of Colorado 08-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Practice is Everything"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Talent Code to be better than the print version?

    Not that I recall. I purchased the print version of the book several years ago and just re-listened to the audio version recently.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would add more types of learning situations. What drives passion for learning? I would give examples of of the instructors found in the "hot beds". How are those instructors different from other instructors. In short more comparison and contrast.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A part early on about the pilots and the Tom Sawyer effect.


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

    No. My only reaction is the reminder of how important it is to practice and continue to learn new things while continuing to practice those skills we are most interested in.


    Any additional comments?

    Most of the book focuses on the importance of practice, the types of practice, and the quantity of practice. It is an enjoyable read and is filled with examples of the importance of practicing. The narration is especially enjoyable.

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    Michael 07-29-15
    Michael 07-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Super interesting"

    Highly recommended and a must read especially if you're in the industry of sports and coaching.

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    Lawrence, P.A. 07-12-15 Member Since 2014

    I'm a speaker at Odd Salon in San Francisco as well as an actor, singer and all around performing monkey. I am crazy about Frank Herbert!

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    "How to perform like an expert, fast!"
    What does John Farrell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He had an upbeat, motivated tone which helped keep my interest in the material.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Talent Code?

    The concept of deep practice, in which you slow down the process of learning a thing (be it music, athletics, language) and take its component pieces apart, then slowly reassemble them while correcting mistakes. I have use this practice in my own work and I swear by it.


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    Patrick Arippol Silicon Valley 06-22-15
    Patrick Arippol Silicon Valley 06-22-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Fantastic. Provocative insights on learning and skill development"

    Fantastic. Provocative insights on learning and skill development-- applicable in multiple contexts ranging from raising children to professional coaching

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    Carol LOWELL, IN, United States 06-04-15
    Carol LOWELL, IN, United States 06-04-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Great info with many examples"

    I just read this book for the second time and enjoyed it even more. If you are interested in teaching kids how to do something well, then this is the book you need! There were too many sports examples to suit my taste, but I got the idea. We are myelin beings.

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    S. Hofmans Helendale, CA 04-25-15
    S. Hofmans Helendale, CA 04-25-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Wish I found this book decades ago!"

    This book flowed very smoothly and was easy for me to follow, since there was a lot new information to take in. I really loved it.

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