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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

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.
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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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    Kirsten Sonner Charlotte, NC 09-21-14
    Kirsten Sonner Charlotte, NC 09-21-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Amazing Brain Science May Change Long Held Views"
    Would you listen to The Talent Code again? Why?

    I'd listen again. This book may scientifically prove to you that some of your long held beliefs are just plain wrong. The person who is terrible at drawing may just read this book and start drawing the next day. I'd call it a must read for highstrung parents, educators, homeschoolers, and self-learners of all kinds. It's hard enough to be informative but simple enough to be understandable.


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    Robert North York, Ontario, Canada 08-19-14
    Robert North York, Ontario, Canada 08-19-14
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    "The code has been fractured"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it brings to light some important information supported in a number of other related books about practice, training and time dedication to obtain a skill. It's also not overly long allowing for a quick listen without lost attention.


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

    Nothing in particular.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Farrell?

    Yes.


    What did you learn from The Talent Code that you would use in your daily life?

    Harness the ignition and immediately correcting the error in during practice before moving on.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book. Recommended.

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    Mario 03-09-14
    Mario 03-09-14

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    "Hey Parents!, this is useful stuff"

    This is a simple, well structure treaty on the physiology and philosophy of the learning process which serves as a blueprint for teaching and coaching. This is in general, one of the tools parents (sometimes unknowingly) are looking for. It debunks the believe on born abilities and answers the question on: How we can help our children (or at least explain to them) how to achieve their best?

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    James 10-10-13
    James 10-10-13 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "disappointment"

    it's nothing like the preview of the book,
    it is just listing and describing on of the best soccer or tennis technics
    no a word how to improve studding time , or master new language in faster time

    nice listen but nothing interested to be learn form that book ,
    waste of money

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    Dale Columbus, OH, United States 03-19-13
    Dale Columbus, OH, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The Talent Code changed my life!"
    Would you listen to The Talent Code again? Why?

    Yes, the talent code changed the way I approach my career as an educator. The teaching of deep practice is a phenomenal concept and allows the reader (listener) to grasp a simple but powerful approach to self improvement. I am considering using The Talent Code book as a supplemental work at the collegiate level.


    What does John Farrell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The story telling about the way that John Wooden coached.


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    Richard Raymond, AB, Canada 02-02-13
    Richard Raymond, AB, Canada 02-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Kind of Cheesy.........."

    Didn't finish it. Lost interest. Reads kind of like an infomercial. Seems to me there is no way that anyone can use the findings to build talent.

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    Luis Littleton, CO, United States 01-23-13
    Luis Littleton, CO, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Truly Enlightening!"
    If you could sum up The Talent Code in three words, what would they be?

    Profoundly Enlightening book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Myelin. A substance we should all know about.


    Have you listened to any of John Farrell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Want to learn how to build talent? This is how...


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    C. Campbell Bakersfield, CA 12-09-12
    C. Campbell Bakersfield, CA 12-09-12 Member Since 2016

    Can't complain.

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    "Very interesting & easy to read."

    Lots of examples, explanations, and really awesome stories about how the best became the best.

    The speaker is a little monotone but the content is so interesting it's easy to get over.

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    Wade T. Brooks Portland, OR, USA 06-25-12
    Wade T. Brooks Portland, OR, USA 06-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting Book"

    Interesting, it focuses on how our brains work for learning new information, specifically the effect of myelin in neuro pathways.

    I would have liked a little more meat but there are some pearls around accelerated learning, deep study and teaching.

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    Marshall AZLE, TX, United States 05-14-12
    Marshall AZLE, TX, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Intriguing"
    Would you listen to The Talent Code again? Why?

    It is very thought provoking. I finished the book over a week ago and the content is still dominating my thoughts. I will listen again to try and pick up any little nugget that I can employ with my own kids as well as the kids I coach.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The deep practice / screwing up makes them better parts have been the subject of much of my thinking since listening. It’s challenged me to find way to push my players to the edge of their abilities while at the same time keeping them in a growth mindset so discouragement doesn’t creep in. Just this section alone is well worth the investment.


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