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Stealing Fire Audiobook

Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work

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Publisher's Summary

The authors of the best-selling Bold and The Rise of Superman explore altered states of consciousness and how they can ignite passion, fuel creativity, and accelerate problem solving, in this groundbreaking book in the vein of Daniel Pink's Drive and Charles Duhigg's Smarter Faster Better.

Why has generating "flow" and getting "into the zone" become the goal of the world's most elite organizations? Why are business moguls attending Burning Man? Why has meditation become a billion-dollar industry? Why are technology gurus turning to psychedelic drugs to unlock creativity?

All of these people are seeking to shift their state of mind as a way of unlocking their true potential. Altered states, the authors reveal, sharpen our decision-making capabilities, unleash creativity, fuel cooperation, and let us tap in to levels of inspiration and innovation unavailable at all other times. Stealing Fire combines cutting-edge research and firsthand reporting to explore a revolution in human performance - a movement millions of people strong to harness and utilize some of the most misunderstood and controversial experiences in history.

Building a bridge between the extreme and the mainstream, this groundbreaking and provocative book examines how the world's top performers - the Navy SEALS, Googlers, Fortune 100 CEOs - are using altered states to radically accelerate performance and massively improve their lives, and how we can, too.

Ultimately, Stealing Fire is a book about profound possibility - about what is actually possible for ourselves and our species when we unlock the full potential of the human mind.

©2017 Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    R8r 03-18-17
    R8r 03-18-17
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    "Very disappointing. Not what it promises to be."
    Would you try another book from Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal and/or Fred Sanders?

    No. After purchasing Stealing Fire, I feel like I got "burned."
    The book promises to be, "a guidebook for anyone who wants to radically upgrade their life." Unfortunately, it's just a guidebook to entice you into joining their training which costs $700 annually.


    Has Stealing Fire turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Just the author and his team of people who clearly wrote this book as nothing more than a means to sell their $700 "training."


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

    Yes. It's on par with his other work.


    What did you take away from Stealing Fire that you can apply to your work?

    I learned that an entire "guidebook" can be written without giving any truly actionable guidance other than, "you should pay me $700 to get the REAL advice you were seeking when you bought my audiobook."
    I also learned that an entire audiobook lasting 8 hours, 24 minutes can be nothing more than marketing. If I wanted to be an asshole, maybe I'd apply these lessons to my own endeavors but my ethics won't let me.


    Any additional comments?

    If you feel a need to satisfy your curiosity about this book, be prepared to take advantage of Audible's generous return policy; I certainly did.

    64 of 72 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret D Ziedin 02-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Compelling, Validating and Enlightening"


    I liked this book because the topic is something everybody craves on some level or another. Everyone wants to lift their game and up level their happiness feel more flow. Seeking the consistent flow, grow and collaboration for a rich life, rich in essence not necessarily material gain. This book takes you there and connects so many dots, it's brilliant.
    There wasn't much I disliked about the story, the way it was written or read. It's all good.
    I'd recommend it to anyone open minded, interested in consistent high performance for life and work, creatives and empaths will love it, the same as CEOs and other driven professionals and athletes and adrenaline junkies. If you are really religious it may not be your thing, I still encourage everyone to be open minded to this valid and worthy read.
    I rated it high because it brought together so many of my interests in one place. Thanks

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    alaskacie 02-25-17
    alaskacie 02-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Authors pester people who buy the book"

    To review, to buy more copies, so that they can rank higher (expressly said). Getting back to the book, it describes a lot of what, but nothing practical for how -- except, presumably if you join their $497 program.

    45 of 55 people found this review helpful
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    SF Dev San Francisco, California United States 03-29-17
    SF Dev San Francisco, California United States 03-29-17 Member Since 2014
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    "An overview of the stupid hobbies of rich people"

    This review title should not strike anyone as controversial because in chapter 8 he literally uses the term "trickle down ecstasis" and it is only at this point that he talks about anything that is remotely useful to the average reader. Even at that point, he dwells upon the same boring themes that dominate the rest of his book, most chiefly, designer drug use. I picked up this book under the impression that this would describe the practices that have helped people and organizations innovate and succeed. However the author appears to have gotten the causal relationship reversed and he was too stoned to realize it; all he talks about is the stuff people with a lot of spare time and money end up doing with their excess resources. Perhaps the only exception to this is his description of Seal Team Six, which he puts at the beginning of the book likely because it's the only part of the book with any merit whatsoever. It's all utterly inane pseudo transcendence that I am completely bored of as someone who was raised in California. Nothing new at all. All of the studies are flimsy. This book sounds like a multi-hour long rant of a Burning Man attendee trying to explain why acting like a self-indulgent kiddult in the desert is somehow an admirable experience. It's actually harmful to imply that such "vehicles of ecstasis" can help people succeed to the extent the author does. I met several people who have already been fooled by this argument in the tech industry and I have achieved more promotions and more success than any of them without having to take a single "dab" of any chemical garbage. Dropping acid like Steve Jobs doesn't turn you into Steve Jobs; unfortunately, this book touches upon none of the characteristics that will actually make you a good engineer or business leader and skips straight to the dropping acid part and which is frankly demeaning and stupid. Great book for people who want to pat themselves on the back for their bad habits, not a great book for people who like well researched and balanced arguments that will stand the test of time.

    30 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Kary Oberbrunner Columbus, OH 02-21-17
    Kary Oberbrunner Columbus, OH 02-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Use the Fire Wisely"
    What did you love best about Stealing Fire?

    I enjoyed the deep research the authors did on this topic. Their scholarship shows.


    What other book might you compare Stealing Fire to and why?

    I think Stealing Fire begins where Rise of Superman ends.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Sanders – was your favorite?

    Fred was a brilliant narrator.


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

    It was deep. If you rush it, you'll miss some of the mojo.


    Any additional comments?

    Loving the audio version. It released this morning and I'm deep into the content. (I caught several of their podcasts on this topic earlier in the month.)

    The research is thorough. The implications are provocative. Although I'm not swallowing every expression of altered states—literally or figuratively—I've been a student of Steven's since Rise of Superman. Just like in that book, he masterfully weaves a multi-disciplinary approach to the topic at hand.

    I love the fact they chose to co-author this one. Jamie's passion is infectious and he brings a deep wealth of expertise to the conversation.

    I believe this book will be a seminal resource toward shifting our understanding of what's possible. My advice? Enter Stealing Fire with an openness to learn and grow. And use discernment when deciding which practices to integrate into your own life. Clearly, there is a buffet of options. Just like with fire, some uses will be beneficial. Others might get you burned. Wisdom knows the difference between the two.

    Great job Steven and Jamie.

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Shawnee WELLSVILLE, NY, United States 06-23-17
    Shawnee WELLSVILLE, NY, United States 06-23-17
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    "Interesting at times, yet boring and uninspiring."

    The stories were too long to make a simple point. Though it was an interesting concept, I felt that the ideas were not as groundbreaking as everyone is told... these concepts have been around a very long time, and because of this, I didn't think it was very inspiring or useful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    houman_ag@hotmail.com 06-14-17
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    "A waste of my time/money"
    Would you try another book from Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal and/or Fred Sanders?

    Probably not.


    What was most disappointing about Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal ’s story?

    What I want from a book is new concepts, guidelines, anything meaningful that I can implement in life/business. What did I get from this book? Let's not go there.


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

    Nada!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Stealing Fire?

    The content of the book from cover to cover (that's actually not quite true. The book had some not-so-useful but interesting stories)


    Any additional comments?

    I have always finished all the books that I started no matter how boring they were. I never thought I'd pay for a book and not finish it, but Stealing Fire proved me wrong.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Expedition Outreach 04-27-17
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    "Flow is the new enlightenment"

    A new way of viewing humanities journey to heal and enlighten our consciousness. Amazing book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    dylan 04-26-17
    dylan 04-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Mind blowing excellence"

    Jamie and Steven have put together one of the greatest glimpses into the future of human consciousness. Read this book if you don't want to be left behind.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aidan Gapinski 04-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A thought provoking look behind the scenes. "

    This book offers an idea about how humanity can move forward more effectively and thoughtfully.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    2/26/17
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    "Gamechanger...."

    Ridiculously good and for me it is exactly what I needed... Gamechanger...gratitude...what a gift for humanity!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ciprian
    3/26/17
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    "The first book that I really reasonate with"

    This book answered to some of my existential questions. Once you start reading the first chapter you can't stop

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    8/1/17
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    "Wow!"

    I've never get the urge to write a review before, but this is one of the best books I've ever read/heard. A very insightful and interesting look into altered states, which it turns out comes from all sorts of activities and is growing. Fast.

    If you're interested in learning about the minds potential and ways you can think outside the box, I would highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    7/23/17
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    "What a treat !! 1st Review ever"
    Where does Stealing Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. I loved this book so much I am finally writing a review. Mind bending, I'm heavily in to the Brain, Neuro plasticity, epigenetics, quantum physics mindfulness etc. I usually get a book and its the same old research presented slightly differently. This book was so refreshingly new, I had no idea these things were going on.
    I love books that are thought provoking and leave me somewhat confused and wanting to know more. This is one of those books, I'm off to listen to it again with a pen and paper.

    Excellent.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JohnJenner
    4/24/17
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    "thought provoking"

    definitely a different prospective on performance and flow than I held before.
    an interesting weave of history, present and future

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • BarefootRonin
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    3/22/17
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    "Seemingly A Pro-Drugs Guide With Little Direction"
    Would you try another book written by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal or narrated by Fred Sanders?

    Nope. I have no idea what the point of this book is. I got 5 hours in and it just seems to be telling us that (some) people take drugs and that can/may make them 'perform' better. Thanks guys... Nobody knew that! I wasted 5 hours of my life.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal again?

    Not a chance - Two words: Credit Refund.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Fred Sanders?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Stealing Fire?

    All of the content.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this book unless you want a 'text' book on how drugs have been used to alter perception. Waffle waffle waffle. I may be being a dullard but I have no idea what the authors are trying to tell us other than some drugs may be good if you want to experience other worlds or enhance perception with pharmaceuticals. Little or NO practical information.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    10/1/17
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    "Read!!!"

    This book is eye opening and fascinating in so many ways. Flow is something that I need to dive into more and this has helped me understand it better. It’s a must read! And burning man is a must visit for me now

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    9/5/17
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    "Phenomenal listen."

    So easy to listen. So well written and narrated. Highly recommended to anybody wanting to find out a bit more about the human mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. L. B.
    8/13/17
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    "Enlightening, concise and fascinating"

    Brilliantly written and brilliantly read. many thanks for sharing your knowledge and insights, Steven and Jamie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abhinav Gaur
    7/20/17
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    "revelationary"

    A book for our new times ... creating a new world . thank you very much

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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