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Mastery Audiobook

Mastery

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Publisher's Summary

The eagerly anticipated new book from the author of the best-selling The 48 Laws of Power

What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.

Temple Grandin, Martha Graham, Henry Ford, Buckminster Fuller - all have lessons to offer about how the love for doing one thing exceptionally well can lead to mastery. Yet the secret, Greene maintains, is already in our heads. Debunking long-held cultural myths, he demonstrates just how we, as humans, are hardwired for achievement and supremacy. Fans of Greene's earlier work and Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers will eagerly devour this canny and erudite explanation of just what it takes to be great.

©2012 Robert Greene (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Carlos 10-16-17
    Carlos 10-16-17
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    "Great book"

    Goes over common characteristics of historical figures that mastered something in their lives and explains how to take those traits and apply them to whatever you do in life

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    Adnan Maddix united kingdom 10-12-17
    Adnan Maddix united kingdom 10-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Its starts of really well but becomes repetitive. "

    The book started of really well, however it became repetitive. 16 hours is far too long. 10 hours would of been great. he lost me at 12.5 hours He repeats some stories at least three times. What i took from the book, anything you want to be great at you have to work work work.

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    Joseph Winterville, GA, United States 10-07-17
    Joseph Winterville, GA, United States 10-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic!"

    holistic perspective entertaining naratives and laws interwoven with seemingly all disciplines of knowledge and skill

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    James 10-06-17
    James 10-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "To Windy"

    Good information just excessively long winded. I hate abridged books but in this case I would happily make an exception.

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    Anonymous 10-04-17
    10-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic Read"

    Loved it. It's was amazing, reassuring and enlightening. For the first time I took notes while reading.

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    Amazon Customer 09-28-17
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    "Great audiobook!"

    Just wish the speaker was a little less mono tone! None the less a great pick up!

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    Assaf 09-26-17
    Assaf 09-26-17
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    "A unique experience"

    Greene does an excellent work at proving his point about the simple complexity of Mastery.

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    Anonymous 09-24-17
    09-24-17
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    "Wow"

    One of the most, if not the most life changing book i have read. Right from the start the book drew me in deep and i was excited through every chapter. i loved how the book covers everything in such great detail and providing real life examples. The narrating was very fluid and easy to understand. This is a book I will recomend to everyone I know!

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    KindlyDevious 09-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "read it 5 times. "

    I've read and listened this book a total of 5 times over the course of three years. Its not a book to help you to become happy, but an instructional guide for excellence. No, it's does not offer a quick fix, or promote the power of genius. It instead debunks both concepts, focusing instead on the need for disciplined work to accomplish anything of value.

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    Gilron Charles 09-20-17
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    "Tenacity "

    loved this book as it opens my eyes to mastery as well as the inner tenacity I know I have within me to achieve such a honour

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  • Adam
    Congresbury, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "Not a revelation"
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    More interesting for the biographies than any insight into mastery and self development. Can literally be summed up as 'work hard at what you enjoy and are best at'. Really wanted to like this book but finished a little disappointed at the lack of developed insight.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • livvster
    7/26/15
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    "Read this when you're 21!"
    Where does Mastery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best Audible books I've listened to


    What other book might you compare Mastery to, and why?

    It's unique researching high achievers that are not all well known and better for it.


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    His passion made me want to carry on listening


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    10,000 hours to Mastery


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. I particularly enjoyed learning about some of the lesser well know Masters and have been inspired to read and research some of their material. I have learned a great deal. I was left feeling this book should be read in your 20's and there was a sense that by 40 (as I am) it's a little too late!! Nonetheless it is a great read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Byron
    BROUGH, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "character building!"

    First of all I generally don't write reviews but in the case of this book I am making an exception! if you are like me and looked for this book on the recommendation of Elliot Hulse you will not be disappointed! it will get you on the way to becoming "the strongest version of yourself" the main problem i have with this audio-book is that Fred Sanders (i have never heard of him before is he famous in america?) voice get on my nerves but that's probably more of a personal thing! so all in all if you want a book for self improvement or even just to see what other peoples ideas on self improvement are! (like me) its worth ago right?

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Rory
    York, United Kingdom
    4/4/13
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    "Marvelous insight into some of the greats minds"

    Really enjoyed this from start to finish. Some brilliant stories on past and present masters of their fields. The narrative of trying to apply your own mind to do the same I took a bit tongue in cheek. I'm definitely not Mozart..

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • FENG
    Lueven, Belgium
    12/23/12
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    "Great and life changing"

    It is the book that help u get skills life and jobs done. Finding the thing motivates u from feep within your heart.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Majed
    8/12/15
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    "Amazing, Enlightening and Motivating"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I read the book, and listened to the audio book twice and plan to do so again. The stories of the masters' lives are truly inspiring and I believe everyone should know their stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mastery?

    Michael Faradays story really resonated with me


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

    Martha grahams story was a very unlikely one which shows you can achieve once you trust yourself and follow your instincts


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shek
    4/27/15
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    "Brilliant"

    A true insight into mastering any field. Recommended for anyone wanting to develop their inclinations. Lessons not easily learned from people around you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I. Reid-Knightley
    Bolton, UK
    4/8/13
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    "An inspirational insight into success"

    This is an entertaining and insightful examination into what it takes to stand out above the crowd. It helps you to realise that the success of geniuses like Mozart, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michael Faraday wasn't handed to them on a plate and that their natural talents alone did not secure their places in history. The secret ingredients were the love of their subject, their attitude and their determination to succeed despite constant obstacles. This book has helped me to see setbacks and challenges in a different light - often, they are blessings in disguise. Sometimes, they are the very key to success itself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • david davidson
    london
    4/29/16
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    "Mostly nonsense"

    2 hrs of content stretched out to 16 hours. Not really sure of the point or practicality of it.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • D Anderson
    7/3/15
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    "An inspirational read for the aspiring Master"

    Robert Greene presents valuable principles of Mastery and allows the reader (or listener) to absorb these principles with relevant examples throughout history.

    Thoroughly enjoyed! Well read too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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