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Peak Audiobook

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

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Publisher's Summary

Mozart wasn't born with perfect pitch. Most athletes are not born with any natural advantage. Three world-class chess players were sisters whose success was planned by their parents before they were even born.

Anders Ericsson has spent 30 years studying the special ones - the geniuses, sports stars and musical prodigies. And his remarkable finding, revealed in Peak, is that their special abilities are acquired through training. The innate 'gift' of talent is a myth. Exceptional individuals are born with just one unique ability, shared by us all - the ability to develop our brains and bodies through our own efforts.

Anders Ericsson's research was the inspiration for the popular '10,000-hour rule', but, he tells us, this rule is only the beginning of the story. It's not just the hours that are important but how you use them. We all have the seeds of excellence within us - it's merely a question of how to make them grow.

With a bit of guidance, you'll be amazed at what the average person can achieve. The astonishing stories in Peak prove that potential is what you make it.

©2016 Anders Ericsson (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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    MRM 09-04-16
    MRM 09-04-16
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    "Awesome book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Peak to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, so it's hard to say whether it's better or not.


    What other book might you compare Peak to and why?

    This can be compared to Outliers (though I haven't read that one yet). But I believe this is better than Malcolm Galdwell's book since it expands on the 10,000 hour rule


    Which character – as performed by Geoffrey Beevers – was your favorite?

    The narrator


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

    It made me really think about how I can improve myself or help my daughter become an expert!


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen. The narrator is great too. Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Piotr Golofit 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book!"

    Best book I've listened to this year! I will surely listen to it again soon.

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    Ingmar Lindström USA 08-29-16
    Ingmar Lindström USA 08-29-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great insights and grand plans"

    Great narrator, science backed information and visions for the future. I recommend it to anyone wishing to better themselves and the ones around them.

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    10/2/16
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    "The road is long."

    Yes, the road is long, but know this: you can only improve your skills, you can never improve your self, for your self is the one who observes improvement (or the lack of it.)

    Enjoy your work and redefine it as play because if you set out to improve a skill with a lot of stress and the need to improve you will enivitably contaminate all that you do and seek with negative vibes.

    It is therefore wise to learn who you truly are before you learn any other subject. This may seem Needlessly esoteric but it will save you much unnecessary stress and trouble in the long run.

    Peace and love.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • dsodonoghue
    10/29/16
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    "Deliberate practice"

    This book describes one of the most important insights of the last half century and provides both evidence and anecdotes that strongly support its conclusions. The narration is clear and delivered at a very comfortable pace. I have strongly recommended this book in all formats to friends and family.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • WildMike
    Kent, UK
    7/5/16
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    "Fascinating and inspiring."

    Probably the best book currently available on the subject of deliberate practice. highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/3/17
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    "Excellent Read!"

    I have the book and the Audible file to listen to when driving. Provides a very good overview of the Deliberate Practice concept. A good mixture of theory and practice makes for a rewarding read and listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reviewing dad
    3/31/17
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    "A thought provoking and inspiring book"

    Listened to this over 8 or 9 days. It's profoundly affected my thinking and as a parent, teacher, coach, trainer and learner, I'm fizzing with enthusiasm for implementing its lessons.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Quinn
    11/14/16
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    "These are the guys that wrote Gladwell's rhymes"

    Empowering. The best way to improve examined. Weakness: doesn't answer the question fully about what environmental factors supercede practice and doesn't consider the work world much. Overall worth a listen, very well read and laid out arguments in a meaningful fashion

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. A. A. Banjo
    London, UK
    6/13/16
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    "A life changing book. I highly recommend it"

    This is a life changing book that dispels many myths around talent, genius, savants and others. It has caused me to embark on a quest of self improvement with more rigour.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • MuffinMan
    5/28/17
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    "Challenging all our assumptions and beliefs"

    This book is intriguing, interesting and disrupts the beliefs of talent as portrayed and propagated heavily by the media. It has challenged me to consider how what I do in life and business should be improved.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Razorinho
    5/10/17
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    "A transformational insight into what people are capable of achieving"

    One of the highest impact books I have read. Explains why nearly everyone has a similar opportunity to be good at almost anything, and even excel at it if they want to. Turns conventional perceptions of oneself and others on its head, and is already making me a better parent by helping my kids side step preconceptions of their of limitations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • USER
    Manchester, UK.
    8/18/16
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    "Great research findings but no decent structure"
    What disappointed you about Peak?

    The author is correct in providing many research findings and stories about how many people from a few fields achieved their "PEAKS". However, if you are not from one of these fields or are not trying to copy other peoples stories then you may struggle to find any underlying concept other than what is already obvious and you already know.In my opinion the book lacks a good structure. <br/><br/>At the beginning of every chapter I was excited because the author briefly explains a good concept but then rather than strengthening and guiding the listener on that concept he just keeps criss-crossing between countless examples and inside examples, he would then drill into many different concepts, terms, many many more examples in my opinion makes the reader lose contact with the original concept the chapter is meant to cover.<br/><br/>The author also repeats many examples many times and drills down to the same examples. Perhaps he was trying to look at them from different angles but he should have thought that listeners haven't had the same exposure to these subjects like he has so listeners would struggle to relate the information overload to their own fields, goals or even the concepts described at the beginning of the chapter/book.There were times I had to check the status of my Audible player because I felt like it has rewound to a previous chapter.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Anders Ericsson again?

    Yes, I have no disrespect to the author. He clearly knows what he's talking about. In my opinion, if he improves the structure with a curious but non-expert audience in mind the book will be much greater.


    What about Geoffrey Beevers’s performance did you like?

    Overall a very good narrator. The only (very) minor complaint is he pronounces R in some words with too much weight for my preference.


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

    I would improve the structure of the book with a curious but non-expert audience in mind. I would also remove repetitions of some examples and unnecessary drilling-ins into highly scientific words and reduce the number of unnecessary scientific words and lists of them that only proves the author has read a lot of books. These things have only lengthen the book because people who read a book about "Peak" wouldn't want to learn fancy scientific words or lists of fancy things that scientists do. I personally expect an author of this kind to understand the complex things and explain those in layman terms to readers like me. After-all I am not a scientific researcher.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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