We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Talent Code Audiobook

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

Regular Price:$18.86
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (1881 )
5 star
 (1001)
4 star
 (581)
3 star
 (205)
2 star
 (65)
1 star
 (29)
Overall
4.4 (1339 )
5 star
 (760)
4 star
 (376)
3 star
 (146)
2 star
 (33)
1 star
 (24)
Story
4.4 (1347 )
5 star
 (758)
4 star
 (416)
3 star
 (134)
2 star
 (28)
1 star
 (11)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Jocelyn Mallard Canada 04-21-17
    Jocelyn Mallard Canada 04-21-17 Member Since 2017
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    "Couldn't handle listening to this narrator. Brutal"

    It was like being lectured by an arrogant old man. Had to turn it off after 5 min. I'll be reading this book on kindle instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Adam Larson 04-10-17 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    22
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Worth a second listen"

    "Use it and grow more"

    So many great stories and examples of what we should be doing in life to further our mastery of what we deem important.

    Is my two daughters grow older I'll be making sure to listen to this book at least once a year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Devin 03-22-17
    Devin 03-22-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    "the scientific backing as to why I'm so amazing"

    the scientific backing as to why I am so amazing. anyone working towards anything or coaching anything should read this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    james 02-09-17
    james 02-09-17 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "love it 💘"

    Automatically I am already in (principles learned) application modes. Very glad this book was written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Christopher Mezatis 02-05-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Short and sweet"

    This book explains that time is important towards refining skills but how you train during that time is what matters most. Being busy and being effective are very different outputs. Thank you for your thesis and wisdom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Josue 01-23-17
    Josue 01-23-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Book"

    It's a great read or listen. It was written with tons of case studies. I thought there could of been more clear actionable points through out each chapter. Had there been that, it would be a 5 star book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ono 01-16-17
    Ono 01-16-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    39
    19
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great!"

    as an instructor, I found this affirming and enlightening. as a student, I really found it interesting as well.

    recommended highly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mockingbird Belmont, MA USA 01-09-17
    Mockingbird Belmont, MA USA 01-09-17 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    24
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great info, sometimes repetitive and unbalanced"

    The insights from this author are worth listening to and the storytelling is pretty good--lots of examples and variety! I noticed a lot of repetition in the middle of the book, and an unusually long focus on Kip schools as an example, but overall totally worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sam USA 12-22-16
    Sam USA 12-22-16

    Sam

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Some good points, scientificall overinterpreted"

    I am surrounded by Neuroscience researchers for my day job. The book goes overboard with myeline hypothesis for learning without balancing it with other hypothesis out there. What about synapse formation, reusing old under used circuits as well as molecular mechanisms including Epigenetic mechanisms of memory formation?
    Author may have discarded them for simplicity but that draws an incomplete and thus inaccurate picture of how our brains learn and remember new skills. Things like chunking and deep practice are well known. Not much new there. Overall average one time listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Arkus88 12-21-16
    Arkus88 12-21-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Must read"

    Talent Code is simply brilliant
    When I found out Tony Robbins was reading it - I purchased the audio immediately

    It is now in my top 5 overall
    And is no. 1 for brain science books.

    Thanks Daniel Coyle

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.