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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

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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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    Christopher 12-08-16
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    "Intriguing. Making my kids listen to it."
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    To understand how the brain works a little more is extremely helpful, especially with younger kids still studying, trying new things and learning skills. This book and most of the details presented were enciteful enough that I want my kids to listen to at least the first couple hours of the book to hear how the brain functions when they attempt to get better at a task. Towards the end it gets a little long with examples and more stories of deep practice, so it could have been edited to be a shorter and the concept wouldn't have been lost to the reader/listener. I wish I could have read this book when I was younger.

    I read some of the 1 & 2 star ratings, which I always do before a purchase to see if their critiques has merit. For this book, my opinion is that the few I read do not. The 1 and 2 star reviews may have thought this was a medical book, which it clearly isn't and their reviews come across as pompous. Judge for yourself, but I enjoyed the topic. Great book.

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    Karsten 11-20-16
    Karsten 11-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    I wish I had known this stuff when I still played sports back in high school. Dear God. I could have been SO much better. glad I'm at least learning it at 26 while I can still utilize it to its fullest potential. if you want to get better at just about anything, read this book.

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    Manuel A Batlle 10-25-16
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    "There is myelin in the rabbit hole"

    A book worth reading that can bring insight into an understanding of talent beyond what is normally accepted or understood. Unfortunately the original researcher Mr Myelin passed on but paved they way for people like the author of this book to build upon what was found.

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    Jodi Schumm Ohio, USA 10-19-16
    Jodi Schumm Ohio, USA 10-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Useful & Practical"

    Great insight for parents, teachers, and anyone trying to help others - or help themselves - reach their potential.

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    John Imprint 10-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Basically continual practice & strong motivation "

    More practice = better/faster neurons
    He discusses coaching strategies for kids, sports and the arts. He describes what goes on in the brain during learning and why continual practice is necessary.

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    Dirk Woodville, MS, United States 10-04-16
    Dirk Woodville, MS, United States 10-04-16
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    "Wow"

    This make total sense. Wish I could redo life with this knowledge. 30 years to go to do it differently and deeply

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    Brant Petty 09-17-16
    Brant Petty 09-17-16
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    "Awesome learn!!!"

    This is my first audio book and I am impressed at how I can begin to learn more by listening. Hope that more is on the way for me.

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    Diallo Bushongo 09-01-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Must have for parents with children"

    I've probably listened to this a dozen times and will a few dozen more. It's a must have!

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    vintagegirl 08-23-16
    vintagegirl 08-23-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Amazing"

    Love love loved this book. Changed my whole way of thinking as far as trying new things in life and not being afraid to fail at them. Failing is what helps us eventually gain skill as we keep trying and trying again!!

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    Cagdas Ucar 06-08-16
    Cagdas Ucar 06-08-16
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    "Needs to differentiate between skill and talent"

    Seriously. The author seems to assume talent does not really exist and it's all hard earned skills. Talent = speed of learning for a subject.

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