The Element

  • by Ken Robinson Ph.D.
  • Narrated by Ken Robinson Ph. D., Lou Aronica
  • 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the Element, they feel most themselves, most inspired, and achieve at their highest levels. The Element draws on the stories of a wide range of people: Paul McCartney; The Simpsons creator Matt Groening; Meg Ryan; Gillian Lynne, who choreographed the Broadway productions of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera; journalist Arianna Huffington; renowned physicist Richard Feynman; and many others, including business leaders and athletes. It explores the components of this new paradigm: the diversity of intelligence, the power of imagination and creativity, and the importance of commitment to our own capabilities.
With a wry sense of humor, Ken Robinson looks at the conditions that enable us to find ourselves in the Element and those that stifle that possibility. He shows that age and occupation are no barrier and that once we have found our path, we can help others do so as well. The Element shows the vital need to enhance creativity and innovation by thinking differently about human resources and imagination. It is an essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities to meet the challenges of living and succeeding in the 21st century.


What the Critics Say

"Motivating and persuasive, this entertaining and inspiring book will appeal to a wide audience." ( Publishers Weekly)" The Element offers life-altering insights about the discovery of your true best self." (Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)


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Customer Reviews

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I've listened to it over and over. It is not just the writing that makes this book so informative and entertaining, but also the delivery and the readers' voice. He has such an engaging way of speaking that it really draws you in. I've listen to this five times, and I probably will listen 5 times more.
Such a shame his new book is not narrated by him!
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- Conrad

Feels slow and a bit dated but ....

Firstly the book doesn't feel as 'electric' as the TED talks that bring most of us here to buy this book. The content is still very good, but the pace is slow and you forever want to give Sir Ken the hurry up. Given Sir Ken's reading i would say that i didn't get the feel that creating an audiobook about his passion/Element was indeed his Element.

I found the book to be insightful and seems to have enthused me listening to it more than it did him reading it.

There are sections of the recording that seem to have been re-recorded at a later stage. The sound and levels are quite different and when you're concentrating on listening these tend to jar and break concentration.

I would recommend the book but if there was a revision on some data and events used (Lance Armstrong is not longer a hero embracing his Element) , then i'd gladly revisit the book and it would be on my must read list rather than a recommended list.
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- Lee

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-01-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio