Mastery

  • by Robert Greene
  • Narrated by Fred Sanders
  • 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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.

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- Adam

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.

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- livvster

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-11-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio