The Greatest

  • by Matthew Syed
  • Narrated by Simon Slater
  • 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What can Roger Federer teach us about the secret of longevity? What do the All Blacks have in common with improvised jazz musicians? What can cognitive neuroscientists tell us about what happens to the brains of sportspeople when they perform? And why did Johan Cruyff believe that beauty was more important than winning?
Matthew Syed, the Sports Journalist of the Year 2016, answers these questions and more in a fascinating, wide-ranging and provocative book about the mental game of sport. How do we become the best that we can be as individuals, teams and organisations? Sport, with its innate sense of drama, its competitive edge, its psychological pressures, its sense of morality and its elusive quest for perfection, provides the answers.


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Customer Reviews

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very disappointed. No insight. unnecessary drama. just annoying, actually gave up with 5 hours left.
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- Amazon Customer

Amazing book

Very accessible, an easy listen
Performance gets an 8/10, the accents are jarring and inconsistently used they detract from the cadence of Syed's narrative
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- Colin Barrett

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-02-2017
  • Publisher: John Murray