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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.

©2012 Robert Greene (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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Interesting but lengthy and sometimes repetitive

the book is very lengthy and often repetitive: same story of the same person. it could have been much shorter. other than that I totally recommend it

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this will become a new classic

really well composed, good sense storytelling with excellent real life examples from all eras and walks of life. i really enjoyed it and learnt a lot.

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  • Geoff
  • 14/04/2013

Classic Robert Greene

I haven't listened to or read another author that tries to teach life lessons that are relevant today through historic stories from the past. Is he always successfull? No, not always. Is it entertaining and will you learn some cool stories about great masters of the past (think Mozart, Da Vinci)? Yes!

This book may or may not change your life. The lessons are great and the stories are interesting, however, as with all these self help types of books, you will only see change if you apply it. Fred Sanders does a great job narrating this book (one of the better Narrations I've listed to on a Robert Greene book).

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  • Mark
  • 04/05/2015

Focus on passion=Less stress and more success

If you could sum up Mastery in three words, what would they be?

Clarity of purpose

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Being great at something and to truly arrive at being great takes 10,000 hours or more. This is a message that is not being presented in today's age. Students think that they can cheat their way to greatness or be distracted by their phones and think that they can delve deep enough into a subject matter to earn a great job. Shortcuts are preached by many in education and politics. We are not meant to multi-task. Success is not a quick-fix away.

What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

Fred Sanders is the best narrator of a Robert Greene book. He tells the stories well and with just enough passion to keep the listener engaged. I wish that the other books were also available unabridged and read by the same performer. The reader of the abridged Power and Seduction books was too smarmy and took away the credibility of the text.

If you could give Mastery a new subtitle, what would it be?

Master your passion, or be mastered by others.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book and I will read it again. I also purchased the print copy. It is easy to become sidetracked by the media and all of the various forms of entertainment and news that is "so important." Even at work, it is easy to major in the minor things and fall prey to the tyranny of the urgent. This book encourages a person to focus on one thing. To do that separates you out from the 99.999% who dabble and waste their potential and their lives never accomplishing anything worthwhile. What sounds like sacrifice actually is a gift of time and clarity of mind. It takes less time to prioritize when there is a singular goal and less time is needed when the goal is so clear.

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  • Adnan Maddix
  • 12/10/2017

Its starts of really well but becomes repetitive.

The book started of really well, however it became repetitive. 16 hours is far too long. 10 hours would of been great. he lost me at 12.5 hours He repeats some stories at least three times. What i took from the book, anything you want to be great at you have to work work work.

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  • Irina
  • 30/03/2014

Must read

The books gives a big incentive to create. Moreover, reading this books definitely has a positive impact on the mood!
This is definitely one of my favorite books now.
Really enjoyed this audio version.

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  • john cook
  • 16/06/2013

WOW, I CANT STOP LISTENING

I loved this book, very exciting stories and examples of masters being taught by themselves and stories of their apprenticeships. I have listened to this book over 5 times in the first month and I keep getting more and more out of this book. Instant favorite in my collection of over 500 books. Daily listener and this book has excited me more than most.

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  • Regis
  • 10/05/2015

Amazing

I changed my life because of this book. I was trough some depressing times but thanks to Mastery I became more productive.

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  • Andy
  • 21/01/2013

what it takes, beyond hard work, to really know it

Detailed and far ranging discussion of what it takes to be the best you can be. Examples of both widely known and not so widely known domain experts help illuminate what is required.
When the author starts riffing on the malevolent aspects of the mentor/mentee relationship, I think he is off base. Setting that aside, any person that has the drive to be the best will learn something from this book. Super narration.

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  • Carlos
  • 16/10/2017

Great book

Goes over common characteristics of historical figures that mastered something in their lives and explains how to take those traits and apply them to whatever you do in life

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  • Steven
  • 23/04/2013

Myopic at times, with some useful stuff thrown in.

Would you try another book from Robert Greene and/or Fred Sanders?

Maybe, but I would be cautious.

Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Greene again?

Maybe.

Which character – as performed by Fred Sanders – was your favorite?

He didn't perform characters. This was written in the third person throughout.

Do you think Mastery needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

Any additional comments?

Some exceptional concepts and ideas are buried within this book. However, the author cannot seem to get past the idea that parents are all overbearing, non-nurturing, stifling, and have to be "overthrown". Are you kidding me? I get the idea that we have to unshackle ourselves, but I get the feeling the author is projecting, and it significantly takes away from the enjoyment and message of this book.

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  • Gare&Sophia
  • 16/01/2013

Mastery is both a goal and a destination...

While many of the ideas have been covered in other books, this author handles the topics with a fresh sense of urgency, and a lot of good illustration. The message is an overlay of the old joke "how do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice!", with the idea of learning to put your passion first.

There is no magic here, but an excellent personal trainer. Its worth a listen.

Gare Henderson

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  • Christian Faustmann
  • 29/05/2016

ein Buch, das jeder Mensch lesen sollte!

ein Buch, das jeder Mensch lesen sollte, vor allem schon in frühen Jahren.
jeder kann großes schaffen!

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  • Itzik Cohen Arazi
  • 24/02/2017

Amazing motivation and tips

Mastery motivates and explains how hard work is a worthwhile value you should learn.
It is told through sorties of historical great people who changed the world.
I didn't expect any motivation from this book but it does it even if you're not looking for it.
It's surely a read again book.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 12/05/2018

mega gut hat mir sehr gefallen!

in der Mitte zieht es sich aber lohnt auf jeden Fall! am Anfang ist es super und am Ende

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  • Nikolaos Drivakos
  • 02/03/2018

Really enjoyable

Enjoyable to listen, lots of examples and practical tips. Narrating very good. Recommended. Bravo Robert Greene

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  • Kelvin
  • 02/03/2018

Great start for a personal development journey

Fantastic beginning! Well chosen stories to accompany the phylosophies and concepts described. I wish I would have read this book as I was 12 years old but nevertheless this is an excellent book for anyone who cares about playing the long game in life. If your it to win it you must read this.

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  • Felix Rizo-Patron
  • 18/09/2017

Time not spent on learning will catch up with you

This books reminds us of the satisfaction that we get by learning new skills. At the beginning it takes effort but it gets increasingly enjoyable.

We are getting used to instant gratification through Facebook, Youtube, Netflix... Understand: all these technological gadgets are made and tested for us to get hooked on them. Do not fall in the trap!

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 15/02/2017

learning about Reality

many Examples of History. you have to be open to new ideas. Ideal for people who want to achieve something big in their lives. Different topics of Mastery for everone