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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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    "Greene argues that mastery can come to anyone over time with dedication and application, which literally shape the brain to the task, and he gives frequent bios of famous achievers to underscore his tips and suggestions. Listeners may question his thinking and some of his advice, but Fred Sanders narrates Greene's assertions and arguments with conviction and without overselling, giving them an extra gloss of plausibility and credibility. His reading is clear and well paced. His tone is earnest and slightly intense, with an energetic edge, like that of a coach urging the listener to accomplishment, but controlled, giving an impression of class and intelligence. Greene would make a fine salesman; he and Sanders put the book across, doing their best to inspire the listener." (AudioFile magazine) 

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Kindle Customer
    • 18/03/2020

    Too much emphasis on evolution

    The author's world view is obvious and comes from the presupposition that the universe and all that it contains evolved by chance from some undefined matter. The existence of a Creator is ignored or discounted. Given these presuppositions, creativity is reduced to an accident or happenstance. I am probably not alone in seeing creativity as evidence of a Creator, who created me in His image. I also think this book, for me, is too long and complicated to listen to. I would have to read and re-read, go back to refresh my memory. This isn't easily done in an audio book. I didn't finish. I also wondered why he chose the masters he did. All this said some of the steps to mastery are very interesting and are in step with what I have read elsewhere. 10,000 hours of practice, for example. Internships and finding a mentor are all good advice.

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • john cook
    • 16/06/2013

    Please write another book Mr. Greene.

    I love this author. Great book. Robert Greene is truly a Master Author and researcher.

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    • A M
    • 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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    • Ironlironzion
    • 16/12/2012

    An amazing listen!

    Would you consider the audio edition of Mastery to be better than the print version?

    This is a fantastic collection of biographies and lessons. A very pleasant education on just about everything

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    • lionel
    • 18/09/2014

    Very Disappointed

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

    no thanks...

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    principles are great, but this author has no heart for people. success at the cost of any relationship is not the way people should live - that's the reason this world is in the state that it is today

    Any additional comments?

    Robert Greene doesn't practice what he preaches... read the reviews of the 40 laws and you'll see that he doesn't practice them himself... what kind of a person writes and recommends things that he doesn't practice himself?

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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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    • Felix Rizo-Patron
    • 18/09/2017

    Mastery can be attained by everybody

    This book suggests that Masters such as Charles Darwin, Leonardo Da Vinci, Wolfgang von Goethe, Mozart, etc were not born as such. They attained Mastery by working on their respective subjects. By long-life specialisations. Robert Greene gives the example of learning how to drive a car. In the beginning, you need all your resources for the task. But with PRACTICE, all the information and coordination needed (who is looking from the front, the side, speed, gear etc etc...) goes into a subconscious layer were it all gets done like automatically. And resources get free so we can do other things simultaneously. And it is the same with everything: by REPETITION, a once complex task, goes into the automatic (subconscious) layer. This goes on and on, layer by layer, upwards. Until we kind of do not need to think to solve tasks. That is Mastery. The book explains wonderfully how LEARNING works. The reader is, like in all Robert Greene audiobooks, superb. Highly recommended.

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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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    • Robert Jannig
    • 27/03/2019

    Tolles Buch

    Man muss es aber öfter lesen. Es gibt so viele schöne Beispiele, die es einem verdeutlichen, wie wichtig es ist, sich in der heutigen Zeit auch mal Zeit zu lassen.

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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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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 16/09/2020

    Gut aber wiederholt sich

    Erste Hälfte des Buches ist spannend, danach werden Geschichten & biographien zu oft wiederholt

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 18/09/2019

    entertaining but imho too wordy

    Just like the art of seduction: stories are fun, wordy preaching isn't. certain bits get repeated 3-4 times, but a great book overall

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    • Anonymus
    • 13/08/2019

    master the school of life

    listening or reading this book provides you with plenty of good lessons for life. putting it all into work is your job.

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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.