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Peak Audiobook

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

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Publisher's Summary

Mozart wasn't born with perfect pitch. Most athletes are not born with any natural advantage. Three world-class chess players were sisters whose success was planned by their parents before they were even born.

Anders Ericsson has spent 30 years studying the special ones - the geniuses, sports stars and musical prodigies. And his remarkable finding, revealed in Peak, is that their special abilities are acquired through training. The innate 'gift' of talent is a myth. Exceptional individuals are born with just one unique ability, shared by us all - the ability to develop our brains and bodies through our own efforts.

Anders Ericsson's research was the inspiration for the popular '10,000-hour rule', but, he tells us, this rule is only the beginning of the story. It's not just the hours that are important but how you use them. We all have the seeds of excellence within us - it's merely a question of how to make them grow.

With a bit of guidance, you'll be amazed at what the average person can achieve. The astonishing stories in Peak prove that potential is what you make it.

©2016 Anders Ericsson (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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    Ken Craig 14/02/2017
    Ken Craig 14/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Stick with it"

    The listener will need to break through the early thresholds of the annoying over-articulated narration and the repetition of the content for the first 4 chapters. But stick with it and this book pays huge dividends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua 22/01/2017
    Joshua 22/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Outliers barely skimmed the surface."

    Peak provided a much deeper look into mastery and expertise than I had imagined. I'd listened to Ericsson talk in podcasts and heard much of what others had learned from his work but this book cleared up a lot of the information superbly. A couple of chapters felt like brainwaves, especially the key one on building mental representations.
    A great book for anyone interested in how we can learn effectively, and particularly those seeking any kind of excellence.

    The narrator was fantastic, except that whenever he would quote anyone they'd sound American, but a sort of unintelligent sounding American. Which missed the mark completely in a number of instances. But perhaps it was only jarring compared with the rest of his eloquently British narration throughout the book.

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    Robert Gronbeck 13/11/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "best practice for becoming or coaching experts"

    listened to thrice and still continue to soak up the knowledge. Research, stories and really useful points to direct your training to improve as much as you want.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ian 20/03/2017
    Ian 20/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Not for me"

    Good concepts but long winded and the narrator's voice really irritated me. I persevered with the audio because I thought there would be some gold st the bottom. Someone else might find this of more help than me.

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    Alex 09/02/2017
    Alex 09/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "GREAT!"

    this was an amazing listen. I am going to apply the principles in this book to my like straight away.

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    David 16/01/2017
    David 16/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Great research with meaningful application"

    A wonderful listen with brilliant research that can change your life.
    This book needs to be shared with as many people as possible.

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    Ashley Jessen Sydney, Australia 28/12/2016
    Ashley Jessen Sydney, Australia 28/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent advice and ideas"

    First few chapters weren't interesting for me but the rest of it was really fantastic.

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    Michael 28/11/2016
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    "thoroughly engaging"

    tremendously interesting. rich with insight and inspiration. im now searching for more on deliberate practice.

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    Renato Vozzo 27/06/2016
    Renato Vozzo 27/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great ideas, a must for anyone in Education."

    I've loved Ericsson's work for years. It's lovely to read a popularly accessible version of his research but authored by the actual researcher.

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    The Nautrual 28/05/2016
    The Nautrual 28/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome, liberating, inspiring"

    This book put to the sword many of the myths that have held me back and allowed me not to try. It enabled me to start challenging myself to at 53 to start learning mandarin and write a book. Let's see what it helps u do. Listen to what Anders says and U too will believe in ur ability too revolutionize yourself and the world of those who surround you. Listen enjoy, practice and just watch what happens! 😳😊

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  • MRM
    4/09/16
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    "Awesome book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Peak to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, so it's hard to say whether it's better or not.


    What other book might you compare Peak to and why?

    This can be compared to Outliers (though I haven't read that one yet). But I believe this is better than Malcolm Galdwell's book since it expands on the 10,000 hour rule


    Which character – as performed by Geoffrey Beevers – was your favorite?

    The narrator


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me really think about how I can improve myself or help my daughter become an expert!


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen. The narrator is great too. Loved it!

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  • Piotr Golofit
    30/08/16
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    "Great book!"

    Best book I've listened to this year! I will surely listen to it again soon.

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  • Ingmar Lindström
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    29/08/16
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    "Great insights and grand plans"

    Great narrator, science backed information and visions for the future. I recommend it to anyone wishing to better themselves and the ones around them.

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    2/10/16
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    "The road is long."

    Yes, the road is long, but know this: you can only improve your skills, you can never improve your self, for your self is the one who observes improvement (or the lack of it.)

    Enjoy your work and redefine it as play because if you set out to improve a skill with a lot of stress and the need to improve you will enivitably contaminate all that you do and seek with negative vibes.

    It is therefore wise to learn who you truly are before you learn any other subject. This may seem Needlessly esoteric but it will save you much unnecessary stress and trouble in the long run.

    Peace and love.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Quinn
    14/11/16
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    "These are the guys that wrote Gladwell's rhymes"

    Empowering. The best way to improve examined. Weakness: doesn't answer the question fully about what environmental factors supercede practice and doesn't consider the work world much. Overall worth a listen, very well read and laid out arguments in a meaningful fashion

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • dsodonoghue
    29/10/16
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    "Deliberate practice"

    This book describes one of the most important insights of the last half century and provides both evidence and anecdotes that strongly support its conclusions. The narration is clear and delivered at a very comfortable pace. I have strongly recommended this book in all formats to friends and family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • WildMike
    Kent, UK
    5/07/16
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    "Fascinating and inspiring."

    Probably the best book currently available on the subject of deliberate practice. highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. A. A. Banjo
    London, UK
    13/06/16
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    "A life changing book. I highly recommend it"

    This is a life changing book that dispels many myths around talent, genius, savants and others. It has caused me to embark on a quest of self improvement with more rigour.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. D. Cox
    London
    2/03/17
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    "great to finally get myths debunked"

    great to finally get myths debunked especially the​ Malcolm Gladwell 10,000 hour rule. Top violinists take 25,000 hours an Beatles performed in Hamburg for about 1,100 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frederick
    23/02/17
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    "Great book"

    This one goes into my top 5 books.
    Well written and very good research gone into it.
    Something we can certainly apply to our lives.
    Only down side for me was the narrators voice was a struggle to keep interest with. I'd recommend listening to at at least 1.5x speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Davis
    United Kingdom
    20/01/17
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    "Good concepts but lots of repetition"

    This book is great. It deals with some brilliant ideas and thinking on the science of deliberate practice, but I found my mind wandering towards the end as there are lots of stories that are repeated again and again.

    Overall it is a book that i would recommend if you are interested in developing skills and learning new things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terranovav8
    12/01/17
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    "Very insightful book."
    Would you listen to Peak again? Why?

    Yes, It is very insightful and interesting although with all books of this type you need to be selective with what you might actually take away from it!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it's a very intense listen. Albeit this was one of my first audiobooks and was grappling with trying to take everything not having the ability to re-read pages or paragraphs while I was driving the car.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James Gaskell
    4/12/16
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    "A must for anyone trying to learn anything"

    Interesting and fascinating. A book on effective practice by the Father of modern performance studies.
    The much cited "10,000" hour rule was adopted from some of his studies (Anders himself doesn't like the rule).
    The principles of deliberate practice and mental representations are the keys to replicating expert performance and I feel that these could be outlined in a few pages. Having said that, the rest of the book is still fascinating and worth sticking with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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