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Around the globe, people are facing the same problem - that we are born as individuals but are forced to conform to the rules of society if we want to succeed. To see our uniqueness expressed in our achievements, we must first learn the rules - and then how to change them completely. 

Charles Darwin began as an underachieving schoolboy, Leonardo da Vinci as an illegitimate outcast. The secret of their eventual greatness lies in a 'rigorous apprenticeship': by paying close and careful attention, they learnt to master the 'hidden codes' which determine ultimate success or failure. Then, they rewrote the rules as a reflection of their own individuality, blasting previous patterns of achievement open from within. 

Told through Robert Greene's signature blend of historical anecdote and psychological insight and drawing on interviews with world leaders, Mastery builds on the strategies outlined in The 48 Laws of Power to provide a practical guide to greatness - and how to start living by your own rules. 

©2012 Robert Greene (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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Just the right side of pretentious

This book has some excellent information and captivating examples. Yes it repeats, but he does warn us of that at the beginning. I found myself getting frustrated with his overuse of particular words (‘understand, detailed, deeply’) and something about the narrator sticks in your head - not necessarily in a bad way, just very American. I love that the message is fundamentally ‘none of you are special, it’s about knowing yourself and your own interests and through applying time, effort and patience you can achieve great things’. Would have enjoyed greater diversity in ‘geniuses’ but the message is not fundamentally changed. I actually think this book would work better as a hard copy - the organisation is not great and it sometimes feels like it loops around without quite landing on the point. I get the sense this would be clearer if I could see the headings etc. Definitely something to ponder more on though, and excellent food for thought.

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amazing

this book is truly inspiring and has now led me on to purchase many other books about the "masters" spoken about in this. definitely reccomend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-12-2020

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A bit repetitive but packs a lot of good information to get you thinking fast

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  • Isaiah
  • 03-11-2020

Great book

this was great, very insightful on the arts of mastery and understanding what it takes to be and become a master

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-10-2020

Enlightening

This book has been my "Black Bible" for many years and honestly has given me more understanding of the path I walk, with every passing year I understand different depth of the information... A modern day Bible for the "modern day renaissance man"... Thank you Robert Greene 🙏

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-08-2020

Overall very good

There was a fair bit of repetition which could have been avoided. But overall very good stories & gives food for thought.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-06-2020

Great book

an exceptional read - would recommend 11/10. Greene did a great job on this one

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-05-2020

Great book.

Must read for everyone taking life seriously. The only complaint I have is repetitive story's and summarising.

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  • D. Panchal
  • 26-09-2019

Mastery through case studies, but not a "how to".

Firstly, the recording was a little "harsh" with sibilance and could do with some "De-essing" as it was quite distracting and sometimes piercing! As for the book, a wonderful collection of the stories and theories behind mastery but not much of a how to book.

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  • Mr M.
  • 03-09-2019

Another Great book by R.Greene

Robert Greene really delves in to detail of each tale, in an amazing way, Mastery is no exception. As luck would have it,I knew a few stories in the book already and the info was bag on, so I assume the rest is. I have also 3 Job disaplines, 2 of which have been life long studies, which in truth has fed my curiosity more than my belly. However, it has been worth it. Frok my experiance the journey of mastery is explored perfectly (if possible) in this book. Better to wear than rust. - Napoleon Bonaparte This is about becoming a master in a discipline and or practice. If you are looking for 10 steps to success this is not the book. If wand you understand the thinking behind mastery, this is perfect. Either way worth a read. I hope you enjoy.

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  • Emily
  • 25-04-2020

Extremely Insightful and Useful

I will be purchasing a physical copy of this book because it is great to go over and implement the knowledge this book holds, if you truly listen and read correctly you could change your life for the better with this incredible work from Robert Greene!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-2020

Well Recommended

Hard struggle to get through the first chapter where it's telling. history of the people it later talks about I. various parts of the book. I would suggest to skip it because you get their stories in context of the lessons learned rather than just hearing about the without that context. The book ignores some modern discoveries o how the mind and brain work and is a little dated with its depths of evolution. However it has some really good nuggets.

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  • john
  • 01-06-2020

the great book I've ever read/listened to

if you only read/listen to one book in your life time make it this one

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  • Zukhruf Naji
  • 07-01-2021

insightful and practical!

I found the book very insightful. It was great that examples were used to demostrate different implementable skills. In this way it makes it easy to be implemented in your life!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-12-2020

Good but not at the level of Power or Seduction

I liked it but it was not at the level of completeness and thoroughness that the other top books of the author: 48 Laws of Power or Art of Seduction. Some of the biographical characters and their stories in the book are mentioned several times in the book and makes it repetitive. Overall good still.

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  • Morné Lippiatt
  • 19-12-2020

Great stories but very repetitive

This 16 hour book is over in 4 and then repeated 4 times with very little nuance.

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  • Duncan Maxwell
  • 12-12-2020

Interesting but too much detail

An interesting listen but for me it was way too long. Not enough insightful content, although there is some abs just too much detail on each of the people referenced. If you come at this audible book hoping for some interesting stories of great Masters in their field then you will love it. If you are looking for help or guidance on how to improve in the field of Mastery, like me, you may find yourself struggling to get to the end and switching to other books to break it up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-2020

A serendipitous read

I absolutely loved this book. it helped me dream again learn to dream again. The authors knowledge on a vast variety of subjects and his use of biographies to better bring to light his ideas leaves you engaged all the way.

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