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The Fighter's Mind

Inside the Mental Game
Narrated by: Nicholas Techosky
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Sport, Other
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In his acclaimed national best seller, A Fighter's Heart, Sam Sheridan took listeners with him as he stepped through the ropes into the dangerous world of professional fighting. From a muay Thai bout in Bangkok; to Rio, where he trained with jiu-jitsu royalty; to Iowa, where he matched up against the toughest in MMA, Sheridan threw himself into a quest to understand how and why we fight.

In The Fighter's Mind, Sheridan does for the brain what his first book did for the body. To uncover the secrets of mental strength and success, Sheridan interviewed dozens of the world's most fascinating and dangerous men, including celebrated trainers Freddie Roach and Greg Jackson; champion fighters Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock, and Marcelo Garcia; ultrarunner David Horton; legendary wrestler Dan Gable; and many more. What are their secrets? How do they stay committed through years of training, craft a game plan, and adjust to the realities of the ring? How do they project strength when weak and remain mentally tough despite incredible physical pain?

A fascinating book, bursting at the seams with incredible stories and insight, The Fighter's Mind answers these questions and many more.

©2010 Sam Sheridan (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Ant
  • 01-05-2019

An excellent read

Whilst fight sport focussed this book is an excellent insight into the mental requirements for peak performance in sports and broader life. It ties together within a well told narrative the 'street smart' learnings of pinnacle level fighters with western and eastern documented philosophies on mental strength.

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  • Chase Chambers
  • 07-11-2015

A Magnificient Perspective

A definite read if you have ever wondered what "mental" toughness is. It was much more relatable than I expected, another great piece from Mr. Sheridan.

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  • Michael S. Dunbar
  • 20-11-2016

highly entertaining and interesting

While the gems to write down are few and far between, the book caught me and never let me go. It was willing to leave questions unanswered because the greats disagree, so he did his best to show both perspectives as they are. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-07-2017

5 Stars for a reason!

Highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in fighting, military, or just trying to become mentally tougher. I'll probably listen to it again!

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  • ben
  • 19-09-2015

fantastic insight into the world of fighting

absolutely loved this book. well read. highly recommend this for anyone interested in the mental side of sports.

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  • Nick
  • 30-01-2019

Great insights but far and in between, and...

The worst narration, in my opinion. The narrator tries so hard to balance grit and machismo of a fighter with some faux depth of a bad writer. I found his dramatic pace and intonation so off putting it actually made a massive dent in my enjoyment of this book. Otherwise, yeah, it's an interesting gritty read into the minds of fighters, but it also tries too hard to make a groundbreaking insight out of mundane observations (or maybe that was the narration again?)

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  • Jeff Hoppas
  • 12-10-2019

Absolutely Awesome!

The Fighter’s Mind is a riveting depiction of what goes on inside a warrior mindset. It is one of only two books I have read more than once. On par with one of my all time favorites, Blink: by Malcolm Gladwell. I will likely read them both a third time in the future. I recommend this book for anyone looking for self improvement. From martial artists to business professionals.

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  • Alamodragon
  • 11-07-2019

Interesting journey with horrible narration

Being an MMA hardcore fan, I was loving the journey and spirit of this book but couldn't get around the narrator's pronunciations of fighter's names and arrogant tone throughout the entirety. I've listened to several other MMA audio books but this one became insufferable to finish. I just wanted it to end already. Thanks but definitely not the best narration.

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  • ThatGuy74
  • 08-06-2019

Applicable to more than fighting

Very interesting stories that explore more than just one way of looking at mental training philosophy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-2019

This book will not disappoint.

The best book of the year so far. It’s not just for fighters. It’s for anyone who is seeking more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-2019

Great message, sometimes hard to follow.

This was a great book. It motivated me and brought a lot of insights to light. However, a lot of the time I was listening and the perspective of who was talking would switch and I would have no idea. Granted that could be a fault of mine for losing focus, though the fact it kept happening made me think that it wasn't the only factor. Despite that it was still a great book and I recommend you get it. Especially if you're a fighter or want to be.

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  • Adam Sergeant
  • 01-08-2017

Not what I expected!

What would have made The Fighter's Mind better?

Analysis! I've given up at the half way point as this book is so poorly written. If I wanted the history of combat sports I would have purchased a book on that subject; it would have been better as well. I was expecting a look at the psychological aspects of fighting and how to use them to make myself better. I got none of that whatsoever!

Has The Fighter's Mind put you off other books in this genre?

No.

Did Nicholas Techosky do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

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

It's an easy listen - probably owing to lack of depth!

Any additional comments?

I would not recommend it. Save your money / credits.

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  • Kay London
  • 18-07-2017

Interesting

Interesting listening and managed to get to the end but did not enjoy the journalistic narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-2019

Brilliant

A great insight, very informative and very motivating. Very easy to listen to and divided very well with different fighters of different backgrounds. About to start it again.

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  • Alexander
  • 19-07-2019

Outstanding Insights

I'd been looking for a book to help understand the mental game of fighting and this certainly delivered. In fact, it's much broader than just fighting with examples from the world of chess and running.

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  • Madiha elhoummaidi
  • 17-06-2019

loved it

as a fighter i needed this book , i fall in love with it, so much wisdom behind it , i believe it's a must read for everyone, we all fighting something!

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  • Mark Patchitt
  • 08-10-2018

was hooked from the start

very interesting book with outlooks from a lot of different perspectives on fighters. would definatly recommend to anyone interested in combat sports or sports psychology

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  • Mr. J. D. Waterhouse
  • 05-10-2018

my fav book of all time

pro fighter; love this book! some mispronounced names by reader. gifted it to 4 students

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  • Toby Robinson
  • 05-06-2018

Great book

Good in depth knowledge to the world and life of a mixed martial artist. Opens your eyes on why some fighters are the way they are and do what they do. highly recommended, especially to fellow martial artists like myself who love and train in MMA and maybe even fought in MMA, it makes your live of our game even stronger

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  • DaveDude1975
  • 24-06-2016

Good stuff

enjoyed this insight, clear and goes into varying detail. Will listen again at some point.

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  • simon
  • 12-11-2015

Awesome!

Absolute pleasure to listen to.

Amazing insight into a fighters mind and what it takes to be the best, inspirational and motivational.

Highly recommend to martial artists, fighters and the general public alike.

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