In this ground-breaking and entertaining exploration of athletic success, award-winning writer David Epstein gets to the heart of the great nature vs. nurture debate, and explodes myths about how and why humans excel.
Along the way, Epstein exposes the flaws in the so-called 10,000-hour rule that states that rigorous practice from a young age is the only route to success. He shows why some skills that we imagine are innate are not - like the bullet-fast reactions of a baseball player - and why other characteristics that we assume are entirely voluntary, like the motivation to practice, might in fact have important genetic components. Throughout, The Sports Gene forces us to rethink the very nature of success.
©2013 David Epstein (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC. Published in the UK by Random House Audiobooks
Well worth listening to. up to date and interesting account of where great sorting talent comes from. some combination of nature and nurture and hard work!
Interested in health and fitness, but willing to read anything that captures my attention.
Yes, it's worth a repeated listen. The message is that the elites ARE different. Genes DO matter - greatly. Hard work will get you far, but it may never get you to the summit. While this may not be what the bleeding heart liberals want to hear, this is a book that deals in science, and those are the cold hard facts. The Chrissy Wellingtons and Usain Bolts of the world are born with God-given talent that, under the right environment, produces something that is simply not achieveable by hard work alone.
It's a direct opposite to Gladwell's book "Outliers" and the idea that 10,000hrs is all you need.
In a word: Research. Epstein has brilliantly backed up all statements with science and analysis.
Yes. Very easy to follow.
Naturally I enjoyed parts of this audiobook more than others at times it was a bit too deep in the science. What is constant is the beautiful story telling, elegant use of prose and command of language that allows the slightly geeky science parts to flow smoothly into the fascinating real life examples of gifted performance athletes. Thumbs up
As always with audio non fiction, you can really focus on the content, which is fascinating.
The examples of how athletes are perceived as gifted and the physiology behind some of the best athletes in the world.
yes, but David Epstein's attempt at a handful of accents was terrible, he shouldn't have tried this.
Highly recommended for those interested in sports performance and looking for another opinion to add to the 10,000 hour rule debate.
Very well narrated by D Epstein but the accents might not suit everyone.
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