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Summary

Get inside the minds of elite sportsmen and women and discover what it takes to be the best. This is the story of superhuman performance and the playbook for the superstars of tomorrow.

Never have the best sportspeople seemed so far removed from the rest of us. So how are these extraordinary athletes made, and what do their achievements tell us about success? The Best reveals how the most incredible sportspeople in the world got that way. It is a unique look at the path to sporting greatness. This is a story of origins, training, luck and serendipity, as well as of sports science and cutting-edge technology. Packed with gripping personal stories and interviews, you will discover how the best athletes develop the extraordinary skills and muscle memory that allow them to perform remarkable acts without consciously thinking about them. 

The Best deconstructs the myths, like the notion that 10,000 hours of practice are needed to make it to the top, and explores the hidden power of the mind to reveal how athletes really think and process information during high-octane competition. It gets inside the minds of champions, deconstructing what athletes see during matches and explaining how they do what they do.

Drawing on examples and lessons from throughout the sporting world, this is for anyone who wants to know what it takes to be the best.

©2020 Mark Williams and Tim Wigmore (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Best book ever

Best audio book I’ve listened to by far. Tremendous insight into high performance and in depth look at things which help the best become the best like month of birth, being a younger sibling, dominant top hand, what size town you are from, unstructured play and more.

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Worst narration I’ve ever heard

I deleted this book after 4 chapter. The content is very good but the narration is simply awful. A real shame. I couldn’t listen to it any longer. If you find someone trying to do extremely poor American, South African, Australian, Scottish, New Zealand, London and Finnish (there are more) accents then do not download this book. If a new version comes out with the words being read normally I’d certainly download it again.

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Informative and engaging

Really enjoyed this book, some very interesting studies around performance. One drawback for me was the narration. Felt it was really unnecessary for the narrator to put on the accents of whom he was quoting. American, Scottish, New Zealand, Liverpudlian and so. Very cringe and very off putting.

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NARRATOR IMPERSONATES EVERY INTERVIEWY

Cannot believe how bad the narrating is.
Why on earth is he impersonating the accent of everyone that was interviewed! It’s so annoying.

The content is interesting.