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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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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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Interesting

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

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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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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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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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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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very good

loved it, very interesting and easy to listen too. not just for fighters. not just

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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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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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Good stuff

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

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  • Chase Chambers
  • 07-11-15

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
  • 20-11-16

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
  • 19-07-17

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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  • Devin Pool
  • 23-11-16

required reading

so many quotables I'll definitely read it again. I'm not even into fighting, i got this book just to learn mental toughness and got so much more out of it.

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  • ben
  • 19-09-15

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
  • 30-01-19

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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  • rahman mcgilberry
  • 11-02-21

Not that good

I didn’t really care for the book. No big take aways. Not the worst book ever but not a fan

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  • Adam Wilkinson
  • 10-01-21

beautiful examination

this book offers a beautiful examination into the extreme fighters mindset and practices. The sheer edges of a mental game played between competitors.

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  • Ina Johnsen
  • 15-12-20

Informative

I found this book informative, but the reading of it was a bit dry. Lots of references and stories.

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  • Alexander Park
  • 30-10-20

made me feel more human

it was nice to hear world class fighters have the same reasons why that i do. i didn't feel so alone after listening.