• The Sports Gene

  • Talent, Practice and the Truth About Success
  • By: David Epstein
  • Narrated by: David Epstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 13-11-2014
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (23 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

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
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5 out of 5 stars
By justin rhodes on 25-01-2018

fascinating

enthralling and enlightening. opened my mind to the nature nurture argument and acts as a counter balance to the 10000 hours argument providing a more nuanced explanation of where ability comes from.

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5 out of 5 stars
By T. Evans on 04-10-2016

interesting to the sportsman and scientist in me!

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!

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