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Bounce

Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success
Written by: Matthew Syed
Narrated by: James Clamp
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Why have all the sprinters who have run the 100 meters in under 10 seconds been black?

What's one thing Mozart, Venus Williams, and Michelangelo have in common?

Is it good to praise a child's intelligence?

Why are baseball players so superstitious?

Few things in life are more satisfying than beating a rival. We love to win and hate to lose, whether it's on the playing field or at the ballot box, in the office or in the classroom. In this bold new look at human behavior, award-winning journalist and Olympian Matthew Syed explores the truth about our competitive nature: why we win, why we don't, and how we really play the game of life.

Bounce reveals how competition - the most vivid, primal, and dramatic of human pursuits - provides vital insight into many of the most controversial issues of our time, from biology and economics, to psychology and culture, to genetics and race, to sports and politics.

Backed by cutting-edge scientific research and case studies, Syed shatters long-held myths about meritocracy, talent, performance, and the mind. He explains why some people thrive under pressure and others choke, and weighs the value of innate ability against that of practice, hard work, and will. From sex to math, from the motivation of children to the culture of big business, Bounce shows how competition provides a master key with which to unlock the mysteries of the world.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2010 Matthew Syed (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Andy
  • Westport, CT, United States
  • 2010-05-25

takes us beyond Outliers

Fabulous narration. Matthew Syed does a deeper dive into what drives talent, beyond where Gladwell took us. Well researched insights are worth plowing through some familiar ground to get there.

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  • Nothing really matters
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 2013-07-19

Great book about top performance

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I really enjoyed this book. It explains very interesting aspects of top performances in sports and other areas. It's one of the few books I've read that discusses the phenomenon of "choking under pressure". (Come on researchers, do more research on choking.)

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  • V.D.
  • BEAVERCREEK, OH, United States
  • 2010-09-28

great book from an essential perspective

the chapter on drugs felt out of place, but the rest of the book was awesome. even if you are familiar with some of the content (as i was from reading outliers and other similar books), the material in this book is more exhaustive, and Syed's perspective on the topic (as a world champion and an outlier himself) is essential to understanding topics like expert chunking (e.g. the part where he plays tennis with a pro). great book

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2010-06-14

Very eye opening

Very eye opening, especially if you're new to the talent versus effort debate. The book started being a bit too close to Malcom Gladwell's "Outliers", which it quotes several times, but the 1st person experiences from the author bring a very good perspective and great examples. Very well narrated as well. Highly recommend.

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  • Peter Levius
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2010-05-07

One of my favorite books

I have been collecting Self Development books for years but I got to say this one is one of the best. It gives you a clear goal, if you want to be best in your field you need to invest 10 years or 10000 hours to hone your skills, it is not about the talent. Syed provides lot of data to support this argument and it got me to set up a new goals instantly :)

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  • Areli Valencia
  • 2019-07-19

There is hope, if you still have time

The book was very motivational and makes you want to put in some time into those hobbies you thought you were not good at. This could be a really good book for the adolescent going through a hard time in their sport or chosen activity. The bppl challenges the idea of natural born talent and gives you the many examples of why talent is not born with rather it is acquire through hard work and most importantly PRACTICE. I recommend as this was a quick read. I enjoyed the third person narratives and story line, it felt like I was watching an episode of history channel with vivid imagery and interviews. Love the execution really does transport you.

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  • TravelingDentist
  • North Carolina, USA
  • 2014-06-01

Very similar to Talent is overrated and Outliers

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Tells us things we want to hear. The harder to try at something, the better you'll get. It levels the playing field. Letting us know that just about anything is within our grasp with enough practice.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the fact that he used his personal experience as a ping pong champion to illustrate the concepts in the book.

If you could give Bounce a new subtitle, what would it be?

There is no such thing as talent.

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  • Louann
  • CHARLOTTE, NC, United States
  • 2012-02-06

Loved it

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I recommend, I enjoyed the energy of the narrator. His narratives describing the theories were excellent.

Have you listened to any of James Clamp???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to this narrator before, but will listen again.

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  • Tom Van Hill
  • 2019-12-24

very good read

author touches on a lot of psychological thresholds, a very good read for any athlete, career oriented or human trying to be the best that they can be.

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  • Muhammad Mohsin
  • 2019-06-09

bloody amazing

science Trump's all. the reality of becoming a superstar and the myth of innate talent and genetic predisposition shattered