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The Fighter's Mind

Inside the Mental Game
Written by: Sam Sheridan
Narrated by: Nicholas Techosky
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
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Publisher's 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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  • Chase Chambers
  • 2015-11-07

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
  • 2016-11-20

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
  • 2017-07-19

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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  • ben
  • 2015-09-19

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
  • 2019-01-30

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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  • Jeff Hoppas
  • 2019-10-12

Absolutely Awesome!

The Fighter’s Mind is a riveting depiction of what goes on inside a warrior mindset. It is one of only two books I have read more than once. On par with one of my all time favorites, Blink: by Malcolm Gladwell. I will likely read them both a third time in the future. I recommend this book for anyone looking for self improvement. From martial artists to business professionals.

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  • Alamodragon
  • 2019-07-11

Interesting journey with horrible narration

Being an MMA hardcore fan, I was loving the journey and spirit of this book but couldn't get around the narrator's pronunciations of fighter's names and arrogant tone throughout the entirety. I've listened to several other MMA audio books but this one became insufferable to finish. I just wanted it to end already. Thanks but definitely not the best narration.

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  • ThatGuy74
  • 2019-06-08

Applicable to more than fighting

Very interesting stories that explore more than just one way of looking at mental training philosophy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-04

This book will not disappoint.

The best book of the year so far. It’s not just for fighters. It’s for anyone who is seeking more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-08

Great message, sometimes hard to follow.

This was a great book. It motivated me and brought a lot of insights to light. However, a lot of the time I was listening and the perspective of who was talking would switch and I would have no idea. Granted that could be a fault of mine for losing focus, though the fact it kept happening made me think that it wasn't the only factor. Despite that it was still a great book and I recommend you get it. Especially if you're a fighter or want to be.