The Talent Code

  • by Daniel Coyle
  • Narrated by John Farrell
  • 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A New York Times best-selling author explores cutting-edge brain science to learn where talent comes from, how it grows, and how we can make ourselves smarter.How does a penniless Russian tennis club with one indoor court create more top 20 women players than the entire United States? How did a small town in rural Italy produce the dozens of painters and sculptors who ignited the Italian Renaissance? Why are so many great soccer players from Brazil?Where does talent come from, and how does it grow?New research has revealed that myelin, once considered an inert form of insulation for brain cells, may be the holy grail of acquiring skill. Journalist Daniel Coyle spent years investigating talent hotbeds, interviewing world-class practitioners (top soccer players, violinists, fighter, pilots, artists, and bank robbers) and neuroscientists. In clear, accessible language, he presents a solid strategy for skill acquisition - in athletics, fine arts, languages, science or math - that can be successfully applied through a person's entire lifespan.

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What the Critics Say

"I only wish I'd never before used the words 'breakthrough' or 'breathtaking' or 'magisterial' or 'stunning achievement' or 'your world will never be the same after you read this book.' Then I could be using them for the first and only time as I describe my reaction to Daniel Coyle's The Talent Code." (Tom Peters)

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Anecdotes presented as data

If you enjoyed the well supported and interesting concepts presented in such books as Predictably Irrational, Outlier, The Drunkard's Walk, you will find this book VERY unsatisfying. First, the author who is clearly quite talented writing in non scientific areas presents a series of anecdotes as if they were data and overly focuses on theory with little support. The writing does not present a strong case for any of his beliefs nor does he consider that success has many facets - not just the one he chooses to write about. His nonscientific background and thought process is clearly evident. Most annoying is his presentation of the concept that the production of myelin is the key to such things as memory, physical skills. This is an interesting theory but as he himstates, our knowledge of myelin is only a few percent of our knowledge of neurons - which we still don't completely understand. Yet, he raises the myelin issue throughout the book without support or evidence. He also thinks that certain methods of learning in select training center are what makes them extraordinary producers of successful atheletes. However, he does not address or acknowledge any other factors that may have played a role. The way he presents it, if you go to one of these training centers, you will become a world class athelete.
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- Stephen

Neuroplasticity for the Novice

There has been a rapid growth in the field of neuroplasticity over the past few years. Much of that has not been available to the unintiated with a few exceptions. Now, Daniel Coyle has aptly filled that gap in "The Talent Code." This is a remarkable survey and application of the current research in the field. Don't let the topic keep you away from this valuable introduction to this field.

Individuals with children will find benefit for their offspring, adults trying to acquire new skills will find hope, and everyone will be informed by this wonderful book. The dynamic shift in neuro-theory and practice has dramatic implications for every area of our lives.

Otherwise, the book is well written and the reading is just excellent. A companion book which listeners might also enjoy covering tangential issues is "Outliers: The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell.
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- Roy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-28-2009
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books