How It Works
Purchase the Audiobook
Purchase the audiobook by using the form on an audiobook page.
Get the Link
Tap the link to open your audiobook purchase in your podcast app.
Some apps may require users to copy their URL and paste it directly into the app.
Longtime New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik investigates a foundational human question: How do we learn―and master―a new skill?
For decades, Adam Gopnik has been one of our most beloved writers, a brilliantly perceptive critic of art, food, France, and more. But recently, he became obsessed by a fundamental matter: How did the people he was writing about learn their outlandish skill, whether it was drawing a nude or baking a sourdough loaf? In The Real Work―the term magicians use for the accumulated craft that makes for a great trick―Gopnik apprentices himself to an artist, a dancer, a boxer, and even a driving instructor (from the DMV), among others, trying his late-middle-age hand at things he assumed were beyond him. He finds that mastering a skill is a process of methodically breaking down and building up, piece by piece―and that true mastery, in any field, requires mastering other people’s minds. Read by the author, The Real Work is exuberant and profound, and is ultimately about why we relentlessly seek to better ourselves in the first place.
Run Time: 8 Hours
Category: Psychology / Creative Ability
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Yup, that’s right! Listen to audiobooks in the same place you spend hours listening to your favorite podcasts. No new apps to download, no subscription fees. You get lower prices, too, because nobody had to build a fancy new app.
Supported apps include: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Pocketcasts, Podcast Addict, Castbox, BeyondPod, Downcast, PlayerFM, Breaker, and RadioPublic.
Sorry, but these apps are not currently supported: Stitcher, Podbean, or NPR One.
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You can send this audiobook as a gift by visiting this page to select the audiobook and enter your lucky recipient’s information.