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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (389 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Garry Kasparov Narrator: Adam Grupper Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781427202291
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How Life Imitates Chess is a primer on how to think, make decisions, prepare strategies and anticipate the future. Kasparov has distilled the lessons he learned over a lifetime as a Chess grandmaster to cover the practical side—tactics, strategy, preparation—as well as the subtler, more human arts of using memory, intuition, and imagination. It's a remarkably honest audiobook in which Kasparov—one of the world's most celebrated and successful competitors—details both his blunders and his victories, always with the intent to enable readers to absorb his lessons and do better for themselves.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mingo Johnson | 1/17/2014

    " This is a great book for a chess player to find out how to use the strategies he/she learned in chess and apply them in life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 1/14/2014

    " Excellent book... clear, concise, and intriquing. Worth the time. To bad we do not have more of this quality of mind and thought in American politics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vahe Andonians | 12/26/2013

    " A good book that made me however more aggressive in everything. Don't know if that is really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 12/9/2013

    " You don't need to play chess to enjoy these thoughts on how to make better decisions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 12/6/2013

    " Clearly not a book for everybody but if you like chess, Garry Kasparov, interesting anecdotes and analogies with real life I strongly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jkhickel | 12/4/2013

    " If you want to read some great chess stories disguised as a how-to guide for career management, this is the book for you. If you are looking to unlock the secrets to a successful business career, look elsewhere. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 3/3/2013

    " Take Sun Tzu, mix in the self-aggrandizement of Christopher Parkening's autobiography Grace Like A River, add a dash of chess, and voila! You have a strategy book that rehashes the same old concepts in order to give Kasparov a soapbox from which to decry the Putin regime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hans Hauge | 2/16/2013

    " he's a prick and totally self-absorbed, but theres some good info from one of the smartest men in the world "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sergei Nemirovsky | 1/10/2013

    " This is an interesting book with good insights into how to think strategically and intuitivelly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Laduke | 10/22/2012

    " An OK read. Comparing Chess to Business Politics and Wars, although the comparisons were weak at times. Learned about the life of Kasparov, and that was most interesting part. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Assia Sassi | 5/16/2012

    " It was amazing to see how great the advice Mr. Gary Kasparov gave in this book imitated the great advice he usually gives on chess. Some very strong opinions and enlightening guides for self improvement. I enjoyed reading this one quite a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcos | 11/14/2011

    " The main reason I read this book is because I am fascinated by Chess and, therefore, by this extraordinary player... Aside from the chess stories and insights, the book is good, but does not surprise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Aimers | 7/16/2011

    " Great book, insightful and inspiring. Most useful with plenty of good anecdotes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Islam Hussien | 4/23/2011

    " a Perfect book here by a former chess world champion . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 4/3/2011

    " This is a very good read for younger people. Discipline, hard work and determination always pay off. I play chess often and was looking for some insights from the legend, but came away with a better perspective on life itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 2/18/2011

    " This is a very good read for younger people. Discipline, hard work and determination always pay off. I play chess often and was looking for some insights from the legend, but came away with a better perspective on life itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hans | 12/26/2010

    " he's a prick and totally self-absorbed, but theres some good info from one of the smartest men in the world "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MeXiukas | 10/4/2010

    " Easy to read, nice stories, but nothing more :)

    P.S. It's a big change, that after reading this book, you'll want to play chess :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcos | 4/22/2010

    " The main reason I read this book is because I am fascinated by Chess and, therefore, by this extraordinary player... Aside from the chess stories and insights, the book is good, but does not surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Le | 11/11/2009

    " The chess stories are great.

    But when he tries to compare Chess to Modern Business .... he fails. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antoine | 2/13/2009

    " I'm not sure if Gary Kasparov just inspired me to become a Grandmaster or a CEO...
    Check Mate Garry! Well played. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tee Ean | 10/24/2008

    " More into it for chess than for business. Game is still lousy, but the book was an interesting introduction to the world of professional chess and strategic thinking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 4/5/2008

    " Gary Kasparov talks about specific aspect to successful achievement then relates the point back to a significant chess match in his life - repeat ad nauseum ....

    Not sure I'll finish. "

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About the Narrator

Adam Grupper is a voice artist and actor. His audiobook narrations have earned six Earphones Awards and a nomination in 2008 for the prestigious Audie Award. His Broadway performances include Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme, 45 Seconds from Broadway, The Wild Party, Guys and Dolls, among others. He has appeared in films such as Trophy Kids, Music & Lyrics, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and Two Weeks’ Notice. On television, he has appeared in The Sopranos, Third Watch, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Ugly Betty, and As the World Turns.