In the few weeks since I bought The War of Art, I am listening to it for the third time. There is truth, so much truth in this book. Like Victor Hugo in Les Misérables, Steven Pressfield is occasionally excessive and tangential, but I agree with 85% of what he has to say, and that 85% is insightful and inspirational in the extreme. Every writer who loves writing and wants to win through the fear and pain and finish something should read this book. Every artist of any kind, every human being who strives toward a worthy goal should read this book.George Guidall delivers a reading worthy of the material, and that's saying something. His expression is earthy, lively, perfect for this highly motivational book.
I like autumn night times. Curtains drawn. The dim lamp. Chaired with a book. Fireside hours. A warm peace.
This is basically some random thoughts by Pressfield. He makes some valid points and it was a decent listen. He describes his struggles with creating stories and the failures that entail with aspiring authors. This was my first Pressfield writing, and I enjoyed it. Not too long, but not too short either.
The book was total nonsense. I am surprised that George Guildall read it. If I am not sure about a book, that fact that he reads it influences me to get it. But, this book is a total waste of time and ridiculous.
I liked the start but the end got too religious for me. I wasn't expecting that. The theme as I took it is to get going and try each day. You will get better and succeed. Ignore the small things getting in your way and dedicate time. His discussion about the "professional" was the best part of the book. The end fell flat...
This book is short but filed with many nuggets that could get lost in the context. I have 3 plus decades in the business world and found this book a great resource to get my mind moving forward. I wish I could explain it but my suggestion is to listen to it, then listen to it again. You will not be sorry.
Pulls no punches
Takes the passion for doing one's art to the super bowl of life, that is, the reader is being coached as if playing like her life depended on it, which it does, and the author/reader bats it out of the park and into the heart...the heart of the artist!
Pretty intense with a very enunciating loud voice.
It made me listen.
I liked how there were references to "her" much of the time rather then "he", that was refreshing.
As a metaphor on the nature of the creative struggle I found it illuminating.
But it wanders off in to magical thinking and ideas such as suggesting the stifling of passions being the possible cause of cancer....
Well I don't think Steve Jobs stifled his passions and alas he is no longer with us.
This is likely the top audiobook I've ever listened to.
The performance was spectacular and the story/message was really direct and clever. I've listened 4 times already, and actually ordered multiple hard copies for others.
This is autobiographical, so it's just one character. He did a superb job. I'd be tempted to have him read my future book.
Fighting resistance every day!
I have listened to The War of Art several times and each time I grasp a new insight. Steven Pressfield says all artists and creative types struggle with what he calls resistance and that resistance is just a natural state for us as humans. There is no getting rid of resistance other than to do your work, whether that be painting, sculpting, writing, or creating a new business venture.
David Bayles Art and Fear is a work with a similar theme. The War of Art is an easier read, or listen, and more action oriented rather than philosophical.
The first time I listened to this book listened all the way through without a pause - I just didn't want to stop listening.
Avid Reader and Listener.... enjoy classics, poetry, memoir. Teach College English.
So I glad to that I didn't waste an entire credit on this one. I got it on a daily deal. I'm reading about creativity and trying to practice it lately and while this book "kinda" fit the bill it didn't do much for me. The last chapter was the best as far as a spiritual approach. He says that behind every blade of grass there is an angel trying to get our attention and we just can't hear them. That was quite interesting considering the "macho" tone of the rest of the book.
I don't need roses and rainbows but this one is definitely written from the male point of view.