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.
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.
I play this over and over again when I hit resistance in my large creative project, a film. This book is my coach against resistance! Highly recommend for serious, ambitious, struggling artists.
This book took a very different spin in dealing with the pitfalls of ‘artistic procrastination.’ The narration was superb and the body of the book keep me highly interested. Personally, procrastination is a assassin, and I need all the help I can get in fighting it, this book was another step along the way for me to win the battle. Overall, the book was fun and enjoyable, and I didn’t procrastinate in reading it!
I would recommend this book at it really presents a good argument why most of us think about things we want to create but never manage to get to.
There is a quote from the Scottish Himalayan Expedition (WR Murray) which rings so true and fits into the overall themes in the book perfectly.
George's voice lent a credibility to the material. There was a purposeful use of emphasis which was enough to enhance points without getting annoying. Good Narration!
There were moments in this book that were so true to my own thoughts that I felt completely in tune with the author. And I will listen to this book more than once I am sure.
Great book especially for the person wanting to create something but resisting gettting at it.