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The Icarus Deception Audiobook

The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?

In his bravest and most challenging book yet, Seth Godin shows how we can thrive in an economy that rewards art, not compliance. He explains why true innovators focus on trust, remarkability, leadership, and stories that spread. And he makes a passionate argument for why you should be treating your work as art. Art is not a gene or a specific talent. It's an attitude, available to anyone who has a vision that others don't, and the guts to do something about it.
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Publisher's Summary

What are you afraid of?

The old rules: Play it safe. Stay in your comfort zone. Find an institution, a job, a set of rules to stick to. Keep your head down. Don't fly too close to the sun.

The new truth: It's better to be sorry than safe. You need to fly higher than ever.

In his bravest and most challenging book yet, Seth Godin shows how we can thrive in an economy that rewards art, not compliance. He explains why true innovators focus on trust, remarkability, leadership, and stories that spread. And he makes a passionate argument for why you should be treating your work as art.

Art is not a gene or a specific talent. It's an attitude, available to anyone who has a vision that others don't, and the guts to do something about it. Steve Jobs was an artist. So were Henry Ford and Martin Luther King, Jr. To work like an artist means investing in the things that scale: creativity, emotional labor, and grit. The path of the artist isn't for the faint of heart - but Godin shows why it's your only chance to stand up, stand out, and make a difference.

The time to seize new ground and work without a map is now. So what are you going to do?

©2012 Seth Godin (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    Glen 03-16-16
    Glen 03-16-16
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    "Inspirational and relatable"

    Awesome. Enjoyed every minute and am convinced I will now take action to produce my own art. Very true about the Fraud aspect.

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    Amy M Las Vegas, NV 03-09-16
    Amy M Las Vegas, NV 03-09-16 Member Since 2014

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    "I don't know why my boss wanted me to read this"

    I often wondered how 7 hours could feel like such a long time while listening to this book. There are a lot of theories and a lot of talking and not a lot of practical application. I get that that was the point of the book, that you had to figure it out yourself, but it just wasn't really helpful to me.

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    JOHN W FISHER JR 01-22-16
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    "This is a once in a lifetime book"

    Read this book as if your life as a human and artist depended on it. Find you place - fund your art - live your gifts. Fly as high as you possibly can.

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    David Wilson 01-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspirational"

    This is the first Seth Godin book I've read, and I now understand why he's so popular. This is an insightful perspective on a new paradigm of work in what he terms the connection economy. Seth challenges you to find your art, face your fears, ship it and continue to do still until you succeed.

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    Laura Fisher 11-20-15
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    "If everything is "art", then the term becomes meaningless."

    I really want to like Seth Godin. He draws you in with a good idea, but then it all descends into vapidity and repetition so quickly. I think his short blog posts are terrific, but they just don't scale into a book.

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    Kevin Conroy 11-03-15

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    "This is the book book started me blogging"

    Seth Godin knows how to make you reflect on your situation and think of strategies to help you achieve your next art project. And for that, I thank him.

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    bmontesdeoca 09-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enlightening information but a weird pace"

    Serh Godin is a master in making us think. But his pace and rhythm while talking can throw people off. This book is a great way to break with the established system and create a new, fresh way of connecting with people. Read it.

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    Andras Baneth 08-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A 6-hour sermon to say: "pick yourself""

    Seth Godin is an inspirational writer but one of worst narrators I ever listened to. With a professional voice over and 50% shorter content this would be a fascinating audio book, but if you don't mind setting the speed to 1.5, it's still worth it.

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    Duwarren G. 07-28-15
    Duwarren G. 07-28-15
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    "The reader's tone"

    I rather read the book than listen to this book. The speakers tone has no excitement and dual. It's make the book boring.

    However, the content of the book is excellent.

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    Ted Yoder 07-27-15
    Ted Yoder 07-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great content, mediocre production"

    Seth Godin is Seth Godin and its worth every penny. The audio on here was hard to listen to though. EQ was not right and it gave ear fatigue. Just being honest.

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  • jack fourie
    2/8/16
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    "DON'T READ THE REVIEWS"

    This book is very repetitive in its message but what the message is about many open your eyes and change your mindset. As a new Seth Godin fan, I didn't know what to expect but I have learnt so much without learning anything at all.

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  • gary
    9/29/15
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    "Great audio"

    This audio had plenty of inspiration to take away and just love the artist impression! I am an artist.
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  • Michael
    7/20/15
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    "Excellent"
    If you could sum up The Icarus Deception in three words, what would they be?

    Another masterpiece from Seth


    What other book might you compare The Icarus Deception to, and why?

    Linchpin also by Seth


    Have you listened to any of Seth Godin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes, this is one of my favourite


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent piece of work from

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  • Jonathan Andrews
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    7/2/15
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    "Inspiring"

    I loved this book when it first came out. It is stirring, inspiring and gives me confidence to be brave and make art. Also it's the WHOLE book and narrated by the author.

    I gave it five stars, but really its's worth six.

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  • Mark
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    6/4/15
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    "One of many brilliant books"

    Always narrated by the author, Seth Godin is able to connect with the listener, whilst offering a challenging topic for you to digest. I recommend listening to this audio book more than once & exploring his other titles.

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  • Phil
    2/12/15
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    "Great."

    Another great book from Seth his insight and views are an inspiration and help you focus on what's important to you. just remember to make art

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  • amazon_addict
    7/15/14
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    "A Must For Anyone Who Wants Success In Life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Seth Godin is one of those authors who gets you thinking. The Icarus Deception is all about the shift from the industrial age to the new age of information and tribes. We have been programmed to behave a certain way since our childhood but to succeed in today's economy, we have to think and behave differently.


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  • C. Logan
    Wolfsburg, Germany
    9/15/13
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    "Repetative and boring with no real substance."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I cannot think of anyone that would enjoy this book


    What was most disappointing about Seth Godin’s story?

    It is so repetative, constently chanting the same messages, but never once do it explain why the authors statements are correct or true; no facts or practical examples are given. It reminds me of a religious sermon where you need to just believe. It is an interesting theory (that we have all been brainwashed to underachieve), but I find it to be very poorly communicated. Also, the guy has one of the most boring voices I have ever heard.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Seth Godin’s performances?

    No, never


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Icarus Deception?

    probably 90% of it, as it repeats itself over and over and over again!


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  • Pawel
    Corby, United Kingdom
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    "Amazing book that contains Gold"

    This book contains the truth about ourselves and our lives. Truth we may not notice in our everyday lives filled with constant struggle to measure up to the yardsticks given to us by media, society...

    This book teaches, how to find capability of making art in everything you do. How to make art, how to not fear of making it.

    This book had great influence on my life and I would recommend it to anyone wanting more from life, needing some encouragement, motivation and a permission to do what one was destined to do.

    Life is not about complying, but about carving the path, leading the way, being true to oneself. Life is much more than we used to believe.

    Again, highly recommended!

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  • Paul Williams
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    7/7/13
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    "Boring"
    What disappointed you about The Icarus Deception?

    No fundamental advice, I couldn't finish the book because it just became irritating. I put on at night if a want to get to sleep.


    What could Seth Godin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Its was sold as an inspirational book.....it was far from that. Very philosophical stuff, maybe i missed the point, but this book should not be in the business catogory.


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