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Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success | [Napoleon Hill, Sharon Lechter (editor)]

Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success

In 1938, just after publication of his all-time best-seller Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill revealed that he had broken the Devil’s Code, forcing him to confess his secrets. The resulting manuscript - Outwitting the Devil - proved so controversial, it was hidden for more than 70 years. Now, Sharon Lechter brings us this important book, annotating and editing it for a contemporary audience. Using his legendary ability to get to the root of human potential, Hill digs deep to identify the greatest obstacles we face in reaching our personal goals....
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In 1938, just after publication of his all-time best-seller Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill revealed that he had broken the Devil’s Code, forcing him to confess his secrets. The resulting manuscript - Outwitting the Devil - proved so controversial, it was hidden for more than 70 years. Now, Sharon Lechter brings us this important book, annotating and editing it for a contemporary audience. Using his legendary ability to get to the root of human potential, Hill digs deep to identify the greatest obstacles we face in reaching our personal goals - including fear, procrastination, anger, and jealousy - as tools orchestrated by the Devil himself. These hidden methods of control can lead us to ruin, and Hill reveals the seven principles of good that will allow us to finally triumph over them and succeed.

Fascinating, provocative, and empowering, Outwitting the Devil shows how to create your own path to success, harmony, and fulfillment in an age of uncertainty and fear.

©2011 Napoleon Hill (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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"My simple faith is this: If we are created in God’s image, then we were born to create, and to create is to prosper. [This] previously unpublished Napoleon Hill manuscript.... I’ve read it and recommend it." (Rich Karlgaard, Publisher of Forbes magazine)

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    Amazon Customer Havelock, nc, United States 09-03-13
    Amazon Customer Havelock, nc, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2012

    M@rine

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    "Enlightening, but a little too much commentary"
    Would you listen to Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil again? Why?

    I would definitely like to listen to the book again, but I would prefer to listen again without the editor commentary. I believe it would enhance the flow of the story and allow me to continue with the provoking thoughts without interruption. I did find the commentaries helpful at some times but mostly just distracting..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil?

    I remember the most intriguing and memorable moments being the description of the devil being made up of all negative energy, and the remarkably realistic interview.


    Which character – as performed by Dan John Miller and Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    His Majesty, the Devil.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't agree with this becoming a film itself, but I do feel that the devil in this form would make an interesting antagonist.


    Any additional comments?

    Again I truly enjoyed the book, but would like to be able to disable the editor’s comments so that I might be able to listen to the Interview uninterrupted.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David NEW BERN, NC, United States 08-09-12
    David NEW BERN, NC, United States 08-09-12
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    "Shut Up Sharon!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    She really did ruin this book. Her voice is awful, almost as bad as her commentary. Please never try to improve another book ever again.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sebastien Shefford, QC, Canada 05-23-12
    Sebastien Shefford, QC, Canada 05-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "READ THIS BEFORE YOU BUY THE AUDIOBOOK!"

    If you want to know more about what is stopping you from finding success in your life, this audiobook will be of great value!

    The first thing I want to say is that you should listen to Think and grow rich (Napoleon Hill) before you listen to this book. It will help you to follow the author's mind.

    Another thing is that Sharon Lechter brings NOTHING more to the book whatsoever. It was actually really annoying having to listen to her whenever she comments as it brought nothing more to what Hill was already saying. Another thing is that she keeps pushing her book "3 feet from gold" and that too was really annoying.

    Sharon Lechter doesn't comment too often so it's no TOO bad.

    This being said, I HIGHLY recommend this book. It is a big eye opener on the keys to finding success in your life!

    Seb

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    dr Frank Coraopolis, PA, United States 09-16-13
    dr Frank Coraopolis, PA, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2011

    Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.

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    "Tremendous insight for a 70+ year old book -"

    This book was written over 70 years ago but wasn't released until after the author's wife's death for many reasons. There is tremendous insight in the book especially in light of the fact many items mentioned were not known as medical, historical, or scientific facts at the time the author wrote the book.

    If you believe the Bible (which I do) then some of the items mentioned do not 'line up' with Biblical truth. Therefore, it is critical that when reading/listening to the book, that the reader takes some of the items as part of the author's literary right.

    I did not have issues with the editor's comments like other reviewers. Although at times, the editor did go over board with her comments, they provided an interesting perspective and gave some historical content for the author's writing.

    It is well written and I recommend the book, especially since many of the items within the book not only have scientific proof but are now historical facts.



    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D. Malcolm 10-19-14
    D. Malcolm 10-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Delete Sharon Lechter"
    Where does Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top, if not the top. I listened to it following "Think and Grow Rich"


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil?

    The voice and subtle humor of the devil.


    What three words best describe Dan John Miller and Phil Gigante ’s voice?

    Great.


    Any additional comments?

    Sharon Lechter's interruption every 5 minutes is very distracting so I deleted them (see below). She just repeats what Hill said, added her opinion and then asked a question that made you feel like you were in a primary school classroom. Sharon may have had good intentions with her commentary but it does not add value.

    After listening to the book for 20-30 minutes I decided to delete all her parts. After this, I could get immersed in the book and take in the content. This was impossible with Sharon Lechter's interruptions.

    I used Audacity to delete Sharon Lechter's segments. They are relatively easy to see because there is a clear gap between the her sound bites and the other narrators. This took me 1-2 hours but it saved me about 60 minutes in listening time. Unfortunately I couldn't use Audibles app to listen to the edited mp3s so I used another app.

    Consider doing this, it's a much better experience. The publishers should consider releasing a version without the commentary.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tre Scott lincoln, CA, United States 01-10-13
    Tre Scott lincoln, CA, United States 01-10-13
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    "Experience Ruined By 2nd Narrator"
    What would have made Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil better?

    Without the constant interruptions from the editor, I would have enjoyed this audiobook. A simple foreword would've sufficed.


    How could the performance have been better?

    There ought to be a way to listen to the book, minus the commentary inserted by Ms. Lechter.


    What character would you cut from Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil?

    The editor, Sharon Lechter.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I'd done my due diligence and read some of the reviews before purchasing this title from Audible. I'm surprised that anyone enjoyed this sort of delivery.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Smith 01-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Valuable Info!!"

    Napoleon Hill has interviewed some of the most successful men who ever lived. His final interview to be published in this book. Here he has a conversation with the devil where he learns how to best overcome and not be influenced by him.

    Well worth the time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    craig costin 10-19-14

    crcostin

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    "I would pay a fee to upgrade to without commentary"
    What made the experience of listening to Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil the most enjoyable?

    I haven't been able to listen to the book for more than 30 mins at a time because of the self indulgent commentary by Sharon Lechter.The narrator of the book did an excellent job but it is completely overshadowed but Lechter's interruptions.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Sharon Lechter utterly ruins the book with her constant and typically unnecessary comments. There are times where she interjects with just one sentence that has no relevance other than to agree with what was just said.

    Its like watching a movie with someone who already saw it and cannot contain themselves from commenting on it.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Haven't been able to finish it yet and I have had it for 2 months.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been a member of Audible for 7 years and this is the first book I have felt the need to comment on. My experience on this site has been extremely positive over the years and I appreciate Audible is not responsible for Lechter 's decision to desperately attach herself to Napoleon Hill's name.

    I read the comments from previous members and though it couldn't be that bad, but it is. I would gladly pay a fee to have Audible redo the book without the commentary. The flow of the book is ruined with her constant interruptions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barrett Roberts 05-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Is this a good book? I don't know..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Take out the editor's inane and useless commentary.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    See Above


    What didn’t you like about Dan John Miller and Phil Gigante ’s performance?

    The narration was fine


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I am sure that Napoleon Hill had some good points because he always does but I couldn't finish the book due to the insipid need of the editor to interject every few minutes.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know who thought it would be a good idea to let the narrator "improve and clarify" the original work but it was a HORRIBLE idea. I don't think the people who are intelligent enough to choose this audiobook, and take the time to listen, need everything explained to them. Just let the book stand on its own and keep your comments to yourself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Allen Biddeford, ME United States 10-18-13
    Kathleen Allen Biddeford, ME United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2013

    Kathy Allen

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    "Excellent content... just ingore extra commentary"
    What did you like best about Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil? What did you like least?

    The message in the book is excellent and delivered in a very interesting format. There is advice for all walks of life that I wish society could adopt as a whole for a better planet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The brutal honesty wrapped in eloquent speech from an interesting viewpoint (the Devil).


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dan John Miller and Phil Gigante ?

    No one.. that part was brilliant. The 'extra' commentary throughout the book from the publisher was distracting and unnecessary.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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