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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 [This] previously unpublished Napoleon Hill manuscript....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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    Kathryn Tolbert Portland, OR 11-20-14
    Kathryn Tolbert Portland, OR 11-20-14 Member Since 2014

    Miss Katie

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    "Editor's Annotations Render This Book Unlistenable"
    Any additional comments?

    I've been trying to listen to this book for nearly 2 months. I can't take it for more than a few minutes at a time. The interjections and ramblings from the editor, Sharon Lecter, make it impossible to settle into the rhythm of the original manuscript. The works of Napoleon Hill are fantastic and have no need of constant, pointless annotations every few minutes. Seriously. I really do want to read this book. I guess I'll have to purchase a paperback edition, because this audio edition is completely worthless to me.

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    Heather 11-14-14
    Heather 11-14-14
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    "Important Work Marred by "Editing" & "Annotating""
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The original text would be necessary without "Annotation" or "Editing"
    A work such as this should have been presented in complete original form
    without the marketing nonsense associated with an "Editor" reinterpreting a great work.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The core of the story is witty and thought provoking.


    How could the performance have been better?

    An obvious and transparent attempt by the "Editor" to Glom on to the magic of Napoleon Hill's writings.

    Eliminate the "Editor" speaking. There is absolutely no value added by the editors comments. In fact the work is more powerful without the added statements.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil?

    All that involve the Editors voice. Is the reader not sufficient to interpret the work for themselves..?


    Any additional comments?

    A very worthy work substantially harmed by the intrusive "Editing" and "Annotations"

    Mr. Hill does not need to be interpreted or edited. To do so is shameful and usurious. To edit is to change. It is insulting to the reader to think that editing is necessary for such an accomplished writer as Mr. Hill.

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    Ron Boise Idaho USA 11-13-14
    Ron Boise Idaho USA 11-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Sharon Shut the F*** Up!"
    If you could sum up Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing content ruined by the editors commentary. Someone please make this available without Sharon's distractions


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    Mari 11-09-14
    Mari 11-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Quirky start and premise. GREAT book."
    What did you love best about Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil?

    There's theater in this book, but there's also a ton of great info. I've recommended this book many times over and have listened to it several times.


    What other book might you compare Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil to and why?

    Executive Toughness


    What about Dan John Miller and Phil Gigante ’s performance did you like?

    You would never mistake the "devil" for Napoleon Hill.


    Any additional comments?

    The first hour and a half is a bit slow but it's worth it.

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    Keith James 09-19-14
    Keith James 09-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A Truly Timeless Story"
    What did you love best about Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil?

    This book is over 70 years old. The story it tells could have been written today.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It gave me an understanding of many of the feelings I was having. Being an entrepreneur is not glamorous. It is down right scary. As much as we feel the need to always be confident, often our alone times are filled with self doubt. Napoleon Hill explains that this just may be the Devil's workshop.


    What about Dan John Miller and Phil Gigante ’s performance did you like?

    The story is really a performance.


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

    I listened to the book in 3 sittings. For me, that's a huge time commitment.


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    Christopher Corry 08-21-14
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    "Without a doubt, one of the BEST of its kind."
    What did you love best about Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil?

    I loved that he elaborated so well on what I've thought my entire life. The validation is priceless.


    What other book might you compare Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil to and why?

    I would say that it is in a class all its own. Every well known self-help guru has pulled a page from Napoleon Hill and rightfully so, he was extraordinary.


    What about Dan John Miller and Phil Gigante ’s performance did you like?

    I absolutely loved the performances. Very well done in every regard.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The interview with the "Devil." Wonderful...


    Any additional comments?

    If I had to recommend ONE self-help audio book, it would be this shining gem of a book.

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    Staci J. 07-04-14
    Staci J. 07-04-14

    Chief Emancipation Officer at Uppity & Untamed |Intentional Knitter | Aspiring Bodhisattva | Mission: Releasing Humans from Captivity

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    "Leave Out The Narrarive"
    What made the experience of listening to Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil the most enjoyable?

    Napoleon's books are amazing - simple ams straightforward with actionable steps to success. The narration of Mr. Hills section was awesome. I disliked very much the commentary by Sharon Lechter. The constant interruptions were annoying and broke up the progress and continuity of the book. I nearly refunded it but I wanted to listen to the book as a convenience. If it's updated maybe be selective on what notes of hers to share. I was irritated by her need to translate nearly everything.


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    spencer 06-18-14
    spencer 06-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Worst book I have ever heard!!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The stupid narrator ruined this book for me. Why would they do that?


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    Robert Gardner 06-15-14
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    "A must Read"
    Would you listen to Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil again? Why?

    This something that you really need to take notes on mentally or written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This helps explain Heaven on earth. Will explain why you do some of the thing you do.


    What about Dan John Miller and Phil Gigante ’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful


    What did you learn from Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil that you would use in your daily life?

    How to conquer the devilish ways easily.


    Any additional comments?

    It can change your life for the better and make it much more stress free.

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    B. Virginia, United States 06-11-14
    B. Virginia, United States 06-11-14 Member Since 2014

    Never live your life by committee...

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    "Eye Opener"
    Where does Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In terms of information on the power of thought, it ranks very high... This book isn't for entertainment purposes, and if your getting it for that reason, STOP...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The format. The interview format was exceptional and the flow between the two characters were second to none.


    Did Dan John Miller and Phil Gigante do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The two narrators of this book did an outstanding job, BUT, the interjections by the editor I believe were unnecessary and bothersome... This made the overall performance a 3 instead of 5 stars...


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

    No, but it's a book that should be bookmarked repeatedly and frequently referred to over time...


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent Book, worth adding to your library...

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