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The War of Art Audiobook

The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

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Publisher's Summary

Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

©2002 Steven Pressfield (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Nick FOREST GROVE, OREGON, United States 11-25-13
    Nick FOREST GROVE, OREGON, United States 11-25-13
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    "All the things you are afraid to admit"
    Would you listen to The War of Art again? Why?

    Absolutely, sometimes you need to put yourself in check and recognize your behaviors and this is a fun and quick listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor, it didn't feel like a sappy self help book.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The War of Art?

    The idea of going pro, of putting the time in every day even if nothing fruitful comes of it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 05-04-13
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 05-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "a little left brain, a little right brain"

    Interesting riff on the creative path. Pressfield does a good job of opening the kimono on what it takes to start, to continue, to deal with rejection and to learn how to enjoy the journey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Loki Liesmith Elmwood Park, IL, United States 02-06-12
    Loki Liesmith Elmwood Park, IL, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent and inspirational"
    Would you listen to The War of Art again? Why?

    I have already listened to it several times, and will again. It's great motivation whenever I have writer's block or get in some kind of creative rut.


    What other book might you compare The War of Art to and why?

    I haven't read another book quite like it. It covers some themes that have probably been covered in other books on overcoming procrastination, but I've never before seen the concept of 'resistance' addressed this directly and relatably.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The War of Art?

    Using resistance as a guide - that is, seeing that whatever resistance is working hardest to prevent me from doing, is what I most need to do. So if I'm making every possible excuse not to sit down and write, that's my cue to sit down and write. No matter what.


    Any additional comments?

    I could have used a bit more practical, step-by-step advice on how to 'turn pro'. Otherwise, this is a great read/listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Chapel Hill, NC, United States 04-19-14
    Mary Chapel Hill, NC, United States 04-19-14
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    "Waste of money"
    What disappointed you about The War of Art?

    This book goes off course into a lot of mumbo jumbo. A waste of time and money. Narration was fine. Content was pathetic. If you are looking for a boost to your creative production, try The Power of Habit. It was much more helpful.


    What other book might you compare The War of Art to and why?

    The Power of Habit offers sound advice and examples, not some nebulous new age bilge.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diana 02-01-14
    Diana 02-01-14 Member Since 2013

    Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)

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    "Procrastinate much? Put this in your cart (now)"

    Laid out are all the ways I have found to not get things done. Which makes it harder to do these things, now that I know they are just a way to avoid accomplishing what's important.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Plano, TX 03-04-13
    Charles Plano, TX 03-04-13
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    "Was expecting a bit more"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is fine as it is and very well written. I was just surprised on how short it was.


    Could you see The War of Art being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This book isn't for entertainment purposes. It's more of a self-help guide.


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    Amazon Customer 08-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Okay"
    What disappointed you about The War of Art?

    The reference to religion, religious schools and all involved with it as being destructive and the hint that an artist could not possibly be a religious fundamentalist.


    What could Steven Pressfield have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stayed on the topic and kept his views on religion to himself, or have a title that tells us that he's going to call some people destructive and incapable of art.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was fine


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book started out great and then all of the sudden there's some sort of switch to a very biased view of religions, which of course he has the right to have but it definitely turned me off from bothering to finish the book.

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    Darrell 08-25-16
    Darrell 08-25-16
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    "very nice listen...puts the mind to work."

    narrator was awesome.
    concepts were clear. makes you rethink your artistic position. I would revisit again.

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    Jeff Grace 08-24-16
    Jeff Grace 08-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "The best book on being an artist, professionally"

    This book unblocked my career more than any other. Listen to it once. And then listen to it again. The concepts here within are the most important to having a professional artistic career, weather that is writing, painting, filmmaking, pottery etc.

    It's not writing that is hard. It is sitting down to write. This is resistance. And this is the core issue this book addresses.

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    Jennifer 08-24-16
    Jennifer 08-24-16 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "An essential work."

    Pressfield has created something magnificent. I respect this book so highly that I have read it three times and will probably read it about a dozen more times. If you're battling something shadowy and ambiguous, if you feel as if a brick wall is standing between you and your art, your true self, your destined life: this book will transform you. In only positive ways.

    Artists and creative thinkers! Read this book. Let it sink in. Pick up your swords and your shields and give us what you've got.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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