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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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    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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    Andrew 02-20-15
    Andrew 02-20-15 Member Since 2016

    SciFi and Business Productivity

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    "A Book of Wisdom"

    This is one of those rare books that should be read regularly. Could not recommend it more highly for anyone who wants to create anything.

    2 of 3 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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    Eric 05-23-13
    Eric 05-23-13
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    "Is Steven Pressfield crazy?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The ideas communicated in this work are never once substantiated, are most often obviously incorrect, and are nearly always contradicted by other claims the author makes within the text. George Guidall does a nice job in communicating the material. I would actually like to hear George read something that isn't such a waste of time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Pressfield again?

    No.


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

    I liked George's performance. He clearly prepared for the reading and is rather articulate. Thankfully he read fast to shorten the amount of time the listener has to listen to the tripe the author wrote down. Interestingly and rather amusingly, though, this haste conveys a strong sense that Pressfield was manic while writing this work.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The War of Art?

    I would have totally rejected it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for a work that has information that matters and thus is actually inspirational instead of insane, try "The Drunkard's Walk." It's a bit longer but well worth a complete listen.

    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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    Devin 04-27-17
    Devin 04-27-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Short, powerful, and oddly motivational"

    This book has some weird ideas in it, but it's powerful and motivational. Sometimes what matters isn't the truthfulness of an idea but the effect it has. This book had a positive effect on me.

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    Jennifer Headle 04-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Solid message"

    Overall context of the book has deep power. His persistence of using god as more than a metaphor pushes my mind to only take what I want from the book.

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    David 04-24-17
    David 04-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Would recommend to all lost artists"

    Meaningful and motivational. Touched on things far beyond my expectations. Fully satisfied. Great reader as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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