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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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    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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    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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    Christopher Rios 09-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Life changing"

    I shed a tear listening to a complete stranger summing up into words the very thing that haunts me as a troubled person with big dreams that have died in the ether. Why did success and happiness elude me? Why could I dream so much but fail to manifest? What was this opposing force acting against me? It doesn't feel wicked but it isn't made of good either. What is this wall made of!? Upon listening, I learned. This opposing force is myself. A magnificent book that I plan on listening to again and again until I wake up and take action. Thank you Steven Pressfield.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bhoopathi RIchmond, USA 09-05-16
    bhoopathi RIchmond, USA 09-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Must read for all creative minds"

    I wonder how I miss this book for so long. It helped me realise I am not alone who finds creating stuff is challenging.
    It's a master piece that you don't want to miss.

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    james papin 09-04-16
    james papin 09-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "It got me to take action"

    I highly recommend this book. It was well written to the point and was easy to focus on the readers voice.
    For me personally it put into perspective a lot of the obstacles getting in my way preventing me from doing what I makes me happy, and then inspired me to take action.

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    Brenda 08-29-16
    Brenda 08-29-16
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    "I learn something new each time I read it"

    I just love this book because it made me realize that fear is really the only thing that holds me back from success and living an extraordinary life. I love how he keeps talking about how resistance is the only thing that's really holding us back and fear feeds off of resistance. this was the second time that I listened to the audio book and everything just clicked. I would highly recommend this book to the person who is procrastinating on living out their true Desires in terms of life or just wanted to start a business or just anything that's holding them back from what they really wanted to.

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    Matthew J. Dragon Afghanistan 08-29-16
    Matthew J. Dragon Afghanistan 08-29-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Mentally Stimulating"

    I loved the book. It caused me to think about my thoughts and how they help or hurt my art.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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