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The War of Art Audiobook

The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

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.
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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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    Luke J. Morris Elmwood Park, IL, United States 02-06-12
    Luke J. Morris 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

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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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    Zachary 05-06-16
    Zachary 05-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book!"

    This is a great book, I think the narrator did a marvelous job. I really enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Jerrybandhan Mount Shasta, CA 05-05-16
    Dianne Jerrybandhan Mount Shasta, CA 05-05-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a refreshing take on procrastination of any kind. I am not your typical procrastinator however, this book still applies. I am changed. Thank you Steven.


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

    I compare this book to Napoleon Hill's "Outwitting the Devil". What Hill calls the devil, Pressfield calls 'resistance'. Incredible concept.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    I did not like Guidall's performance. I felt someone younger should have read the book. Sorry George.


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

    The idea of resistance being the enemy of us all. Also, I must honor my muse self.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book. Thank you!

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    Amazon Customer 05-03-16
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    "Amazing!!"

    I live this book, it changed my life!!, apply the principles in this book and you will be amazed at what you an accomplish as an artist of any kind.

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    Amazon Customer brooklyn, NY, United States 05-03-16
    Amazon Customer brooklyn, NY, United States 05-03-16 Member Since 2016

    Since Change is the only constant, Growth is change and change is good! I'm constantly seeking new books so I can feel good about changing!

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    "THIS PUTS THE FIRE UNDER YOUR ASS-PARAGUS! 😄😄"

    Loved it...Listened 2x already. .it's my motivation when resistance tries to strike! The narrators tone may put you off at first but he is hilarious in his delivery! If you're into any of the "Arts" or trying to push past your comfort zone and elevate in ANYTHING there is going to be resistance. ..but there will also be ASSISTANCE! THIS BOOK IS GREAT AND HELPED ME OUT SO MUCH!

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