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The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle | [Steven Pressfield]

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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    Pierre Toronto, ON, Canada 08-21-12
    Pierre Toronto, ON, Canada 08-21-12
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    "Must-read for all people, but especially creatives"
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    It could have done without the religious semi-preaching, however apologetic he is before each of those parts. If you can get past the turn-off value of spurts of talking about the devil and god, angels etc, it's a very worthwhile listen. He does remind you to view them as metaphor if it bothers you, the message is what's important.

    Don't get me wrong, it's not a religious book. That's just the only criticism I can make.

    Life-changing for countless people, I'd bet.

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    Lise Rubarth 04-30-12
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    "Great story, wrong Narrator for the Job"
    What made the experience of listening to The War of Art the most enjoyable?

    The story...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The struggle against "resistance" good examples, he knows the struggle.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Guidall?

    Someone else that would read it with less drama and that "put on" voice. He wasn't real/true to the essence of the book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Austin, TX, United States 04-02-12
    James Austin, TX, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Artists Must Read This 1-2x/Year"
    Would you listen to The War of Art again? Why?

    Yes. This speaks so boldly to many of the challenges artists face and provides a kick in the pants to push past them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The War of Art?

    The part where I got kicked in the pants...oh wait, that was pretty much the whole book.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a fine job. I'm not sure what he added, but more important to me is that he didn't distract from Pressfield's writing.


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

    To be professional, you have to think and act like a professional.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Seal Beach, CA, United States 03-07-12
    Sharon Seal Beach, CA, United States 03-07-12
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    "Inspiring!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you want to learn how to overcoming your hesitation in pursuing your goals, this is book is a good start. It's short and quick which will leave you time to start achieving your passion :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rollie W. Bradford 03-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting Book"

    I think this book was a good if not great resource on overcoming resistance and procrastination. If it's a big issue for you, buy it.

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    Karim Raleigh, NC, United States 01-24-12
    Karim Raleigh, NC, United States 01-24-12

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    "Great audio book"
    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Well first he read the book like he was the author talking to me. It was so funny at times.


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    Kathy NORTH PLATTE, NE, United States 01-18-12
    Kathy NORTH PLATTE, NE, United States 01-18-12
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    "Valid points"
    What did you love best about The War of Art?

    It had some very valid points. As an artist, I find myself not always wanting to do my art. Not always in the mood. But just by being diligent and going out to my bench and working, it gets the creative juices flowing and Mr. Pressfield addresses this rather nicely.


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

    Just do the work!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Krupicka Denver, CO 08-13-12
    J. Krupicka Denver, CO 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Full of profanity, hard to follow"
    What disappointed you about The War of Art?

    The amount of profanity used detracted from the author's points. Also the story line seemed very fragmented to me. I chose not finish listening to it.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Henrique Vancouver, BC, Canada 09-03-12
    Henrique Vancouver, BC, Canada 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "It has its moments, but it gets spiritual"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would, because the author does some interesting points, but I would warn my friend the book gets kind of spiritual and loses objectivity.


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

    There's not really a story in this book, but the book speaks of procrastination in it's different forms and suggests approaches to overcome resistance. Again, it does get a bit spiritual when talking about overcoming resistance, which sucks.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I thought it was interesting when the author talks about identifying the different ways that resistance (the driving force of procrastination) manifests in your life.


    Do you think The War of Art needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really. The subject has been covered. I'd be affraid that a follow up would be pretty disappointing.


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    ellen San Francisco, CA, United States 06-18-12
    ellen San Francisco, CA, United States 06-18-12
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    "Repetitive"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I kept feeling like I wanted to jump off a bridge when i heard the nagging narrator's voice.


    Would you recommend The War of Art to your friends? Why or why not?

    No because it was really boring and didn't give specifics -- it was a lot of general "get out there and create and don't be afraid" rather than "here are a few ways you can combat _______ when you are having difficulties.." There was nothing but common sense offered. i really expected something better.


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Guidall’s performances?

    No!!! His voice is irritating and very arrogant sounding. I definitely had difficulty listening to the book with his narration -- I kept trying to filter the nagging part out so i could concentrate on the content -- but in the end I couldn't. In my opinion, this reader's voice did an injustice to the book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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