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Big Magic

Creative Living Beyond Fear
Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18,105 ratings)

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The instant number-one New York Times best seller

"A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.” (PopSugar)

From the worldwide best-selling author of Eat Pray Love and City of Girls: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of. Fantastic inspiration for the new year.  

Readers and listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the "strange jewels" that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy. 

©2015 Elizabeth Gilbert (P)2015 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Listeners looking for permission or encouragement to pursue their creative endeavors will find writer Elizabeth Gilbert...to be a confident cheerleader and guide. With a conversational delivery and warm, confiding tone, Gilbert exhorts listeners to respect inspiration and to put in the time and hard work to bring those ideas to fruition." ( AudioFile)

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You Don't Need Permission ~~~

Beautiful Book--and Beautiful Narration!

Truly inspirational. So many things that Elizabeth Gilbert talks about in this book click with me from past thoughts~~maybe it's already been done, somebody already thought about it, etc. Her response is - So What? Almost everything in the world has been thought of or attempted before- but maybe never followed up on. That is not a reason to stop--because some of those ideas are still floating around out there just waiting to enter the head of someone who is ready to pick them up and complete them. She gives a unique and almost unbelievable example of this about a book she thought of writing - but didn't. However, I do believe it because I have had similar type events happen in my life - though not that extreme.

She brings to the forefront all of the reasons people have of putting off their dreams - "someday when I have a better job, get married, lose weight, make more money, live in a bigger house" and on and on. The perfect time will never come --so just do it.

Highly Recommended!

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  • mikko
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  • 09-25-15

Truth and happiness

I love everything about this book. Thank you for giving us this gift. I will listen to it over and over again when fear comes calling.

I really wish she would read all her books because Elizabeth's voice is so calming. It's lika a spa for the ears as well as the mind :)

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Must read for humankind.

This book is not only a must read for creatives, but I believe for all people of all ages. It is a magical way to go about living in this world.

If more people lived in the way Ms. Gilbert describes in this book, I think we would have a much finer place to live. Certainly a more beautiful one.

We all have an inner creative in us, we just have to tap into it. By believing in "Big Magic" we can tap into our inner creative.

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A Perspective SHIFT on Creativity

A truly enlightening experience on the creative process. Elizabeth Gilbert's words have resonated with me deeply and the soul of who I am feels lighter and less burdened to just create, just keep moving through the process and just to BE the creative being that I uniquely am.

Thank you for this amazing work, your vulnerability in your story telling and your strength in your continued inspiring journey Ms Gilbert.

It is now time for me to get back at this amazing creative process to express that which I AM.

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I have strings, Elizabeth easily pulls them.

Never before have I listened to a book straight through in one day, but that is exactly what I did with this book. Never have I been so motivated to follow a path that scares the living shit out of me, but Elizabeth Did that to me. If you have a creative bone in your body, and you're wondering whether or not you should heed it's call to creative action, listen to this bloody brilliant woman.
5 stars for: no nonsense, in your face, follow your fucking dreams fantastic footwork. If you do, and we know you do, have a creative idea that needs a swift kick in its proverbial ass, Elizabeth will leave you and your idea ready to take down names and action. KaPow!!

Thank you, Elizabeth Gilbert.

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Excellent and inspiring

I read this book because it was suggested by a few bloggers that I follow for personal development. I am in a place in my life that I felt this book could help me and it did. I recommend this book to anyone that is looking for answered from within. Elizabeth Gilbert makes your think about what you may want in life by merely speaking about her life and what inspired her and her own creative and personal growth.

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She gets it!

Being born a creative spirit isn't always an easy road, but Gilbert made me feel very much in good company! She says it's not a "self help" although I found it extremely beneficial and uplifting and addresses so many of those aggravating, nagging insecurities that face us all! She addresses them with bravery and candor and doesn't mind sounding a bit brash ...Old fashioned good sense and a spirit of love and commitment touches every aspect of her message! I loved this book, it made me love her, it made me love the fact I'm an artist and have never been anything else!! Bravo to you Elizabeth ! For being so tenacious and persevering enough to write such inspiring stuff!

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Especially great for creatives!

An inspirational first hand account of the creatives journey...but really it's great for everyone. Are you feeling stuck? Read this. Are you afraid of moving forward on your journey? Read this. Elizabeth reads stories as well as she writes them.

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My Latest Favorite Book

With Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert gives us a permission slip to live from our creative selves. It couldn't have come at a better moment in time for me.

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Rich, Beautiful, Profound, Lighthearted Advice

""This treasures inside me are saying yes. It is all the reminders, nudges, push I need in one place. I love how beautifully the pearls are woven together. Thank you Elizabeth Gilbert.

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