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With more than six million copies sold worldwide, David Schwartz's timeless guide and best-selling phenomenon, The Magic of Thinking Big, is now available for the first time as an unabridged audio edition.

Millions of people around the world have improved their lives through the timeless advice David Schwartz offers in The Magic of Thinking Big. In this best-selling audiobook, Schwartz proves you don't need innate talent to become successful, but you do need to understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there.

Filled with easy-to-understand advice, this unabridged audio edition - perfect for gift giving - will put you on the road to changing the way you think, helping you work better, manage smarter, earn more money, achieve your goals, and, most importantly, live a fuller, happier life.

©1959, 1965 Prentice Hall. All rights reserved. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Seriously probably the most impactful book I have ever read!

I love this book! So many golden nuggets and practical applications in daily life. I know I have to re read this book very soon.

I love self- help books, and this book stands out from the crowd in a grand way for me. I'm not sure it it's the timing where I am in my life or if it's simply the book itself - that's up to you. However the practical steps in the end of every chapter and topic is in itself priceless. One example for the beginning of the book that I immediately took to heart is:

"How can you live with people and not understand how they thing and feel?!" This is so interesting to think about and the author carries on to think about two different persons that you know, think about the most successful one and the least success if one. Compare them: what do the they do differently? What can you learn from this?

I was almost afraid to carry on reading sometimes because I felt the limitless potential of myself.

I would like to finish this review with citing the book from my head:
" nothing beats seeing yourself grow to be more successful. Nothing is more challenging to try and make the best out of one self"

With that said. I hope you are trying your best in everything you do. If not read this book and try again!

Thanks to Tim ferris and also IBM (Internet business mastery) podcast for recommending this book. I owe you.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Everyone should read =)!!

This is an amazing book and should be read by all, teenagers included.

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what we all need to hear

I bought this as recommended by Tim Ferris in 4 hour work week. Profound in its simplicity. Nothing new or groundbreaking At the same time it's something we all need to hear. Again and again. Until we're writing our own books.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Dated but relevant

Once you get past the fact that this was written 60 years ago the theories still apply today. It is a good listen.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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The magic of freeking awesomeness!!!

Before this book I had lost my dreams, I was in a low paying job that I didn't enjoy I had tried starting my own business and failed and almost decided to move to Puerto Rico because I couldn't live a mediocre life and so being poor on the beach would be better than being a junior software developer working 15 hours a day for the rest of the foreseeable future. My dream is to be an entrepreneur and because of this book I know now how I can do it! I have bought the audio and hard copy and plan to implement everything that it teaches so I can reach my dreams. Thank you to the author and producers!

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Chocked full of insight, amazing book!

Common sense and wisdom in spades. Geared for business and selling, but can be used for everyday relationship building. Older terminology and perspective, but still valuable with a bit of imagination and mental updating.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Collection of incredibly boring anecdotes

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better content

What could David Schwartz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not just tell stories about a bunch of random "strangers" who changed their life and financial position simply by "thinking big". The common thread was, "...and guess why this person was down on his luck and sinking in credit card debt....that's right, because he failed to think big about his career". I much prefer memoirs and biographies of truly great people who walk through their life, i.e. Total Recall by Arnold, and provide real world examples of why they succeeded and/or failed. I can't relate to forcing oneself to think big...what does that even mean? It's like telling someone to just be Canadian...you can't think that into existence. There is a process for becoming Canadian, and if you fail to know the steps, you will never become Canadian.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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One of the best motivational books around

Would you consider the audio edition of The Magic of Thinking Big to be better than the print version?

Not necessarily. The audio version is great but its a matter personal preference In terms of reading vs listening

What did you like best about this story?

The applicable takeaways and easy to implement ideas in every chapter

What about Jason Culp’s performance did you like?

He was a little dry

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

Overall it met my expectations

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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So good I couldnt stop listening

This book is a mind changer. It really helped me in my journey to become a better version of myself. The author uses very good examples of productive and counter-productive behavior. He also gives practical advise to become succesful regarless of what you do, if you have an open mind this book can help you gain friends, better job opportunities, money.. and anything else your heart desires.

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Finally "read" the classic

Heard a lot about this book. Well worth the read. It's been a nice "end" to the self-help kick I've been on for the last few months.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Chama
  • 03-02-16

Good, sound, practical life lessons. AMAZING STUFF

Where does The Magic of Thinking Big rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As a self-help books go, I thought this was one of the best ones I have come across in a long time. It is absolutely worth reading, not once or twice, but as a handy guide. <br/>I've recommended this book to family and close friends.

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Practical advice that is easy to apply right there and then.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I read the book a few days before a job interview. The paradigm shift in the way I valued my abilities gave me the confidence to boldly ask for more money... Yes, I got the job offer and a pretty handsome bump in my salary... and all because I dared to Think Big.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Maria Latronico
  • 08-13-16

One of the best books I read

I loved this book, from the beginning to the end. The author gives great advices for every day life, some might sound not new to hear, though I think are very practical and useful.
If someone is going through a difficult time, I would recommend to listen to this book. It helps to think clear, in a positive way, it seems gives some encouragement, everyone can succeed if wants to succeed. The book doesn't teach or preach some abstract concepts, it is actually about common sense and good habits.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • 11-17-16

Best self help book bar far

I've read many self help books but this is by far the most useful and impactful I have come across. Many simple ways to improve your outlook and attitude which ultimately increase your chance of success in the short, medium and long term. I can immediately relate to how changing some of my attitudes and approaches to daily work and life in general will improve my outputs and general well being and, I believe, my long run goals and success. I may listen to this once again straight away, it's that good. Don't hesitate to listen to this book if you're interested in investing in yourself.

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  • Robert
  • 11-11-16

Changed my life for the better!!!

I have listened to this audiobook 3x it was exactly what I needed at the right time. I would recommend this to anyone who is feeling trapped in their career or someone looking to inspire themselves to get more out of life. Thank you David Schwartz! Wish I could have met you!

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  • SWodehouse
  • 02-05-17

LOVED IT!

This book is great. I listen to it repeatedly and the principles go deeper into subconscious each time. if you have issues with resistance and self sabotage, however, then it would be better to start with, or also get, something like Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza. I also REALLY like the narrator's voice and reading style a LOT.

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  • Marina V.
  • 09-23-16

Excellent guide to a better quality life!!

This is one of the best books of this kind that I ever listened to. Great flow of useful practical information read by a genuine enthusiast. I will definitely listen to it again and again. Thank you!!!

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  • Santiago
  • 05-05-17

Good advice, too basic

The book contains many good pieces of advice, basic to self development, but it lacks sufficient nuance sometimes.
You can skip chapter 1. It sells you the book you've already purchased. It gets better from there, some chapters are great and some are ok.

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  • Craig L.
  • 12-15-16

good if you persevere

I found this quite useful once I'd got through the first few chapters which I found both a bit cringe worthy and a statement of the bleeding obvious. Many of the messages are similar to '7 habits' which I would recommend over this. Narration was a tad annoying in my opinion. On balance though, it is worth a read.

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  • stuart
  • 11-10-16

Brilliant book for all to enjoy!

Definitely worth listening to when you need to keep a sight of the bigger picture.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mooksy
  • 07-19-16

Outdated.

Some useful perspectives in this book but it is very outdated and very conservative. At times the writer seems more than a little sexist and too much credence is given to superficial things like how to dress. Not all that inspiring as the title would suggest.

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  • scott
  • 06-06-16

Must listen

I read the book a couple of years ago. Listening to the audible version has been amazing and so much more efficient.

If your a business executive like myself this is the best way to go.

Listen to this book now you need it.

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  • Anna Menown
  • 09-13-17

Old school

while I found some of the topics covered in this book useful, the constant references to men in the workplace made me feel like the book was written for another time. In the end I turned off and went on to listen to a truely powerful audio book.

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  • Irene
  • 04-20-17

Lots of good stuff

May need to listen to this a few times. Great insights into staying motivated. See you at the top

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  • Natalie
  • 03-19-17

Irritating Narration

Would you try another book written by David Schwartz or narrated by Jason Culp?

Maybe by the author but the narrator is beyond irritating.

What could David Schwartz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not have it narrated by Jason Culp.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jason Culp?

ANYONE else. A woman. Someone with a less 'American car salesman' voice. The narration was so bad that I could not stand to persist with the book itself, which I'm led to believe is actually very good.

Any additional comments?

I wish I could get my money back and find another version of this book narrated by anyone else.

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  • Ashley
  • 12-08-16

requires a freshen up, with modern language

The content is as relevant when the book was published as it is today but as there is language and stories used in the book that is "middle America 1950's" it takes the edge from the essence of the book.
Seek what the book can teach you and learn to expand the mind.

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  • Artem
  • 11-03-16

A must read

This book has given me a lot.. Wish I have read it 10 years ago. I'd be a different man. Read it, if you want to be a better version of yourself.

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  • James
  • 10-12-16

Dated and phoney anecdotes bring it down

Maybe I'm not used to these type of books but nearly all of the information in this book is obvious, backed up by anecdotes to try and drive the point home. However because they've aged quite poorly and come across as very staged become quite a distraction.

Some good info obviously but a bit hard to get to.