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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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  • Diana
  • Antelope Valley, CA, United States
  • 02-01-14

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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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.

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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.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A good book, I recommend it

While I couldn't help but roll my eyes at a lot of this book's content, maybe even half, I cannot deny how much the other half resonated with me and of how much value I found it to be.

Do not go into this book expecting to like it or agree with it as a whole but be prepared to extract all of which you find of value, which surely will be a lot.

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good, not great

I feel that this goes around the same topic as many books. Maybe, it is the first and they are all emulating, repeating the ideas. I loved to read the description in full of resistance herein.

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eye opening, great book

I've listened to it a few times, great motivation and eye opening on the inner workings of the mind

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Nuggets of wisdom, but ultimately lacking

The first few chapters had some value and there were some good insights sprinkled through the remainder, but the author ultimately offers little to no advice for overcoming your "resistance" other than hoping "god" handles is for you. I am not personally religious, so the book ended up offering me little value. Also, an author discussing motivational resistance, who dismisses anxiety and depression as ~"made up by marketing professionals to sell books," has never truly faced resistance and has no business writing books about it.

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Enjoyed it!

It gives good thoughts about why we procrastinate. It was easy to finish this book quickly!

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Wow!

This book will force you to take an introspective look at yourself. Excellent job of showing how resistance manifests in our life.

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Right on!

Highly recommended for anyone seeking to answer their calling to the universe. The pathway to creative freedom and purpose.