The Angel Inside

Michelangelo's Secrets for Following Your Passion and Finding Work You Love
Narrated by: Chris Widener
Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

There will come a time when you must decide to lead the life someone else has chosen for you¿or the life you want.

According to legend, when a young boy asked the great Renaissance artist Michelangelo why he was working so hard hitting the block of marble that would eventually become his greatest sculpture, David, the artist replied, "Young man, there is an angel inside this rock, and I am setting him free." In The Angel Inside, the renowned consultant and career coach Chris Widener uses Michelangelo's words to explore the hidden potential that exists within us all.

In this unforgettable parable, Tom Cook, a disillusioned American businessman, has traveled to Italy looking for direction in his life. In Florence, the last city on his tour, Tom meets a mysterious old man who opens his eyes to the art and life of Michelangelo and reveals what the artist's work can teach him and all of us about the power of following your passion.

Whether you're looking for a way to reinvigorate your career or searching for the courage to begin a new one, The Angel Inside is a must-read if you want to find true meaning in your life and work.

©2007 Chris Widener (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The Angel Inside is truly one of the most inspiring, encouraging, motivational books I have ever read. Once I got started, I found it impossible to stop....And I say this as a man who has never read fiction; I've always said that when I get all of the truth, then I'll start reading fiction. It was a wonderful thrill to read a work of fiction that contains an enormous amount of truth and encouragement." (Zig Ziglar)

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A gem

If you feel stuck and don't know what to do with your life, this is the story for you. Short, sweet and breathtakingly simple. This will rekindle the spark of a fire inside you if that is what you're looking for. If you feel drawn to listen to it, do it! If only all self help/advice book were as clear. The narration is very rushed at the beginning but you soon get taken away with the story.

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Very special little book!

This little book has a very simple but BIG message inside. As a past resident of Florence this book takes me back to a city where beauty and history meet fate and create another masterpiece. Reminds me a bit of The Little Prince, and too always keep the child alive inside.

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We just need to free the angel inside us

What made the experience of listening to The Angel Inside the most enjoyable?

Inspiring simple with a big message

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Angel Inside?

We can learn to "embrace the stages of chipping, sculpting, sanding and polishing". I loved the comparison of the art world to our progress in life.

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

His voice and intensity

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Smiled throughout the book

Any additional comments?

You have to listen Chris Widener's speech at Jim Rohn's Success Weekend Seminar

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Motivational.

What did you love best about The Angel Inside?

Good story for discovering your passion and be a happier person. The author reminds us basic but still important lessons.

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There is size 6 in everyone

I listened to the book without interruption. I was possessed by the simple presentation of grand idea of an angel inside. Too often we concentrate on what is visible, what is tangible, what is comfortable and the golden nugget lies just few strikes below. We neglect to look for it. I always believed, that no matter how big you are (my weight problems), there is size 6 inside of everyone, or the perfect 10, if you prefer. Getting introduced to the book by Chris, I only confirmed my believes. I recommend this book to everyone, as a wake up call to the new reality of the 21st century as well a little art history lesson, which we all can use. Thank you Chris, RW

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Enjoyable - assists those looking for 'the answer'

This audible book was an enjoyable story that had valuable messages for me at a very important decision point in my life. I am better for the experience.

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Very inspiring!

If someone is looking for meaning in whatever thing he is doing, this book will direct him to see the light !

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What a lovely short story

This book has a great story line as well as a truth about life that is really so simple yet often clouded by our own disbelief and insecurities.

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Timeless

This book should be on everyones reading list. It contains useful information that will help throughout the course of one's life.

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Loved it.

Great parable.... A little cheesy in parts but overall a worthwhile read. Especially if you love artists.

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  • 06-24-13

Inspirational listen

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

This book was recommended to me by one of my mentors. I would recommend that EVERYBODY listen to it. Most of the successful people who I regularly associate with, has read this book.

What did you like best about this story?

I found it truly inspirational, motivating and it does make you ponder about your own life.

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It does make you think quite a bit.

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I have decided, after listening to this audio, that I will be visiting Florence, Italy as soon as I get the opportunity.

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Creative list of good advice

Being Italian I obviously appreciated the art content that comes across in a very lively and interesting way. It speaks to the soul.