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The War of Art

Narrated by: Steven Pressfield
Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (277 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Think of The War of Art as tough love...for yourself.

Since 2002, The War of Art has inspired people around the world to defeat "resistance"; to recognize and knock down dream-blocking barriers and to silence the naysayers within us. Resistance kicks everyone's butt, and the desire to defeat it is equally as universal. The War of Art identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. 

Though it was written for writers, it has been embraced by business entrepreneurs, actors, dancers, painters, photographers, filmmakers, military service members, and thousands of others around the world.

©2011 Black Irish Entertainment LLC (P)2019 Black Irish Entertainment LLC

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Show up!

It’s a book that everyone must read. Especially if you are an artist or an entrepreneur.
Presented in a very impactful manner.

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must read!

are you a painter that doesn't paint?
a writer who doesn't write?
this is your book.

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The concept of work vs. resistance is pure gold

The concept of work vs. resistance is pure gold. From a business perspective (creative production and delivery) it makes this book a must-read for any entrepreneur.

The exploration of the "muses" might appeal to purely artistic and creative types. Maybe not so much for a business person.

The author's passionate audible delivery made the listening truly enjoyable from start to finish.

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I listened to half an hour and it already ruined my entire day

I got through about thirty minutes of this book before I couldn’t take it anymore. The central thesis is that procrastinating inhibits our long-term success and what we’re “born to do.” It sounds great in theory, but the author pads the work with superstitions, fake facts, and proselytizing.

In just thirty minutes of this audiobook, the author claimed that:
- Hitler would not have gone after the Jews if he didn’t face resistance with his art career
- Terminal and non-terminal cancer patients go into remission when they stop procrastinating on their goals
- Diseases such as ADHD, social anxiety disorder, and seasonal depression disorder are fake illnesses created by drug companies to make more money (yes, he really said that)
- If everyone overcame resistance (which is what he calls procrastination), world hunger and poverty would magically disappear, and we wouldn’t need doctors anymore.

Again, I only listened to thirty minutes, and this book ruined my entire day. Please save yourself the 1 audible credit. Don’t repeat my mistakes.

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The War of the Soul

Stunning, consciousness-slapping principles. A completely new paradigm that changed my life once, and now for the second time. I recommend it 1000%.

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I feel like these reviews have to be fake.

it made me laugh a couple times because I couldnt stop thinking about bojack horseman's "brand new attitude" Audio book. its basically an extra cheesy self help book. Am I the only one that thinks its hilarious that he trash talks workshops in a self help book? oh well. Goodbye 8 dollars.

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A must read...

Steven Pressfield delivers a must read for those fighting their inner battle against creativity and personal growth. Highly recommended.

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Eye opening and life changing.

It's as if this book was written for me!!! It has answered many lifes questions!!!

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motivational book

The book was good and also the narrator, except the music in the background it was a bit distracting.

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inspiring

This audio book is a gift by a dear friend. I can'agree with everything the author says, but I found myself thinking and thinking to its inspiring content. I can already feel that it changed me!

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  • 06-15-19

Wow

Ok, a very good friend recommended this book to me to help me change my mindset. This is the first time I have ever had an audiobook sound like it was talking directly to me and that the narrator knew me. It has helped me think clearer and act accordingly. I will be listening to this at least once a week for the foreseeable future to listen between the lines. I know I haven’t heard everything so far and I need to dissect this fully. A great book and a great author. Thank you Mr Pressfield.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-19

Angels were a little over the top

But definitely a great listen.. I found myself sitting down and writing.. Encouraging and Empowering..

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  • Eoin McLoughlin
  • 05-10-19

I resisted wasting my time listening to the rest

As soon as synth strings are attached then it's game over. A vague collection of ideas where resistance is every other word.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-19

not a good sound track

the music kept coming in at strange times and had no relevance to the story. very distracting and hard to listen to

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-19

Brutal self help

I loved this. Absolutely the kick up the butt that I have been searching for.