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Big Magic

Creative Living Beyond Fear
Written by: Elizabeth Gilbert
Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the critics say

"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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  • kmi
  • 2018-07-12

Struck me

This book totally spoke to me, as I constantly struggle with how I can create art and contribute to the world. Definitely a book for any kind of creative type (which I believe is everyone). I will keep this book with me and re-read many times to come.

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feel good book

throw away expectations. just sit back and enjoy. no pressure no stress. live a creative life ♡

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Really enjoyed it

Exactly what I needed to hear at the right time for me! Thanks for writing big magic

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Comfort for creatives

Gilbert writes about cultivating your creativity in a way that is practical, no pressure, nourishing and kind to yourself which is counter to the suffering creative archetype we’re all familiar with. She provides a comforting approach to creativity that doesn’t require you to make big bold moves but concentrated on how to support your creativity with what you have and in however way, no matter how small, you can. She reminds us that the magic is in the small acts of creativity that can happen when you give yourself room and kindness to do so.

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my bible

nothing has confirmed my creative passion more. actually teared up at a few points. love the advice if you dont know exactly what your passion is, follow curiosities until you find something you want to stick with. ♡ thank you

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very great book

This book was really insightful for me. If your someone who struggles with creativity or lagging inspiration in some areas of your life this is a good read for sure.

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How it ignited my soul

This book was the perfect food my soul. It inspired to me pick up my passion in photography again and never give up.

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awesome!

Loved the content of the book! The narration was beautiful too!
It's one of those books one can hear again!

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A breath of feesh air

A breath of fresh air. Thank you Elizabeth Gilbert for giving us permission to do and be. No guilt, participate and do our best.

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A book for all creatives!

I have been seeing rave reviews of this book everywhere but I've never really been interested in reading motivational books or anything like this before. I'm glad I read this one. Her words were exactly what I needed to hear and has inspired me to keep moving forward with my own writing.

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 2015-09-23

Biggest Inspiration In a Long Time

Embrace your ideas, accept and have a conversation with your fear.
I didn't pre-order this book, was ready to pass on it, but then I re-watched Elizabeth's TED talk on "Your elusive creative genius," acknowledged I'd hit a roadblock in my own life, and knew, yup. This might be just what I need.
And it was mind-blowingly good.
Naturally, it's not a perfect book, but for something that's not even 6 hrs. it sure does pack a whole lot into it. You'll learn that fear goes hand in hand with creativity, but the thing to do is to take it on the journey with you but let it know it absolutely will NOT be driving.
The most enchanting concept Gilbert discussed was that the earth is inhabited by Ideas that are just waiting for humans to claim them for manifestation. Which I really feel is true. Sometimes I feel the whole goosebump prickle/brick over the head/just got an amazing idea thing, and it's off to the races. But Gilbert goes further through the entire book because creativity is a long, long process. And sometimes we let it be disheartening, sometimes we even view it as the worst, most abusive person in the world when, really, creativity values and needs us. We have the opportunity to open our very souls to wonder, and we can invite even more inspiration into our lives, when we feel stumped, by taking baby-steps of action, and by simply declaring that we enjoy our creativity--we have to appreciate what we have. Plus, gotta kick the perfectionist habit which is fear-based; the way to function best is as "the disciplined half-ass" (which is a TOTAL relief to me. The half-assed part, I'm working on the discipline...)
This book is all about living these temporary lives of ours as joyously, as vividly as possible. Go ahead. Have an affair with your creativity! Steal away with it for 15 minutes here, 15 exciting minutes there! Let's treat it like we love it!
Truly wonderful audiobook. Great prose, and Gilbert has a wonderful speaking style.
By the way? Another reviewer mentioned the lobster. I've gotta admit: It really is indeed a memorable story that'll stick with you

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  • Jacqueline
  • 2015-09-29

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
  • Espoo, Finland
  • 2015-09-25

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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  • Kim Lenard
  • 2015-09-25

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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  • Lina Holbert
  • Houston, TX, US
  • 2016-09-24

Just a very bad book on creativity.

While it was moderately interesting to hear the extended story of the author's creative journey, it's a very bad book about creativity. Extremely discouraging, contradicting and somewhat crazy (I am not a fan of the new age stuff). The part where she says that you most likely won't make money from your creativity- I wanted to throw this book in her face but wait, it's an audio) . So, I'm keeping this piece of crappy literature just to know what a bad book is and how NOT to talk about creativity. Read Julia Cameron. That book is the real magic and an inspiring classic by a friendly and sane person.

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  • Dina
  • LAKE ZURICH, IL, United States
  • 2015-10-24

Just a bit disappointing

Listening to Elizabeth Gilbert is like spending time with an old friend. She is warm, wise, and articulate. This book started off strong, but lost focus a quarter of the way through. In addition, it was quite short. It would have made a much better article for a writer's or artist's magazine.

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  • 2015-09-25

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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  • Vilasi Venkatachalam
  • United States
  • 2015-09-24

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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  • H. Ahokas
  • 2017-01-06

just ok

I struggled with finishing this book, skipped the last 45 minutes. There were some really interesting points, some less interesting :/

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  • Heather M. Mckissick
  • 2016-09-10

If you were a writer, listen to it. Otherwise?

I'm honestly disappointed with this. The way it is billed and described is more about creativity in general in life and how to get there. But unless you are an author or rider I don't think it is as valuable as all that. It's interesting sure but I'm not an artist, I just want to live more creatively and I'm bored listening to all of the details about her thanks does a rider etc. With respect, but not for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-03

MIND BLOWING

A must read for any creator on earth period. Listening to this audio book has helped me reflect on the moments when I struggled or experienced joy throughout my own creative process, and at the same time given me the key to guide myself towards a healthy creative mindset.

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  • Andra V.
  • 2015-12-17

Should be required reading

This book is awesome! Such truth! It should be required reading for all, but especially for teachers and parents, and all who shape young creative minds! Loved it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-22

Creativity restored.

Thank you Elizabeth for writing this book. I needed this in my life. I found my way back to my creative life thanks to this book and feels so freeing!!!!

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  • hazar
  • 2019-05-29

Inspiring

Enjoyed listening this book. The author proposes a different and very interesting point of view on how to be more creative and to overcome your fears in your work.

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  • Elorri broca
  • 2019-04-01

Stunning !

If you aim for a creative path or just crave for creativeness, this book is for you ! This book, even though it's not aimed for, helps making peace and place for your creativity ! A must read !

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  • Viorica
  • 2019-01-10

A really inspiring book!

I really appreciated this book for giving me the impuls to have a more inspiring, creative, curious life. It totally worth my time! I will listen this book again I know for sure.

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  • rosie
  • 2018-10-27

I love her writing!!!!

Highly recommended as all her books, this one held big magic!! Highly recommended to anyone interested in the mysteries of creativity

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-05-12

Inspirant

Jamais été aussi inspirée par un livre. .. Toute ma gratitude à Elisabeth Gilbert d'avoir donné ce livre au monde.

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  • Clelo
  • 2017-03-09

Un merveilleux livre pour tous les artistes...

Un livre que tous artistes devraient lire : peintre, écrivain, musicien, photographe, etc.
Un livre à glisser entre les mains de tous... car nous sommes tous quelque part artiste dans l'âme !

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