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The Magic of Thinking Big

Written by: David Schwartz
Narrated by: Jason Culp
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
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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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One of my favourite books

Really well written book. Has great information throughout. This book is most definitely a must read

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Misleading

The release date of this book is listed as 2015 but it was written in 1959. The audiobook must have been recorded in 2015. The misleading publication date in combination with the modern-looking cover image had me expecting something completely different from what this book is. Outdated and simplistic. Promotes some practices that I'm pretty sure have since been shown to be harmful, such as ignoring and pushing away negative emotions. Really disappointed with this purchase.

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inspiring

so good I'm going to listen to it again and read it. great lessons in this book

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Thank you

I thought the book was fantastic the production the narration the writing everything was perfect I find I could really relate to a lot of it as I grew up homeless and on the streets and in group homes now I have my own family because I thought big I own my own house I own my own company because I thought big

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To be successful you need to study success

This book is gold, even though it’s an old book , it’s still applicable in today’s world more than ever , if you’re a person who wants to improve all aspects of life especially your work life and more , this book will serve you very well

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  • 888
  • 2018-12-02

great book ..... no words... love it

love it will listen couple more times for sure really valuable book I would suggest this book everyone who I know

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Outdated

Unlike Napolean Hill’s classic works, this doesn’t relate in today’s world and sensibilities. It was written for white males in the post-industrial age trying to “pose” .

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  • Peter
  • 2016-02-20

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.

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  • Joey
  • 2016-05-23

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2016-04-21

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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  • Robert C. Meutsch
  • buffalo,ny,usa
  • 2016-02-19

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.

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  • J. Gudger
  • Washington, DC
  • 2016-02-13

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.

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  • Alex
  • 2016-04-22

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

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  • Adam
  • 2016-02-09

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!

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  • Vickie Kos
  • 2017-08-22

Top 10

This is in my top 10 favorite books (and now audio) it may be #1 at this point but I love everything that it offers and value each and every story presented. Great way to explain things that make it stick. Would recommend to anyone as it covers so many topics!

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  • Michael G. Forrest
  • 2017-08-10

Change your thinkung, change your life!!

I am going to listen to third time now. it's amazing how common since isn't so common

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  • valeriy
  • 2017-06-04

Life Altering

This book, by Dr. David Schwartz, is my new life bible. Thank you Dr. Schwartz for your unparalleled wisdom and insight into the secrets of being a truly happy and successful person.

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  • Katrine
  • 2017-08-09

Extremely dated information

Ce livre n'était pas pour vous, mais à qui aurait-il pu plaire ?

I honestly can't think who would like to read it because there're so many great books out there. Why bother with this?

Qu'est-ce qui a été le plus décevant dans l'histoire de David Schwartz ?

This book has outdated information and tells it in a very simplistic way.

Qui auriez-vous pu choisir comme narrateur à la place de Jason Culp ?

The narrator is OK.

Si vous pouviez prendre la place de l'éditeur, quelle(s) scène(s) auriez-vous pu couper de The Magic of Thinking Big ?

All the information that is too old now and some of the fantastic claims, like the one about people in hospital suffering from illnesses brought on by their emotions...

Avez-vous d'autres commentaires ?

No

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2018-12-10

Motivational speach for salesman

Was not what i was looking for. Most of example are about salesman situations. This is not a revelant job for most poeple.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2018-05-25

très bon.

Pour moi qui manquait de courage et estime de soi. cela est l aide parfaite.