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The War of Art

Written by: Steven Pressfield
Narrated by: Steven Pressfield
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Self-Help, How-to
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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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It's alright

It was alright, i had a hard time sticking with it though, it didn't really suck me in. It may resonate with some people, but I felt uninspired.

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awful

this guy is spewing absolute nonsense and keeps bringing up religion and god. couldnt sit through 5 minutes of it

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makes bold claims with little to back it up

a few good points on resistance which I liked but then there are a bunch of random claims like cancer being a product of people not being their true selves, couldn't get past that part

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Basic but a unique perspective

A unique perspective of motivation for a creative. Overall good information. The additon of music was distracting and annoying. Reading was a bit robotic but overall worth the listen.

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Wonderful

Love it!!! I’m surprised. I’ll hear it again and again! Very good book! Thank you

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Think this may have changed my life...

Eye opening. With in the first 5 minutes I was inspired and overwhelmed by emotion through revelation.

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Jam packed.

Heard of this book for many years, finally getting around to it was a treat.

Pressfield jams this book full of life stories and lessons. It is truly the culmination of his life’s work brought together into a 2 hour and 30 min audio book.

This book is way too dense to comprehend the first time around. It is read as most writers write down the good ideas they have, fast, to the point and with so much excitement you have a ringing in your head as you listen.

This book is very powerful and it is something I will keep in my library for a long time. Truthfully the bible when it comes to over riding the resistance every single person feels in their life.

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Good Ideas

I suppose the book proposed some interesting ideas, but from the perspective of an atheist, a lot of the meaning behind the main ideas can get more or less lost on me.

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great book

glade I found this audio book. It will definitely have a positive impact on my left

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I couldn't get more than 20 minutes into it

Beware, it's a musical one! I couldn't get more than 20 minutes into it. It made me feel like I was meant to be in the middle of the desert meditating listening to a coach.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-11-18

Too much useless information

Good idea, but can be shared in like 20 minutes max, this book is too long and filled with air in my opinion.

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  • DesertBusinessReview
  • 2019-04-19

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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  • AndyVen19
  • 2019-05-19

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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  • Simon Lee
  • 2019-06-22

War Against Common Sense?

I tried reading the physical version of this book, but it read like a series of bullet points listed beneath a guiding topic. Listening to this book made it much easier.

But the stuff Pressfield says is really difficult to endorse. It starts off all right. Fight back against resistance. I agree. Resistance stops us from accomplishing so much. However, when he begins explaining how ADHD or anxiety disorders are not REAL--but instead the result of resistance and procrastination--I felt a bit uneasy. He cites no sources. He has no validation for these claims, but he presents them as facts which is extremely irresponsible. When he starts saying that cancer is cured by people who produce art...yeah, I checked out.

I gave the performance three stars. Pressfield reads this in an angry-ish and judgmental tone, and I think that's right in line with the tone of the text.

I'd say save yourself the time and money. You already know that procrastination hurts. Write your own list of motivational bullet points. Hey, maybe you can publish them someday.

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  • Book Lover
  • 2019-06-03

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-08-27

Wow

I've listened to it three times and still pick up more info each time I listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-21

Love this book!

A smooth read and entertaining one. Good way to know your true enemy. Definitely worth reading.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-15

must read!

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

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  • ludovic migneault
  • 2019-10-17

Half of it is about praising God

Most arguments are about "the sacred", "the holy" and fighting the evil "resistance"...
there was one good chapter talking about a down to earth comparison between being Pro vs being Amateur.

At least the book was short so I didn't waste too much time.

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  • M.D.
  • 2019-09-19

Filled with Dangerous Ideas

This book is filled with dangerous, harmful ideas, such as the thought that succumbing to "resistance" is the cause of cancer. Even ignoring that monumental flaw, this "motivational" book is severely lacking in points worth taking away - seek motivation elsewhere.

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  • B. D. carbon
  • 2019-09-25

Répétitif

Je n'ai pas été emballé par ce livre dont néanmoins certains passages sont pas mal...

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