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Big Magic Audiobook

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

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Publisher's Summary

Listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process and showing us all just how easy it can be.

By sharing stories from her own life as well as from her friends and the people who have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity, tackle what we most love and face down what we most fear.

Whether you long to write a book, create art, cope with challenges at work, embark on a long-held dream, or simply to make your everyday life more vivid and rewarding, Big Magic will take you on a journey of exploration filled with wonder and unexpected joys.

©2015 Elizabeth Gilbert. All rights reserved. (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Gilbert dares us into adventures of worldly discovery." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Smart but unpretentious, funny, warm, and generous. By the end of one of her books, you feel as if she is your friend, too." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    Donna 15/01/2016
    Donna 15/01/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding, insightful, helpful, beautiful voice."

    Loved it. I didn't want it to end. Beautifully spoken. Helpful, self worth restoring, brilliantly nurturing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Sydney 06/10/2015
    Maria Sydney 06/10/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    This is the best audio book I've listened to so far. Incredibly well written and beautifully read, relevant to anyone undergoing a stagnant creative rut or in my case, in need of courage to express myself fearlessly.

    Loved every second of it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jill 02/10/2015
    Jill 02/10/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Refreshing"

    A great listen. Encouraging all of us to be our creative selves free from the anxiety of perfectionism and criticism. Thanks Elizabeth.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa Hughes 30/09/2015
    Vanessa Hughes 30/09/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful"

    I loved it. Unlike some books on creativity, it's not preachy and doesn't scold, more like having a conversation with a compassionate mentor. Not all authors can or should narrate their own work, but Liz Gilbert does a wonderful job . I was terribly disappointed when i realized I'd finished it as i could have happily listened for another few hours, and will definitely be going back for a re-read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lee South Australia 24/01/2016
    Lee South Australia 24/01/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Brought me back to life"

    I will listen to this book over and over again! How did she see inside me? Outstanding, inspirational and deeply motivating. Welcome back creativity, you dear old friend!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jordan 02/11/2015
    Jordan 02/11/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Mind blowing"

    I didn't know what to expect from this book I loved the cover and the words spoke to me so I thought I would give it a go, I had no idea I would be so over the moon with this purchase, as a graphic design and web developer a lot of the creative talk really had me thinking and has set me on a path that will allow my creativity to grow without putting boundaries and financial pressure around it, I love the story's of the women who gets tattoos and I'm putting into practice going with what I want and what makes me feel good without looking to others for advice or permission

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louise from Australia 29/10/2015
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    "Years of unanswered questions answered!"

    I've always been a creative person driven by inspiration & passion but never understood why I couldn't hold those feelings all the time or why when I stopping creating I'd feel like life had no meaning. This book explains all this & has helped me immensely in understanding how I work inside & what I have gone through as a creative person is normal! This book answers so many unanswered questions - a new ago of personal develop is revealed in this book. Am so grateful to have read it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jollypenno 27/10/2015
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    "Grateful for the big magic algorithm that gave me this book"

    Somehow missed the whole Eat Pray Love phenomenon, so when I finished The Signature of All Things (which I loved) I got a big surprise when I followed up on Elizabeth Gilbert.

    This may be why I ended up with Big Magic after searching for a completely different Audible book, and I'm tremendously grateful.

    I can't think of any other book I've listened to quite so intently. Not only does Elizabeth Gilbert have a lovely reading voice, but there is so much wisdom in Big Magic, I would recommend this book to everyone - not just frustrated artist, actors, writers, dancers...

    I work in IT and haven't had an inclination to do anything creative since I had to do art at school. This book has inspired me in such a profound way that I'm now savoring and enjoying life like never before.

    The tidbits about The Signature of All Things were also a bonus for me, because I completely lost myself in that wonderful story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 12/10/2015
    Rebecca 12/10/2015
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    "Sweets for your soul"

    Thanks Liz for talking directly to me with this sublime book.. Or so it seemed:) Sweets for soul which resonated so deadly. Big Magic is pure magic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    samantha 19/01/2016
    samantha 19/01/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome! Thoroughly enjoyed listening to Elizabeth"

    Inspired me to do something I never thought I'd do. Easy to listen to & her retell of stories past were very enjoyable.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Ujala Shujat
    Pakistan
    11/10/16
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    "Why did I wait so long to get it!"

    I always thought that this book is for people working in creative fields (artists, writers etc.) and I should not read it because I am a doctor and it will just add to my misery reminding me that I didn't have enough courage to go for a creative field when I had the opportunity. But, I was wrong. This book is for all people who want a little creativity in their life. I actually started creating while reading and loved every bit of it. It inspired me to keep going regardless of my boring life filled with medicine books.
    It also changed my perception of creativity needing to support me financially if I want to take it seriously. In fact, I don't even need to take it 'seriously' otherwise it won't come to me. Brilliant! Thank you!

    The author's voice is calm and soothing which totally adds to the magic!

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  • mizna
    3/10/16
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    "Big magic, a discovery we all need to make. "

    It rightly puts out the fear/obstacles or let's say questions we all face in any creative process, but what is more interesting is to know that answers to all the queries lies somewhere within and surprisingly we all are aware of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • biswajit
    7/06/16
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    "Good to start"

    Average book. Not going with it's title. Good to making habit for listening. I hope next books are may be more interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ozjojo
    17/05/16
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    "Absolutely love it!"

    really enjoy this book .. i was very entertained and having Elizabeth Gilbert as narrator was the best .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monique
    27/11/15
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    "Magnificent!"

    I love Elizabeth Gilbert's writing style, and to hear the author reading the words that she penned herself is a real treat!
    This book is life changing to any artist, be it writing, painting, dancing, whatever. It is a must-read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marcia
    3/11/15
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    "Both practical and inspiring"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was SO good on so many levels.

    First of all, I love her voice and I love her creative bend coupled with such practicality.

    I really think everyone should buy/ listen to it. It's not just for creatives although more so for them.

    Are we not all creatives? I decided while listening that while I've resisted the adjective of creative for many years now (it always comes up as a strength in my psychometric tests) because it seemed too airy-fairy for me, I actually am creative. Her kind of "work hard and you may get those moments of Big Magic happening. Work hard anyway" does it for me.

    Reminded me of photography where I spend 20 minutes taking pics of things and when I'm editing I see 2 - 3 that catch my breath, and I think, "wow, was that me?" (those are my moments of Big Magic)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    usa
    1/10/15
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    "tingles"

    You don't have to be crazy or poor to be creative. And no one can tell you if you are or not.

    In fact, I'm sure you already are.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Red Nell
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    28/09/15
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    "Inspiring listen"

    Great listen especially if you are struggling to self motivate or having trouble believing in your own self worth. Will listen to this audio book again and be seeking out other books by this author.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Andy F.
    1/12/15
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    "Big Magic indeed!"

    There's just something wonderful about Liz Gilbert. This was my first encounter with her writings having initially dismissed Eat. Pray. Love. as (and I know I'll get stick for this) "a bit too girly". However, discovering her at Big Magic is an excellent, hype free (relatively) way to engage with her writings.

    I've found them pretty inspirational and am currently writing a business plan for an arts project I'd always dreamed about. Whether it's a success or not will be anyone's guess, but I'm more comfortable with fear being along for the trip as a result of this book. It's allowed me to accept that you need to take risks to be happy when you live a creative life.

    Having the book read by Liz really enhances the overall experience, after all, who better to perform the piece than the person who wrote it?

    In short, listen to this book. It has the potential to be life changing!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • J. Haldeman
    Los Angeles
    11/11/15
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    "Gilbert is a fabulous narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Big Magic the most enjoyable?

    It's a great book - super inspiring and helpful in uncovering lost or dormant creativity. Gilbert is also a fabulous narrator - makes you feel as if she's speaking straight to you! Couldn't "put it down", as it were.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Beth
    10/11/15
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    "Big Magic is magic!"

    You can tell that this has been authentically written from the heart and soul and uses the authors life experiences to connect with all of US the creative beings out there. A joy to listen to and I'll be listening again. soon

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Leslie
    Crawley, West Sussex United Kingdom
    20/11/15
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    "A courageous author, total honesty"

    Recommended to all my students! A courageous author and self narrated.
    Worth more than one listen!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    9/11/15
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    "Lovely"

    This book illustrates a very freeing attitude towards aspects of life and encouraged me to look deeper within myself. Very inspiring words.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • kindle fire hd user
    7/11/15
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    "Magic!!"

    Absolutely loved this audio book, I listened to it all in just two days I was addicted and quite sad it had to end. She tells inspirational stories from her own life and others in a very lighthearted way and she had me belly laughing at somethings... As soon as i finished listening to this, I signed a contract with inspiration when she came knocking (you will have to read to know what I mean) Definitely recommend this book to anyone who struggles to get their creative juices flowing and experiences mind block from time to time. She just tell it as it is!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Alicia Kon
    Portugal
    22/10/15
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    "a Good Spirit whispering in my ear :-)"

    I ve listened to the audio book several times - it's like a friend sharing her experiences with me... loved it!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Rhoda
    11/10/15
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    "soaked it up"

    loved big magic. I'd listened to the podcasts beforehand and knew that I needed this book!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Daria
    8/11/15
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    "A marvel, soon to be classic!"

    A fantastic line narrated by the author. Captivating, smooth, smart and inspiring.

    Would recommend to everyone to read at least once.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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