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Big Magic

Creative Living Beyond Fear
Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Lee
  • 24-01-2016

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!

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  • Mez
  • 06-10-2015

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!

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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!

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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 savouring 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.

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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.

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my favorite book, i just luuv this, Elizabeth gilbert is amazing to listen to, i can play this over an over always finding Big Magic full of magic.. why? well you must get this..💜

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Incredible

So brilliant! Like listening to an extended inspirational talk the entire time. Really hits home too

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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.

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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.

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  • Dee
  • 15-01-2016

Outstanding, insightful, helpful, beautiful voice.

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

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  • Richa Kejriwal
  • 03-05-2018

Couldn't stop listening

Inspiring and wonderfully motivating book. Loved every bit and learnt how creativity can change our life if only we can muster the courage to follow the sign.

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  • Vinutha
  • 22-11-2017

Expand your deeper meaning of Creativity.

Elizabeth brings in her own opinions on creativity and how/why not to stop this process. She connects each of her theory with an story that gets sketched into your mind forever. Enjoyed listening to it and I might listen to it again and again.

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  • Muthoni
  • 13-09-2020

Life changing all - from Painters to Cashiers, CEOs and HR professionals!

Elizabeth’s soothing voice takes you on an epic journey of self discovery. Her perspective on creativity is one that you need NOW, to lead a happier and more fulfilling life. My bestie and I have taken a leap and started our YouTube channel (Mshauri Careers) and I’m a better partner because of you. Thank you Liz - love from Kenya!

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  • Lucy
  • 12-09-2020

Inspirational!

This book is very inspirational and demystifies the complex subject of creativity and creative living. It is witty, funny and relatable. I could not put it down.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-2020

My soul thanks you!

The most beautiful, inspiring book I have ever read xxx {as I go to listen to it once more}

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  • Ben Vella
  • 26-08-2020

Delve and unpack our Creativity

I enjoyed this book immensely. It is some very different to what I normally read. Essentially working into what makes the author work creatively and how to live a Creative life, which is a life we all need to have a part off.

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  • Catherine Kivuva
  • 01-07-2020

Loved this audio

I really loved listening to this book. It has taught me a lot in regard to creative writing... I have to keep a copy to listen again... Highly recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-2020

I will listen again and again

This is truly an inspiring book and an absolute Must-Read for every artist. It revealed my own mysterious fears and left me feeling courageous enough to take them on. I love that she writes for herself first and if it helps others, she’s glad. It’s full of magic, good perspective, and common sense.

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  • Leoni Lubbinge
  • 13-04-2020

Taught me something invaluable

This book taught my work doesn't need to be perfect, I don't need to take another course or learn more to continue, I can freely work on it. It is working and nice, and it doesn't need to follow any best standards and it doesn't matter that I didn't know much when I created it, it is fine. Done is better than good, and I will continue with it and finish it and not waste time learning how to make it "right" and perfect.

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  • Lolly Gwabavu
  • 05-03-2020

A bible for living an authentic life

Whether you identify as a creative or not, we all have dreams, goals, aspirations and desires for which we have to put ourselves out there to face the prospects of failure, criticism, misunderstanding, judgement, rejection and all the awkward things that can happen when we go for what we want or just be who we truly are. This is a manual for navigating these situations as well as a big reminder of the why we must continue to take risks and embrace discomfort as essential to our growth and evolution. Gilbert expresses this beautifully and magically with rich stories and personal experiences and perspectives that make you see that all our heroes have their own inner dragons to slay even before they show up for us. Beautiful! Highly recommend....

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  • Andy F.
  • 01-12-2015

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!

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  • Red Nell
  • 28-09-2015

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.

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  • Jlh548
  • 11-11-2015

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.

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  • Beth
  • 10-11-2015

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

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  • Elizabeth
  • 09-11-2015

Lovely

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

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  • Rhoda
  • 11-10-2015

soaked it up

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

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  • Ian B Magic
  • 19-10-2017

Not practical, spiritual and wishy-washy.

Couldn't finish it. Dreadful.
I was looking for a book to get my creative juices flowing and instead found this one: a book where ideas are real things flowing around the universe and it is down to our consciousness to touch them.
"Ideas have no material body, but they do have consciousness and they most certainly have will. Ideas are driven by a single impulse : to be made manifest. The only way ideas can be made manifest in this world is through collaboration with a human partner... "
If you like talking to your fear as if it's a child you're taking on a journey while floating your subconscious in the cosmos trying to touch ideas then this is for you. It's not for me.

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  • kindle fire hd user
  • 07-11-2015

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!

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  • Alicia Kon
  • 22-10-2015

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!

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  • Daria
  • 08-11-2015

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.

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