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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
  • South Australia
  • 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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  • Maria
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  • 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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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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Incredible

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

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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 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.

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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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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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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.

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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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  • Siddhita Salunke
  • 24-04-2018

The most brilliant book on creative living!

Absolutely lovely concept. I have read a lot of motivational books but no one could pin point the aspects of passion and creativity that I had struggled to resolve. Elizabeth Gilbert has decoded the way to live an fulfilling creative life and I couldn't agree with her more. This book happened to me at the time when I was struggling to find direction to all the goals I have. Elizabeth's narration was so reassuring of all the ideas that the book presented it was almost as if I was listening to a friend help me out. A must read (listen in this case!) for all the creative heads out there!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-2018

A beautiful Reminder

It's a beautiful Reminder to let creativity thrive n flourish along with the mundane moments of routine.
A reminder to nurture the creative self without carving a niche for the burdensome expectation of perfection!!
Thank you Elizabeth Gilbert!!

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  • abhinanda rudra
  • 06-04-2018

I found my purpose

Once I finished this book, I got a completely different perspective towards life and towards creativity. Most importantly...I found my purpose. This book is a must read for all those creative people who are struggling to be themselves. This book had freed my mind of all the brules that I had believed till now.

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  • Katheleena
  • 18-12-2017

Beautiful and thought provoking.

I loved this book. I will definitely listen to it again, very insightful and powerful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-2017

never dull

Never a dull moment. Brimming with inspiration & burning with passion! Brilliant narrative and progressive.

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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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  • K P Bindu
  • 10-11-2017

life-changing

Finally found what people say _ ," the book that could change your life"! !

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  • Shreya S.
  • 03-11-2017

give yourself a break!! will ya!

By far the best book I have ever read. Narration by the Liza is just that little something extra that we all always want. will read it again and again and again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-2017

Conversation

The book's narrative was like a conversation and it stays with you even through the day.

The content is meaningful and relatable.

I may be no artist but the passion to do something and achieve something is contagious...

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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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  • J. Haldeman
  • 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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  • 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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  • Leslie
  • 20-11-2015

A courageous author, total honesty

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

6 of 7 people found this review helpful