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Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil

The Secret to Freedom and Success
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In 1938, just after publication of his all-time best-seller Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill revealed that he had broken the Devil’s Code, forcing him to confess his secrets. The resulting manuscript - Outwitting the Devil - proved so controversial, it was hidden for more than 70 years. Now, Sharon Lechter brings us this important book, annotating and editing it for a contemporary audience. Using his legendary ability to get to the root of human potential, Hill digs deep to identify the greatest obstacles we face in reaching our personal goals - including fear, procrastination, anger, and jealousy - as tools orchestrated by the Devil himself. These hidden methods of control can lead us to ruin, and Hill reveals the seven principles of good that will allow us to finally triumph over them and succeed.

Fascinating, provocative, and empowering, Outwitting the Devil shows how to create your own path to success, harmony, and fulfillment in an age of uncertainty and fear.

©2011 Napoleon Hill (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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"My simple faith is this: If we are created in God’s image, then we were born to create, and to create is to prosper. [This] previously unpublished Napoleon Hill manuscript.... I’ve read it and recommend it." (Rich Karlgaard, Publisher of Forbes magazine)

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smart little devil

the magic of metaphor, brilliant way to get such an important set of messages , insights and understandings across ,

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Extraordinarily insightful

There are very few books that leave as big an impact as Outwitting the Devil, a real game changer for your life in dealing with the negative self talk. Must read

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Narrator Ruined it

Great book with great lessons. the audiobook is easy to hear but the narrator that comments on it is really annoying and distracting

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if only we could switch off Sharon Lechter.

Sharon Lechters commentary is so annoying. Her useless commentary disturbs an otherwise fascinating book.

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  • D. Malcolm
  • 19-10-2014

Delete Sharon Lechter

Where does Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top, if not the top. I listened to it following "Think and Grow Rich"

What was one of the most memorable moments of Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil?

The voice and subtle humor of the devil.

What three words best describe Dan John Miller and Phil Gigante ’s voice?

Great.

Any additional comments?

Sharon Lechter's interruption every 5 minutes is very distracting so I deleted them (see below). She just repeats what Hill said, added her opinion and then asked a question that made you feel like you were in a primary school classroom. Sharon may have had good intentions with her commentary but it does not add value.

After listening to the book for 20-30 minutes I decided to delete all her parts. After this, I could get immersed in the book and take in the content. This was impossible with Sharon Lechter's interruptions.

I used Audacity to delete Sharon Lechter's segments. They are relatively easy to see because there is a clear gap between the her sound bites and the other narrators. This took me 1-2 hours but it saved me about 60 minutes in listening time. Unfortunately I couldn't use Audibles app to listen to the edited mp3s so I used another app.

Consider doing this, it's a much better experience. The publishers should consider releasing a version without the commentary.

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  • Beracah
  • 10-04-2012

A Good Book Spoiled by the Incessant Interruption

While I was excited to listen to this book, as I enjoyed Think and Grow Rich, I was deeply disappointed in the presentation. The flow of the original ideas by the author was continually interrupted with asides and be-musings of the editor. NO KIDDING, there were parts where 2 minutes of excerpt were followed by 2 minutes of anecdotes from the editor's personal life and various "what-ifs" and "have you evers". On and on it went. I kept thinking, surely the editor (Sharon Lechter) would eventually keep quiet and let the book stand on its own. Sadly, she didn't. Get the book and skip the the sideshow. It was like watching a movie with a friend who just won't shut up. I'm sure she meant well and is a fine person, but this should be about the author and not the editor.

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  • Chelsea
  • 13-10-2011

the most powerful information of your life

This information is indespensible for anyone working towards a life of happiness and success in all areas of life. Read or listen to Outwitting the Devil at least twice and write down the following lists every day even once they are commited to memeory. Keep these ideas at the front of your mind at all times.

Seven Habits to form in order to outwit the devil
1.) Have a Definite Major Purpse in life
2.) Obtain self-mastery
3.) Use adversity for benefits
4.) Use time as a tool
5.) Find harmony
6.) Think through your plan for attaining you Definite Major Purpose

Ten Must-do things in order to prevent drifting
1.) Do your own thinking on all occassions
2.) Have a Definite Major Purpose and create a definite plan of action for attaining it
3.) Analye temorary defeat and NO MATTER WHAT extract a seed of equivalent benefit from it
4.) Be willing to render the service for all material things that you demand of life. Render more and better service first, accept the payment later.
5.) Recognize that your mind communicates with infinite intelligence and helps you transmute your desires into reality.
6.) Recognize that your greatest asset is time.
7.) Know that fear is a filler that occupies the parts of your mind that the devil fills. It is a state of mind that can instead be filled with what you want, and can get.
8.) When you pray, don't beg. DEMAND on getting EXACTLY what you want with no subsittutions.
9.) Either you mater life or it masters you. There is no half-way. Never accept what you don't want.
10.) Your dominating thoughts ALWAYS attract their physical couterparts.


Three appetites to master in order to obtain self-mastery
1.) the desire for food (I personally would add alcohol, but Napoleon Hill did not)
2.) the desire for sex expression
3.) the desire to express loosely formed ideas

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  • Michelle Ketterman
  • 08-05-2012

Narrator comments ruined this for me

I am a HUGE Napoleon Hill fan and was thrilled when I heard this was available. I was so disappointed with the seemingly constant narrator's comments. I often appreciate a narrator's insight and viewpoint, but these were so distracting I couldn't finish it. So disappointed...

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  • Lindsay
  • 24-07-2012

Would be better without editor commentary

Where does Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is a really great book with an almost timeless message. Unfortunately I found the editor's comments - which are placed throughout the book - to be dated and, at times, condescending. I would have enjoyed the book much more without the commentary from the editor. But the content written by Napoleon Hill was suburb.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The content written by Napoleon Hill was read by a fantastic actor and was enjoyable to listen to. The content written by the editor was not read by a professional actor - or at least it did not seem like a professional. I can't remember - it might have been the editor herself reading those portions. Either way it was not enjoyable. Statements were read as questions and her regular interjections really broke-up the continuity of the book.

Any additional comments?

Awesome book that would be even better if presented as Mr. Hill wrote it, without additional commentary.

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  • Claude
  • 07-05-2012

Great Book, Annoyinig Editor!!!

The outline and flow was perfect by Napoleon Hill. The editor's constant "but ins" to say the least, just to give her opinion or explain what Mr. Hill meant could have been omitted. Outstanding interview with the devil!

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  • Fury
  • 03-09-2013

Enlightening, but a little too much commentary

Would you listen to Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil again? Why?

I would definitely like to listen to the book again, but I would prefer to listen again without the editor commentary. I believe it would enhance the flow of the story and allow me to continue with the provoking thoughts without interruption. I did find the commentaries helpful at some times but mostly just distracting..

What was one of the most memorable moments of Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil?

I remember the most intriguing and memorable moments being the description of the devil being made up of all negative energy, and the remarkably realistic interview.

Which character – as performed by Dan John Miller and Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

His Majesty, the Devil.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I don't agree with this becoming a film itself, but I do feel that the devil in this form would make an interesting antagonist.

Any additional comments?

Again I truly enjoyed the book, but would like to be able to disable the editor’s comments so that I might be able to listen to the Interview uninterrupted.

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  • Susan
  • 28-04-2012

Annoying Editorial Comments

I'm a big fan of Napolian Hills work, and I was excited that this book came out in audiobook form. However, the editor narrations by a woman's voice, is annoying. Every five or six minutes she interrupts the story teller with less than insightful comments that most everyone would probably understand anyway...like "wow, what an insightful comment...it is so true today, it is easy to get discouraged." or "you know in 1939 when Hill wrote this book, 3000 dollars was the equivilant of 45,000 and therefore he was really doing well."...blah, blah, blah....Her voice was too overpowering over the male narrators, so you were interrupped in your train of thought when it came back to the original Hill reading. I finally had to stop listening. Napolian Hill's book, as it was written, was charming and whitty... he doesn't require simpleton interpretation. I'm going to look for a copy in another form, so I don't have to listen to the constant interruption of the editor.

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  • Michael
  • 23-12-2012

Shutup Sharon!!!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Like many of the other reviewers Sheron Lechter's comments totally ruin the book. It added nothing but defocuses from the contents

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  • Michael K Hooker
  • 22-04-2012

Sharon Lechter Needs to Hush Up

Where can this book be purchased without the constant interruptions my Lechter??? It is petty of her to jump on the wagon of Mr Hill! I can't wait to purchase this book in paper form so that I can black out her comments!!!

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  • Nathan Callum Marshall
  • 09-12-2019

Amazing.

Really goes into depth of what I think are the secrets of life. A must read!

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  • Ray
  • 19-11-2019

amazing

allows for a good look at oneself with tools to change and is still of use today

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  • A Valentine
  • 29-08-2019

I learnt so much from the Devil

This was a brilliant book, message is direct, clear and hard to argue with. The voice of the Devil also gave me goosebumps and made me realise why so much has been challenging for me recently.....

Simply put...

DRIFTING

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  • Jay
  • 28-02-2020

amazing!!!!!

this book changed my life second time I have listened to it. must read :)

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  • Hayley Hibberd
  • 14-02-2020

Brilliant book ruined

Thank the lord I had read this book previously. It’s a incredible insight to the human condition. Written in a kind of story form, that allows the reader to learn, think and absorb Napoleon Hill’s brilliant mind. But no the editor (Sharon Lechter) takes it upon herself to usurp the book to attempt to tell you what Hill is saying and how to apply it from her interpretation. I found myself shouting at the audio saying “I’m not interested in your opinion”. The whole point of the book (and why it’s so good) is that hill pinpoints it’s for the reader to interpret. It’s not some I know best. Do what I think book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-01-2020

Best book I have ever read

this meant to shake your core, I promise you will not be the same after you finished it.

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  • Stepanka Kuralova
  • 10-01-2020

the best book I have ever read

a must read for every human being.
the best book I have ever read.
can't believe it wad written so many years ago, as it is so relevant for us

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  • Anderson
  • 01-01-2020

Great book, needed, unnecessary acnotes by Sharon

I was going to give this book 1 star based on the fact of being constantly interrupted by Sharon who could've left her remarks to the end of the book, but that would be a disservice to this great work, thankfully during the interview itself she intrudes less, I can only imagine the excitment she must've felt by giving the opportunity to edit such a gem but it got in the way of letting the listener enjoy it for themselve, I'm glad I finished as quickly as possible

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  • Daniel Dennett
  • 16-12-2019

Consciousness & Brainwashing

I had read this book about 18months ago and not really understood the esoteric meaning in his Hill’s writing.

The audio has made the teachings a whole lot clearer! Wow

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  • MR
  • 06-12-2019

Essential listening

If you’re familiar with Napoleon Hill’s work, like ‘Think and Grow Rich’, you’ll recognise a lot of the themes and teachings in ‘Outwitting the Devil’.

I personally prefer this book as the interview style made the principles easier for me to digest.

Absolutely essential for anyone wanting to improve themselves.