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The Artist's Journey

The Wake of the Hero's Journey and the Lifelong Pursuit of Meaning
Narrated by: Steven Pressfield
Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
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I have a theory about the "Hero's Journey". We all have one. We have many, in fact. But our primary hero's journey is the passage we live out, in real life, before we find our calling. The hero's journey ends when, like Odysseus, we return home to Ithaca, to the place from which we started.

What then?

The passage that comes next is the "Artist's Journey".

On our artist's journey, we move past resistance and past self-sabotage. We discover our true selves and our authentic calling, and we produce the works we were born to create.

You are an artist too - whether you realize it or not, whether you like it or not - and you have an artist's journey. Will you live it out? Will you follow your muse and do the work you were born to do?

Ready or not, you are called.

©2018 Black Irish Books, LLC (P)2018 Black Irish Book, LLC

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Excellent Book & re-alligning

I really enjoyed this book and wished it was longer!
Really worth the listen.
The War Of Art is also an excellent book I listen to often

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-07-2018

It will give you strength

Are you a wanna be artist?
Are you struggling with procrastination?
Are you feeling the need for inspiration?
Do you feel like giving up your dreams? Your goals? Your life?

PLEASE! Do yourself a favour, and listen to this book!

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  • J Alligan
  • 07-08-2018

Excellent Addition to the "War of Art" series

This was an excellent addition to Pressfield's "War of Art" series. This book happens to come at a perfect time for me personally - I am quitting my job to pursue my art. I really appreciate the guidance and mental model afforded by this book. I can already tell it will be impactful on my life in the same way "War of Art", "Turning Pro", and "Do the Work" have been.

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  • Janice Windt
  • 29-07-2018

I am an artist.

Steven, thank-you. Your exploration of your Subject has deepened in exactly the way you so eloquently describe in this magnificent work. The Legend of Bagger Vance moved me to tears at age 20 and now I finally understand why. Thank-you for helping me see my hero’s journey for what it so clearly was and now, with great excitement and trepidation continue with open eyes on my Artist’s Journey. I am forever in your debt.

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  • Ritsoku Fushi
  • 13-08-2018

Awesome

As always Steve does a fantastic job. This book is amazing. Glad he went into the mystical aspects of this work.

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  • Andrea
  • 06-08-2018

Incredible

Really gets to the heart of what being an artist is, and what artists mean to the world.

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  • Bat Melech
  • 21-07-2019

Thanks

It is a book to be heard few times. I felt like talking to the architype of the old wise man. For me it was a rare and comforting experience. Gives enough air to move on. Thanks

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  • GardensAll
  • 01-06-2019

Another Epic Pressfield Book

Another brilliant book by Steven Pressfield. I LOVE that Steven read the audio version! Our audience is creators: writers, artists, entrepreneurs... anyone creating anything, and the struggles Pressfield talks about is uber real, and just as uber avoidable. Steven inspires us to win the battle against the dragon of resistance, in the words and wisdom of one who has done just that. Master... Steven Pressfield, author extraordinaire... thank you for your legacy to the world.

LeAura Alderson
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  • Richard Peterson
  • 14-03-2019

Great listen for artists

If you are a creative person, this is a lucid and inspiring work that takes you to unexpected far-reaching places. The author thinks much like I do, and helped me understand and confidently embrace my own eccentric nature as an artist. Fun words with great narration, too!

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  • P. Yanov
  • 22-02-2019

a nod to the magic that lies within the artist

This book is a kick in the pants with a bit of whimsy. Steven Pressfield delivers his deeply personal ideas on what it means to be an artist. this is a book that I return to again and again. It is filled with bite-sized chunks of wisdom and advice. there are ideas here that will inspire you, maybe even propel you forward. there is an undeniable charm in understanding that your work is heroic. There is power and knowing that others have gone before and had the troubles you've had.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-2019

The wisdom I needed at the right time

Another great book by an author that inspires, helps one to find direction, make sense of it all, and uncover the story we want to write in the studio and for our life. A book you don't want to miss.

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  • Leigh Shenton
  • 20-07-2018

Profound...Timely...Necessary

Elixir for the soul. Embrace this truth and be forever immortal.

Steven speaks and my heart sings...glorious wondrous arias.

Ancient wisdom forged by daemon revelation.

Overcome with a deep sense of peace...as I allow my artists journey to unfold..

With deep gratitude Steven...thank you for allowing your daemic voice to speak!!!

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  • TimTam
  • 04-05-2019

First Pressfield title I am not recommending :-/

I'm a big fan of Pressfield Do The Work and The War Of Art.

Unfortunately I haven't found a single thing in the first half of this book that he has't touched on before, in one way or another.
Steven seems to be so tired and dried out on the subject, that even his narration is rather dull and apathetic this time around.
Miles away from the passionate and focused Do The Work.

Perhaps the last hour of this audiobook will be better, but I will be asking for a refund on this one.
Disappointing.

I do recommend you pick up one of his other titles though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-03-2019

Incredible in content, not ideal in form

An amazing book with amazing message, a must read for any artist or anyone making anything! But... I think the book really was written to be a book not an audiobook and although Steven did his best and adapted it well, the short chapters and the speed with which he read were at times hard to follow. I think I will read it too. Not impossible to understand by any means though. Enjoy!

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  • sin sin minkin
  • 15-04-2019

Decent motivation

There are some great nuggets in here and lands the way a motivational captain might, swinging in with a jagged knife clenched in his teeth.

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  • LTaylor
  • 30-12-2018

A great reminder

Simple effective audio with a great reminder to listen to your calling and following through on what you love.