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Big Magic

Creative Living Beyond Fear
Written by: Elizabeth Gilbert
Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Self-Development
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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

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"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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Truely Inspiring and Engaging

Loved the content as well as the narrative by the Author Elizabeth Gilbert. Thank You for an amazing write up. 🙏

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It’s like a pep talk - get up and start doing, results be damned ! 😊

I thought this was an absolute eye opener of a book! This book - and Elizabeth Gilbert - spoke to me on so many levels. So many doubts, worries, insecurities that I had were shredded - and rightfully so - as I was reading this book. I was also encouraged again and again and again to start and to keep going without any expectation of the results. One of the major reasons I have not seriously started writing my own book is because of the tremendous pressure on the unborn thing. It’s not even fully conceptualised yet and I am already fantasising that Oprah will include it in her book club.

In a lot of ways, this book felt like a personal letter to me. It helped a great deal that I was listening to the audiobook which is narrated by the author herself.

Thank you Elizabeth Gilbert for writing this book. Thank you for telling me that even if not one person reads or likes what I’ve written, it’s okay. What matters is the idea that wants to manifest itself through you and the only thing in your hand, in your control, is the level of commitment and efforts you put into it.

Thank you!!!!!

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Extremely sensible and spiritual at some level.

Liked this very much. Narration by Elizabeth makes it even better. Chock full of good, no-nonsense advice on how to lead the creative part of your life. Biggest takeway is that you don't have to be a starving artist to realize your creative urges.

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Love Elizabeth

its for everyone who want to overcome their fears and doubts.
I loved the narration.

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Beautiful Book ....

Loved her soothing voice... Glad I chose it...
Wonderful lessons for the creative or the normal...

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Peefectly voiced and narrated.

Loved it. One of those books you would want to listen to repeatedly. Filled with inspiration and spirituality.

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Such a magic! This book

loved it immensely
I'm an artist so I could relate so well to so many things Elizabeth talks in this book.
this one will be a repeat book for me whenever I feel stuck with my creative flow

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the magic within us

a really fresh and unique insight to creativity. Creativity or ideas are portrayed as very much a physical entity that constantly interacts with us. Indeed a beautiful and inspirational narration

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Do yourself a favour! Read this today!

Creative living. Why should you, and How should you? More importantly, can you? This book can guide to know for yourself.
It helped me with answers that I knew but couldn't phrase when asked 'Why don't you take up your hobby as your full time job?:
Your artwork is not your child, but your mother. - Liz, thanks for this. The book is life changing.
Have read it twice, and, goodness! could I ever get over this beautiful book!! :)

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Dose of Inspiration

Reading this book was like a cakewalk by immersing yourself in the narrative and life examples about curiosity,inspiration,persistence and trust.Absolutely worth reading for transforming the mundane life into a more playful,delightful and a happy space

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  • Richa Kejriwal
  • 03-05-18

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
  • 22-11-17

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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  • Catherine Kivuva
  • 01-07-20

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
  • 04-06-20

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
  • 13-04-20

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
  • 05-03-20

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-09-19

It changed my life

I love it. I'm trying to just live my life and not be scared of all and everything that may have consequences then render me frozen for years. I'm allowed to fail with that I'm also allowed to keep trying without winning and be in the race because it is fun.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-08-19

Everyone needs to read this book ❤

Very inspirational and practical advice on creative living. Loved it and would definitely recommend it to anyone feeling a bit stuck in their lives.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-03-19

Mentoring

It was the most memorable. So amazing especially with her voice. It was like Elizabeth Gilbert was mentoring and I was her student. Her related stories we're one of a kind, putting my thinking in the right track. I have learnt a lot

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  • Maria
  • 15-02-19

Be creative

Be you... Or at least give yourself a chance... Or maybe two... or as many as you wish. There is no limit...!

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  • Andy F.
  • 01-12-15

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
  • 28-09-15

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
  • 11-11-15

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
  • 10-11-15

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
  • 09-11-15

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
  • 11-10-15

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
  • 19-10-17

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
  • 07-11-15

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
  • 22-10-15

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
  • 08-11-15

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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  • Lee
  • 24-01-16

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
  • 06-10-15

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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  • Louise from Australia
  • 29-10-15

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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  • Jollypenno
  • 27-10-15

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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  • Vanessa Hughes
  • 30-09-15

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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  • Elysia Anketell
  • 17-08-17

Incredible

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

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  • Rebecca
  • 12-10-15

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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  • Jill
  • 02-10-15

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
  • 15-01-16

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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  • samantha
  • 19-01-16

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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