Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

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Written By: Elizabeth Gilbert

Narrated By: Elizabeth Gilbert

Date: September 2015

Duration: 5 hours 6 minutes


The instant #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller

'A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.” —PopSugar

From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and City of Girls: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of.
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work,  embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.


  • Anonymous

    I´m reading at the same time that I hear the book, and it´s awsome. I love her voice, intonation and the way she reads the book in general. I like very much the way she writes. Her apporach to creativity it´s very innovator for me and opens a lot of good possibilities. I feel like I need to read the book again, and keep it as a bedside book.

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  • Vanessa F

    I love Liz Gilbert. This was a beautiful book loaded with inspiration and reality checks. A must-read for any creative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Briahna Taylor

    Inspiring for any endeavor! A great gift for friends and family who need inspiration to write or pursue a passion - no matter how simple. Even basket weaving. Author does an particularly excellent job readings her own book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Nicolas Casias

    One of the most inspiring books I've ever read. For anyone whose ever been a little frustrated or a little lost with their path in life this book is for you. I will listen to it several times through the years I'm sure

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Emily Posselius

    Loved this book, totally inspired by Liz, and listening to her felt like she was my coach!

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  • Amanda S.

    one of my favorite books of all time. second time reading it and still a fave. very insightful and practical advice for all artists trying to live a fulfilling life

  • Anonymous

    An enjoyable book, but felt a bit like a overdrawn motivational speech, so maybe just not what I was expecting. But certainly some nice points to inspire

  • Alda L.

    Simply wonderful. I had to keep pausing to write down some quotes that were just too good. I love that it’s narrated by the author. Perfect.

  • Yvonne F.

    I loved every bit of it. I wish it was longer

  • Uteh

    Great book, great narrator, made me really think about my hobbies and outlets of creativity

  • Jamie N.

    Loved listening to this book!! It helped me realize where I was stuck and now feel the freedom and joy I used to feel when being connected to the Divine and allowing the creative beauty to flow through me. Thank you!!

  • Lovelovelove

    She’s great and I am so glad you read it yourself:). It was a nice reading

  • Isabelle B.

    So many pearls here. I listened while I was driving, ans so many times I wished I had a pen to take notes. This book made me feel so hopeful and opened a world of possibilities. Felt incredibly inspired....

  • Amy

    Excellent, positive, encouraging, thought provoking, things everyone needs to here!

  • Paola G.

    Its is certainly an interesting and inspiring read. I enjoyed the captivating concepts explained and explored by the author.

  • Amaka I.

    Interesting read. It was quite captivating I couldn’t stop listening. Mostly for creative minds

  • Silvia M.

    Liz has a way of translating very abstract topics into comprehensible, beautiful and very relatable anecdotes that never fail to inspire me. Her poetic yet very down-to-earth approach to everything and her relentless optimism is so admirable. This book is absolutely no exception. Anyone who struggles with creativity should definitely hear what Liz has to say about that.

  • Anonymous

    I am not a “creative” person. I have a boring job with boring predictability. But reading this book made me realise that it was me that chose that path, I ignored all of my creative instincts and chose something safe to pay the bills. However, on reading this book I now feel inspired and motivated to re-visit the creativity that I undervalued and ignored as a young adult. Even if it’s absolute garbage, it’s for me, not for anyone else. This book may have just changed my life. And listening to it read by the author was a lovely treat, too often books are read by other people but hearing it in the authors voice gives it life. Thank you.

  • Jenn B.

    This book really blessed me as an artist who has struggled with overcoming fear. Worth the read!

  • Miriam R.

    Very straight forward, very inspiring for any type of creative person.

  • Dani O.

    This book helped me understand so much.. I am so happy I finally read this book, it’s definitely one of my favorites and now I will buy the hard copy so I have it forever!

  • Laure Taraud

    Very inspirant and intéressons! Worth it.

  • Gail R.

    Really enjoyed listening to the author as narrator. This is one book where I wished I had a hard copy so that I could reread some of the points made.

  • Andrea A.

    Loved this book more than any I have read or listened to lately. Funny, motivating and honest!!

  • Rafia B

    It's an amazing book overall but became a bit boring towards the end. The narrator (who is also the author) was exceptionally amazing.

  • Melt d

    Absolutely perfect food for my soul! Gilbert captures and explores the "troubles" and rewards of creativity precisely.

  • Brandi T

    I recommend this book to everyone creative or not. Elizabeth Gilbert is absolutely brilliant!!

  • Kathryn Hack

    I really enjoyed this book. I especially enjoyed having it read to me by Gilbert herself. I took it in small doses because I wanted to absorb each dose of insight before moving on to the next. I found myself inspired and motivated after each listen. I even felt shifts in my own creative endeavors thanks to what was shared. This will be a regular go to for me when I'm looking for inspiration to keep engaging in a creative life.

  • Margalit Ward

    Loved this book! I enjoyed hearing Elizabeth narrating her own book. Very inspiring and so creatively written. Also love her sense of humor and wit.

  • Amrita Narian

    The book was too slow and boring. It's most suited for meditation only.

  • Melitza Perez

    It was okay. I did expect a lot more from the book.

  • Hannah Scherer

    Absolutely loved this. The audio with Elizabeth reading it was more than fitting. I enjoyed it thoroughly and can't wait to adapt her ideas if living a creative life to my own. Such an inspiring read (listen)

  • Jennifer Shipley

    Ha! Am I a middle aged woman??? I loved this book. Very inspiring. I just started it again. :)I am an artist and a musician and have been struggling with some creative blocks. My upbringing really tried to force into me the idea that if you weren't going to make money at something, then it wasn't worth doing and I have fought against those voices my whole life. I do believe that the most successful people are the ones who are doing what they love to do, not what they think will make them money. I think u do have to be true to yourself to tap into creative genius. Fear of failure is the kryptonite to creativity.

  • Wanda Lane

    Wonderful book, wonderful author & narrator! Makes me sad to finish it. The idea that an idea is a living entity is radically life-changing!

  • Tammy Kinney

    Big Magic is a modern day call out to the artist in all of us. By using current and universal antidotes and candor, Elizabeth Gilbert holds the attention of anyone who has ever had a passion for anything and how to go after it with all your might.

  • Grayson Certain

    I was very disappointed with this book. It seemed to me that it was written directly to Middle Aged women and as a 24 year old male I regret using my one monthly credit on this book.

  • leslie dargon

    Awesome book ... so many helpful tips to help guide you to your creative side. It provided a new approach in viewing how to handle your creativeness, building and completing ... in see a finished product.

  • Rashida B

    This book was so beautiful, I didn't want it to end. I could listen to Elizabeth Gilbert's voice all day anyway. This book provided a lot of startling revelations about how the way we approach creativity in adulthood is so far skewed from how we did as wide-eyed unjaded kids...

  • Cally Smith

    I love this book, it speaks to the heart of a free spirit. The words dance like a flowing fast paced stream in to the world of creativity, inspires, while giving drive to paint the world in bright colors.

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