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Publisher's Summary

“Napoleon Hill was one of America’s great, influential thinkers who continues to have an enormous impact today.” - Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine

Bestselling author Napoleon Hill reveals the seven principles of good that allow us to triumph over obstacles...and find success.

Using his legendary ability to get to the root of human potential, Napoleon Hill digs deep to reveal how fear, procrastination, anger, and jealousy prevent us from realizing our personal goals. This long-suppressed parable, once considered too controversial to publish, was written by Hill in 1938 following the publication of his classic bestseller, Think and Grow Rich. Annotated and edited for a contemporary audience by Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Three Feet from Gold coauthor Sharon Lechter, this book is profound, powerful, resonant, and rich with insight.

©2011 by The Napoleon Hill Foundation (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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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 [This] previously unpublished Napoleon Hill manuscript....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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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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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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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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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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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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Ruined

Would you try another book from Napoleon Hill and Sharon Lechter (editor) and/or Dan John Miller and Phil Gigante ?

Never. This book by Napoleon Hill is yet another work of genius from this great author. Unfortunately it has been utterly ruined by Sharon Lechter, at least in audiobook form.

As the story is told this unspeakably annoying woman interjects repeatedly to echo what was just said, restate it, put her own religious spin on it, or explain her understanding of it.Her interjections completely ruin this book just as a first year art student would ruin a famous work of art if he or she tried to 'improve' it with a Sharpie.

Just as you are absorbing the genius of Hill's work, you have to patiently wait while Sharon witters on, or tries to apologize for the author's choice of language or opinion (the book was after all written over 70 years ago and has a few dated assertions).

I am just grateful that Napoleon Hill is not alive to witness this defacing of his great work by this talentless hack. I am angry that I am probably going to have to stop listening to this book because I can no longer stomach the idiotic and mindnumbingly stupid comments made by this woman.

Has Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all. I just don't want his work defaced by a simpleton who thinks they can improve upon his writing.

Would you be willing to try another one of Dan John Miller and Phil Gigante ’s performances?

I thought the performance was great actually, If only it were not being interrupted all the time while Sharon Lechter tells me what to think, feel or deduce from the work.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The book was fascinating for sure. Napoleon Hill draws on his life experience to produce a very forward thinking and thought provoking piece that essentially reveals how apathy or 'drifting' robs so many humans of their potential. The use of 'The Devil' to further this metaphor is clever, and so far ahead of its time the book was suppressed by family and those with the ability to suppress it after Hill's death in the 70s until now.However, the core message is a great one, and a nice companion piece to the famous Think And Grow Rich.

Any additional comments?

Sharon Lechter has not only ruined the book by scrawling her unwanted opinion all over it, but I think she makes the classic mistake of over reaching on her understanding of the religious connotations of the piece.

The Devil in this work could be any number of things, it's not really important. It's merely a character used to illustrate the power of failure and the patterns of behavior that harm people through self sabotage or lack of tenacity.Unfortunately Lechter pushes her clearly overtly religious Christian beliefs all over the book, pouncing on the authors use of prayer or faith or various expressions.

It is kind of ironic that The Devil in the book warns about the power of propaganda, and here this woman is pushing her pro-religious, pro-Christian propaganda along with some thinly veiled right wing politics on top.

What we have is a great book, ruined by a second rate author simply using it as a pulpit from which to spout her views.When I go to see a great play, I want to see the actors perform, and I want to take away a message from the play and internally digest what I have seen. What I don't want to see is a critic from the local newspaper standing on the corner of the stage telling me what the author was thinking as he wrote the play, and then telling me what I should conclude about the play, how it relates to me, asking me open ended supposedly thought provoking questions, and telling me to love Jesus.

By the same token when I listen to a great book, I don't need someone blathering over the top of it ruining it for me. I sincerely hope that eventually a version is released that is true to the original, without the unnecessary interruptions of a third party.

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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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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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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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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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Take note of the negative reviews

I don't know how it possibly got approved for Sharon to give her thoughts on almost every other paragraph, it interrupts the incredible lessons this book has to teach with unecessary anecdotes from Sharon's own experience, or her just repeating lines of the content. Why?

I didn't purchase this to hear Sharon's memoirs.

A frustrating experience throughout an otherwise excellent book. The narrators of the actual content did a great job and are easy to listen to, hence the three stars.

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  • Bruce McKay
  • 01-12-21

JESUS SHARON

it's like going to the movies with your friend that just won't stop talking.

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  • 02-14-20

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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  • FrenchieInLondon
  • 10-20-21

Incredible book ! Exactly what I needed in these c

Incredible book ! Exactly what I needed to confirm all of my convictions were right in these crazy times, where our western societies are so blatantly heading full speed into tyranny.

Nothing has changed since Hill wrote this book: schools are still and potentially even more so indoctrination camps, religion while not as prevalent in its old form is still obtuse and promotes submission, conformity, and fear, rather than enlightenment. The real more prevalent religion nowadays is collectivism, statism promoted through everything from social media to every single aspect of culture. Hyper sexuality and degenerate sexual practices are being braught at forefront of our society every day discussions. The concept of stable healthy family has been utterly destroyed.
Mass fear is being pushed through on any and every aspect of life. Psychosis and fear of death has been weaponised in an unprecedented manner. Politics and mainstream media openly censor any thought or idea they don't like, they actively discourage independent thought or critical thinking. Cancel culture are another reinvention of burning heretics accused of witchcraft. Its another violent enforcement of conformity. Identity politics is raising victim mentality as a way of life. Segregation is being implemented on many different levels (whites vs blacks, injected vs non-injected, liberals vs conservatives)...
We're living in a cultural dark age I never thought I would be seeing in 2021. No music is being produced that brings joy to people in a long lasting manner, movies and stories are being re-written to erase the important cultural values of higher purpose in life that they often taught...
Central banks and shadowing unelected bureaucrats have corrupted the concept of money as a representation of value produced through effort into what amounts to the biggest Ponzi scheme ever created. Savers and hard working people are being impoverished and crushed by the money printing games. These games are going to the next stage of making money not just paper receipts; but now digital representations that people will never be able to actually own outright and take away with them if they don't like what is happening in their country. States and corporations are confiscating fairly acquired wealth through actual work by taxing everything they can to the point now, where they even have the audacity of promoting the idea that when they have taken everything from the plebs, when "we own nothing", then this slave state will bring happiness. "Stakeholder capitalism" aka fascism is now apparently the solution to build back a better world... The arsonists keep on trying to portray themselves as firefighters...
History rhymes and repeats itself in such a disturbing and disgusting manner.

This book is quite a refreshing listen/read to help set aside this maddening shit show and focus on what each and everyone of us can do to find happiness in this madness.

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  • A Valentine
  • 08-29-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-16-20

absolutely amazing

one of the best books I've ever listened to!

definitely reccomend to anyone who's interested in improving their life and wellbeing

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  • Matty
  • 09-21-21

Why is Sharon giving thoughts

It’s infuriating.

Just read the book ffs

It really breaks up getting lost in the word and makes it something rubbish you were probably made to listen to in school. I stopped to find one without someone giving their thoughts every couple minutes

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  • Paul
  • 06-28-20

Inspiration

Very inspiring and insightful. Mind opener and a personal revelation. Everything makes so much sense.

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  • Moses Buicke
  • 06-17-20

You need this book.

You need this book. Possibly the most essential spiritual text of the modern West. Amazing!

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  • Jay
  • 02-28-20

amazing!!!!!

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

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  • Snezana
  • 01-22-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-14-20

dope

so good, except for the interrupting school teacher lady. If there is a version out therewithout her, I would recommend it

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  • Shamarie
  • 06-20-20

Great Read for When You have Lost Your Way!

I have read some of Hill's work over 20 years ago. They where considered manditory reading for anyone on a spiritual journey. After many years of working on evolving my consciousness and manifesting my intentions and experiencing many setbacks I found that I lost my momentum. The Devil's interview has given me new clarity and new inspiration to pick myself up and keep going!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-15-20

higher purpose

religious or not this book will make you think twice and the power of thoughts

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-22

My thoughts.

I found certain parts of this audio book to be a struggle to listen to due to subject matter.

Although overall found the audio to be relevant to today's situation. As the book shows us. Time and technology may change but the struggles, challenges and aspirations of the human race remain the same.

Are we learning or just repeating the same mistakes.?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-22

Brilliant read

This book is a brilliant read and a must for every human who wishes to live their best life. Would also be great if every politician, religious leader and business leaders of influence. We can all make a mark on the world I. Our own way by living our own best life in harmony, rhythm and time

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  • 06-02-22

Brilliant and thought provoking book..

I think this book needs to be read by everyone.. it was abit disappointing to have the interjections by Sharon Lecter as the book can stand on its own without her interrupting in different stages.. i chose to focus on the message which is profound ..amazing book ..

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  • 05-25-22

Annoying Sharon

Book is great but there are pointless notes from “Sharon” after every section which say the same thing less articulately.

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  • 03-22-22

interrupting cow

reminds me of a knock knock joke about an interrupting cow

the read part of the book seems quite interesting but just as it gets going this lady interrupts and gives her opinion on stuff which is unnecessary and bloody annoying ... goes from the nice gentle cadence of the bloke reading it to her voice which is not as easy to listen to

I will be looking for a refund and to see if a version is available that does not include her interruptions

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  • MJBInspired
  • 02-16-22

Amazing

This has opened my mind. I have a lot more to do in my life now.
Although this was produced in 2011.
Now was the time I needed it and was ready for it.
Great book

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