• The Steal Like an Artist Audio Trilogy

  • How to Be Creative, Show Your Work, and Keep Going
  • By: Austin Kleon
  • Narrated by: Austin Kleon
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,192 ratings)

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The Steal Like an Artist Audio Trilogy

By: Austin Kleon
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Publisher's Summary

An audio compilation of Steal Like an Artist, Show Your Work and Keep Going.

Read by the author, it’s the bestselling and transformative series on how to unlock your creativity, find community and an audience in the digital age, and stay focused, creative and true to yourself—for life. Includes full text from:

Steal Like an Artist: The New York Times bestselling book on the ten things nobody ever told you about being creative. Including nothing is original, so embrace influence. School yourself through the work of others. Remix and reimagine to discover your own path. And forget the old cliché about writing what you know: Instead, write the book you want to read, make the movie you want to watch.

Show Your Work: How to take that critical next step on a creative journey―getting known and finding your people. A user’s manual for embracing the communal nature of creativity, this inspiring manifesto is a blueprint for succeeding as any kind of artist or entrepreneur in the digital age.

Keep Going: Timeless, practical, and ethical principles for anyone trying to sustain a meaningful and productive life. Worry less about getting things done, and more about the worth of what you’re doing. Instead of focusing on making your mark, work to leave things better than you found them. Above all, keep working, keep playing, keep creating—keep going.

©2022 Austin Kleon (P)2022 Workman Publishing Company

Critic Reviews

“The book is filled with engaging anecdotes and helpful tips taken from Kleon’s experience learning to walk on his own creative feet, as well as quotes and stories from big names, ranging from Gide to Goethe to Questlove." — Fast Company co.Design

“Immersing yourself in Steal Like an Artist is as fine an investment in the life of your mind as you can hope to make.” — TheAtlantic.com 

“Steal Like An Artist is an actually readable manifesto on how to properly squeeze your brain-juices and unlock your potential.” — Thrillist 

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i loved it thank you so much

i loved it and listed to it in 2 days. start a pod cast please

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Just what I needed to hear as an artist.

I loved it. Inspirational, motivating, kind hearted and a delight to listen to. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone pursuing their artistic passion.

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Absolute Treasure

Stop reading reviews and get this. You will appreciate saving the time and starting on your meandering path.

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A boring non focus ramble

Im sure the author really wanted to make this book special but I feel like there wasn't enough valuable information in here that warrants me to buy this book. He was rambling for almost five hours and I only finished it because I dont like starting books without finishing them.

You could have summarize the whole buy with one sentence: "There are no original idea and most people draw inspiration from others".

The rest of the book was rambling, feel-good stuff that didn't connect in any way to the topic of the book.

Getting a refund.

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free your soul.

Motivational to keep moving..in life a free spirit. A lesson in feeling free to simply take what you see and live to create.

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Enlightening

I watched relatives sit and produce creative items, from quilts and crocheted or knitted items to sketches and painting that were lifelike and I read there prose and poems. Yet, I fumbled round trying to be creative too.
'Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in awhile' was the best commits that I would get ... and I remember the mallard duck I painted INE school which the teacher asked if she could include in her "student inspiration file" and a scuppered tiger and a sketched elephant that joined other teachers files ... but these were rarities and weren't appreciated as being much within my family.

It has never occurred to me that it was okay to steal from others. Of course, my artist training was of the obligation category ...not enough money for Extras ... especially ones considered to not help to pay the bills. I do have some files of 'inspiration' images but until now I felt guilty for having them.

Now, with the reveal that it is not unacceptable to study and learn another's style without forgeging their work but pursuing how they can help me develop my own style; I look forward to exploring all these talent people's "advice" towards my developing a wider range of creativity ... good, bad and potential ... with enjoyment.

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Worth it! Concise and motivational

Honestly, my first book review. I felt that I need to share. This book shook something loose in me! Having read a lot of books on growing as an artist (creative). Steal like an artist reached my core. My desire to do my art free of outside pressures has returned. I’am now working towards becoming a professional artist and stop being an amateur.

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Inspiring

I'm a cellist and have been struggling with my confidence. This is an epic audio book filled with quotes and ideas that have totally changed my perception 9f an artists life.

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A new way of making art!

Love his writing. Very informative not only for who pursuing creative path but everyone. This book has changed my way of finding new ideas.

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Austin Kleon knows how to show and tell

I really enjoyed listening to his narration of these 3 books. I've heard about him a lot and I get it. His writing is accessible, clear and practical.

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  • Technouz
  • 01-10-21

Not worth the audible credit

The narration is great but everything else is a bit off for me. I purchased this on a recommendation that it would help me value my time and creative work more. It was just full of quotes every other sentence. Perhaps not to my liking because I notice many positive reviews from others

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  • Ashkan
  • 05-31-21

Compilations of perspectives

It's not advice he's giving, it's more like new life perspective. We're living in the age of working smart vs hard

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  • Joanna
  • 07-07-21

Really interesting

I really enjoyed this book. I am on my second listening session because of how much this Trilogy made me think. I have never considered myself an artist, but I was recommended it and I love how much it has made me think about life. It’s been really impactful, I hope it is for you too!

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  • Lotanna
  • 06-30-21

Well narrated. Simple and elegant

The book was well structured and easy to follow. It’s easy to remember and was very well narrated. I recommend. Good stories too

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  • GreenbyNature
  • 06-06-21

Time to....

A most enjoyable read. An interesting slant on the pressure artists inflict on themselves and how inspiration is absorbed into their artistic vocabulary.

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  • Robert Mcfarlane
  • 09-14-22

Brilliant and very helpful

Brilliant and very helpful. Packed full of wisdom and practical guidance. Really love this book.

Do your work, and for God’s sake, share it with the world! :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-22-22

Just brilliant!

Loved everything about this book, I’m on my 3rd listen now and still getting more out of this trilogy. I love the pace and the humour injected, also how Austin keeps it very real how the life of a creative is. Excellent books!

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  • Malika | Quills and Blooms
  • 05-16-22

Great read for artists

This book provided me with some new perspectives that will positively impact my creative process.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-22

many nuggets of wisdom

slowly picking through a joyful feast of tasty food for thought... it all digesting to new art

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  • Nicole
  • 03-05-22

Absolutely LOVE this trio

will listen over and over again both the audiobook and the paper books are done so well 😁

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  • adrian
  • 10-17-21

Listened straight through

The first two books were excellent. The third is probably best read after you have tried to put the first two into practice for a while. Still, it was compelling enough to keep listening till the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-15-21

inspiring

I'm going to have to read this one a few more times before I'm done with it.

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  • A. Nita
  • 06-29-21

Was okay

I didn’t dislike thus book but also didn’t get much out of it. I wouldn’t recommend to a friend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-22

refreshing and grounding

Helped me to be more reflective and slow down in my constant effort to be completely original, and take the focus off making money from my work and just create.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-22

Essential reading for any artist

So enjoyed Austin Kleon’s book, I was transfixed with what he had to say. Very human and very real with a honest and kind attitude to this subject.
On my second listening now and picking up new pieces of information and ideas that resonate with me.
It’s an essential for any artist.

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  • David
  • 08-05-22

Easy to digest, practical and wise

I am an amateur and am not even pursuing creating as a career, but doing so fills me with joy and this book helped me see a way to do that in the midst of my jobs deadlines and dead-end to do lists.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-22

Was fully emersed from beginning to end!

An incredible book, well written and narrated by Austin himself. I had never come across Austin Kleon's work before listing this audiobook collection. I love that he selected and tailored the material specifically for this audiobook version and it shows. Every sentence was rich with insightful information that will stay with me for many months and years to come. It is one of the few books I could probably listen to over and over. I'm excited to see what he comes up with next!

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  • Beth
  • 03-27-22

unblock the lock and create

loved it, I also own the paperback, this naration was enjoyable because the reader treated me to a share of self respect that I forgot to add while reading the hardcopy.

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  • Cam
  • 03-14-22

Being a creative for life.

Austin is well read and down to earth and has authored a super engaging book for those wanting to be creative in life

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  • Leonardo
  • 03-09-22

very nice

recommend to artists creative and everyone who is looking for reprove life.
I like this trilogy, every book has interesting passage. good to listen to, short chapter but any word is wasted.