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Ego Is the Enemy

Written by: Ryan Holiday
Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Self-Help, Motivational
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"While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their images with sheer, almost irrational force, I've found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition." (From the prologue)

©2016 Portfolio (P)2016 Tim Ferriss Audio

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Wonderful Book and a Well Needed Kick in the Pants

What Ryan ultimately gets at here is that we are in control of ourselves, our actions and reactions, and how we respond to the world. This book acts as a warning for those who let themselves get too far encompassed in their own narrative. What he delivers is a truly timeless exposé of how to wrestle with yourself, and the consequences of doing so. I will be listening to this one again many times over. Bravo.

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Ego is the enemy, obstacle is the way

The book is a great companion to the other excellent book obstacle is the way. Ryan Holiday has an engaging writing style with convincing arguments. Easy to understand and follow. Great book for modern stoicism. #Audible1

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Ego

Great read, really opened my eyes to how ego affects day to day interactions #Audible1

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Not the information I was expecting.

It is a good concept, but it is not concrete. the best part was the interview at the end. You can skip the book and go directly there

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  • Ty
  • 2019-12-04

contrary to my beliefs

I follow many many positive entrepreneurship pages and read many books that directly oppose many points this book offered. I understand keeping the ego in check but this book consistently debunks the power of positive thinking, confidence and the law of attraction.

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Decent concepts, but nothing is thorough.

If you haven't read anything on ego, and how it affects you, then this book is a decent listen.

Having said that, I'm sure there are other books that do a better job. This might sound weird but even Atomic Habits or The Power of Focus kind of cover similar topics but are just organized better and are more digestible. This is a general approach with examples in each section. And it is easy to understand, but sometimes it meanders (sometimes a lot). Having just finished it, it's hard to come away with any real concise lasting message, or how to think of it in your every day.

It's an okay book, but I struggle to find its impact.

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Very Insightful

Loved it. Practical examples, clear message delivered in an understandable package. I loved the chat at the end.

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If you can think this is the book for you

Ryan has many clear concise concepts that anyone looking to hone themselves from someone else’s misfortunes would appreciate.

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Fantastic

Great book! With a wealth of knowledge. Made me stop and re-evaluate. Highly highly recommended

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Ryan Holiday does it again #audible1

Ryan has a masterful way of taking broad topics and telling great stories from history to provide context. I’m torn between whether I liked Ego or Obstacle more, depending on my current life situation I am sure I could read either and say that one is the best, timing is everything. #audible1

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  • Enyo89
  • 2016-12-05

Worth reading

I honestly feel sad for anybody who passed up on this audio book, based on the previous negative review. This guy accomplished more in his life than most people ever will. He's qualified to talk about ego. This recording changed my life. Read.

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  • Jefferson Lam
  • 2016-07-28

Good content, tedious performance

What did you love best about Ego Is the Enemy?

The book has a great message that everyone ought to hear, especially since we live in a world with social media and the power to craft your self-image and story. It's helped me out a lot in the way I view myself, and I've already noticed things about my behavior I could change to keep my ego under control.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Ego Is the Enemy?

Unfortunately the performance is incredibly dull and unprofessional. He mumbles, he speaks too quickly, he's monotone, and overall he sounds like a robot reciting words on a page rather than trying to tell a story. This is a prime example of how to not narrate an audiobook. Halfway through I was dying to just get to the end because I didn't want to listen to his boring voice anymore. The sad thing is that in the closing interview portion with Tim Ferris, you can hear Ryan Holiday speak with a natural conversational tone and a sense of fervor that isn't present in his audiobook performance. Ryan Holiday, if you're reading this, the next time you narrate an audiobook, try reading it as though you're speaking to a friend.

Any additional comments?

I think I'll pick up a copy of the book because I did enjoy the content, and it's enough to save this audiobook.

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  • Rodrigo
  • 2016-07-10

great book

it took time to get used to the voice. I would have preferred another narrator.

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  • Zach
  • 2016-11-07

Only made it 2 hours

I only made it two hours into this book before I had to turn it off. I did not like it. It seems to bounce from quote to quote with filler in between like a college freshman trying to hit a minimum page requirement. It would have been better off as an essay or blog post.

I bought this book base on the positive reviews, and clearly there is an audience out there for it, but it's not for me.

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  • Robert
  • 2016-09-08

Disappointing. Thin, weak reading.

I bought this book a rather strong recommendation by Tim Ferris. Tim went down in my estimation with this glorified essay. The content is thin, the point is obvious.

There seems to be a trend at the moment in taking classic knowledge (Ancient Roman / Greek) and rehashing if for anxious West Coast / Bay Area types. This book makes you feel a little bit embarrassed for the author.

Ego is the Enemy...could have been a one pager on a blog.

This is a case of networked buddies ( Tim F etc) all doing each other a favor ...

Ryan certainly has an audience. The sheer number of positive reviews on here swayed me.

I'll be more careful in future.

Word of warning on narration.

Ryan did a selfie on narration.

It's terribly self conscious and adds to the hollowness of the content.

His pronouncing of the word 'naivety' made me wince...

Hope you enjoy. I had to stop half way through...

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  • Timothy
  • 2016-06-20

belief in the indestructible self is destructive

this book provides an amazing array of anecdotes and advice for pushing ego aside in favor of a dispassionate view of reality. our society parts us on the back so much that we all believe we are the best, and we kill ourselves getting to prove it. instead, take a step back and realize how much you still need to grow, and take the time to do the growing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-06-28

Another good Holiday read

This is the book you wish you could find in the Self Help or Christian Living section. Refreshing, therapeutic, well researched, well written. This is the rare listen which is good for the soul and the mind.

Performance gets a hit because the book length is misleading. It's only 5.5 hours, with interviews and whatnot following.

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  • Staceghost
  • 2016-06-20

Full of historical anecdotes

This book is not my usual fare, but when I heard about it on The Joe Rogan Experience, I decided to give it a shot. 6 hours of listening for $10, what was there to lose? It was absolutely worth it. I think most of us know several people in our lives who would benifit from reading Ego is the Enemy, but the person who needs it most may just be you!

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  • Kyle
  • 2016-06-17

Woven well

I love the way this book was broken down. Great quotes and examples by a thoughtful, articulate author who staves off hubris. Essentially it's nice to get helpful examples on life improvement from someone who gets it, but still stumbles. Great stuff. Audio extra w Tim Ferris was a great addition. Well worth the credit.

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  • Henderson Webb
  • 2019-01-04

Juvenile

This book was a big disappointment. Not sure where to start. So little value and actual content .

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  • Aja
  • 2018-11-21

Good but narrative very poor

Good message but hard to listen. I think it’s the rythum and I have trouble to concentrate