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  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

  • Written by: Timothy Ferriss
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,119 ratings)

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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

Written by: Timothy Ferriss
Narrated by: Ray Porter
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Publisher's Summary

Forget the old concepts of retirement and a deferred life plan. There is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. For living more and working less, this book is the blueprint.

This expanded edition includes dozens of practical tips and case studies from people who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

©2007 2009 by Tim Ferriss (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"It's about time this book was written. It is a long-overdue manifesto for the mobile lifestyle, and Tim Ferriss is the ideal ambassador. This will be huge." (Jack Canfield)

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As expected... there is a catch!

Just like how the title sounds, the entire book is not very realistic. Maybe for a few people who picks the lifestyle of selling digital content online as a full time job instead to generate income. I have to agree that some tools and tactics that it teaches you to become more productive are very helpful, but without income automation, working 4 hours a week is not realistic.

What I don’t like is that the secret sauce of this lifestyle is finding a product or create a digital product that can bring in automated cash while you do whatever you want. The book makes it sound sooo easy that anyone can just create a million dollar digital content that sells.

Other than that, some quotes on life and work-life balance are inspirational. It makes you think about why are you really working so hard for someone else... or why do we delay retirement or why do we have to compare ourselves to others? What is career success? This book opened my eyes to a different perspective to what I have been taught by the “norm”.

Overall - a great read to see a different perspective on life and work. I will follow the tips on how to work smarter, not harder. I will also take the author’s advice to take “mini-retirements”. However, I don’t think it does the trick to show you a sustainable lifestyle - at least not one without hard work as well.

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Very, very interesting theories but...

Personally I would get the paper copy. The content in the book includes a LOT of suggested websites, companies and products. This is something you would skim or cherry pick your interests from or come back to later. On an audio format it gets LONG where the performer is reading lists for what seems like forever.

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  • Dan
  • 2019-07-22

Highly recommended. Best performance yet!

I listen to a lot of audio books as I have a super long commute. Ray Porter is the best reader I have listened to yet! Pauses are just at the right places and last just the right amount of time. He injects the right tones at the right places. I will look for more of his readings!

As for the book itself, I bought a paperback for my son after listening to this, He offers concrete ways to get out of the rat race, not just grand ideas like so many other similar books.

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Waste of Money Book for Losers

This book is for losers. A high pitch gimmick. So stupid to challenge the highly learned educated people

Before it gets to the first chapter he keeps on talking about how good or how big he is for two hours.

Very unrealistic. Waste of money.

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  • 2018-03-23

Great listen

For this book, I'd recommend a physical copy as well... Lots to do in terms of actionable suggestions and tasks

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a scam artist

I made if through the first 2.5 hrs of the book. No actual insight was presented, nothing on the method. for the most part it's him bragging how successful/Ritch/smart he his and a bunch. This book is a scam and this person is a scam artist praying on people.

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good info. hard to get through it at times

good info . found it hard to listen to at times. I do wish it was written or edited for audio ... just doesn't have that flow...

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What good life is and how to get there

Divided in thematic chapters, mind opening, ass kicking, perhaps not the ultimate best way to live my life but definitely an awesome one, and I won’t waste it searching for better.

Thank you Timmy!

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Really gets you thinking

Loved the story and the book. The use of language conveyed the thoughts and feelings in a deep and accurate manner. I really love how the story wasn't a rag to riches or a how to get rich book but a mindset shift. Tim has really been through a great personal journey and you can see it come to life in this book. Must read.
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Excellent Audiobook

Excellent audiobook, I will definitely recommend it, it is a must read and listen, thank you., for the great audiobook

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