The content of this book has been well reviewed here and on other books sites. There are some very very interesting topics in this book, some of which are things I could actually implement and some that are not practical for me.
My biggest complaint is the reading of the book. The reader actually reads out the names of URL's for web sites which is really a time waster and very annoying. Audible should create a companion link for each book that contains any URL references and mention it in the beginning and end of the reading as well as list it with the book information on this site. That would save a lot of time and make the audio experience much more enjoyable.
I've read many books on a similar topic, and while the concepts are similar - Tim goes way beyond into real life, nitty gritty detail about steps to accomplish the goal of streamlining and stripping away unnecessary tasks; testing goals before setting out to achieve them; and finalizing it all into a life plan. Highly recommended!
Being 47 and with 5 children aged 7 to 17, I find this book a little unrealistic for someone at my stage of life. More than that, I simply did not enjoy his tone throughout the book. He seems to have a life filled with activity, but little substance. As I listened, I kept wondering what was the matter with me that I had no desire to do all of the jet setting and globe trotting. Call me boring, but I would rather stay in one place and build long term relationships with my family, neighbors and friends. Yes, I do want my children to have some really neat experiences (trips to Africa, Alaska, whatever...), but not at the cost of growing up disengaged from my friends and family.
There were some good suggestions to maintain control of your work and clients, however, I am already employing most of them.
Terrible book to "listen" to...maybe better to read.
On the "pro" side:
(1)This book is often humerous and entertaining (2)The lists of service websites are a valuable time saver when looking for available resources for your business.
(3) Its motivational value (mostly from motivational quotes) and fear analysis chapter is helpful.
But on the "con" side I'm afraid Tim Ferriss is like many other successful Type-A persons who want to credit a "plan" or "program" for their success (you can SELL this) rather than the more likely reality: He marketed the right product to the right people at the right time.
While getting this, the listener must endure some rather crude humor and somewhat unethical suggestions. HIs 'liberation' from the office job really only applies to cubicle dwelling underperformers whose jobs are almost entirely phone calls and web based. This simply wouldn't apply to most careers.
I gave it a 2 because I think it falls far below its promises. If the book was entitled "A brief biography of Tim Ferriss" I would have given it a 4 or 5.
I have enjoyed many Audible books over the past 4 years. I can't say this was one of them. The book came highly recommended so I thought I'd pick up the Audible version.
I can't get beyond the narrator. To enunciate the first and last letter of 2 or 3 words per sentence, is for me simply impossible to listen to. That and the monotone of his voice made me quit. And I haven’t done that on over 100 books.
Listen to the sample and then decide.
This guy is funny. I love the way he looks at life. He mentions temporary retirements, which mean not waiting until your old and gray to retire but taking time off from work or between jobs. He encourages investing in i.r.a's but he says life it to short to work until retirement. I recommend it for entreprenuer minded individuals.
I have not read from this author before. Tim Ferris does a great job both in writing and narrating this book. Tim is an "out of the box" thinker and passes the potential of this ability onto the reader through this innovative book. Basically the book is about lifestyle.... trading the one you have now for one that you would like. Those of you who are not risk takers might have a hard time accepting his suggestions because they sound a lot like wild, high risk behavior. However, I find most of his suggestions to be sound and I am not a risk taker either. The two downside to the book for me were the endless digit by digit quotation of the exact internet address of dozens of important and cool websites. Tim has a website that is a companion to the book which is the place where all these addresses could have been listed much more painlessly. The lengthly "www's" and "backslash" and "forward slashes", sometimes several in a row was maddening in an audiobook. The second flaw was profanity which was periodic and unnecessary Again it was just two small mistakes. The book itself was excellent.
I listened to this audio with an open mouth and wide eyes - LIFE CHANGING! As a traditional business owner I was a 7 day a week x 10 - 12 hours a day. My wife and twin sons each have our own businesses, are all cutting down our daily hours a min. of 2 hours a month until 6 months from now we will move to 4 hours a week. We have planned our year long World Wide Adventure.
I enjoyed the narrator's ability to catch the tone of the prose. I probably wouldn't want to have been Tim's boss, at any point, but I've been one of the ones who didn't think 'because' was a good enough reason for doing something the other guy's way, so maybe we would have gotten on okay. Especially since I like his vision of life as more than the simple accumulation of money. Book is well worth the time it takes to listen to, more than once. The trick is to listen thru once and go back with a pen and paper.
Amateur-ish. The book reads like a book report written by a "few free interns" who were angry about it to begin with. There are a few tips and techniques that are nice here, but all feel so blatently recycled from other sources. Seems like a money maker with a catchy title from one who sells suppelements that do nothing and wins champion titles by (admittedly) cheating.