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.
Tim Ferris has constructed a book that smart people will put into action before the whole concept implodes upon itself. What he has to say about outsourcing is absolutely true TODAY. However, it's like the idea of a completely service-based society: if everyone makes money by washing other people's clothes, eventually everyone will starve to death. You see, he says outsource your work to make big bucks. But if everyone ends up outsourcing, who's left to purchase what you're outsourcing? Someone has to actually grow or manufacture or build or do SOMETHING physical that will only be outsource-able to a point. It's really the dilemma the US is facing with illegal aliens: they are needed to do the physical work at "poverty" wages because no one else is willing to--until those "illegals" end up doing better than many of the citizens that consider themselves too "good" to labor in the fields and sweatshops. In short, Ferris delivers great resources, but he also makes no apologies for being shockingly self-centered (note how he became a world kick-boxing champion) nor for his position that rule-bending (if not outright lying) is essential in the process of getting ahead. That attitude bothers me, personally...but it probably resonates with much of Gen X and Y. Hence, I gave this book a one-star demerit for morals.
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 love this book. I've mailed copies to my friends and family. I've joined his blog and evangelized his writings just for their sheer enthusiasm.
But I cannot suggest this audio book, b/c it just sounds horrible. The book isn't meant to be read like a story, but it sounds like it's being read by a computer. This is a book that needs life and it simply doesn't have it. Maybe if it were read by Tony Robbins or the author himself, maybe then it would have some life, but as it is, it's just dead.
Don't buy this audiobook, buy the real book instead.
This is the worst audio book I have every listened to. The repeated reading of web addresses is tedious and mind numbing. The narration is rapid-fire and annoying. There is too little practical information for those who are not interested in starting a web-based business. AUDIO is not the proper format for this book as it refers to too many practice exercises and there is just one web address after another with every // .. etc read exactly that way ("forward slash forward slash dot et cetera). DO NOT LISTEN WHILE YOU ARE DRIVING or at any other time. I wish I could be kinder, but I can't. I wasted an Audible credit on this one. Very disappointing.
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 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.
Mr. Ferris tells a story about winning a martial arts contest though creative circumvention of rules. I kept thinking that I was "pushed off the platform" to some degree as well.
Some good ideas but you end up feeling like the advise or direction might just be made up or not nearly as effective as promised. This book is a flash in the pan, not a timeless classic.