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Ego Is the Enemy Audiobook

Ego Is the Enemy

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Publisher's Summary

"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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    Kyle 06-17-16
    Kyle 06-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    32 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Austin 07-06-16
    Austin 07-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Easy on the ears, hard on the head"

    It's a short and tasteful listen.
    Ryan's clear pronunciation and calm demeanor make this a very relaxing audiobook. Ryan has the ability to painstakingly break down very complex ideas to the point where I can understand them. With that being said, Ryan's book will certainly cause me to reevaluate many of the actions I have taken in the past while simultaneously making me take a second look at the actions I take moving forward.
    This is not a self help book, as Ryan states in the start of the book, but the values and morals behind this audiobook certainly lends ideas that can be directly applied to your everyday life, similar to a self help book.
    Thank you Ryan for such a great experience.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Staceghost 06-20-16
    Staceghost 06-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "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!

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    David B 06-29-16
    David B 06-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "2 words... A Mazing"

    I've already listened to it twice, I have the hardcover and I'm going to listen it again and again over the years. The lessons in this book are in the forefront of my mind and I've already seen errors in my thinking and decisions based in satisfying ego and have made corrections

    If you have an open mind, get this book!

    If you have a strong ego, you need this book but it will do nothing for you. I hope you prove me wrong

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Drew 06-24-16
    Drew 06-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "depressing and inspirational at the same time"

    Ryan holiday tells you like it is whether you want to hear it or not. In this book he accurately, through storytelling and examples, tells us how we sometimes are our worst enemies when we can not realize truth. Ego can be dangerous and this book does a great job of presenting why to be wary.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    The Audience 06-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "CREDIT WORTHY: Will stand the test of time!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ego Is the Enemy to be better than the print version?

    I bought both. Audio for first quick listen. Print to re-read and underline.


    What other book might you compare Ego Is the Enemy to and why?

    The writing is so tight - illustrations so curated - and principles so universal that I think of the author as a modern day philosopher, that people actually care to read.

    This book is UNIQUE among others on the topic, but...
    I compare this AUTHOR to: Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, Adam Grant, Robert Greene and Stephen Pressfield.


    Have you listened to any of Ryan Holiday’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    After listening to Ryan narrate "The Obstacle Is The Way" his voice really brings it to life in a unique way. I loved "Ego" for the same reason.

    I like how his super young voice sounds reading his super-wise words.


    What did you learn from Ego Is the Enemy that you would use in your daily life?

    Defined Ego in a fresh way and demonstrated how it has held back people throughout the ages. It gave me hope that Ego can be overcome and showed success stories of those who did just that.


    26 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Rodrigo 07-10-16
    Rodrigo 07-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great book"

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

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    This is a well written and narrated book that every young professional should read. The author uses both historical and modern day examples to reinforce ideas that contradict what is betrayed in the media. I plan to pickup the print copy as well.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy 06-20-16
    Timothy 06-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "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.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Jefferson Lam 07-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "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.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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  • James
    6/22/16
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    "Succinct and profound"

    Ryan has done an awesome job of curating and interpreting some of history's greatest lessons in a series of digestible anecdotes.
    Highly recommended reading/listening for anybody looking for guidance in a professional or personal capacity.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A. Abutaleb
    Riyadh, KSA
    7/14/16
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    "Sobering"

    Very sobering book. Wise and real. Can't recommend it enough especially for self help junkies!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fábio Santos
    7/8/16
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    "Ego will start being my friend"

    Incredible journey through my ego! He still talks sometimes but practicing what's on this book makes us more aware and eventually happier. Great listen!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/18/16
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    "By far my favourite author."

    Ryan Holiday is by far my most favourite author, he is young yet so knowledgable.

    This book, although I've not yet completed, is a great listen.
    This book and Ryan's previous one talk about subjects that really matter for a better life and a better world in general.

    Ego is the Enemy explains how ego, although society and politicians live it, is actually a big trap in the long run.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • khalid
    9/15/16
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    "Superb reading !!"

    It got me present to my ego for sure !!

    Buy this book .. I thought I'd had it under control but nope I guess not ;)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S. Nanra
    Ealing, United Kingdom
    9/12/16
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    "Some good stuff but..."

    Lots of quotes and personal stories, but really nothing practical for the reader to deal with our ever present egos...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alexnovico
    9/6/16
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    "Great book"

    I liked it because it gives you a different perspective on ego must read this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • bhartendu
    9/6/16
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    "Extremely Useful"

    Loved it. I finished it in few days as it's super interesting to understand that biggest enemy sitting within oneself. Ego is the derailer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mirci
    9/4/16
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    "great"

    made me realise that ego often been my downfall. very much recommend, especially if you think ego is not an issue in your life. you probably need it more than most.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    San Francisco, CA
    9/4/16
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    "For the self-critical reader, this is a gem."

    Inspired some self reflection for me. This book gave me pause, reason to want to be more ego-aware, and a new vocabulary for talking about ego. Surrounded by high achievers, it's easy to get lost in the rat race and not stay grounded. This book helped me see where I had/have drifted from my principles.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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