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Ego Is the Enemy Audiobook

Ego Is the Enemy

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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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    Robert 09-08-16
    Robert 09-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "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...

    42 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    Zach 11-07-16
    Zach 11-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rodrigo 07-10-16
    Rodrigo 07-10-16
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    "great book"

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

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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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.

    37 of 45 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

    27 of 33 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.

    22 of 27 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.

    18 of 22 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!

    26 of 33 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.


    27 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Plett Alberta, Canada 09-02-16
    Tim Plett Alberta, Canada 09-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I was sorry when this performance ended"

    Ego is The Enemy is a great book and very thought provoking.
    Great value for anyone-whether an entrepreneur or in sales, or sports.
    Ego has stolen true greatness from many by diverting them from purpose to recognition.

    2 of 2 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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A. Abutaleb
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    7/14/16
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    "Sobering"

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

    4 of 5 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 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/3/17
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    "Epic. True. Punishing."

    A great rules & stories of defeat & achievment.Take a courage & discover your possibilities.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Terrible Movement
    1/9/17
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    "Essential Reading"

    Essential listening for artists, makers, doers and entrepreneurs. Probably worth listening to twice and would recommend doing so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walter Rothon
    London , United Kingdom
    1/6/17
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    "Excellent listen with great ideas"

    This book was recommended by a friend and when I'd heard the authors name mentioned a few times in podcasts and downloaded it. There is a theme with Ryan about stoicism but his exploration of ego here is laced with excellent examples of ego fails and where ego has been managed. And most if not all examples are high profile and well know historical figures. For me, one to listen to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • harriet
    12/28/16
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    "The listener needs to be patience..."
    What made the experience of listening to Ego Is the Enemy the most enjoyable?

    It was difficult to find a window into the audio. It felt, at times, synthetic, and was not authentic in its delivery. However the overall audio book is good and I gained a lot from the listen.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending did not seem to present a conclusion as such, however further reading and information is made available to the reader, through web links and an email address. I thought this was beneficial.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Ryan Holiday?

    I found the voice very synthetic and believe that the narrated voice did not support the delivery of the book.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Game. Set, Match.


    Any additional comments?

    No additional comments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aaron
    11/30/16
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    "perfect timing"

    loved hearing this book..it came at perfect timing in my life and it was refreshing to hear some real core truths about 'success' or what ever that means to you personally

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nero
    XXX
    11/23/16
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    "Falls well short...."
    What would have made Ego Is the Enemy better?

    Ryan Holiday should not have written this book. I don't mean that harshly either. He is a very good author and narrator. I just got the feeling that he was just trying to keep momentum going and his name out there, after having published ''The Obstacle is the Way'' - which I listen to every month! There is nothing new or exciting to discover in this book.
    The title is misleading to a degree - it is mostly about the author trying to destroy his ego by showing the reader that he has one - and it isn't that small either.


    What will your next listen be?

    Obstacle is the Way - I listen to it every month....


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    If you loved The Obstacle is the Way - then this book will disappoint you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR A.
    11/18/16
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    "Interesting insights"

    A great read.

    Our ego is a personal challenge for us all. Shaping and sculpting the way in which we think and choose to act.

    This is a awesome book on how to deal with this force in your mind.

    I've suggested it to many. And as such I'd do the same to you.

    Good luck and crush it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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