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Publisher's Summary

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free offers inspirational advice on how to enjoy life to its fullest. The key to achieving an active and satisfying retirement involves a great deal more than having adequate financial resources; it also encompasses all other aspects of life - interesting leisure activities, creative pursuits, physical well-being, mental well-being, and solid social support.

In How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free, bestselling author Ernie J. Zelinski guides you to:

  • Gain courage to take early retirement; in fact, the earlier the better.
  • Put money in proper perspective so that you don’t need a million dollars to retire.
  • Generate purpose in your retirement life with meaningful creative pursuits.
  • Follow your dreams instead of someone else’s.
  • Take charge of your mental, physical, and spiritual health.
  • Create and maintain great friends - a key ingredient for a great retirement.
  • Above all, make your retirement years the best time of your life.

With its friendly format and positive tone, How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free offers retirement wisdom that you won’t get from your financial advisor. This wisdom will prove to be much more important for creating an active, satisfying, and happy retirement than how much money you have saved.

©2009 Ernie J. Zelinski (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“To be sure, retirement books are a glutted field, but most focus on money and financial planning. They view the finish line as the last day of employment. That’s where Zelinski’s begins.” (National Post)

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Painful but valuable

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend reading, not listening, to this book. That way you can skim through parts. I may not be the intended audience and didn't like the evangalistic approach or demonizing work. I enjoy the work I do, AND I'm looking forward to retirement.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

This book really did get me thinking about retirement in a different way and I'm glad I stuck it out. But I found it painful to get through. I did like the second half better than the first half, when he gave practical suggestions.

How could the performance have been better?

The excited tone made this book hard to tolerate for me. I nearly gave up multiple times, and I really did pull the plug on my ipod after listening to the first 20 minutes.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Light and entertaining, interesting profiles

Would you consider the audio edition of How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free to be better than the print version?

This review is based only on the audio edition.

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Zelinsky's book is light-hearted and entertaining with a number of profiles of people who live full and satisfying lives within modest financial resources. Many of the recommended ideas are not necessarily unique, but the spirit of the book is engaging and fun. There are a wealth of titles in print which focus on the serious financial side of retirement. But I would recommend this title for a refreshing break from current (2012) economic worries and a little inspiration.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Walter
  • Valley Village, CA, United States
  • 09-05-12

Lots of air but possibly worth a listen

Zelinski focuses on the non-financial aspects of retirement, i.e. happiness and health. Like most self-help books it's heavily padded and redundant. I fast-forwarded through at least 30% of it.

Having said that, it is essential to have interests and social connections in place for retirement, and these take thought and planning. If Zelinski gets me or you to do this he's done good work. The book is probably worth a listen for those of us approaching the big R.

I found the reader's voice and delivery annoying. That's purely subjective, of course!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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BEFORE YOU RETIRE...

... read this book! Your financial advisor will help you with retirement pensions, but this book will teach you how to live retirement to its fullest, and all the personal ways you should map out and plan for, and WHY, before that big day of your biggest freedom. Easy to understand and so informative... I recommend it to everyone who is preparing for or is already in their retirement.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I don't need motivation, I need skills

Would you try another book from Ernie J. Zelinski and/or J. Charles?

probably not

What about J. Charles’s performance did you like?

animated

Was How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free worth the listening time?

no

Any additional comments?

The entire book was nothing but motivational speaking. I expected and paid for HOW to do retire happy, wild and free, not WHY I should.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Sadly too redundant for me...

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I listened to a few chapters of this book and initially enjoyed what I heard. The topic is interesting and I liked that it was from a different point of view than the typical retirement book. Unfortunately I found the book painfully redundant and couldn’t make it through any more than those first few chapters. The author just kept saying the same thing over and over and over again. I also found the author’s constant references to his previous book annoying. It seemed like he was trying to get the reader to purchase that book as well instead of focusing on the topic at hand.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • KYC
  • Ohio
  • 06-02-15

Thought provoking

Many ideas on what to do in retirement and good advice on positive and healthy attitudes and habits to adopt. Too many quotes and some ideas repeated across chapters. Quick read./ listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Eye opening

If you have ever dreamed of life after winning the lottery or retiring, ypu need to read this book. It provides thought provoking discussion on what you really want from your life. I am so glad I found this now, before I get to retirement. I needed to hear this. Having it read to me on Audible was like hearing sage advice from a friend who wasn't afraid to tell it like it is and make me think about things differently.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great listening as you think about retiring!

Lots of unusual advice which is worthwhile. Helps the reader to think about more than the financial outcomes during this stage of life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Inspired to Retire Soon

What made the experience of listening to How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free the most enjoyable?

The content was thorough and encouraging.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator seemed to do his best to use inflection, pauses and energy to give a good presentation. Unfortunately I just didn't care for his voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, each chapter built on the previous chapters.

Any additional comments?

I bought this audio book to help with a business I am starting for seniors. But it convinced me to retire sooner rather than later and to start planning now, not after the big 65.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful