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Tim Ferriss is an extraordinary young man on a mission. The 28-year-old serial vagabond and successful entrepreneur has been teaching a wildly popular course at Princeton University for the past four years: a how-to and why-to guide to throwing out the old methods for success (balancing life and work, retiring well, having a great nest egg) and replacing them with an entirely new way of living.

The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.

©2007 Timothy Ferriss (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"It's about time this book was written. It is a long-overdue manifesto for the mobile lifestyle, and Tim Ferriss is the ideal ambassador." (Jack Canfield)
"Thanks to Tim Ferriss, I have more time in my life to travel, spend time with family, and write book blurbs. This is a dazzling and highly useful work." (A.J. Jacobs, Editor-at-Large, Esquire)

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  • Sharon
  • Union City, NJ, United States
  • 12-23-11

If you buy this book, go straight to Chapter 9

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

From Chapters 1-8-it's predominantly about the author's merits, his wit, and self glorification. Chapter 9 finally shows me WHY I purchased this book.

Would you be willing to try another book from Timothy Ferriss? Why or why not?

Wouldn't get another one of his books. Listening to his ego is a little overbearing, with no real applicable point. Author seems very witty, but very arrogant. I really wouldn't follow his suggestion with outsourcing my assistant/secretary via India or any other country-especially if the person has my credit card #. To hear that he had someone from India write a love letter to his spouse on his behalf is not only impersonal, it's sheer laziness. Some books show the author has a passion to teach. But it really seems like this book was only written for the author to make more money. Sounds like he'll probably write another book with little substance. I guess we'll find out.

What didn’t you like about Ray Porter’s performance?

Narrator was ok. Pretty good at creating an image of the author.

What did you take away from The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich that you can apply to your work?

Chapter 9 finally got good. It shows that you must have very specific niche market, with a specific plan, and must test target market group. It also shows examples of companies that failed, why they failed, and what/why companies succeeded. But there are better books out there that want to

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Don't waste your time!

What a load of crap! Your time is too valuable to waste listening to this Bozo.

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  • Gladis
  • houston, TX, United States
  • 11-05-11

Eye Opener!

Great book, gives you all the steps you need to walk away from your 9-5 and start living the way you really want. Recommend it to anyone that has ever wanted to live in another country or to travel the world.

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  • Suzi M
  • Everywhere, United States
  • 09-01-11

Should have been good.....

But sounded like the guy at the bar that keeps going on and on about how great he is. Meanwhile all the rest of the bar patrons can think is 'If you're so awesome, then why are you here with the rest of us?' Between the actual writing and the in-your-face narration, I couldn't even get through the whole thing. This book would have had potential if it had only been ten pages long.

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  • David
  • Novato, CA, United States
  • 09-14-10

Waste of time

A lot of drivel for content. And the narration? Way over the top. Save your credits.

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  • Steve
  • Port Jefferson, NY, USA
  • 10-25-09

Horrible Audiobook

Great concepts, poor execution... should have put an extra hour in here. Through out the whole book you hear.....


Go to h tee tee pee colon slash slass duble u dourble u doublu dot optimize dot adwrods dot optiomize question mark dot dot underscore slash slash underscore four hour work week underscore sandbox
or go to
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or dial eight hundred seven six five two nine six eight or eight hundred seven two one six five nine two.


7 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Amazing ... simply motivational

I am a web designer on the side, and a VP of Marketing for a Medical company and this book was simply motivating and revolutionary in idea and thought. Its just what I needed and highly recommend to EVERYONE.

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  • Michael
  • garland, TX, USA
  • 07-26-09

Worth Millions!

This audio book is worth more than the money i paid for it! I really think that you should listen to this book if you have any entrepreneurial spirit in you!

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  • Paul
  • Grand Junction, CO, USA
  • 06-07-09

Eye opening

This book opened my eyes to a new way of thinking. A most read for any one wanting to enjoy life, and work and any thing you want to do. Looking at every thing in a new way makes you relize ther really is more than one way to skin a cat.

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Great information

This book is great - Ferris has done a great job. The narration is a little irritating because the reader has a rather angry tone, but you can't pass up the information in here.