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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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Great resources and action items

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.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Sudbury, MA, USA
  • 01-06-08

Selfishness personified

This is a classic example of how our culture is evolving. The author recounts case after case of how to live selfishly, including exploiting loopholes, avoiding responsibility under the guise of achieving efficiency and perhaps worst of all ripping off employers. Employers, his lifestyle funders, put some level of faith employers when they give them the freedom to work from home, for example and the author returns that faith by promoting a "do just enough" attitude. Frankly, the author and all those who follow his perspective should quit their jobs, and follow their dreams as entrepreneurs in the fields of their passion.

I would request my money back.

PS: to all who read these, keep in mind that the author would sat that writing these reveiws is a complete waste of time.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Gilles
  • Cantley, Quebec, Canada
  • 09-15-09

Put in in perspective

This book is fun to listen to. It may have some real out of this world ideas, can they be done, I don't know. It does provide food for tought. It has ideas that make you think of you own situation. Makes you consider the direction you may want to take.
Keep your mind open, this book is a good source of information for all.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Surprisingly good

Yes, the reader is a bit drab. It took me a while to get past that. It doesn't fit with the "I am so cool - don't you want to be like me?" lifestyle stuff that fills the first 1/3 of the book. But his no-nonsense delivery really does well for the later sections of the book which are all "how to" and surprisingly good. I suspect his writing suffers from the same thing his other businesses do = a lack of pride of ownership that comes with an absentee CEO. He would probably agree ... from his beach chair in the bahamas.

All-in-all it's worth the time to listen (maybe more than once) if you intend to act on his suggestions.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Bedford, MA, USA
  • 06-05-08

Great advice. It's Really True

I have been living what Mr. Ferris has been talking about for years. I was comforted to know I was not alone. He formalizes the approach I found by accident. I've met many others who live life by the same rules. Most of us will not meet these people because they're off enjoying their life.

Many people made negative comments about the audiobook, but I think it's fine.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • robert
  • Rochester, MN, United States
  • 02-04-08

Good if you can get past the narration

Awesome material and thought provoking, if you can get past the sneering narrator droning website URLs on and on and on at the end of each chapter - VERY ANNOYING to listen to and I skipped over those sections. Perhaps they should have been provided as a downloadable PDF supplement?

Past that - very much worth the listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • PLR
  • San Rafael, CA
  • 08-23-07

Good book and pragmatic

I really enjoyed this book. It has many practical websites and ideas. The core ideas of outsourcing and focusing on the truly important are great. The only caveat for me is that once you have kids, has traveling around the world lifestyle becomes less desirable. Also, so many books are telling everyone to quit their jobs. If everyone listened nobody would pick up the trash, put out fires, etc.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • Bellefonte, DE, USA
  • 07-24-07


This was a great and engaging book. I listened to it over the course of 4 days while driving. I've dumped a number of audio books a couple hours in before, but not this one. Ferris had me from the beginning. I'm not going to run out and start a business tomorrow, but there were a number of great ideas that I implemented in my life immediately and have found success with. It's well worth the money I paid for it and have recommended it to my closest friends.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Roger
  • Orlando, Florida United States
  • 06-30-07

SLick Willie

The author has some good ideas about escaping the 9-to-5 routine. But he also mixes in big doses of web sites for getting rich quick. I think he had a good idea for a book, but just could not remain within those bounds. I have checked into some of the "virtual assistant" companies that he recommends. They generally do not respond to email. Also listing yourself as an expert on Expert Click costs a minimum of $995/year - a little fact the author left out.

It was worth the listen. But many of his recommendations don't pan out as simply as he implies.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard
  • Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 06-17-07

Not for loosers.

I read all the previous reviews and I can understand why someone would find this book negative, last week I demanded that 4 of my employees read this book and one of them gave (to me) a similar review as some of the negative reviews I read here, but why ? I was thinking, and it's not that difficult: NO ambition nor imagination and this was the case of this particular employee.

Before I even knew Tim Ferris existed, I was already applying most of his ideas especially the selective ingnorance part: I never answered my office phone even though I'm the boss or let me say especially that I'M THE BOSS and I made sure whoever called me on my cellphone knew It must be an emergency and that, under no circumstances, I will be chatting about nothing with them. I was amazed to find that Tim went even further and I'm already applying some of his ideas. I just started and there's so much to implement..

The narrator is excellent, the sarcasm in his voice is well planned when needed.

This book is not for loosers, beginners, employees who plan to remain employees for the rest of their lives nor for pessimists. This book is for winners, for risk takers and for the elites.

I listened to it so far more than twice and will order the hard copy for the convenience of having it close by more often.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful