• Four Thousand Weeks

  • Embrace your limits. Change your life. Make your four thousand weeks count.
  • By: Oliver Burkeman
  • Narrated by: Oliver Burkeman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (514 ratings)

Prime logo Prime members: New to Audible?
Get 2 free audiobooks during trial.
Pick 1 audiobook a month from our unmatched collection.
Listen all you want to thousands of included audiobooks, Originals, and podcasts.
Access exclusive sales and deals.
Premium Plus auto-renews for $14.95/mo after 30 days. Cancel anytime.
Four Thousand Weeks  By  cover art

Four Thousand Weeks

By: Oliver Burkeman
Narrated by: Oliver Burkeman
Try for $0.00

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy for $18.57

Buy for $18.57

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

The instant Sunday Times best seller.

A Financial Times, Guardian and Observer Book of the Year.

One of the Daily Telegraph's 75 Best Books of 2021.

What if you stopped trying to do everything, so that you could finally get round to what counts?

We're obsessed with our lengthening to-do lists, our overfilled inboxes, the struggle against distraction and the sense that our attention spans are shrivelling. Still, we rarely make the connection between our daily struggles with time and the ultimate time management problem: the question of how best to use our ridiculously brief time on the planet, which amounts on average to about 4,000 weeks.

Four Thousand Weeks is an uplifting, engrossing and deeply realistic exploration of the challenge. Rejecting the futile modern obsession with 'getting everything done,' it introduces listeners to tools for constructing a meaningful life by embracing rather than denying their limitations.

Drawing on the insights of both ancient and contemporary philosophers, psychologists and spiritual teachers, Oliver Burkeman sets out to realign our relationship with time - and in doing so, to liberate us from its tyranny.

Embrace your limits. Change your life. Make your 4,000 weeks count.

©2021 Oliver Burkeman (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Life is finite. You don't have to fit everything in.... Read this book and wake up to a new way of thinking and living." (Emma Gannon)

"A much-needed reality check on our culture's crazy assumptions around work, productivity and living a meaningful life." (Mark Manson, best-selling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck)

"Comforting, fascinating, engaging, inspiring and useful, actually genuinely useful." (Marian Keyes)

What listeners say about Four Thousand Weeks

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    405
  • 4 Stars
    91
  • 3 Stars
    15
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    377
  • 4 Stars
    59
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    342
  • 4 Stars
    80
  • 3 Stars
    15
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

If I could read only one book for the rest of my life…

…then this book would be it!

Wonderful work, I can’t wait to start listening it again!

Very much enjoyed how the author has put in the work to really understand the subject and draw meaningful conclusions. And all of it in a nicely distilled fashion, without wasting reader’s time.

Seriously, this book is next level and you’re pretty much guaranteed to find a new perspective on your life.

My sincere thanks to the author for sharing your work with the world!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

An absolute must read for 2022.

Easy and engaging style, well narrated.
The author proposes that how we think about time and consequently use our time, suffer from some misconceptions that truly get us nowhere happy or fulfilled. And as the misconceptions are deeply embedded in the society, it's pretty difficult to figure them out on your own.
It's an eye opener. Maybe because I'm 40, what he says resonates deeply with what I've been thinking, experiencing and trying to change. It might be different for someone in their 20s- but ach, all the frustration I might have avoided in the 1st place if I had read this 15 years ago.
The concepts are philosophical but some practical ideas are there too. The author doesn't come up with a ready to go solution, but you'd be silly to expect that. A different way of looking at things and some practical tips to get you started will take you a long way if you're willing. That's what the book offers. The rest of the process is up to you.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

One of the most important books I’ve ever read

This book is surprisingly poignant and insightful. What a treat! A big and heartfelt thank you to Oliver.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Life-changing Book

Best book I've read for the last 5 years! It really puts things into perspective and gives a sense of freedom and calmness. Highly recommended!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Completely different approach to productivity

I like the “less is more” philosophy, the value of slowing down and accepting our finite time on this planet.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Made me feel better about my life

A wonderful read that is a must for anyone panicked about the amount they have to do.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wipes away the bull#%^* and focuses on what’s important

Excellent content: relevant, real, practical, challenging, simple, profound. Excellent reading by the author. I want to listen again to keep this way of thinking fresh in my mind as I wonder if I can live a little more by this philosophy. The author focuses our doing on what really matters and challenges so many norms in our western culture. I’ve recommended this book to six friends already. It was recommended to me too. Listen and you may understand why.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The best book about time management

The best book about time management and how to make sense of our life. Not only practical, but therapeutic as well.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

A Disappointing Exploration of Time


"4000 Weeks" initially grabs attention with its intriguing title, promising readers a profound exploration of time management and personal growth within the limited span of 4000 weeks. The concept of measuring life in weeks is thought-provoking, offering a unique perspective on time and its management. However, the book fails to live up to its potential due to several critical flaws that overshadow its premise.

The week-by-week analysis, intended to provide readers with a framework for self-reflection and improvement, falls short of delivering meaningful insights. Instead of offering nuanced and practical guidance, the analysis becomes repetitive and lacks depth, rendering it ineffective and tedious for readers seeking genuine personal growth strategies.

One of the book's most glaring weaknesses is its unwarranted heightening of capitalism as the sole cause of frustration and dissatisfaction in life. While a critical examination of capitalism can be valuable, the author's approach appears one-sided and devoid of nuance. By incessantly lamenting the influence of capitalism without adequately exploring alternative perspectives, the author oversimplifies complex socio-economic systems and limits the book's potential impact.

Additionally, "4000 Weeks" leaves readers with a lingering feeling that it is written by someone harboring bitterness and resentment towards their own perceived failures. This undertone permeates the book and gives the impression that the author is using it as a means to lash out at reality rather than genuinely offering constructive insights. This negativity detracts from the book's overall credibility and diminishes its potential to inspire and empower readers.

Furthermore, the book's almost comical ending, where the author suddenly offers performance management advice despite having consistently criticized it throughout the book, is jarring and undermines the book's coherence. This abrupt shift in tone raises questions about the author's consistency and the overall integrity of the narrative.

Another concerning aspect of "4000 Weeks" is the author's heavy reliance on citations. While the inclusion of references can enhance a book's credibility and support its arguments, the sheer volume of citations used by the author raises doubts about their thoroughness. It is unlikely that the author has genuinely read and absorbed all the works cited, which casts doubt on the depth of research and undermines the book's scholarly foundation.

In conclusion, "4000 Weeks" falls short of its promising premise. Despite an attention-grabbing title and the potential for an insightful exploration of time management, the book is hindered by week analysis, an unbalanced critique of capitalism, and an underlying tone of bitterness and resentment. The comical ending, contradictory advice, and questionable use of citations further diminish the book's credibility. While some readers may resonate with the author's frustrations, those seeking a well-rounded and well-researched examination of time management and personal growth will likely find "4000 Weeks" lacking.




Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

4000 weeks

Good. I think 3/4 foul words used which was unnecessary in this book
Loved it otherwise
Learnt a lot. Loved the summary in the last chapter

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!