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THINNER, BIGGER, FASTER, STRONGER

Join author Tim Ferriss as he shares the incredible experiments he's done over 10 years to beat genetics and achieve the impossible…for himself and more than 200 men and women aged 18 to 70.

You don't need better genetics or more discipline. You need immediate results that compel you to continue. This is an abridged edition.

©2010 Timothy Ferriss (P)2010 Random House

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  • Joshua
  • eagle point, OR, United States
  • 12-16-10

I knew this was abridged, but.......

This audiobook is interesting and seems to be well done. The big problem with it is the false advertising in the description, which obviously is still identical to the one used for the hardcopy book. Many of the key topics (including 2hr sleep, reverse injuries, run 50k etc.) are not covered at all. They are key components of the books description page, but are left out of the audio entirely. Lame! Shame on whoever is in charge of selling this under false pretenses. I knew the book was abridged, but shouldn't it cover the highlighted points on Audibles' description page?

225 of 227 people found this review helpful

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  • Roy
  • Beaumont, TX, United States
  • 12-21-10

A Great Disappointment

I broke my rule - do not get an Abridgement - because they are so often poorly done. This is a severe disappointment. Entire sections have been cut from the book. Why did Mr. Ferriss agree to this? I listen to 80 - 100 books a year. This is a poor way to treat a loyal listener. Get this book for what it is, a book that has been abridged by cutting entire sections. :-(

134 of 135 people found this review helpful

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Abridgement Is A Rip-Off

I'm a huge Tim Ferriss fan. Waited until midnight to buy this on release day. I've purchased audio and multiple hardcopy versions of 4HWW (including a personalized autographed revised edition).

What I read in Four Hour Body was great. Unfortunately a ton is missing. The audiobook details say it's abridged, but promise information that is NOT contained in audiobook.

Missing info includes: Reaching Genetic Potential in 6 months, Running 50K in 12 weeks, Sleeping 2 Hours Per Day, Reverse Permanent Injuries, Add 150 Lbs to Lift in 6 Months, Pay For Beach Vacation w/ Hospital Visit.

I'm sure the unabridged book is great. And this rating would have many more stars if not for the false advertising of missing information.

Off to purchase kindle version now...

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  • Adam
  • Lehigh Acres, FL, United States
  • 12-16-10

Great info but missing a ton

I thought the info in this book was awesome, and I really like Tim Ferriss, but hald the things that the description said this audiobook would cover, didn't even get touched.

36 of 36 people found this review helpful

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Beware of this abridged version

I was excited about this book because I read 4-Hour Workweek, and I've really liked some of Tim Ferris's work, but after listening to this, I'm a bit disappointed. I think that Audible should do a better job of making it clear that a book is abridged, but that's an aside. This is a snippet of the book, and although parts are interesting, a lot of what's in this snippet has either been posted on his website or is common knowledge, at least to bodybuilders. Still, if you want to get an overview of what the print copy could offer it could be worth it. It's the type of book you'll need the print copy for anyway so that you can have it for reference.

52 of 53 people found this review helpful

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Buy the Book - not Abridged

When i bought this i was under the impression it was un-abridged, (i like the other reviewer awaited 12:00 and bought it early in the morning maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me) after getting through about half of the audiobook i stopped by a book store to check out the hard cover... almost 600 pages, 2.9 pounds! to say that there is some things missing is an understatement for sure.

The narrator is a bit annoying but tolerable. There is some useful info in here but overall if you want the most from this book you are going to have to buy the actual hardcover and read it.

Three stars because of all the missing information

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  • Gadz
  • Northern Virginia
  • 12-21-10

Great Author, Great Subject, Bad Abridgement

I knew going in that this audio book was abridged but wow! It's not abridged, it is butchered. Looking at the original book's table of contents on the author's website it is seems that more than half the book is missing. Literally there is at least one section of the abridged audio book that references a chapter that was excluded!

I would love to see an unabridged version of this book available on audio book. Looks like I'll have to get an eBook version. Save your money or credits until a full rendering of this one is made available. Really too bad because the actual subject matter is great and I am a fan of Tim's.

Actually, an abridgement of Tim Ferriss's work really makes little sense to me. Tim really writes cheaters guides (not a critisim at all). He's giving you the fast track info. Why shorten it even more?

48 of 49 people found this review helpful

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Do not buy the abridged version

Abridged version is total ripoff, It is missing a lot of the book. Major sections ommited. Someone needs to correct this.

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  • Joshua
  • Highland, UT, United States
  • 12-19-10

Buy the book not the audio.

I was extremely excited for this book but the information is nothing compared to the actual book. I went out and bought a copy when I noticed that many of the pieces were missing. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE BOOK! It's more like a manual and you just can't capture the essence in an audiobook.

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  • Carlton
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 12-17-10

Lots of interesting info but somewhat disconnected

Tim Ferriss's first book (4-hour Work Week) set my expectations pretty high for this book, as did all the pre-launch hype. Unfortunately, I felt a bit disappointed in this book after finishing it.

The 4-hour Body contains a bunch of information on a wide variety of subjects relating to the human body. While much of it is interesting, I only found some of it actually useful, and I'd already read about some of these topics on the author's blog. Each topic is quickly and succinctly summarized, but the transition between topics is often too abrupt. There are also some conflicting portions of the book, such as "don't eat any fruit except on cheat days" vs. "drink one cup of grapefruit juice every day" (for example.)

For this book to be really beneficial to a reader, it's necessary to just focus on a few sections and implement those recommendations, because there is no way anyone could ever do all the things described in this book at the same time.

25 of 29 people found this review helpful

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