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Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early)

How Far Would You Go for Financial Freedom?
Narrated by: Scott Rieckens
Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

What if a happier life was only a few simple choices away?

A successful entrepreneur living in Southern California, Scott Rieckens had built a “dream life”: a happy marriage, a two-year-old daughter, a membership to a boat club, and a BMW in the driveway. But underneath the surface, Scott was creatively stifled, depressed, and overworked trying to help pay for his family’s beach-town lifestyle. Then one day, Scott listened to a podcast interview that changed everything. Five months later, he had quit his job, convinced his family to leave their home, and cut their expenses in half. Follow Scott and his family as they devote everything to FIRE (financial independence retire early), a subculture obsessed with maximizing wealth and happiness. Filled with inspiring case studies and powerful advice, Playing with FIRE is one family’s journey to acquire the one thing that money can’t buy: a simpler - and happier - life.

Based on the documentary

©2019 Scott Rieckens (P)2019 Scott Rieckens

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Covers the basics

Overall a great intro to FIRE. If people are just starting out this is a good place as it talks about some of the mental struggles of living a frugal life to attain financial independence and the basic steps involved.

It IS a story of their journey thus far. It is NOT a guide for how to implement FIRE in one's life.

I'm looking forward to the movie.

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Missed the point completely

I was interested to be inspired by a family embracing the fire movement. I think the author missed the point completely. Furthermore there is little relatable information. You are sucked in by the struggles of the family and so hopefully to learn about effective strategies and relatable hardships but in the end there is about a paragraph of relatable information. I wish there had been a better story about a more relatable family who lives and are an example of the fire movement.

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Excellent Book

I rarely want to listen to an audiobook again right after finishing. This is a short book, about 4.5 hours, and it has a lot of great content. Anyone who already has a lengthy history with FIRE will not get a ton of new tips out of this book. However, I loved hearing about this family's story. Highly recommend for anyone new or seasoned with the FIRE movement.

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Playing With Fire

This has arguably been one of the best books I have ever read/listened too. I picked it up and listened to an 3/4ths if the book the first day I got it after work. I would highly recommend this to anyone who may want to challenge their preconceived notions of the American dream and those who want to re-evaluate their path towards overall happiness. As Mr. Rieckens points out everyone has a different journey. It isn’t important when you get their, only if you are satisfied with the how and why.

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One of the best introductions to FIRE

Super great book. I've been on the FIRE path for a couple years now. I've listened to many many hours of books and podcasts on the subject. This is a very good overview of the community. Very well produced as well. It's great to have an author read their own book and do a good job. The book doesn't go as deep on any one subject as you can find in other places, but that's clearly not their goal. This is also a great resource to send friends or family to if they show any interest.

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A new favorite

Wow! I am no stranger to the financial independence community, but this was a fantastic, fresh take on the subject. I knew when I burst into tears during the first couple of chapters (when the new mom realizes she can’t afford to stay home with her firstborn). I have lived that life. But hearing the story through another person’s perspective has helped me identity my “why” of FI. I don’t ever want to have to choose between caring for my family and a career that is relying on me. Thank you for sharing your story. I think this will be just as relatable to those who has never heard of FIRE before. I can’t wait to watch the documentary!