• Unscripted

  • Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Entrepreneurship
  • By: MJ DeMarco
  • Narrated by: Scott Thomas
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (3,150 ratings)

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You live in your dream house, but there's no mortgage. No alarm clock, no boss, no bills. No claims on the day's time other than what you choose. It is making more money before breakfast than you made for an entire week at your last job. It is a crazy expensive car parked in your garage, a victorious symbol that your dreams no longer sleep in fantasies, but are awake with reality. 

Make no mistake, this life exists. I know, because it has been mine for nearly 20 years. And in a few short years, it can be yours as well. Better, you won't need five tedious decades of thankless jobs, buzz killing frugality, and patient investing with our trusted friends on Wall Street. 

Unfortunately, you have been scripted to believe that such a life is out of your reach, or only possible for a certain type of person. Someone with a certain college degree, a certain amount of VC funding, or a certain contact list of connected friends from Stanford. I am here to tell you, that none of it is true. 

While I have been entrepreneur most of my life, I am no one special. You won't read about me over at Tech Crunch or in some Silicon Valley newsletter. While I have been an Internet entrepreneur since the old "you've got mail" AOL days, I have never been funded by venture capitalists, I have never had a payroll with more than five people on it, and I have never studied computer science at school. 

Despite this, I am able to create profitable businesses that create the type of unscripted life described above. 

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©2017 MJ DeMarco (P)2017 Viperion Corporation

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Making money, yeah. Cut the rant though.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Absolutely. I love the author's "let's get it done" philosophy, but later on in the book it just feels like a rant. He even starts backlashing about fat-shaming.
Honestly, I just want to learn about entrepreneurship. I don't need a social commentary (complete with excessive cussing).

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Despite my previous comments about the book turning into a social commentary, it's well worth the purchase.
I wouldn't call this a story, but the information offered in three quarters of this title makes it worth while.
Like I said, however, it later turns into a social commentary (yawn).

Have you listened to any of Scott Thomas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but this voice actor is amazing. He kept me up late at night with his enthusasm -- despite the title being extremely long.

Who do you think would benefit most from listening to Unscripted?

Anyone looking to get ahead in life, or planning on opening (or wanting to improve on) their business.

Any additional comments?

Overall, the book is worth the purchase. It is well written, and narrated fantastically.

I just want to turn it off when I start to hear the rant about people the author doesn't believe are putting enough into life. Frankly, he sounds like a bit of a bully near the end; but that won't stop me from taking good info and using it to my advantage.

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Hopeless, don't waste your time

It's not that I disagree with the author for his views infact I completely agree to what he said in his first book - Millionaire Fast Lane which was so much more valuable and pleasing to hear... I heard that book more than 5 times until now and I still love it! However, this book is just not worth it since there's nothing new in this book... Lot of filler and very abrasive language with same message. Stick with the first book only since it's enough to get your thinking on the right track. MJ understands that his first book was hit and so wants to leverage his reputation to make same money again from his second book.. Have returned this already and listening to the first book (fast lane) - its so interesting and engaging...

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Top 5 Entrepreneurship of all time!

I don’t ever usually read two books by the same author because most authors no matter how good they are have so much bleed over from their other books that it’s basically like reading the same book over but reworded a little bit. However, this book stands a lone from MJ’s ‘the millionaire fast lane’. Anyone wanting to start a business should read both of his books. There are so many terrible “do what you love” or “think yourself to success” books out there and they’re all the same, bullcrap! This book isn’t like any of them. It’s the reality of business and entrepreneurship, no sugar coated but brutally honest.

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A dense listen with some nuggets

I have a friend who loves this book and has read it three times. It took me a few weeks to get through it once on Audible. There's some good stuff in there, but I bet the book could be edited to half it's size without losing anything.

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I read 120 books / year. This is n*1 !

Don't let the 18 hour time-price-tag discourage you.
In this book are major golden nuggets for anyone living unscripted !

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A wake up call for those wanting more out of life

MJ has done it again.
Unscripted is a prequel to The Millionaire Fastlane, in my opinion, although both books stand alone.
The book covers all the underlying things required to get the right mindset and create valuable businesses that serve and add value to the world, while allowing you to become wealthy and be untethered from a J.O.B.
Read/listen to it multiple times to allow the message to sink in.

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Good but

Not as good as the first book. The author introduced a good material but contradict himself several times. He started with a good (known) fact that our lives are scripted and I promise to unscript it for you. Fine, then he start an unnecessary war against personal finance authors by making fun of their basics: saving, changing the way to view money, alter the bad money-management behavior, investing, giving more getting...etc.
Fine again, then he spend some chapters giving advice about how to find the perfect business and how to manage it, which was the best part pf the book. Finally, and here’s the strange part, the author starts giving the same personal finance advice that he waged war against those who gave it to their readers. He endorses saving and changing the way we should view money and offers ways to invest in stocks and bonds and how to split our money....

The three stars rating is basically just for the business part, all other chapters are just a mix of humor and bad-wording the “scripted” mentality

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If you can get past his right wing rants and share same political/religious views you should be ok buying this

Now I know why this book is so long.. The author spends an awful amount of time preaching right wing victim hood.

If reading/listening about

Snowflake
Safe spaces
Condoleezza rice
Gulf war
That gay vile guy from Britney
Children that recieve participation awards
Region /God shouldn't be separated from government

And on...

I really believe he wrote this book to get his right wing rant out there...actually he did just that.

I have his first book which was just straight up advice..this book is something Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity would have written.

You've been warned....

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Must Listen!!!

I really enjoyed The Millionaire Fastlane, and this book is a great follow up to that masterpiece. There is a fair bit of strong language, but if you can look past that it is well worth the listen. Candid, honest to a fault, and just telling it like it is. I loved the dry sarcastic overtones, they serve to emphasize how ridiculous modern economic slavery really is. Narration was well done, very professional and easy to listen to, so I'm pleased with the overall experience.

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Priceless, most valuable book in startups

It's an amazing journey to listen to the book. I admire the author for not caring about being politically correct and gave his advice plain and simple.

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  • HANNAH WEST
  • 02-16-19

So much better than Tony Robins

Exposes all the crap that fools most people. A must read for entrepeuneurs. So much inspiration from this. This guy is not an energy sucking narcissist like so many so called gurus are. Thanks MJ, so glad I found both of your books!!

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  • Isla
  • 01-14-19

Mostly just a rant!

About 90% of this book is a patronising rant about the state of the world and why we’re all lazy sheep that follow everyone else. Only the last bit actually has any useful advice and even that isn’t great. Don’t waste your time reading.

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  • A. A.
  • 07-17-17

Interesting material full of obscene language

What would have made Unscripted better?

Remove the obscene language. They are unnecessary! You can prove your point without being obscene and disgusting. Apart from that, the material would be nice and I wouldn't be rating this 2/5!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-20-19

Great book. Probably one of the best books on making money.

This book makes Rich Dad Poor Dad look like a children’s novel. Unscripted is like the red pill for aspiring entrepreneurs. And you might not like the truth.

Not trying to devalue Rich Dad Poor Dad and the countless other get rich books.

But if you’re short on time and money then read, Millionaire Fastlane ( same author) and Unscripted and you’ll thank me later.

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  • Warwick Brown
  • 01-01-18

Will beat you over the head with his rants

What would have made Unscripted better?

More succinct. Too much ranting about how we are all sheep slaving away for the man, how corporations and governments (or rather the people in them) are conspiring against us, how anyone who is already an entrepreneur probably is doing it wrong and how everything is a scam. Barely a shred of advice on how to create a product, bring it to market or get people to buy it. It hurt my ears after a while. I got as far as Chapter 33 and couldn't listen a moment longer. I get it, MJ DeMarco hates everyone. Absolute waste of money. Even the narration sounds bitter.

Would you ever listen to anything by MJ DeMarco again?

Never

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

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  • Victor
  • 07-11-17

A must in your library

Amazed with the content, this author know what he is talking about. Go for it!

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  • Babyfor2013
  • 11-27-21

A swearing filled USA rant

At chapter 7 I have requested a refund.

I’ve learned nothing so far apart from how to swear more and I already do enough of that.

I’m based in the U.K. and found constant mentions to American finances and politics alienating.

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  • Review
  • 01-13-21

big book, little substance

it's just really bad. simple to understand points are just repeated, seemingly for padding. the book is filled with useless analogies which add nothing to the context but more padding. nothing useful to be found here. a short summary would be you won't get rich investing pennies and making millions for your boss, which I agree with but didn't need 49 chapters

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  • McShadysranch
  • 01-13-21

Ranty, self-satisfied rubbish

Firstly, this book is far too long. The author has packed it with a series of repetitive rants. There’s no meat on the bone. No useful information. There’s a lot of stuff that is obvious to anyone who is dissatisfied with their current situation. There’s a lot of self promotion, self satisfaction and smugness and a general air of judgement of everyone. This isn’t a hand-up or a how to. It’s a demolition of everyone the author feels is beneath him. The tone is angry and overly aggressive. There are far better books out there. I recommend you don’t waste your time on this one, I don’t understand why this books has such good reviews.

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  • van Dijk
  • 08-09-19

precious gems under a layer of repetitive ranting

valuable insights notwithstanding the repetitive rant to unscript oneself. entrepreneurship is hard work, but worthwhile.

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  • "zyst"
  • 12-10-17

Gone Downhill Dont Buy

Long winded angry rehash of his first book with a huge chip on his shoulder. Heaps of swearing, berating, negative stories with many confusing anecdotes that dont add value. Not sure who this book was aimed at but it failed to deliver.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-20-19

absolutely terrible

an elementary rant and a rave offering nothing of substance or value. it's loterally just a guy complaining about having to get a job, offering no alternative. ok, he DOES advise to go to his fourm for more information. his fourm is dead. his fourm is dead.

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  • Caidz
  • 01-17-19

Nothing new

If you've read the Millionaire Fastlane you can literally skip the first half of this book. It's just a giant rant with nothing new.

I loved Fastlane so I picked this up, but it really rehashes everything that was in the previous book. It also doesn't have the same impact when it's not narrated by MJ.

Was hoping to learn something new, but unfortunately didn't deliver for me.

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  • George
  • 11-18-20

Raped :)

This book been hitting my guts so many times. It highlited so many weak spots in to my mentality. This book is one of those that need to be read several times, while doing what you need to do. I am 43, and I know now ar least a part of the next steps, which I already work on since I've start reading the book. Listening this book was time super well spent! Enjoy and while hearing it resist the pain of the truths! ( I know, I sound cheesy but thats ok )

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  • Schalk van der Merwe
  • 10-30-20

Excellent book

Will keep it by my side on the journey to the Unscripted land and beyond

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  • John
  • 06-21-22

great book for budding entrepreneurs

He's walked the walk. Entertaining, revealing, informative. loved it. Just what I needed. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-15-22

Not for me. Cringe

So cringy. I felt like the book was trying to be cool to appeal to certain certain type of human.
Perhaps if you really, truly, hate your life, and swear to the point that it loses all significance. This book might be for you
Disclaimer: I did not finish 20% of this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-03-22

Great book. Highly recommended.

Fantastic book. I wish I had of read it sooner. Thank you M. J. Demarco

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-20-21

life changing for those who want ...

the most memorable book.
eyes opening and life changing.
happily I started my unscripted life, so it was double joy.
start your unscripted life today

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  • Shaun
  • 08-05-21

Must read for anybody wanting an unscripted life

Amazing book. Full of truths with no BS.
And a general framework to be unscripted.