• How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

  • Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor
  • By: Ernie J. Zelinski
  • Narrated by: J. Charles
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-02-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (225 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free offers inspirational advice on how to enjoy life to its fullest. The key to achieving an active and satisfying retirement involves a great deal more than having adequate financial resources; it also encompasses all other aspects of life - interesting leisure activities, creative pursuits, physical well-being, mental well-being, and solid social support.
In How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free, bestselling author Ernie J. Zelinski guides you to:

Gain courage to take early retirement; in fact, the earlier the better.
Put money in proper perspective so that you don’t need a million dollars to retire.
Generate purpose in your retirement life with meaningful creative pursuits.
Follow your dreams instead of someone else’s.
Take charge of your mental, physical, and spiritual health.
Create and maintain great friends - a key ingredient for a great retirement.
Above all, make your retirement years the best time of your life.
With its friendly format and positive tone, How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free offers retirement wisdom that you won’t get from your financial advisor. This wisdom will prove to be much more important for creating an active, satisfying, and happy retirement than how much money you have saved.
©2009 Ernie J. Zelinski (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“To be sure, retirement books are a glutted field, but most focus on money and financial planning. They view the finish line as the last day of employment. That’s where Zelinski’s begins.” ( National Post)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
3 out of 5 stars
By Kathy Nichols on 08-14-12

Painful but valuable

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend reading, not listening, to this book. That way you can skim through parts. I may not be the intended audience and didn't like the evangalistic approach or demonizing work. I enjoy the work I do, AND I'm looking forward to retirement.

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

This book really did get me thinking about retirement in a different way and I'm glad I stuck it out. But I found it painful to get through. I did like the second half better than the first half, when he gave practical suggestions.

How could the performance have been better?

The excited tone made this book hard to tolerate for me. I nearly gave up multiple times, and I really did pull the plug on my ipod after listening to the first 20 minutes.

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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Walter on 09-05-12

Lots of air but possibly worth a listen

Zelinski focuses on the non-financial aspects of retirement, i.e. happiness and health. Like most self-help books it's heavily padded and redundant. I fast-forwarded through at least 30% of it.

Having said that, it is essential to have interests and social connections in place for retirement, and these take thought and planning. If Zelinski gets me or you to do this he's done good work. The book is probably worth a listen for those of us approaching the big R.

I found the reader's voice and delivery annoying. That's purely subjective, of course!

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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