The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

  • by Timothy Ferriss
  • Narrated by Ray Porter
  • 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Tim Ferriss is an extraordinary young man on a mission. The 28-year-old serial vagabond and successful entrepreneur has been teaching a wildly popular course at Princeton University for the past four years: a how-to and why-to guide to throwing out the old methods for success (balancing life and work, retiring well, having a great nest egg) and replacing them with an entirely new way of living.
The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.

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What the Critics Say

"It's about time this book was written. It is a long-overdue manifesto for the mobile lifestyle, and Tim Ferriss is the ideal ambassador." (Jack Canfield)
"Thanks to Tim Ferriss, I have more time in my life to travel, spend time with family, and write book blurbs. This is a dazzling and highly useful work." (A.J. Jacobs, Editor-at-Large, Esquire)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Pretty good, but not that good

This book has some great ideas about maximizing your available time and insights into how to affordably start up your own business. There were a couple of things I didn't like however. The first was the narrator's voice. I don't know what it was but I didn't care for it. Second, some of his advice didn't seem appropriate to me. For example, when trying to get approval for working remotely, he suggests deliberately reducing your productivity while in the office. That doesn't really seem appropriate to me (maybe necessary, but nonetheless).

Al in all, this is a good book. I would suggest buying the real book if for no other reason that this book lists a *lot* of web resources, and with no way to really look them up later it makes it hard to remember/find them later.
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- Brandon Carlson

Some good ideas but, not so sure. . .

I like some of the time management skills presented in this book. But it seems this book promotes a shallow existence. The last chapter promoting good works sounds like it was pasted on to appease critics and rings hollow.

What if you like your work? What if you enjoy interaction with people at work? Important things can happen in meetings, hashing out ideas. Returning phone calls can nurture relationships. Reading the newspaper can deepen ones understanding of complex issues. This bare bones existence in order to travel the world or sit at home in your boxer shorts and "work" does not sound like a full life.

Much of this book promotes using others unfairly. Manipulating your co-workers, employees and your employer. Outsourcing to third-world countries to save a buck and farm out your problems.

If self centered self-gratification is your goal--Rock On-- this is your book!
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- Tim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.