Refire! Don't Retire

  • by Ken Blanchard, Morton Shaevitz
  • Narrated by Joe Bronzi
  • 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Refire! Don't Retire asks readers the all-important question: As you approach the remainder of your life, what are you going to do to make it joyful and meaningful? Ken Blanchard and Morton Shaevitz point out that too many people see their later years as a time to endure rather than as an exciting opportunity. Both research and common sense confirm that people who embrace these years with gusto - rather than withdrawing or waiting for things to happen - consistently make the rest of their lives the best of their lives.
In the trademark Ken Blanchard style, the authors tell the compelling story of Larry and Janice Sparks, who discover how to see each day as an opportunity to enhance their relationships, stimulate their minds, revitalize their bodies, and grow spiritually. As they learn to refire and open up to new experiences, Larry and Janice rekindle passion in every area of their lives. Listeners will find humor, practical information, and profound wisdom in Refire! Don't Retire. Best of all, they will be inspired to make all the years ahead truly worth living.


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Customer Reviews

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Very Disappointing

Would you try another book from Ken Blanchard and Morton Shaevitz and/or Joe Bronzi?


Would you ever listen to anything by Ken Blanchard and Morton Shaevitz again?


How did the narrator detract from the book?

He was terrible. He actually narrates the book with the same intonation you would expect from an adult reading a bedtime story to a 4 year old. There is a lot of conversation recreation in the book and it's as though he's narrating to a small child.I've listened to several audiobooks. This is far and away the worst narrated book I've experienced.

I made it through the first 30 minutes and returned the book.

Any additional comments?

I bought this book as soon as I was made aware it was published. I recently retired and thought it would be a good listen/read. Big mistake.

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- JW "JW"

Classic Blanchard style, but...

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

I'd recommend the book perhaps, but not this particular audio. The title, with its use of the word "retire" led me to believe the book would be more professionally focused. The first hour of this 3 hour recording is about emotional issues and personal relationships. The last hour is about health issues. In the middle is an hour on intellectual growth.

What did you like best about this story?

The examples and suggestions for actions mixed into the stories.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator's attempt to do "voices" (especially women) was cartoonish and very distracting. The accented imitation of a sushi server could be construed as racist;should have been skipped. After about an hour it actually became painful to listen to the recording; I wanted to hear the content but the performance was cringe worthy. A straight reading would have been much better.

Do you think Refire! Don't Retire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Only if the follow-up book included more stories of successful, content older adults who are getting at least some parts of the refire process right. And with a DIFFERENT narrator for the audio version.

Any additional comments?

The first third of this book is geared toward people in emotional fog and it feels much like the listener is overhearing therapy sessions. Some of the stories seemed to play right into the stereotype of the tech phobic, cranky, tired over 50 crowd. The book covers the basics, but the horrible reader really interferes with absorbing the content.

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- Karen S. Watts

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-13-2015
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers