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3.00002286811955 out of 53.00002286811955 out of 53.00002286811955 out of 53.00002286811955 out of 53.00002286811955 out of 5 3.00 (43,729 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Timothy Ferriss Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781455187201
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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich Audiobook, by Timothy Ferriss, has appeared at the #1 position on both the New York Times Bestseller List and the Wall Street Journal Bestseller List.

A simple yet highly insightful book, "The 4-Hour Workweek" introduces readers to basic principles they can apply immediately to their own workplace methodologies. Ferris has weighed the teachings of some of the best minds of the past and helps listeners to his lectures and audiobook weave all that thinking into a way of approaching that ever-present monkey on the back of how to make a living in this world without giving up all the life this world has to give.

Author Timothy Ferris has been called the "Indiana Jones for the digital age."

Fast Company has named him one of the "Most Innovative Business People of 2007." Forbes Magazine has placed him on their list of "Names You Need to Know in 2011." He has also been mentioned as 7th of the "most powerful" personalities on Newsweek's Digital 100 Power Index for 2012. The list goes on.

Ferriss is truly a child of the digital age. Instead of deferring his dreams to some far-off future date, his life has evolved into an experiment in living the good life, not later, but now. What good life is that? It's different for every person, of course, but the good life represents being able to spend the time one has now doing things that help him achieve his own dreams and to live the way he wants to live while comfortably funding that life in increasingly smaller units of time.

Tim earned a BA from Princeton University in 2000, studying Neuroscience and East Asian Studies. He has rubbed elbows with Pulitzer Prize winner John McPhee and spent time with Nobel Prize winner Kenzaburo Oe as he developed his own nonfiction writing and philosophies in life fulfillment.

One Silicon Valley journalist and publisher has said that Tim had "packed more lives" into his 29 years than Steve Jobs had done by the time he was 51.

Though Timothy admits he is not another Steve Jobs, he has helped thousands of people find more time to travel, to spend with family and to pursue their passions while earning more money in less time by implementing some of Timothy's bits of wisdom.

Ferriss has sifted through some of the sagest advice from great thinkers of the past and homogenized that thinking with the demands of today. He has harnessed the power of the Internet to create a way of life that not only saves time but that enables people to be physically present in close proximity to wherever their wanderlust might take them while still being within a digital stone's throw of where their bread and butter -- their income source -- is produced.

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich audiobook can help you implement small changes in your own work schedule to help you get achieve more for less. More than just another time management book or instruction manual for multitasking, this audiobook focuses on helping people live their lives rather than have their lives run them.

Tim Ferriss is an extraordinary young man on a mission. The twenty-nine-year-old serial vagabond and successful entrepreneur has been teaching a wildly popular course at Princeton University: 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 Workweek 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.

The 4-Hour Workweek shows and explains what is a lifestyle entrepreneur and why you should want to become one, how to kill your job, how to design a life, how to replace your dreams with goals, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to add life after subtracting work, how to DEAL—Define, Eliminate, Automate, and Liberate—and how to find your muse.

There is no reason to wait to live the life you want.

Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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. This will be huge.”

    Jack Canfield, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul

  • The 4-Hour Workweek is a new way of solving a very old problem: just how can we work to live and prevent our lives from being all about work? A world of infinite options awaits those who would read this book and be inspired by it!”

    Michael E. Gerber, bestselling author, founder and chairman of E-Myth Worldwide, and the World’s #1 Small Business Guru

  • “Stunning and amazing. From mini-retirements to outsourcing your life, it’s all here. Whether you’re a wage slave or a Fortune 500 CEO, this book will change your life!”

    Phil Town, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Sick of the rat race? Tim is the future!”

    Tim Colvin, office of the CTO, Morgan Stanley

  • “The world is changing and our outlook needs to change with it, because old models don’t cut it anymore. This book will cause you to question everything—read it!”

    Blake Ross, cofounder of Firefox

  • #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • #1 BusinessWeek Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte Kaaber | 2/20/2014

    " Tims book gives you new, easy to apply on ideas on how to turn your 9-5 life into a more flexible lifestyle. I love it and have already applied some of his ideas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon Black | 2/15/2014

    " I listened to the audiobook. It's so good, I'm reading it again - literally, I'm reading it again, right now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Engel | 2/10/2014

    " Excellent book which made me think differently about my career and what possibilities are out there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bernardo Llaguno | 2/2/2014

    " Entertaining, not sure about their philosophy. Sounds good but hard to believe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 1/30/2014

    " I started this book forever and a day ago, and a lot has changed between when I picked it up and now. While I don't remember a lot of the specifics form the beginning, I know I will return to it as a resource. The tone is huckerstry and the info is cluttered but the sentiment of having a different attitude about time, money, location, purpose, really ring true with me. And while I would not say I have engaged in anything like a systematic application of the tips in the book, I do now travel the world and pursue my passion projects. Now to add the money component... At any rate, definitely a thought-provoking read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/29/2014

    " Love the outside of the box thinking this inspires. Got me pumped up to really move forward with what I wanted to do with my life next - now, I'm doing it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missy | 1/23/2014

    " This book surely made a difference in how I interact with business associates. I don't recommend using these tactics on every single person you encounter in the workforce (you will be seen as just down right rude), however, very good advice for those co-workers and associates that would like to take advantage of you and how to set boundaries. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lil' C | 1/19/2014

    " This was kind of a silly book. Ferris gives you a road map to a 4-hour workweek, but his road map is simply a documentation of what he did to achieve it and how you could do the same thing. He's pretty opinionated and oversimplifies things, so if you don't share his values or priorities, it's all going to come across as pretty ridiculous. For example, he assumes that everyone wants to travel the world and do "exciting things" (like learning to dance, or whatever) in their free time. Read this book if you want to learn how to wean yourself off your current job through increased telecommuting and productivity, and if you want to start making money on the side by creating a product to sell, then outsourcing the customer service and distribution, in order to fund your world travel adventures. If this doesn't sound like the ideal life to you, then don't bother with this book. Ferris comes across as an egomaniac on a power trip, flaunting how he bucks the system. Meanwhile, I find myself wondering if this guy has any meaningful relationships since he spends all his time gallivanting across the world from one thrill to the next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcus | 1/4/2014

    " I need excitement. I need travel. I need a south asian virtual assistant. These are some of the points that the author makes in this book. I want to do a lot of the things he prescribes to maximize productivity and self actualization. All the personal business construction aside the travel tips at the conclusion of the book are worth borrowing it from which Type A friend you have that has decided to quit their job and give Vagabonding a go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcus | 12/28/2013

    " I need excitement. I need travel. I need a south asian virtual assistant. These are some of the points that the author makes in this book. I want to do a lot of the things he prescribes to maximize productivity and self actualization. All the personal business construction aside the travel tips at the conclusion of the book are worth borrowing it from which Type A friend you have that has decided to quit their job and give Vagabonding a go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Soozie Bea | 12/28/2013

    " Not great for everyone - but for those looking for challenge and excitement in their career there are some serious gems in here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Añjuli Cooper | 12/26/2013

    " Some great ideas and concepts.....will get you thinking. Be prepared to want to give up the day job! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 12/14/2013

    " Changed my perception of work, travel, streamlining life, and "dreamlining". This is the single most important book so far in my professional career, albeit quite simplistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gilbride1013 | 12/12/2013

    " Really made me think, will probably read it again in and make it something I read once a year. January is a particularly good time to read b/c there are a lot of potential new year's resolutions in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Thompson | 12/10/2013

    " This is a book to own just for the contact info. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garrett Trubey | 11/22/2013

    " Interesting concepts in the book, depending on your job maybe quasi-practical. However the book is very idealistic, although its nice to dream every so often. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 11/11/2013

    " title sounds like a joke, but there's a lot to take out of here, and a lot of other resources to read. already implementing some of the suggestions, and thinking about ways to move onto the bigger ones. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 11/2/2013

    " Some of his methods seem dishonest and unethical, but there are some good ideas in here. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bryant Rudisill | 9/29/2013

    " Interesting... I think I liked it, but can't really tell. Currently, the information doesn't apply to much of my life business-wise, but I can possibly see myself pulling in some of his tips in the near future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex Vasai | 9/14/2013

    " The beginning and the end of the book produced some good thoughts in my mind about my future and my present. The writer included a lot of links needed after him for the personal development. I think a person who wants to start a business will find this book impressive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dheeraj Konidena | 9/10/2013

    " Just finished the First edition. Cant wait to read the expanded version! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 7/28/2013

    " my second read... and it's better than ever "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jorge | 7/20/2013

    " This title has won, by far, the BCOY prize in my list (Best Crap Of the Year). Couldn't even finish the second chapter. Recommended only if you find yourself in a lost island and need to burn something to warm up... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tobias Barker | 7/17/2013

    " Read & re-read. Found it very useful a a great testament to what is possible in the 21st Century! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cuong Nguyen michael | 7/11/2013

    " I always dream of having such a relax and peaceful life. How can we get it in Vietnam? :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary O'donoghue | 5/24/2013

    " Love the concept, and the practical ideas for making it happen. Didn't agree with everything, but there's enough great ideas to rate this highly "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dax | 3/14/2013

    " Awesome read. Very insightful tips on how to produce more with less by leveraging what is available. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ramin32 | 2/6/2013

    " Great mind shift for alternatives to making a living. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler | 9/8/2012

    " A must read book and seriously a life changing one. Back in 2008 this book inspired us to move to a new country and engineer our business to support our personal goals in life. When you do that everyday going to work is an exciting adventure! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bryant Rudisill | 7/7/2012

    " Interesting... I think I liked it, but can't really tell. Currently, the information doesn't apply to much of my life business-wise, but I can possibly see myself pulling in some of his tips in the near future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tony Fecteau | 6/18/2012

    " This was an interesting take on the way we work today. I'm not sure if I could actually live this way, but I did enjoy reading about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 5/9/2012

    " I don't agree with everything in this book, but some very interesting thoughts indeed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 3/14/2012

    " I learned some useful stuff, even though I don't aspire to his lifestyle. The takeaway: only work on that which really matters and advances you toward your goals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max | 10/23/2011

    " Passionate, eloquent, and humorous writing, and full of specific advice that strikes me as quite pragmatic. Taking some of his suggestions to heart already; we'll see where this takes me :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 brynnelda dahling | 7/28/2011

    " Great tips for anyone hoping to start their own business one day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 7/5/2011

    " Interesting, but nothing mind-blowing. It might change the lives of a few people, but probably not yours. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/21/2011

    " 5 stars once I'm a millionaire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 5/7/2011

    " I avoided reading this because I thought it was going to be a scam of epic proportions. But, it was really helpful! Again, Tim thinks outside the box, so if that's your thing (or you want it to be), I recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 4/18/2011

    " While some things are not applicable directly to my situation, it's certainly a thought provoking read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 4/10/2011

    " This book actually influenced me a lot, as resistant as I was. Reccomend it for anyone interested in writing their own script "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 4/10/2011

    " 2.5 probably. God I find him obnoxious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adena | 4/4/2011

    " This book, while interesting, kind of drove me crazy. Clearly the author doesn't have children or family or anything that needs taking care of. He is free to wander around the world, pursuing his dreams. I don't feel that I have that freedom. But some of his ideas were interseting. "

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About the Author
Author Timothy Ferriss

Timothy Ferriss received his BA degree from Princeton University in 2000. Nominated as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People of 2007,” he runs a multinational firm from wireless locations worldwide and is a regular lecturer at Princeton University, where he presents entrepreneurship as a tool for ideal lifestyle design and world change.

About the Narrator

Ray Porter has garnered fourteen Earphones Awards, two Audie nominations, and a multitude of enthusiastic reviews for his sparkling narration of audiobooks. He has also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Frasier, ER, Will & Grace, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Almost Famous. He has most recently received Audible’s Narrator of the Year Award. He is a fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.