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Ego Is the Enemy Audiobook

Ego Is the Enemy

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Publisher's Summary

"While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their images with sheer, almost irrational force, I've found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition." (From the prologue)

©2016 Portfolio (P)2016 Tim Ferriss Audio

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    James 22/06/2016
    James 22/06/2016
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    "Succinct and profound"

    Ryan has done an awesome job of curating and interpreting some of history's greatest lessons in a series of digestible anecdotes.
    Highly recommended reading/listening for anybody looking for guidance in a professional or personal capacity.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    A. Abutaleb 14/07/2016
    A. Abutaleb 14/07/2016
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    "Sobering"

    Very sobering book. Wise and real. Can't recommend it enough especially for self help junkies!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Fábio Santos 08/07/2016
    Fábio Santos 08/07/2016
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    "Ego will start being my friend"

    Incredible journey through my ego! He still talks sometimes but practicing what's on this book makes us more aware and eventually happier. Great listen!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 30/11/2016
    Aaron 30/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "perfect timing"

    loved hearing this book..it came at perfect timing in my life and it was refreshing to hear some real core truths about 'success' or what ever that means to you personally

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nero XXX 23/11/2016
    Nero XXX 23/11/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Falls well short...."
    What would have made Ego Is the Enemy better?

    Ryan Holiday should not have written this book. I don't mean that harshly either. He is a very good author and narrator. I just got the feeling that he was just trying to keep momentum going and his name out there, after having published ''The Obstacle is the Way'' - which I listen to every month! There is nothing new or exciting to discover in this book.
    The title is misleading to a degree - it is mostly about the author trying to destroy his ego by showing the reader that he has one - and it isn't that small either.


    What will your next listen be?

    Obstacle is the Way - I listen to it every month....


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    If you loved The Obstacle is the Way - then this book will disappoint you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MR A. 18/11/2016
    MR A. 18/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting insights"

    A great read.

    Our ego is a personal challenge for us all. Shaping and sculpting the way in which we think and choose to act.

    This is a awesome book on how to deal with this force in your mind.

    I've suggested it to many. And as such I'd do the same to you.

    Good luck and crush it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 04/10/2016
    Richard 04/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't be put off by the title!"
    Would you listen to Ego Is the Enemy again? Why?

    I was initially put off Ryan's book due to the title - I think it can be very counter productive to wage a war against aspects of our psychology and framing them as the enemy. I think it's better to see them as fragmented sick parts which need healing. However once I got into this book it was absolutely amazing. I've been doing self work for some time but this book exposed egoic patterns I had previously been unaware of running in myself and for this reason was an uncomfortable read at times but so worth it. I loved Ryan's previous book 'The Obstacle is the Way' which is equally amazing and helpful (I recently re-read this to help me through some big changes at my job - I even got additional copies to hand to colleagues to help them with this). I'm very excited to see what Ryan comes up with next and wouldn't hesitate to recommend either of these books to anyone who is interested in living a fuller, more rewarding, and relaxing life.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. Nanra 12/09/2016
    S. Nanra 12/09/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Some good stuff but..."

    Lots of quotes and personal stories, but really nothing practical for the reader to deal with our ever present egos...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    alexnovico 06/09/2016
    alexnovico 06/09/2016 Member Since 2015

    I believe in thinking beyond. Becoming a better person every day and sharing and learning with open minded people.

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    "Great book"

    I liked it because it gives you a different perspective on ego must read this book

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    bhartendu 06/09/2016
    bhartendu 06/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Extremely Useful"

    Loved it. I finished it in few days as it's super interesting to understand that biggest enemy sitting within oneself. Ego is the derailer.

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  • Kyle
    17/06/16
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    "Woven well"

    I love the way this book was broken down. Great quotes and examples by a thoughtful, articulate author who staves off hubris. Essentially it's nice to get helpful examples on life improvement from someone who gets it, but still stumbles. Great stuff. Audio extra w Tim Ferris was a great addition. Well worth the credit.

    35 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • David B
    29/06/16
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    "2 words... A Mazing"

    I've already listened to it twice, I have the hardcover and I'm going to listen it again and again over the years. The lessons in this book are in the forefront of my mind and I've already seen errors in my thinking and decisions based in satisfying ego and have made corrections

    If you have an open mind, get this book!

    If you have a strong ego, you need this book but it will do nothing for you. I hope you prove me wrong

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    08/09/16
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    "Disappointing. Thin, weak reading."

    I bought this book a rather strong recommendation by Tim Ferris. Tim went down in my estimation with this glorified essay. The content is thin, the point is obvious.

    There seems to be a trend at the moment in taking classic knowledge (Ancient Roman / Greek) and rehashing if for anxious West Coast / Bay Area types. This book makes you feel a little bit embarrassed for the author.

    Ego is the Enemy...could have been a one pager on a blog.

    This is a case of networked buddies ( Tim F etc) all doing each other a favor ...

    Ryan certainly has an audience. The sheer number of positive reviews on here swayed me.

    I'll be more careful in future.

    Word of warning on narration.

    Ryan did a selfie on narration.

    It's terribly self conscious and adds to the hollowness of the content.

    His pronouncing of the word 'naivety' made me wince...

    Hope you enjoy. I had to stop half way through...

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Rodrigo
    10/07/16
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    "great book"

    it took time to get used to the voice. I would have preferred another narrator.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Audience
    17/06/16
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    "CREDIT WORTHY: Will stand the test of time!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ego Is the Enemy to be better than the print version?

    I bought both. Audio for first quick listen. Print to re-read and underline.


    What other book might you compare Ego Is the Enemy to and why?

    The writing is so tight - illustrations so curated - and principles so universal that I think of the author as a modern day philosopher, that people actually care to read.

    This book is UNIQUE among others on the topic, but...
    I compare this AUTHOR to: Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, Adam Grant, Robert Greene and Stephen Pressfield.


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

    After listening to Ryan narrate "The Obstacle Is The Way" his voice really brings it to life in a unique way. I loved "Ego" for the same reason.

    I like how his super young voice sounds reading his super-wise words.


    What did you learn from Ego Is the Enemy that you would use in your daily life?

    Defined Ego in a fresh way and demonstrated how it has held back people throughout the ages. It gave me hope that Ego can be overcome and showed success stories of those who did just that.


    27 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Austin
    06/07/16
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    "Easy on the ears, hard on the head"

    It's a short and tasteful listen.
    Ryan's clear pronunciation and calm demeanor make this a very relaxing audiobook. Ryan has the ability to painstakingly break down very complex ideas to the point where I can understand them. With that being said, Ryan's book will certainly cause me to reevaluate many of the actions I have taken in the past while simultaneously making me take a second look at the actions I take moving forward.
    This is not a self help book, as Ryan states in the start of the book, but the values and morals behind this audiobook certainly lends ideas that can be directly applied to your everyday life, similar to a self help book.
    Thank you Ryan for such a great experience.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Drew
    24/06/16
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    "depressing and inspirational at the same time"

    Ryan holiday tells you like it is whether you want to hear it or not. In this book he accurately, through storytelling and examples, tells us how we sometimes are our worst enemies when we can not realize truth. Ego can be dangerous and this book does a great job of presenting why to be wary.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Timothy
    Kent, WA, United States
    20/06/16
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    "belief in the indestructible self is destructive"

    this book provides an amazing array of anecdotes and advice for pushing ego aside in favor of a dispassionate view of reality. our society parts us on the back so much that we all believe we are the best, and we kill ourselves getting to prove it. instead, take a step back and realize how much you still need to grow, and take the time to do the growing.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Jefferson Lam
    28/07/16
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    "Good content, tedious performance"
    What did you love best about Ego Is the Enemy?

    The book has a great message that everyone ought to hear, especially since we live in a world with social media and the power to craft your self-image and story. It's helped me out a lot in the way I view myself, and I've already noticed things about my behavior I could change to keep my ego under control.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Ego Is the Enemy?

    Unfortunately the performance is incredibly dull and unprofessional. He mumbles, he speaks too quickly, he's monotone, and overall he sounds like a robot reciting words on a page rather than trying to tell a story. This is a prime example of how to not narrate an audiobook. Halfway through I was dying to just get to the end because I didn't want to listen to his boring voice anymore. The sad thing is that in the closing interview portion with Tim Ferris, you can hear Ryan Holiday speak with a natural conversational tone and a sense of fervor that isn't present in his audiobook performance. Ryan Holiday, if you're reading this, the next time you narrate an audiobook, try reading it as though you're speaking to a friend.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I'll pick up a copy of the book because I did enjoy the content, and it's enough to save this audiobook.

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    06/07/16
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    "must read. must. read. must. read."

    humility is key, and envy is thy enemy. the amount of motivation and inspiration was unfathomable. I want more and more until I won't have to read to this book to keep my ego straight.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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