Author Robin Sharma reads this international best-seller, allowing you to gain the wisdom and lessons from the original book while you commute. This abridged audiobook is one of Sharma Leadership International's all-time best-selling audio products.
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The premise of this book is great. A high flying, fast living attorney has a heartache and wakes up to the fact that he has to change his life. He searches for the secrets of happiness, contentment and personal enlightenment. After he finds the answers, he returns to impart this new knowledge with others - the first being the author of this book who used to be his protege. The parables and metaphors are engaging and the lessons being taught are valuable and insightful but oh my God I found the author to be so irritating. The subject of the book is about finding enlightenment and he constantly makes unfunny stupid jokes that you find yourself constantly cringing at. And even the 'monk' thinks his jokes are ridiculous. Unfortunately I found myself wanting this book to be over as quickly as possible because the awkward jokes and silly statements and questions posed by the author were really getting on my nerves. So purchase this with the knowledge that you might finish it with a feeling of relief thinking 'thank God that's over'.
Yes, very much so
He was fine !
Count blessings, slow down. Appreciate surroundings/achievements and family. Live in the moment more
I'm 29, happily married and a full time nurse. Audible is a god send to squeeze in some reading time and escapism.
I was recommended this book so I thought I’d give it ago and I’m glad I did. It very easy to listen to and makes some great insightful points in a very short space of time. It’s a motivation story and applicable without being dictating. It found it really makes you think about life and the choices we make be in an enjoyable way. I found Robins voice very easy to listen to, manly and not a single patronising tone. You could easily listen to it again and again. I would recommend it.
I have to agree with the 2 reviewers. It doesn't deserve not even one star. The book is very shallow and the author makes unfunny silly jokes. I really wanted this book to be over.
I will listen to this again & agin!
Short, sweet & concise- it hits the spot but has amazing pearls of eissom.
In fact I think as only 3 hours long you could listen once a month & it would be a marker as to how far you've grown.
No. Comparison but I read a lot of self growth/ self development . I trained with Marisa Peer have done Workshops & read Tony Robbins, Paul McKenna & Richard Bandler, I subscribe to ins alley & have read code off the extraordinary life. ..
listened to Buddhist Noot Camp & many more.
I listened in one sitting on a Saturday afternoon .
Fabulous! Great! I'm recommending it to all my friends.
Though this title lacked a great story the book does give a fantastic guide to hacking your life to achieve a fuller, rewarding life.
more of a to do list than story of revelation but it also rids much of the mumbo jumbo found on other self help titles and gives a succinct overview of many of their key points
"Thought it was too cliche"
Though the story makes you realize that the daily mundane things aren't what your life should be about, and that you need to always remind yourself of the important things in life, to me the story was presented in a conventional and maybe not so interesting way.
It voided me of patience. The events and the discussions were very predictable, nothing new and engaging.
"Much hype for rehashed ideas..."
Even though I agree with Robin Sharma's intentions, I was bitterly disappointed with this book. After seeing the book in stores for ages, I finally decided to try it out. As a fellow reviewer noted, this book certainly does not live up to the hype it generated and is basically a poor summary of Anthony Robbins' personal development programs. Not only does Sharma blatantly plagiarise other authors' work, he follows an illogical 'cut & paste' formula that doesn't really work for me. Needless to say, it contains really good elements, but instead of explaining them (and the rationale behind them) fully, he over-embellishes the importance of them by using adjectives. Sadly, this book seems to similar to the style used in 'The Secret'. If you liked that, you'll like this. Not my taste- I'd much prefer listening to Robbins, Covey, Blanchard or even Dale Carnegie...
"A MUST READ!"
This book literally changed my life. I have already recommended it to all of my friends and family. The best quote was "Truly enlightened people do not seek to be like others, but rather a better version of their former self". Something that I know that I was very guilt of.
"Not worth the time and money"
Try some of the free stuff of Robin Sharma which is quite good, but this really was not worth the time.
Yes, some of his stuff is good. There is a free audio book on audible which I highly recommend.
The part about the monk who sold his Ferrari.
"An utter disappointment"
I expected to be uplifted like I was after listening to his ebook on leadership. This one came across as a poorly written outlandish lie which was trying too damn hard. This might be a stretch, but even Dan Brown writes better than this guy. I was mislead to believe this book would be serving a hefty helping of inspiration and perspective. The only thing Audible should be serving in this case is a refund. What a bore... Save yourself the trouble and avoid this steaming hunk of literary excrement.
"Not all it cracked up to be"
I have heard about this book on many occasions over the years. Many writers I like have told that it is a book they have read. Now I have listened to it and I didn't enjoy at all.
Very short, if you haven't read any other self management book or anything similar to it, i might work for you. But for me, it was very shallow and there was nothing new at all. It is a nice idea to make it into a story or fable and not just an instruction manual but I don't think it works.
The narrator does a good job but I would recommend anyone to listen to another book. There are plenty.
"An early work that doesn't show Robin's full value"
I purchased this audio book after listening to Robin's free book on leadership (a book that I highly recommend you do listen to). Although The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is packed full of interesting and useful ideas, I found the story to be simple and the dialogue to be almost anoyingly so at times. Still well worth the time to listen too and draw upon; however, the book failed to demonstrate the maturity of Robin as the presenter he is now.
"Guide to better life"
Great book. Will open your eyes to life. Also if you are from India, it brings back the old memories what our parents have taught us and things what we forgot about life. Love this book. and I am pretty sure any one listening will also.
"Reworked ideas wrapped in a poor story"
I found this book profoundly disappointing. Take any self help book focused on "ancient wisdom of the east" and you will have the meat of this book. Next place it in the context of a story that is so completely hackneyed that it distracts from the message. Finally, add a narrator that uses a voice of "breathless wonder". The result is painful.
Nothing in the book is actually wrong. It is just that Sharma could have actually written an enjoyable simple story with real characters and then illustrated his points by having the characters try (and perhaps sometimes fail) to pursue the goals using the techniques he touts. The patent unbelievability of the story; a man who is grossly overweight running at 17,000 feet to catch up to a mystic monk who no one can find but somehow he finds in a week, the friend who has a family that is only mentioned in passing and is conveniently gone during the all night training session, the mixing of meditation techniques with modern neural theories and social shaming and presentation of this as ancient wisdom. I found myself gritting my teeth. Perhaps the worst part is the idea that this miraculous change is somehow easy to accomplish.
"I loved the story"
I have heard a few of these principles, never all together in this way. I truly love this little book. I will return to this text regularly.
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