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Tools of Titans

The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
Written by: Tim Ferriss
Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
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The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek

From the author: 

"For the last two years, I've interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it’s the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview. This unusual depth has helped make The Tim Ferriss Show the first business/interview podcast to pass 100 million downloads. 

"This book contains the distilled tools, tactics, and 'inside baseball' you won't find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests, and life lessons from new 'guests' you haven't met.   

"What makes the show different is a relentless focus on actionable details. This is reflected in the questions. For example: What do these people do in the first 60 minutes of each morning? What do their workout routines look like, and why? What books have they gifted most to other people? What are the biggest wastes of time for novices in their field? What supplements do they take on a daily basis? 

"I don't view myself as an interviewer. I view myself as an experimenter. If I can't test something and replicate results in the messy reality of everyday life, I'm not interested."

"Everything [in this audiobook] has been vetted, explored, and applied to my own life in some fashion. I've used dozens of the tactics and philosophies in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, or large business dealings. The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration. 

"I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It's changed my life, and I hope the same for you." 

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PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2017 Timothy Ferriss (P)2019 Timothy Ferriss

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All the tools you'll ever need

Mindblowing book.Has everything and every tools necessary.Every part of it has something important to take home.

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Tim Ferriss books are a must buy! Loved it!

Honoured to listen to it! If you want to change your life, must listen to it.

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excellent book

excellent book.. skip parts not applicable to you.. some parts of d book r really a gen

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Reinvent yourself

The book is gold for productivity, ideas, life, failures, wins, success, you name it and it has it covered. You need to ask the question for you to take away. And this book even gives you a little on the kind of questions to ask. Loved it. Tim Ferriss, you have changed a life. Thank you. This is not a book for one time consumption. It's a tool you have to use to sharpen your life. The more you use the more pointed your life gets. I planning to use it in a similar profession. The journey has not ended, it has just begun.

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  • Brian Sachetta
  • 08-06-20

If I could sum it up: too much of a good thing

Despite this less-than-stellar review, I actually am a fan of Ferris’. I absolutely loved “The 4-Hour Workweek,” I listen to his podcast a decent amount, and I’ve read a lot of his stuff online. It always pains me to leave less-than-positive reviews for folks I look up to, but I think a few points need to be made here. As to not harp on the negative, however, I’ll start with what’s good about this book. The Good: -There are so many high-profile and successful folks (the “titans”) interviewed in this work. Tony Robbins, Seth Rogan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Whitney Cummings, etc. It’s awesome to hear the perspectives of such successful people. -The book provides countless life hacks, tips, and tricks for the reader to digest and implement. -In the final hour of the audiobook, Ferris has a section on depression that’s really raw and real. Though mental health is something that’s very important to me, specifically, I think almost anyone would find this section moving. The Bad: -The book is way too long. This is something I disliked about “The 4-Hour Body” and “The 4-Hour Chef” as well. Writing is just as much about what you leave in as what you leave out. It’s just my opinion, but I think the deluge of information here feels slightly lazy, which is a shame, because I know just how much work must’ve gone into this book. -This is where I make myself laugh, but there really is too much good information here. This plays into my previous point. At the end of it, I was frankly overwhelmed — though I had just finished a 700+ page book, I still had a long list of other books and movies to check out thanks to the recommendations made here. I was hoping this one would be a “be-all-end-all” synthesization of good content — not a journey into even more of it. -In my mind, the formatting and editing miss the mark here. I know Ferris says to jump around and treat the book as an encyclopedia, but I just don’t think the content allows for that. If I buy a book filled with interviews from the world’s best, I’m probably going to read every interview. Jumping around in this one is also difficult because the interviews are not categorized by subject. That is, you can’t jump to the “wellness” part of the book; you can only make guesses as to which interviewees will talk about the subjects you’re interested in, and skip there. -There are many narrators of the audiobook, which can make listening confusing at times. Again, as to not harp on the negative, I think I’ll probably leave my points at the above; you likely see my argument by now. Turning back to the positive, however, there is some seriously good content here. The problem, however, as I’ve mentioned, is that you have to wade through so much other content to get to the stuff you’re most interested in. I saw a review on Amazon that recommended that Ferris come out with a new edition of this book, one that catalogs the information better and provides a useful index. I totally agree. I also don’t think it would’ve hurt to have broken this book into multiple titles. I don’t really see myself revisiting this book, but what I definitely will do is revisit Ferris’ podcast and his breakout hit, “The 4-Hour Workweek.” That book was one of my favorites when I read it — I think I’m overdue to jump back into it. So, while I can’t say that I fully recommend this one, I also can’t say that I don’t recommend it. If you are going to jump in, I just suggest that you buckle up and drive slowly. It’s a long ride. -Brian Sachetta Author of “Get Out of Your Head”

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  • igor mintz
  • 03-06-20

Disappointed-much bullshit mixed with legit advice

full of "bro-science" health products and practices, name dropping. Feels like he's affiliating the book.

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  • Robert ONeill
  • 02-06-20

Tool

It would take a year of 4-hour work weeks and enough caffeine to make ones heart explode to get through this. Did you ever look inside someone else’s tool box? Unless you are a diagnosed neurotic narcissist desiring to create the perfect human specimen, this is excruciating. I want to like listen and learn from Tim, as he must have something useful to say I hoped, but I find myself gasping for air listening to Him love the drone of his own voice. I would be afraid to ask him the time, because I really don’t need to know how to build a watch. What is more remarkable, is that he made all these professional narrators ascend to his level of boredom. The authors other talent lies in being able to warp time, making 4 minutes seem like 4 hours. Note: there might be a couple nuggets in here from his subjects, but buy the synopsis.

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  • Ken Fridley
  • 25-06-20

Little more than self aggrandizement

I had great expectations of this audio book and was very disappointed. The self aggrandizement that was a constant theme that I got to the point i couldn't take listening anymore.

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  • A. Mark
  • 03-06-20

So much better as an audiobook

I bought the text when it first came out and ended up flipping through it a few times but never found myself sitting down to read the whole thing all the way through. This audiobook is the perfect way to consume this content, it is well narrated and if anything really jumps out at you, i suggest pausing and making a clip or in my case i will get the text out for reference. There is tons of listening here so you definitely get your credits worth. I recommend.

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  • emax
  • 25-06-20

Not a good book for audio...

Listening to this book is like listening to a dictionary. Mostly good stuff, but listening to it is painful--this book is a concentrate of bits of facts, not really a book.

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  • E. Mcginnis
  • 13-06-20

Buy the book

This should not be an audiobook. It reads like a bunch of bullet points and twitter handles and it’s hard to follow the thread of who he is quoting.

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  • Josh
  • 04-06-20

1,000th true fan

First, because I’m a fanboy, hiring Ray Porter as one of the narrators was a solid choice. Realize now that a sizable chunk of my Audible library is full of Ray. On ward. Tim Tim Talk Talk is gold, if you have no reference for that fix it. Tim’s books line my shelves and my Audible and my pdf/kindle library. I buy Tim stuff. I like Tim stuff. I dig this book so much... super slice of annoyed when the Audible release was pushed. Now, on to Tribe of Mentors. Because I like Tim’s neurosis, they jive with my own.

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  • Temiloluwa
  • 13-06-20

Not For Me

Not Good as an Audio Book - Too Many Voices and Moving Parts, Probably Better in Written Format

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  • michel vidal
  • 10-06-20

Killed it!

Tim you killed it once again my man. I love this so much!!! Thanks for always being a guiding light in my life and in so many others. We’re so lucky to call you a virtual mentor. All the best, Michel.

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  • papapownall
  • 15-06-20

Life hacks from insecure over-achievers

Tim Ferriss is an American author of self help books. In Tools of Titans he compares notes with high flyers from the worlds of sport, business and entertainment to produce a toolkit for changing lives for the better on the broad themes of Health, Wealth and Wise. There are multiple narrators of this book, none of them are the actual contributors. Each section contains an introduction to each of the Titans who provide answers to a template of questions which begin with their social media and website information before moving on to each of their "animal spirits" and questions about product / book recommendations (unsurprisingly, many of the recommendations are for their own products), their best $100 purchase and advice to their 30 year old self. It all becomes a bit formulaic and predictable after a while as each of the Titans attempt to come up with something profound and interesting about themselves. Much of the advice concerns exercise routines, extreme diets and recommended food supplements in the section on Health which also covers the use of experimental drugs. In the Wealth section we hear from several angel investors who outline their thought processes when investing and in Wise we hear several scholarly words of wisdom such as "the purpose of life is a life with purpose" and others, such as "slow is smooth, smooth is fast" which are quite bizarre. This is a long book at over 22 hours and is also padded out by repeats of some of the author's previous podcasts including "17 questions that have dramatically changed my life". Many of the contributors to this book are undoubtedly interesting people and I would like to find out more about some of them. Despite the length, however, Tools of Titans comes over as being superficial and, at times, merely an extended advert for the contributors' books and products.

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  • Babycham
  • 28-07-20

Hard work :-/

I kept hearing this book being recommended and finally took the plunge. I made it about 11 hours through the 22 hr 41 min total length and doubt very much that I will finish it. The Twitter handles of each guest are annoying in audio format, and the "spirit animals" of each guest had me rolling my eyes every time (apart from the guy who said "Gummi Bear" lol). It is discouraging and annoying to listen to the mini biography of each super-achiever over and over again, and most of the time the guests come over as self-indulgent and taking themselves far too seriously. The whole book is very fragmented, and in my opinion there isn't enough value for us average souls, hoping for some practical and applicable life hacks. If you are an absolute sports/fitness nut who has a large amount of disposable income to spend on the recommendations then you'd probably get a lot out of the first section. If you are an entrepreneur, throwing themselves wholeheartedly in at the deep end, and prepared to do whatever it takes to succeed then you will like the second section. I found myself skipping a lot (a LOT) of this book, which is actually recommended by the author at the start as he readily admits not all of it is for everyone, but this is not practical or safe to do when you are driving, which I imagine a lot of listeners would be doing. I really like Tim Ferriss as a person - he comes across as a nice chap, his TED talks have a lot of value, and his website is excellent. I imagine it's easier to deal with this title in a book form, but I struggled with this audio version. It just isn't practical for the Average Joe. Not sure if I'm missing something as there are so many five star reviews...I hate to leave a negative review but it's important to be honest, and maybe this will help someone else.

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  • Jonas Aurell
  • 05-07-20

If you’re only going to get through one book...

...make this the one. Great source material - I was already a big fan of the podcast - and exquisitely put together. Inspiration in almost every bite. A collection of Ferriss’s best content from podcasts and conversations can, the book manages to be objective, keep an open mind without being judgemental. Wide angled, this collection of insights into great minds, or at least the minds of great performers in their fields, I believe it can help open your mind to the world around you and, in my case, how I, never a success in the scale of these people, can make a success of me, in my eyes. After all, that is what the whole this is all about.

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  • Daren
  • 30-07-20

Does not work as an audio book

This does not work as an audio book. There is some attempt to pre-empt the style and context of the book but that itself doesn’t work either. It’s muddled and draining.

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  • gary brooking
  • 18-06-20

Another dissapointment

I was hoping this would be better than Tribe of Mentors in audio format but alas, it remains full of Twitter handles (why is this necessary in audio format???) and the same monotonic, souless voice narrates most of it. The bug shame of this is that it overpowers the many valuable messages in the book. I recommend sticking to the physical copy of this book and save your credit for something a little less frustrating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-06-20

Best book in the self-help genre

A collection of the best life advices you could get. Now, you only have to put them to practice!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-06-20

Very useful

I would recommend this to anyone. I enjoyed most of it and all people will find information that is relevant for their lives, to get better, healthier and happier. Really good!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-06-20

Listen & relisten

I started listening to Tim’s podcast not so long ago and I was wondering when will I have time to go through his archive. This book delivers a lot of cherry picked tips and ideas that will make a huge impact in a short amount of time. I see myself re-listening this book multiple times in the future.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-20

Seriously motivating

The structure is really stimulating. You are hearing the distilled wisdom of legends in their industry, and because it jumps from business to tech, food to meditation your brain starts to see the patterns regardless of the specialisms. The diverse mental models, philosophies about risk and opportunity, and the scatterings of literature and some fun with spirit animals mean it never gets too dense. I was able to dip in during a run or for an afternoon and get a veritable smorgasbord of interesting ideas and tactics. I had bought the physical book previously and was skeptical about how it could translate into an audio book but the narration is structured to keep things organised in a way that's easy to follow. In the current (crazy!) times, access to this calibre of thinking has been very much appreciated.

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  • Diarmaid
  • 03-06-20

A Life-changing collection of practices and wisdom

This book, if you put in the work on the vast ocean of knowledge within, WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE IN A POSITIVE WAY.

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  • Kunal Kumar
  • 07-07-20

Not supposed to be an audiobook

This book might be good in the written format but is very difficult to follow as an audiobook. Too many quotes, websites, lists and the overall format make it a bad choice for an audiobook. The attached reading material doesn't help either.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-20

Not your normal book

This is an interesting book and should be used as a reference guide rather than a cover to cover read. I have read reviews where listeners have given a poor review with it being a difficult book to listen to. There is some truth to this however the data in this book is excellent and extremely valuable. It should be thought of as a distillation of decades of personal experience from leaders in their fields with references to workable technologies and experiences that can be applied to ones life. There are not many places one can find access to data like this. It further serves as a wonderful starting guide to further research into data and fields that one finds interesting. Take Tim Ferriss’ guide on how to use this book to heart, skip sections of no interest and use those that fit your interests and research. I hope that helps others looking to purchase this book and to manage expectations. For me it has been well worth it.

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  • MR
  • 12-07-20

A product endorsement fest

This book sounded promising, but soon enough it got on the nose. It has so much product endorsement that made me sick if it; I had enough, so put to a side. Sadly, it also fell short of being insightful.

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  • Craig
  • 09-07-20

Difficult to follow

Very difficult to follow,no good as an audiobook and present better as a traditional book. Too many quote, unquotes easy to become confused

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-20

Great nuggets of insight!

At first I was a bit daunted by the length of this one and was trying to listen from start to finish. But I quickly realised the way to get the best out of this audiobook is to dip into certain sections that feel more relevant to me and cherry pick the great stuff. Once I did that, everything became a bit more digestible and I found many parts really useful for stuff I could use day-to-day.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-07-20

Audio book fail

its a real shame as I'm a big fan of Tim and his work. but although the physical book is probably a great reference, the audio version falls short. Most particularly the way each person's name, twitter handle, social media address etc is read off makes the listening experience akin to listening to a person read the phone book :( . The excessive amounts of awe and compliment tim pays each person is very nice, but also comprises the listeners experience as it gets boring and detracts from tims goal to teach the listener a valuable life lesson (or was his goal to plug the businesses and celebrity profiles of these ppl ??). Just as well audible made it a free book, not worth the money in audio version.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-07-20

So many excellent life tools in this book

I Loved it. Amazing examples, great tools to use in life. Everything is for a purpose in Robert Rodriguez. So many excellent chapters.

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  • Adehl C.
  • 24-07-20

I will definitely re listen

so much good stuff. I listened to it in a few days. I'd love to inspire my kids to listen or read one day.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-07-20

Cho saiko

Holy sh!t balls! That was overflowing with wisdom nuggets. That's what I'm talkin about. Danke TF and co

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  • Whofan
  • 17-07-20

A current day bible

Thank you Tim for the wisdom shared in this book. I laughed, cried, took notes, wrote blog articles and posts along the way to share your wisdom and that of your guests. I’ve just finished listening for the first time and am about to press play again on this current day Bible. Keep on writing so we can keep learning from the Titans around you.

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