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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

A Spiritual Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny
Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (205 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Now published in over 70 languages, this number one international best seller gently offers answers to life's biggest questions as well as a practical process to help you create prosperity, vitality, happiness and inner peace.

This is the incredible story of Julian Mantle, a superstar lawyer whose out-of-balance lifestyle leads him to a near-fatal heart attack in a packed courtroom. His collapse brings on a spiritual crisis, forcing him to seek answers to life's most important questions.

Hoping to find happiness and fulfilment, he embarks upon an extraordinary odyssey to an ancient culture, where he discovers a powerful system to release the potential of his mind, body and soul, and learns to live with greater passion, purpose and peace.

Brilliantly blending the timeless spiritual wisdom of the East with the cutting-edge success principles of the West, this truly inspiring tale has shown millions of people around the world how to live with greater courage, balance, abundance and joy.

©1997 Robin Sharma (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"A captivating story that teaches as it delights." (Paulo Coelho)

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Gawd.. please make it stop!

A friend recommended this book so I was originally looking forward to listening to it. But early on I began to doubt its authenticity. There's a point where Julian Mantle, whose 53 year old body has just had a massive heart attack, and performs like he's in his 70s, scales the Himalayan mountains by himself, despite the fact that the author has just explained that most fitter, more amply prepared climbers die doing so. And then, after just 7 days of searching, Mantle stumbles across a secret clan of monks who give him the secret of life. At this point I googled Julian Mantle and discovered he doesn't exist. From that point on the remainder of the book sounded ridiculous. I had to stop listening, it was just pissing me off.

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You can't afford the luxury of an original thought

After a friend told me that this book changed their life I thought I would read it. I struggled through half of it then gave it away. It was full of cliches and amaturish poetic writing. After a few years I tried again, thinking I must have missed something. Nope. This is up there with the worst self help book I've ever read. It's like a one word summary of all other self help books.
Book notes.
Put only good thoughts in. You can’t afford the luxury of a negative thought.
See the glass as half full.
Every negative experience has a valuable lesson in it for us.
To savour the good one must know the bad.
Practice creative visualisation.
Stop working at making a living. Instead work at making a life.
Words have power
The mind is a wonderful servant but terrible master.

The price of greatness is responsibility over your thoughts

If you want to live a more meaningful peaceful life then you need to think meaningful peaceful thoughts

All lasting change requires time and persistence
Luck is where preparation meets opportunity

The secret of happiness is to find what you love to do then spend your energy focussed on that. Then abundance flows.
Take the road less travelled
Meditate for 10 minutes per day.
Heard it all before but written in a far more interesting way by brilliant inspiring writers.

This book just felt fake and contrived.

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alright but full of cliches

was alright but I found the story was packed with too many cliches. my main gripe
1) doing what you're passionate about is BS. the market doesn't give a shit what you're passionate about - focus on others and solving problems - not on your own selfish passions.
2)you need a certain level of financial stability to be at peace. find me a happy person living in poverty that lives in a westernised country... no amount of mental gymnastics or meditation will make those with bad cash flow happy.

there were some decent points but I found the story and character development lacking.

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Incredibly impactful read!

This simple story condenses eastern life wisdom into a series of easy to understand steps, making these divine gems very accessible to an often skeptical Western audience.

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Insightful book of knowledge!

Fully recommend this book. Gives you so much relevant info on what is the meaning of life, gets you thinking about what is really important in life and what is your aim & purpose. So much value. I wish I had read this earlier in life but never to late to make changes. The narrators are superb!

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interesting reading

would highly recommend this book. lots of good ideas, and read by a good storyteller!

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Sorry - this one wasn't for me

Not bad, as such. Just wasn't my thing and couldn't finish it in the end

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great book

was really easy to listen to and enjoyed the whole thing.. listened to it all in one go.

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  • Lyn
  • 11-04-2019

I just could not finish this book

Maybe for readers that have never experienced eastern philosophy or religious teaching but I just couldn’t cope with another cliched quote.

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Self help

Amazing book that has truly helped me with my mindset. Great narrator and was super hard to put down

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  • Sid Edwards
  • 12-01-2019

Honestly... it's ok...

It has some interesting concepts that I would say serve more as reminders than new concepts.

The story doesn't really offer anything new either. The dialog between the main characters is almost laughable at times because it feels like the author is trying to hard to make the monk sound sage but it comes off as a little tacky.

3 stars because there were some interesting take-aways but unfortunately nothing new. I felt like I've heard different versions of this story hundreds of times. Unhappy rich man goes on a spiritual journey to seek enlightenment, discovers he had it within him the whole time if only he had changed his perspective, goes on to share the knowledge. Which I think is a good story but I felt like this book was very surface level in it's delivery.

Entertaining at times but not something that I would strongly recommend.

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  • Paul Poissenot
  • 10-08-2017

Inspirational

I have started applying methods that I learned into new habits. These new habits have profoundly changed my life in a meaningful way. Deep breathing, eating once a day no processed foods, cold pool 50 degree water 15 min a day and meditation

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  • W.A. Preston III
  • 27-08-2017

Exactly what my soul needed! 5 Stars is not enough!

Wow, what can I say other then, this book is exactly what was needed in my life, it awakened my soul, it opened my mind, it taught me so many things about life. I can't wait to master the techniques shared in this book! A must read!

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  • Michael P
  • 12-07-2017

great listen to keep your mind right.

highly recommend you give the book a listen. great reader and keeps your mimd on track with life and business.

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  • Richard Zepeda
  • 18-09-2017

Very insightful

This book was very insightful and inspiring. I've started practicing some of the advice while reading the book and it only got better and better.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • JC
  • 23-06-2017

Loved, loved, loved it!!!!

Best and yummiest book I've read in a while. Definitely the most inspirational!!! Totally worth the credit!!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Georgi
  • 27-03-2019

Great book

The book is interesting and I am going to change some of my daily habbits.

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  • RNH
  • 26-03-2019

Phenomenal

Reviewing this book in words is a disservice. The truth contained in this book could be studied for a lifetime with limitless expansion.

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  • Austin
  • 15-03-2019

Fantastic listen! Great lessons and great narrator

A classic book filled with great insight in a way that captivates your attention throughout the novel and leaves the lessons in a short fable that is easy to remember. Definitely a must listen and loved the narrator.

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  • jonathan louback
  • 08-09-2017

Changed my life

I can't describe how much I love is this book. I would highly recommend !!!

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  • Adrian Shaw
  • 02-08-2018

Audio equivalent of 'The Secret'

Visualise, Set Goals, Be Disciplined, Set a Timeframe ..... basic advice, but wrapped in a ridiculous story line peppered with wild and inaccurate assertions so that you can become a 'fully actualised person'.

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  • MattyS
  • 20-05-2018

In my top 3 audiobooks of 2018.

I am listening to this for self development while walking along my spiritual path. And, I am very thankful a friend recommend it to me. The ‘quotable quotes’ are excellent, as are the reviews of content every so often. I particularly liked the narrator’s delivery in this book. Will listen to it again.

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  • Shayla Rei Shelton
  • 09-06-2018

best book I've ever heard

just loved this very insightful and inspiring I now know what I have to do to grow thanks to this book. thank you to all that was involved in sharing this story. love and light to you all

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • M. Gulamhusein
  • 16-05-2018

must read

brilliant book. really puts the life we leading into context. inspiring and motivating towards changing the flawed life we leading

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  • Karspin
  • 29-01-2019

Disappointing

From the reviews I was hopeful this may be a good follow on from Eckhart Tolles “ the power of Now” and “ A New Earth”How wrong I was. If this is you first book on spiritual development then you may find it enlightening . I’m afraid I found completely unconvincing and badly written.

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  • G. Avery
  • 17-01-2019

Absolute drivel

Narrator ok but the story is contrived tripe to prolong a blurred message which would be better summarised in a few lines. Absolute waste of time.

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  • M. King
  • 17-11-2018

Drivel

This is dreadful. I am not going to manage past chapter 4 - I've had it. This book is a tired old rehash of every basic, pseudo-Buddhist, 'The Secret' - type enlightenment manual ever written but with no new insights, no revellations, not even a new way of telling the same old story...in fact it assumes the reader has absolutely no knowledge of anything vaguely related to it and treats the subject as if it's something completely new, divulged only in this book.
The supposed meeting with a 'secret' clan of holy sages in Nepal who hold all the answers to life and are just waiting for some random traveller to find them so that they can immediately impart their sacred knowledge (in English, naturally) is cringingly painful.
I can only assume it's been written for children. It makes Harry Potter sound like Dickens.
Seriously, give us a break. Anyone buying such a book is unlikely to be a complete moron?
I tried just having this on in the background while getting on with other things in the hope it might have a redeeming feature. Sadly not.

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  • Srjane
  • 26-09-2018

Too many cliches

I was hoping for something new to try but it just a hash up of everything gone before. J

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  • Johanna Harris
  • 27-03-2018

Brilliant life changing listen

Will be listening to this quite a few times over, very inspiring and will apply the principals to my life. Thank you very much!! Ten out of ten!!

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  • Joanne McLaughlin
  • 07-03-2018

A great perspective to listen to and adopt

loved listening to this book even more than The Secret. a great perspective to adopt in life. something to listen to every year or two I reckon to reinforce the positive, simple messages

5 of 6 people found this review helpful