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Happier Than A Billionaire: Quitting My Job, Moving to Costa Rica, and Living the Zero Hour Work Week [Kindle Edition]

Nadine Hays Pisani
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (518 customer reviews)

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Book Description


Happier Than A Billionaire shares one couple's celebration of risking it all for the dream of living a happier life.

In this humorous and witty account, Nadine Pisani shares what it is like to follow her dream of quitting her job and starting a new life under the sunny skies of Costa Rica. Along the way, she finds reliable utilities are not that reliable, quirky neighbors are unavoidable, and tackling red tape takes the strength of a linebacker.

But with all its challenges, you'll learn why Costa Rica is ranked as one of the happiest places on earth--and you too may want to taste the Pura Vida lifestyle.

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"One point Nadine learns from her experience is that we are all allowed to choose how we ingest what life deals us and I thank her for reminding me. And her humor! If she ever wants to look for a second occupation, she might want to consider 'stand-up comic'"   Tony Ortez, Howler Magazine

"They knew there was more to life than simply earning money to spend it on material things." Natalie Sisson,

"Reading this book is worth many, many laughs and is a welcome break from typical every-day life in the US." Heather Hill,

About the Author

Nadine Hays Pisani is the host of the popular blog She lives in Costa Rica with her husband and the occasional iguana that sneaks into the house. She enjoys traveling, writing, and prefers to have a commute that ends with sipping a pina colada on a tropical beach.

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  • File Size: 447 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463536100
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056ZWPWK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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88 of 111 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny, even hilarious, but needs copyediting October 17, 2011
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I enjoyed most of the stories in the book and the author does a great job at the buildup to the move. She makes Costa Rica sound like a wonderful place and details her transition from wigged out city dweller to laid back jungle cat with humor, both at her own expense as well as her husband's. The first half of the book is much stronger than the second half, and some of the vignettes seem like they came directly from a first draft rather than getting the polish they need.

Sadly, the usage errors in the text (prospective vs. perspective, taught vs. taut, etc) were a big distraction for this reader. It's too bad the book didn't get more editorial attention -- it really deserves a good couple of rounds with the red pen. And by deserves, I mean that in the nicest way. I have spent money on flawless books that weren't nearly as good (or funny) as this one was. A star and a half deducted for the errors.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living vicariously through Nadine and her Vin Diesel August 17, 2011
By Lvatty
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I started and finished reading this book in one day. The author's style of writing made the book a real delight to read. Her ability to mix personal stories with factualvinformation about the trials and joys of her life changing decision is excellent. I found myself laughing out loud at many points and marveling at the courage this couple showed at others by simply dropping everything and starting a new life in Costa Rica. Having to navigate a foreign country where you don't speakvthe language has got to be a challenge but the author makes it seem like the most practical and joyous experience. Imagining her husband going through a game of charades to get his point across still makes me laugh.

I think anyone who is caught invthe rat race and fed up with simply going through the motions of waking up, going to a job that is not what you really want to be doing, fighting the commute home just so you can go to bed and do it all again will find themselves living vicariously through this couple and wishing they had the courage to simply sell everything and start over.

For someone who is not a "professional writer," the author's style and writing is excellent and much better than many authors who have been published over and over. The fact that we can keep up with their lives through her blog is an added bonus (although after reading the book you'll wish like I do that she would post updates more often). Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone without reservation if only so that they can see that there is light at the end of the tunnel, you just have to be willing to take the chance.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this Book July 22, 2011
By Tom D.
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I just finished reading this book on my Kindle and loved it. It had me laughing out loud, in fact my wife kept looking at me like I had lost my mind! She will read it next, than I can throw barbs at her. This book was funny, sarcastic, insightful and just downright a pleasure to read. Her style of writing is light and fun, but also very insightful into what her daily life is like living in Costa Rica. I can't wait to read her next book about her continuing adventures in this exotic land. I highly recommend this book !!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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My fiance purchased this book when we decided we were going to retire to Costa Rica. We found this book not only informative for negotiating in a new country, but hilarious and witty, with a quirky humor. It shares how one couple changed their lives 180 degrees and how life does not have to be filled with things and possessions, but true beauty, relationship, and recognizing what matters in this world. You'll be rolling on the floor laughing and at the same time, taking away with you a worthwhile message.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By sophie
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This is a hilariously funny book! I read it through in day as couldn't put it down
it kept me laughing so much. Nadine's writing style takes the reader along on the
ride of one kooky situation after another along their journey. This book
will entertain. Keep writing Nadine, and glad you and Rob are happier....
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband and I want to do it, too! September 8, 2012
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I read this book after seeing an interview online (one of the many interviews that the author has given about her experience).

I absolutely loved this book; the author certainly doesn't sugar coat her experience: yes, there are lots of potholes in the roads, and some American products are expensive (like Windex), but she also shows us that anyone with a small passive income can do this-- move away to a tropical paradise and live a very different life.

My husband and I have been researching our own move for months, and we've already planned our first trip for Decemeber. Thanks Nadine! You gave us hope that we can really do this!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the nay-sayers and buy this book June 9, 2012
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thankfully the negative reviews are very, very much in the minority. some are down right negative people, others overly analytical to good grammar and miss the point...sad. I loved this book, so did my wife, and all the 5 stars reviews here rolled up into one say it all for me. And we travel, live in Costa Rica, Tamarindo, so we could truly relate to much of her story. Highly Recommend...Rob
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This was nice easy vacation reading. Very light weight and entertaining.
I recommend it to anyone who can see humour in every day things.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Insightful
I enjoyed the wit and honesty about life in Costa Rica. I read a few chapters every evening to help me wind down from my day. If you like to smile, I recommend.
Published 4 hours ago by Trace Breau
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you
Nadine, I enjoyed reading your book very much. Since my husband and I bought our land i Costa Rica 8 years ago and build a small house originally meant for a house keeper or... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Irina Mirsky-Zayas
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun and entertaining read!
I loved reading this book. Her stories were so entertaining and really put you there -in Costa Rica. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Tammy Vander Heyden
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it and recommend it!
I bought this book because I plan to move from the U.S. to Costa Rica in the near future, and wanted to learn about Costa Rica living from a fellow 'pat' who's actually doing it. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Tamara Baruhovich
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THE BOOKS ... THEN GO TO COSTA RICA!
Thank you, Nadine. I had already planned a trip to CR with my husband and was doing the research when I found your book. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Robyne Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Nadine for your wonderful book. It is well written
Thank you Nadine for your wonderful book. It is well written, humorous & inspiring. I kept loughing out loud. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Anne Vaughn
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for Book Clubs!!
Awesome book and great for Book Clubs!! It made for a fun, happy and entertaining evening with friends sharing Nadine's journey from the US to Costa Rica. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Katrina Schram
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I loved this book! Nadine spins a witty account of her and her husband doing what I think we all dream about... Anyway what I dream about! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debby Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Singing a Happy Tune
I feel like singing, "Happier than a Billionaire; Livin' in Costa Rica so Fair," after reading Nadine Hays delightful tomes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Starley Talbott
1.0 out of 5 stars it just continues to prove that people in general are stupid. Usually
I seriously can not believe there are as many positive reviews on this book as their are, although now that I think of it, it just continues to prove that people in general are... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bret Bottomley
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Nadine was born in Elizabeth New Jersey and attended Rutgers University. She lives in Costa Rica with her husband and dog, Clementine. When not writing, you can find her at the beach, on the back of a scooter, or frantically tossing scorpions out of her bed. She shares her weekly adventures on her blog:

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Would you consider starting a new life in a foreign country?
I'd move to Chile! Or Iceland. Two extremes, I know! But I adore both. Not going to happen until my kids are older, though.
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