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Happier Than a Billionaire: Quitting My Job, Moving to Costa Rica, and Living the Zero Hour Work Week Paperback – July 3, 2011
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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, SuitcaseEntrepreneur.com
"Reading this book is worth many, many laughs and is a welcome break from typical every-day life in the US." Heather Hill, heather-leigh-hill.blogspot.com
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I recommend it to anyone who can see humour in every day things.
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!
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.
Another impotent point - thru the series you can the author is smoothing life in Costa Rica. I love that she is honest about the negatives, but reminds you to focus on the positive experiences. I've read too many books that try to gloss over the realities and just sell beaches and monkeys. While I hope the yoga on the beaches, monkeys, sloths and birds will be worth it for me. But The more information I get about what to REALLY expect if I jump greatly improves my chance for success!
Continue the journey - get the sequel and the Escape Manual. I did and am glad.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amusing and sarcastic at the same time. I picture my wife and I in many of the same situations. I like the stories, but if you read between the lines you can get the real picture... Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Terry Beek
I Loved this book! I have not laughed so much or enjoyed a book like I have this one in years. Looking forward to the next.Published 4 days ago by pam mitchell
I just moved to cost rica myself, and it was a good easy read. The author is hilarious in her description of experiences. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Nicole C.
I must go to Costa Rica, after reading this fabulously well written book!!Published 20 days ago by michelle mcmillan
Enjoyed reading this book so much!! Glad I also purchased the sequel....which I am enjoying now. 😆Published 24 days ago by Pamela Nash
Just read this hilarious book after listening to my wife laughing every night while reading it. Such a simple yet interestingly funny story that will keep you eager to know more... Read morePublished 1 month ago by wkfnycm
The author was able to put a humorous twist in many of her adventures, even when describing pretty ordinary situations. Not a great book but still interesting.Published 1 month ago by KG