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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have watched several friends retire and be miserable. They were going to travel, play golf and sleep late--that sort of thing. One was back to work in 3 months (same job, less salary), the other is still unhappy he retired and trying to find meaning in this new stage of life. I'm not quite ready to retire but planning is important. This book gave me a lot to think about--what to do in retirement, how to find meaning, how to blend some type of working to supplement income with lots of fun!! The many different authors with different points of view was refreshing. I am buying copies for my over 55 friends. I loved this book. It even helped me decide where to live in retirement!
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2013
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If you're looking for 65 ideas of things to do in retirement, this book isn't it. It's a collection of very short essays, none of which have much substance. Further, there's no coordination between the content, so a lot of the material is repetitive. There were a few slightly useful insights, but I could have done better with a google search. Save your money.
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2012
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This book did nothing for me. The vast majority of the chapters were written by other people who have written books on how to have a good retirement. I thought it would be interesting to read about other people's journeys, but the chapters are so short and superficial they don't say much. And since in most cases the authors found their retirement bliss by writing retirement books or coaching other retirees, the whole thing feels like a big sales job for their books.

Maybe if you haven't really thought about retirement at all or read any other books on it, then it will mean something to you. But I suspect reading individual books will be more satisfying than this summary book. For example, one of the better chapters is Ernie Zelinski's, which summarizes his books The Joy of Not Working and Retire Happy, Wild and Free. I have read these books and they are excellent, so I'd skip this one and start there.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have gotten so much out of this book I received as a gift that I was hoping to find it in a Kindle version to be more usable at lunch or on a plane. It is designed to get you thinking of the good and exciting things that are now open to you. It certainly won't clearly tell you exactly what you need to do; rather it shares what others have found and leaves it to you to fashion YOUR plan.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2012
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I must say, up front, that I am one of the many authors asked to participate in this book and I was very proud and happy to be asked. Especially, when I was told that the proceeds would benefit cancer research. That being said, I found the other articles in the book, by the many other authors, bloggers and inspiring people to be entertaining and interesting. I've followed the blogs of Dave Bernard, Bob Birnbaum and Bob Lowry for some time and enjoy their writing about retirement. The articles are fairly short so you can pick it up at odd moments and read one or two and then come back later for more.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2013
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This book did not meet my expectations --
1. VERY REPETITIVE material and ideas
2. Too shallow and seemingly written in a hurry by authors more intent on selling their retirement books or services
3. A complete lack of coordination from one essay to another --- no thematic logic, just a bunch of short essays written in haste to meet the author's request or deadline

My recommendation: Do not waste your money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2013
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Very, very informative. A great book for anyone considering retirement and wondering what to do next. Great reading and informative.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book (based on a friend's recommendation) for my retired mother. She loved it. She's been retired for almost a decade and still found some valuable advice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is filled with ideas about how to spend one's time when retired. The articles are written by different people with different perspectives and ideas. The sections are entitled Redefining Retirement, Your Retirement Game Plan, Do Good By Giving Back, How Working in Retirement Can Work for You, A New Freedom to be Yourself, Family Matters, and Go For It. The authors of the many articles are articulate and varied and I enjoyed reading this book through and through. It gave me lots of ideas of things that I can do in my already busy schedule. I don't know how I ever had the time to work!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2013
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The numerous contributors to this book have produced an excellent variety of outlooks regarding the many aspects of retirement. Covered here are many important topics, many of which would not have otherwise crossed my mind. Each chapter is its own essay on a different retirement topic, giving the reader something new to think about and making the book easy to read
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