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Happier Than a Billionaire: Quitting My Job, Moving to Costa Rica, and Living the Zero Hour Work Week Paperback – 3 Jul 2011

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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (3 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463536100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463536107
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nadine Hays Pisani is the host of the popular blog www.happierthanabillioanire.com. 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emc2 on 24 Oct. 2011
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Definitively a page turner, well-written and truly hilarious. This book was brought to my attention by CNN News report of Nadine's book about Costa Rica. I am a Costa Rican living in the US, so I was also quite interested in knowing how an American perceives my country, not just as many tourists do but rather as a permanent resident.

In a nutshell, Nadine describes step by step how her mood, state of mind, and lifestyle changed, from being stressed all time the time to a more relaxed and healthy living. Since I had live in the U.S. and traveled and lived also in several Latin American countries I can tell you that many of the experiences Nadine described could have taking place at several other Latin American countries located in the tropical zone. This is not surprising, as many of these countries ranked high in the most recent Happy Planet Index (which also measures the ecological footprint per capita) published by the New Economics Foundation. Proof of Nadine's reliable account, not surprisingly Costa Rica was rated first in the 2009 ranking, followed by nine other Latin American countries in the top of the ranking (with only Vietnam in between them in the 5th place), while the U.S, was ranked 114!

And to be fair, the book also presents the weaknesses and limitations of living in a developing country, such as excess bureaucracy, police corruption, too much informality, lots of promises not fulfilled, potholes everywhere, etc. But the bottom line is that Nadine's book was able to capture the essence of the expression "Pura vida" (used by Costa Ricans ad nauseam, and meaning, OK, cool, you name it, but reflecting the prevailing good spirit).
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I have read both of Nadine Pisani's "Happier than a billionaire" books and can not recommend them highly enough. I came across them as I am about to make a similar move to Costa Rica. Swapping my professional, busy city lifestyle in London for a hopefully peaceful but essentially unknown future.

Nadine's chatty writing style makes you feel like she is talking directly to you, which is absolutely endearing. Her honesty and humour have had me laughing out embarrassingly loud on the London Underground winning me many looks of disapproval from grumpy fellow commuters. Nadine's tales of adapting to life at a different pace are hugely entertaining but also feel like a friend giving me great advice as I attempt the same transition.

Although, I must say, even if I wasn't about to follow in Nadine's footsteps I would still really enjoy these books. The stories about Nadine's adventurous, laid back but haphazard husband, Rob are hilarious enough to warrant a book by themselves! The "mace in the eye/weaponry" story is comic genius.

Going to download the third in the series right now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Nicholas on 2 April 2013
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I enjoyed reading this book. The author describes how she and her husband quit their jobs as chiropracters in the USA and moved to Costa Rica to live. It's written in an engaging style. The book is funny, easy to read and gently informative. It's a personal story, not a travel guide; however, anyone thinking of travelling in Costa Rica would find this book interesting and worthwhile.
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The first thing to say is that this book was written by an American lady and presumably for an American audience. It contains many 'Americanisms', some of which I did not understand so their intent was lost on me. Apart from that, the author describes how she and her husband decided to abandon their stressful lives in America and move to Costa Rica. Naturally such a move does not come without its ups and downs, especially when dealing with the authorities and their bureaucratic demands in this new country, and the author describes very realistically the struggles she and her husband faced almost daily in their new life. I was disappointed to find several spelling errors and mis-used English words in the text, e.g., in common with many people nowadays, the author confuses 'principal' and 'principle.' Such errors should have been edited out of the book before it was published. Despite these faults, the book is an enjoyable read and gives some insight into how life is lived in Costa Rica, at least by two American immigrants.
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By Bex on 25 Oct. 2014
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Like other reviewers, I stumbled across this whilst looking for travel guides for Costa Rica, and am so glad I did! A perfect balance between the personal story of Nadine & Rob, and a fascinating insight into the country. I've learnt more from this book than any of the actual travel guides I've browsed, with the added benefit of Nadine's hilarious writing.

I'm now half way through the sequel, and delighted to find another is on the way soon which I will be snapping up.

Counting the days until our Costa Rican honeymoon in 2015, and these books are the very best way to pass the time until then!
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My friend and I have been planning to do something very similar to what Nadine and Rob did - we've quit our jobs, selling our apartments and moving to CR next year. Then Whilst researching COsta Rica I came across these books - read them both in a day and loved every story Nadine shared with us, laughed out loud on many occasions and it has just fueled our hunger further for the Pura Vida. Looking forward for the next episode from Nadine and even more looking forward to getting there and going for a cocktail to pick her brain some more!! Beautifully written, heart warming and extremely funny :)
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