Audiobook Review: The OPA! Way by Alex Pattakos

Posted February 4, 2015 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 3.50 Wine Glasses, Reviews / 12 Comments

Audiobook Review: The OPA! Way by Alex PattakosSource: Audiobook Review, Provided by Tantor

Format: Audiobook

The OPA Way by Alex Pattakos, Elaine Dundon
Narrator: Tom Perkins
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins

Date Read: November 2014

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help

In chasing “the good life,” many of us sacrifice our relationships, our health, and our sanity, but at the end of the day, we still find ourselves with lives and work that bring us little fulfillment. Life isn't about the pursuit of happiness, which is superficial and fleeting. It’s about meaning, which helps us realize our full potential, and knowing that our lives and work matter—regardless of circumstances.

Dr. Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon, two bestselling authors and leaders of the Meaning Movement, give readers The OPA! Way: Finding Joy & Meaning in Everyday Life & Work. Inspired by the wisdom of ancient Greek philosophy and traditional village values, and backed by years of research, The OPA! Way provides a breakthrough approach and practical tools to renew your outlook and rejuvenate your life. Pattakos and Dundon demystify the subject of meaning by sharing insights, stories, and three core lessons to guide you on your odyssey:

Connect meaningfully with Others
Engage with deeper Purpose
Embrace life with Attitude

Stop searching for happiness and start searching for meaning. Create the life you want, The OPA! Way.

More Information:
Publisher: BenBella Books, Tantor

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Overall Rating: 3.50
Help Rating: 3.00
Happy Rating: 4.00

Audio Rating: 3.00 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: The OPA! Way by Alex Pattakos was an entertaining listen but fell a little short in the “self-help” category. It did make me want to visit Greece and I loved their personal antidotes! Overall, I felt like there were a few good tips scattered through out the story but this would have been a better autobiography. The book left me feeling happy and inspired. So in that aspect it did it’s job! I just felt it needed a little more refining and more concrete tips.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Tom Perkins / Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins

I have to admit that this really didn’t work for me on audio. Tom did a decent job on the narration but this might overall work better in print. If only because of the structure of the book (the tips were not in a way that taking notes was easy–they were buried). This was not Tom’s fault at all. Oddly enough if this was a biography or autobiography (which it read more like), he would have been perfect for it!

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12 responses to “Audiobook Review: The OPA! Way by Alex Pattakos

  1. I grew up 1/2 Half Greco-Turk and didn’t find much of this positive and welcoming side of the culture translated into my life. Let’s not forget that happy go lucky does not mean the country is solvent. Perhaps that is why it doesn’t come with concrete tips.

  2. Even though I love Greece and try to visit as much as I can (I live less than 3 hours from the Greek border), I don’t think this book is for me.
    Another interesting tidbit, I met DH in a Greek tavern in Miami called Opa… maybe that’s why I like Greece so much. Opa!!! 🙂

    • hehe I would imagine that it would have a bit to do with it 🙂 I was sad that when I did my Med cruise we went to Malta instead of Greece. It is still on my bucket list.

  3. Hmmm sounds like an interesting read, I do want to know more about Greece. I can see how this would be difficult to listen to vs. reading.