The best of The Minimalists. This audiobook by Joshua Fields Millburn&Ryan Nicodemus collects the most relevant essays - some short, some long - from their popular website, TheMinimalists.com. This collection has been edited and organized to create an experience that's considerably different from reading individual selections online. From simple living, decluttering, and finances, to passion, health, and relationships, Essential is for anyone who desires a more intentional life.
©2011 Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus (P)2012 Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus
The topics and themes covered in the book are interesting and well written although you can pretty much read all but a couple of the essays online for free at The Minimalists website.
My major complaint with this audio book is the sing song, up and down tone of the narrator making it impossible for me to persevere past the first few chapters. The book sounds like it's being read by the same person that does your safety briefing message on a plane before take off. He is also far too English and that's coming from an English man!
I would recommend The Minimalists writing but would highly recommend you buy the non-audio version of this book and read it for yourself or better still read their essays online for free.
I don't think his voice is appropriate for the reading of the content. A minimalist enjoys the clean essence of everything, and Whistler's cockney accent and funky syllabic emphasis distracted and cluttered the listening -- which is counter the message of the content.
Listen to the sample before choosing this book. The narrator has a pompous, sing-song tone that sounds like he's got auto-tune permanently switched on.
If only the narrator was the worst thing about this book.
The book sounds like a poorly written blog converted into a book - which it is. The authors ought to have practised minimalism in their writing, with particular regard to their sentence structure. They use the most amount of words to convey the least meaning.
One of the authors notes he hopes we won't think the advice is "banal platitudes". The choice of term is apt because that's exactly what the book contains. It is superficial & the writing demonstrates a lack of self awareness. It's negative, patronising, judgemental & evangelical.
Several years ago I read about minimalism in an engaging & inspiring blog (not by these authors). I bought this book hoping to find that again & was disappointed.
I prefer to listen then read anyway. This was a great presentation and summary of all of the key points. The perfect place to start!
A connected collection; which got me thinking, and more importantly got me doing something. I think I've always been minimalist inclined; but I live with a hoarder! I will have to compromise on joint stuff - but not on mine.
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