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What if everything you ever wanted isn't what you actually want? Twenty-something, suit-clad, and upwardly mobile, Joshua Fields Millburn thought he had everything anyone could ever want. Until he didn't anymore.

Blindsided by the loss of his mother and his marriage, Millburn started questioning the life he had built for himself.

Then he discovered minimalism...and everything started to change.

Four years later, Millburn had embraced simplicity. In the search for something more substantial than compulsory consumption and the broken American dream, he jettisoned most of his material possessions, paid off loads of crippling debt, and walked away from his six-figure career.

Once everything was gone, what was left? Not a how-to book but a why-to book, Everything That Remains is the touching, surprising story of what happened when one young man decided to let go of everything and begin living more deliberately. Heart-rending, uplifting, and deeply personal, this engrossing memoir is peppered with insightful interruptions by Ryan Nicodemus, Millburn's best friend of 20 years.

©2014 Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus (P)2017 Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus

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  • Mark
  • Reno, NV, United States
  • 03-10-17

Audio is best format for this

Big overlap with their podcast content but this is a good telling of how The Minimalists became The Minimalists, although it’s mostly about Joshua’s journey. I think the audio version is probably the best format because Ryan’s words are handled as footnotes, and in the audio version, they are read right where they should go, maintaining the flow better, IMO. Grade: A-

Excellent narration.

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Excellent Story

The story, writing style, and narration are all fantastic. Very enjoyable and impactful. I have read it four times already.

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helping me reach some goals in tidying/minimizing

After seeing Minimalism a Documentary (2-3 times), I became inspired to get this book. I listened to it on Audible since I've been very busy. It was actually really fun to hear it after than reading myself, and I accomplished several tasks to tidy my house while listening. I had specific goals in mind this weekend, but I knew I would struggle with doing them before dinner time, as I am a "structured procrastinator". Listening to it as I walked in and out of the speaker room really pushed me to keep going with organizing and discarding items. I also did some hobbies while listening, and it was relaxing, not overwhelming, to my surprise. The only thing I was a little surprised about is I expected to hear more on recycling and reusing, but it's possible I missed a moment. Plus, I know that sustainability is not everyone's priority and that's not the point of the book. Overall, great book and excellent mission and purpose. Thanks for reading...

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Minimalism for the real world

Some people might be turned off by this if they feel like they're being pushed into getting rid of all material things, but that's not the message I got from the book at all. I work in the D.C. Metro area and can tell you I see a lot of the same things Josh and Ryan talk about, namely never being satisfied. Always wanting more, more, more. I first heard of them through a Netflix documentary as I really enjoyed it so I went ahead and got the book. I'm very glad I did! It was totally worth the read (or the listen as it were). I appreciated the perspective of keeping your wants in check and separating those from actual needs. Highly recommend it!

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Content is awesome, narration is monotone.

I've been a huge fan of Ryan's and Joshua's work and message and this book much like their others is highly recommended. That said I would have loved it if they had gotten Colin to narrate ;)

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So inspiring!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to anyone frustrated with the seemingly endless "work to live" grind or in any way disenchanted with the so-called "American Dream." This story gently and genuinely leads the reader towards a new way of thinking.

What about Justin Malik’s performance did you like?

Interesting and unique but highly listenable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The gradual shifts in awareness that eventually transformed their lives.

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  • 02-11-17

Insight

Loved it.....started minimalizing as I have head set on listening. Very excited about giving my time to the more important things/people.
Good Job....I mean good adding value to my life.

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great book

this book has many insightful stories and applicable strategies to helping anyone obtain true minimalism I look forward to applying many of the strategies and I'm very thankful for Josh and Ryan

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If you let it, it will change your life...

The book I consider to be one part of the triad of things to listen to- their podcast being the most meaningful, and the documentary being the most powerful. The book was true to the value I have received from the other media they produce. If you are ready to change your life and have been looking for guidance, then you’ll get a lot out of this. If you aren’t ready to change your ways and your way of thinking, it’s just a story.

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Painfully deadpanned.

Would you try another book from Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus and/or Justin Malik?

I plan on buying all the books from "The Minimalist".

What was most disappointing about Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus ’s story?

Justin Malik is the most disappointing part of the book. He's so deadpan while reading it's painful. Heck, this would be a great audible book if anyone else narrated it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Justin Malik’s performances?

NO. Heck NO.

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  • Rosie
  • 02-13-17

The Way Of The Future

I had already started down the minimalist road a couple of years ago but listening to Josh and Ryan's book helped bring some more things into focus. I realized I was unhappy, working long hours in a job i didn't like to pay for lots of stuff it turns out i didn't even need.

Today my life is much simpler and happier. I ditched all the stuff I didn't need and as a result have to work much less and in a job I actually enjoy because I could afford to do what I wanted to do instead of chasing the big bucks in a job I had to do.

I recommend everyone to look at the work of these 2 guys and take some of it away with you. A simple stuff free and stress free life is defiantly the way of the future.

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  • Vernon
  • 03-11-18

Loved it!

As someone who enjoys the minimalists podcast, I loved hearing about how they got started.

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  • Kris Indriks
  • 01-06-18

average memoir, not inspiring regarding minimalism

didn't like how they talk about women. they didn't talk much on minimalism. too much bragging about their achievements.

this book is mostly a memoir about the author finding his passion. minimalism isn't his passion but it helped him find it. the book doesn't talk much about minimalism at all.

I mainly didn't like it because of the interruptions. they are pointless and do not add value, despite the authors talking about adding value all the time.

I listen to their podcast and have seen their documentary but I'm really falling out of love with these two. I think they mean well but I can't relate to them.

perhaps this will be a great book for someone who is financially successful but who isn't happy. you might relate more to their story from my background it's hard to relate to their story and self discovery.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-15-17

Great book

I love this book. If you feel overwhelmed and want a simple life. Then this is for you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-17

Simply Beautiful

Quite simply one of the most rewarding reads of the past decade! Simple, touching and inspiring. Thank you Josh and Ryan.

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  • @ahcperrin
  • 08-27-17

Inspiring ideas.

I did not like the narrator too much. The story is interresting but, to me, there is a bit of storytelling missing. The concepts of minimalism covered in this book are inspiring though.

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  • Richard Parkinson
  • 05-30-17

Food For Though

Having watched the documentary, listened to the book, its time to start my own journey.

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  • Javier
  • 05-18-17

Down to earth and inspirational read

Really great book by some awesome people. Makes you really question your life choices and helps you realise these bad habits that modern day humans have come to be addicted to!
Narrator wasn't the best and didn't have the enthusiasm in certain chapters where I feel the author reading aloud would have conveyed a more meaningful speech however still not bad.
Great book from some average down to earth guys!

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  • deepforest
  • 02-16-17

Love their work, but mediocre book

These guys are very good. I listen to all their podcasts and rate their stuff highly. However, I was expecting a lot from this book so ended up disappointed. It's nothing special, it satisfied my curiosity and I can say I've read it now but it was average. I found some their other essays a little better . It's ok and they are worth supporting but it is just ok as a read. Glad I got it, or I'd still be wondering, but not really impressed, nothing new in it.

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  • Nives
  • 03-15-17

Fascinating and well written

A great memoir written in an easy to read style, which takes the reader on a journey ultimately leading them to really take a long hard look at themselves

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  • Sharlene spiller
  • 02-28-17

Amazing

This book is fantastic. I didn't want it to finish and the narration is done extremely well

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  • John
  • 02-25-17

Very enlightening

A really good introduction as to why minimalism can impact on our lives positively. Recommended

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  • Samuel Lim
  • 02-24-18

Loved it!

Excellent conversational way of narrative story telling.
I'm really inspired to live a minimalist life now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-17

sensational!

a must-read. I have made so many changes to my life as a result of what I have learnt from these two inspirational people.

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  • Taikozfan
  • 08-04-17

One of the best books I've ever read. Soothed my soul! Love Joshua!

There are a handful of book in my life that I feel have defined who I have become and this is one of those books. I will be forever changed by it. Not only because of the content and message but also, as importantly, by the beauty with which it has been sculpted by Joshua. Beautifully written. This book could inspire a new level of freedom in your life that you have only imagined until now. Invest in yourself and buy this book, but make sure to READ it too! Much love and admiration. M

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-17

More than words

Joshua certainly has a way with words... He delivers a multitude of truth bombs in the most poetic way possible. I heartily recommend this book.

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  • Sharon Costa
  • 05-23-17

Sincerely honest memoir. This is transformnational

This needs to be the next book you read. You will relate to Joshua and Ryan's life experiences. You will then miraculously feel confident and even unconsciously start to move towards a meaningful life.

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  • Finbar
  • 11-13-17

If you like listening to Siri you will love this book

I had to return this book.
The first book I have ever returned.
I could not get past the first 5 minutes because of the narration.

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