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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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Dreadful. Can I get my money back?!

Overuse of descriptive words at inappropriate times. Content disorganized and unhelpful. Interruptions intended to be cute were just weird and juvenile. We couldn't even make it through the entire book before getting rid of it. I definitely understand why editors always rejected him.

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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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Informative but a little long-drawn

I enjoyed Ryan’s and Joshua’s book and the narration by Justin Malik was good. The story was informative and it raised an interest in Minimalism and the real joy of life.
Overall I did find it a bit long-drawn with episodes that didn’t add value to the story.
I would recommend this book.

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Loved it!

A terrific narrative, one that I am sure I will listen to more than once. These guys are amazing, and I have found so much value in listening to this.

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Good message, terrible performance, not worth it.

Maudlin, wordy, quite pervy/predatory at times, and a terrible, garbled reading. 99% of this was masturbatory fluff and useless personal information that had little to nothing to do with the topic. All of the good info contained within could have fit on a pamphlet. Most of this reads as an extended Tinder profile. Waste of time.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.