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Goodbye, Things Audiobook

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism

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Publisher's Summary

Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo - he's just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others, until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn't absolutely need. The effects were remarkable: Sasaki gained true freedom, new focus, and a real sense of gratitude for everything around him. In Goodbye, Things Sasaki modestly shares his personal minimalist experience, offering specific tips on the minimizing process and revealing how the new minimalist movement can not only transform your space but truly enrich your life. The benefits of a minimalist life can be realized by anyone, and Sasaki's humble vision of true happiness will open your eyes to minimalism's potential.

©2017 Fumio Sasaki (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    April B. 04-21-17
    April B. 04-21-17 Member Since 2017

    Entrepreneur. Artist. Coffee Addict. Trophy wife. Mom. Comedian. Regularly Sidetracked. Jesus lover. I read to learn, relax & feel inspired.

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    "Life Changing!"

    This book goes so deeper than minimalism. It's about happiness, freedom and self discovery. It examines the why's behind the things we've collected in the past and the potential for a richer life on the other side of letting those things go. I've read many great books on decluttering and minimalism, but this one strikes a rich cord. It left me wanting less for all the right reasons of experiencing more. There is something for everyone to learn in these pages, even if you aren't on a minimalist path.

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    05-11-17
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    "Practical , Deep and Self-Reflection"

    Loved this book. One of the best I have come across in my life time. Truly has made me reflect about myself,
    my possessions and their purpose in my life. This book was worth every penny. I will relisten to this, and think it is a great reference book. I recommend it to any and anyone who is looking to rid their space and mind of unecessary clutter.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Harry Mountaintop, Panama 06-01-17
    Harry Mountaintop, Panama 06-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Some good stuff, but spread thin"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yeah, I suppose.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    He goes more into the why's and effects of minimalism than how the "how to organize and throw stuff away" approach.


    What three words best describe Keith Szarabajka’s voice?

    Really very average


    Do you think Goodbye, Things needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. the actual info in this book could have taken half as long.


    Any additional comments?

    As far as the stuff about minimalism, its pretty good, but this guy's fascination with Steve Jobs is kinda creepy. After saying things like, "you don't need your things", "You won't judge yourself against others anymore", and "You won't need as much money", he then goes off, repeatedly, about how successful Steve Jobs is. His phone design might have been minimalist, but the guy was a workaholic who tried to monopolize the PC market, . Not exactly the lifestyle most minimalists would be aiming for in my opinion.
    I like the overall message but, meh.

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    Robyn C 05-08-17
    Robyn C 05-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Organizing is not minimizing"

    Liked the personal struggle story line. it helped me to visualize my future in minimalism.

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    Robin H. Los Angeles 06-01-17
    Robin H. Los Angeles 06-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Pure Zen"

    This is a wonderful book. Profound and yet written in deceptively plain language. My new bible. Also, this is my favorite narration of all time. Fantastic voice. Rich and expressive, it resonated deeply with the text instead of distracting from it. Bravo. Everything was perfect about this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JustMyExperience 05-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Exactly what I was looking for "

    I knew the subject interested me after watching a TED talk and then, a very unhelpful Netflix documentary that spent more time advertising their book. I read Kondo's book, but it seemed focused mostly on how to declutter, not the reasons.

    I've listened to this several times in a row now. Which, says something. This book goes into many areas of how and why one should consider minimalism, in a well told and organized manner. There are references to other subject experts throughout and the authors own personal story is present, without being the overbearing focus of attention. As opposed to other books in this topic, which seem most concerned with spending time telling me how to fold my shirts.

    The content seems to have list nothing in translation. The narration was high quality, not too drab, and easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Saizan Owen 04-24-17
    Saizan Owen 04-24-17

    Matsunotaka

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    "Minimum-Impact Living, inner, outer"

    Minimalism is a spectrum, and Sasaki is on the far end for many modernistas, but incorporate his teachings into your flow and your life will transform.

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    Sarah j 06-21-17
    Sarah j 06-21-17 Member Since 2014
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    "anyone curious about Minimalism MUST READ"

    ME: always organized/clean no problem discarding incredible success with konmari curious since about full blown minimalism

    This guy really breaks minimalism down. I like "the minimalists" from the Netflix documentary but they can be a little preachy and a little too philosophical for some. Fumio of course gives some minimalist philosophy but its from a logical practical place.

    I think what makes this book stand out is that its incredibly well formed and clear yet I think you could open any random page and get some good advice . This book is no chore to get through I was hanging on every word, as a minimalist I suppose everything he writes has a clear purpose. It seems like he has an answer for everything its almost like he is reading the readers mind answering their questions, providing solutions to their excuses before they are even formed. This book contained so many lightbulb moments.

    I really liked what some may see as the self deprecating nature of this book ( something kondo does as well) I just see it as honest. He speaks a lot about his former self all the mistakes he made all the failures and unhappiness, even now at one point saying "she since dumped me" haha.

    The theme of this book is basically: I was unhappy, minimizing my things made me happy I believe it can make you happy too here's how.

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    Renae USA 06-19-17
    Renae USA 06-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Best book on minimalism that I have read so far!"

    The book offers a great review of minimalism's basic concepts with some excellent new ideas that tie it all together in a lovely package.

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    Sandra 06-11-17
    Sandra 06-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Real wisdom for real life"

    Not a "how to" that you can't do and not new age. Reflective in that you are challenged to look at yourself, thoughts and habits through an honest looking glass. So many benefits to consider. A must read for all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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