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Publisher's Summary

The best of the Minimalists!

This book by Joshua Fields Millburn and 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.

©2015 Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus (P)2016 Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

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  • Mark
  • Reno, NV, United States
  • 02-25-17

Podcast is better

I like The Minimalists — a lot. They’ve changed my life. As for this books of the “essential” essays cultivated from their blog, it was just all right. They are short and good for reading one or two before bed, and I think it may be too easy to dismiss some of the essays without noticing that each one is often just a brushstroke in a broader picture. And that broader picture is awesome. But, honestly, I get more out of their podcast than I did from this book. Grade: B

Narration is excellent.

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Redundant With Patches of Golden Truth

If you know anything about minimalism it is a philosophy that is inherently minimalistic. The essays is this book are more like a personal journal of particularly Joshua Fields Millburn in which he has to repeatedly remind himself of what is truly important in life. While I can see the necessity and value of such an exercise in his own life it presents itself as quite redundant for the listener. The most enjoyable and impactful aspect of the book by far are the stories of others practicing forms of the minimalist philosophy which brought so much meaning to their lives. Not the impersonal mantras. My advice: don't buy the audiobook. Buy a physical copy, read it slowly over months, and then give it away. As a kind of book of proverbs, perhaps it will be perceived as less tedious by the end.

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Eye opening. Maybe my favorite for this year!

Hope that helps me on my way to a more meaningful life. Thanks for the authors I will definetly read this again, and I already made huge differences.

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Powerful

In addition to their podcasts this book makes you analyze and question so many aspects of your life you never would have even given a second thought to. Thank you for sharing your lives and ideas, it has help myself and my family take positive steps forward to have a more meaningful and intentional life.

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Beautiful. Just beautiful. Thank-you

I've been following the Minimalists for some time now. This book articulates the many reasons for the impact they have had on my life and so many others. Beautifully written.

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Not great, but not horrible.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator is just not made for this kind of work. I think I would have preferred a robot voice reading these articles.

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

I have already purchased another book where he is the narrator. I will get through it, but would not search him out.

Any additional comments?

A little preachy, but good at times to get the ideas across. I like the frank speaking at times, but it sometimes comes across as a few bros trying to just toss it out there for other hipster potential converts. But not so bad overall.

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muy buen libro

la verdad, no me gustan los libros de superación personal, este libro es algo distinto. es interesante, chistoso y sobre todo te abre un poco de perspectiva a un mundo consumista. me gusta mucho que ellos mismos dicen "no existe una receta para vivir con más sentido". ellos cuentan lo que funciona para ellos y deja el resto de las elecciones al lector. me gustó mucho.

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  • Abeng
  • Kingston 19, N/A Jamaica
  • 09-20-18

Brilliant ideas

I appreciate the conversational format of the essays and the writers' abilities to get to the point without being preachy or condescending. I can sense the editing in the work - no superfluous words as they advocate for a non-superfluous life. I enjoy the way the conversation extends way beyond decluttering. I have started this process myself and wondered what would/could be next after paring down. Joshua and Ryan provide good pointers but more importantly, their thesis is substantial - that of 'the why' of Minimalism. I am happy to learn that Minimalism is not just about getting rid of things but of cultivating a life of meaning and that this is not merely philosophical but very practical. Thanks to the writers for providing a way forward on this journey.

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  • Kelsey
  • seattle, WA, United States
  • 08-12-18

Just What I Needed in my Life

I couldn't stop listening. I will listen again and again because it's meant to be digested in smaller increments. (I don't agree with the diet section but he does say he's not a professional.)

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Too much like the memoir "all that remains"

Too much like the memoir "all that remains". Verbatim parts from the other book. Thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-17

mumbling narrator destroys great content

the minimalists have some great content, but here the mumbling narrator destroys it. I'd suggest listening to their podcasts instead, they're significantly more engaging.

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  • KIM K.
  • 11-12-18

Insightful

Interesting and inspiring book on minimalism. It changed they way I look at many things.

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  • Patrick Cromb
  • 11-11-18

fantastic

full of amazing insights to help u live a better less cluttered more intentional life, thank you

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  • Julien Coullet
  • 02-05-18

Useful now, amazing later

Excellent complementary material to the documentary, highly recommended to anyone feeling overloaded with unnecessary stuff.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-12-18

Great book, highly recommend

Really love this book, and started me on my minimalism journey. It’s helped me kickstart changing my life around without even realising.

I was struggling with mental health a lot last year and this helped not only in ‘minimising’ my possessions, but it’s helped me align my values and put things into perspective. I don’t throw things away wherever possible! I reuse, reduce, recycle first and try and only buy things I need or really want, instead of throwing things away when not needed or buy another if I accidentally forget it. Thank you!!! I really enjoy your podcasts too, please come to the UK!!

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  • Dendy
  • 08-06-17

Must read

This book is inspiring and motivational. I have learnt many new view points.... but most of all I have been reassured that others have a similar view to mine - not in all areas but most! I have some big decisions ahead and need o embrace the change. I now feel more at ease and also excited about the future.
Thanks Josh & Ryan

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  • Neil Jenkins
  • 04-27-17

Inspiring

Inspiring writing. Has already driven me to make beneficial changes in my life. Thank you.

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  • Craig Ogston
  • 03-15-17

Fantastic!

Really eye-opening! Can't wait to get started on my new minimalist lifestyle! I recommend anyone to pick up their son read through it!!!!

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  • Taikozfan
  • 03-24-17

Loved the collection of Minimalist articles

I love listening to these articles while I'm driving, standing in line and just feeling like I want a deeper reminder of the possibility and true examples of living a simple and meaningful life. ' Everything that remains' was my favourite read on this topic but this is short snippets of a variety of topics all about how to weave minimalism into our daily life and relationships. Well done and Thank you for having the courage to share such a powerful and sincere message! Xxx

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  • Kurt Mudgeon
  • 01-19-17

The superior edition

This version is far better than the original. There's extra content and the narrator suits the vibe exponentially, he gets it. No disrespect to the English bloke but Justin Malik suits the whole Minimalists aesthetic.

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  • Ian Ferry
  • 10-24-18

awesome

Really loved it ! I always preffer author to read however narrator was still great

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-18

An essential for minimalism

Fantastic follow up to the The Minimalists, Live a meaningful life. Great advice from often very personal stories of Ryan and Joshua, thank you! Justin Malik is the perfect narrator, clear and easy to listen too. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to make small yet meaningful changes to their life.

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  • Shaz
  • 04-11-18

LOVED IT...

Where does Essential rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

TOP 10
as soon as it finished, i started again :)

What other book might you compare Essential to, and why?

It's Only Too Late If You Don't Start Now: How to Create Your Second Life at Any Age...
by Barbara Sher

What about Justin Malik’s performance did you like?

he was good..

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

omg yes, but don't have time to do that...

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  • Andrew
  • 03-22-18

life enhancing principles contained in this book!

If you have even the slightest feeling that there must be more to life, then you need to listen to these guys and form your own opinion on how you should live moving forward...

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  • Gerardo S.
  • 02-13-18

i found more than I was expecting.Great compilation of experiences, reflections and a huge list of must to apply in my life.

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  • M. Freesia
  • 01-24-18

Just not for me.

Okay, so I didn't manage to finish it. These dudes seem likeable enough. And given their popularity, I must assume their writings are changing lives. But to me, it all sounds obvious to the point of being redundant. I'm just not the target audience. A more accurate title for this collection would be 'Common Sense For Thirty-Something Dudes'. So unless you're in that demographic, skip it and watch their doco instead (which is great!).

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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.