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Everything That Remains

A Memoir by the Minimalists
Narrated by: Justin Malik
Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
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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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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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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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Wanted to like it...

I like that these guys are spreading the message of minimalism, but there are other much better books on the subject.* Overall, the book is awkward. It doesn't help that Millburn's narration is flat. He sounds bored and a bit sad. And Nicodemus seems sidelined with providing only snippy remarks. I give them credit for making his book happen as taking on the task of writing a book and actually finishing it is no easy feat. But unfortunately, the book really falls short. Many other reviewers mention the very things about the book that donned not work for me: the repetitiveness of irrelevant information, the overly flowery descriptions (it as, after all, a book on minimalism), the need to use obscure words to impress the reader (also unnecessary), and the attitude towards women seems juvenile. I wanted to like this book and I tried to get through it, but in the end, I was ready to move on to something else. *Try "Goodbye Things" by Sasaki - that's a book that really rang true from begging to end.

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Fast and furious

I loved this. While I have never actually heard the author's real voice I certainly enjoyed the narration. Probably an eight hour book, the narrator speaks quickly, so listen fast for the about five and a half hours he takes reading. I enjoyed the book content. JFM is as transparent as the finest crystal. He discusses his weaknesses as well as his own strengths. Turning 60 six months ago was a serious issue with me. This book reminds me, it's never too late to change everything.

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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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You don't possess your possessions, they possess u

I give this book 3.5 stars. The first half of the book was dull. It was a shallow recollection of the hard times in the author's life (what prompted his minimalist journey) - an alcoholic mother, her early death from cancer, and his failed marriage. He doesn't even mention what led to the divorce other than that it was a good marriage, but not a great marriage (yawn... hardly a page-turner). Then there are interruptions, interjections, and comments from his friend inserted into the first-person narrative. Like a private joke known only between friends, most of these smart-alecky insertions aren't amusing to outsiders. The second half of the book is okay. Some of it is interesting (going from Brooks Brothers suits and a high-paying corporate job to a tiny apartment and no television). It prompts you to reflect on your own life and all your material possessions - things you have to pay off, things you have to keep organized, and things you have to clean. Soon you don't possess your possessions, they possess you.

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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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  • 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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  • Sean Kindle
  • 03-29-19

Starts off great...

As a newbie to the minimalist lifestyle I was interested in this audio book. Hearing his initial story that started his. journey was fascinating, however the more the book goes by the more it seems like a book of flexing his own success. The last few chapters were frankly irritating and mundane.

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  • Peter C
  • 01-14-19

Good story, boring narration

The story is interesting and engaging however the narration is robotic and makes it hard to listen to

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  • RG
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-18-19

Value adding :)

This book added value to my life, and I have a feeling it will continue to do so :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-19

Food for thought

I really enjoyed this audiobook. I have watched their documentary, regularly listen to their podcasts and am now designing my own recipe of minimalism. I'm a lazy reader in general but spend a bit of time in my car, so this book was easy listening for 5+ hrs and good use of my time. I thoroughly recommend this audiobook.

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  • Dean
  • 03-16-19

inspirational and thought provoking

great book, has made me rethink my "needs" and have started with the 30day challenge.

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  • Stonky
  • 02-24-19

great concept

I watched the Netflix documentary first and loved what these guys were abt. I really believe in they're concepts and I think it's a great idea to unclutter our lives. I started by throwing out the contents of the spare freezer. I'm now more mindful of what's in the main freezer and only eating and buying the stuff we really need. well it's a start eh

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-19

Good content but narrator could be more lively

I found the narrator's tone pretty dull. liked it overall though. I'm looking forward to trying to incorporate some of the practices into my life.

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  • Gilgo
  • 12-10-18

Excellent short listen.

Great light-hearted short book, with lots of helpful insight into a life with less. Would recommend.

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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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  • Paul
  • 10-15-18

Life changing

The narration is perfect, you can reflect this story on your life and simply just makes it simple.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-24-18

loved it!

loved it, devoured in a few days and really appreciated the insight it gave me to the why behind the minimalists.

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  • Vanusa M.
  • 06-13-18

Love the story

Love it, but I felt rushed by the reading style at times, and the voice tone sounds a bit sad.
Overall, a great book to learn about minimalism in a more meaningful way.

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  • Julie
  • 11-11-19

Very thought provoking

Confirmation that I am not alone in my thoughts and feelings on my minimalist journey over the last 10 months. Great read.

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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