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Minimalism

Live a Meaningful Life, Second Edition
Narrated by: Justin Malik
Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
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Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things that clutter our lives so we can make room for life's most important things - which actually aren't things at all.

At age 30, best friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus walked away from their six-figure corporate careers, jettisoned most of their material possessions, and started focusing on what's truly important. In their debut book, Joshua and Ryan, authors of the popular website TheMinimalists.com, explore their troubled pasts and descent into depression. Though they had achieved the American Dream, they worked ridiculous hours, wastefully spent money, and lived paycheck to paycheck. Instead of discovering their passions, they pacified themselves with ephemeral indulgences, which only led to more debt, depression, and discontent.

After a pair of life-changing events, Joshua and Ryan discovered minimalism, allowing them to eliminate their excess material things so they could focus on life's most important things: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.

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

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

Tight version of stuff you can learn on podcast

As with their other books, you probably don’t need it as the podcast covers the same material. But this is a tightly organized version of their message. I think it has a lot of value that other minimalism books miss because it focuses on the why. Why do you want to live a minimalist life? Just getting rid of your stuff doesn’t help because you'll just replace it, as happened to me after reading the Tidying Up books. This shows you the value of living a more deliberate life and the things you can improve (health, relationships. passions, growth, contributions to the world) with the extra time and money you'll have. Nothing stellar, just nuts and bolts. It was useful to me. Grade: A-

Excellent narration. I’m used to their voices from the podcast but Justin Malik is so good that I hear their voices in him now.

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Not what I was looking for

Should be titled: 5 values to live a meaningful life. I got this book thinking it would be about the philosophy and practical implementation of living with fewer things, what to get rid of, what to keep etc, there was none of this, instead it read like a life coaching book.

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Great Book!

I enjoyed the message and the overall authenticity of the authors and their willingness to pay their experience forward. This book is a great opportunity to contemplate what is important in life and re-evaluate priorities. I would highly recommend it.

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Minimalism?

Let’s see, we get some subjective advice about nutrition, water consumption, relationships, etc. Whatever seems to randomly interest them. Don’t wait around for the topic of minimalism though, maybe they’ve moved on to life coaching & forgot to tell us.

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A lot of plugs

It’s hard to escape the fact that the whole thing feels like an advertisement for their website...

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Good Book. Narrators voice not so good

Narrators voice took a while to get use to and sometimes was difficult to focus on

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Simplicity meets happiness!

My life is now simpler and happier! Many Thanks! Excellent narrator, thought process and message!

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Exellent Book. Highly Recommend.

Didnt kmow what to expect when i bought the book. thought it was simply a time management book. It is that on steroids. Gave me a lot to think about to add balance to my life.

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Short book with a big payoff.

Joshua and Ryan deliver in this short book. Although it is only a 3 hour read the payoff is huge. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is really interested having a more meaningful life. The 5 values to focus on and how to do so are discussed i. this essential tome. Sometimes less really is more.

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A little Slow

I’m sure there are some really good points to this book but unfortunately the narrators voice was to slow for me.

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  • Ms Ann Barrett
  • 05-24-17

Insubstantial

I found this book a little, well, empty.

I love the idea of living a meaningful life and extracting oneself from the pressures of an intensely capitalist existence.

The book is really about the transformation of two American men with '6 figure salaries' who just got tired of it all and decided to concentrate on healthier things. That's it.

Whilst the message is mostly positive, It didn't really speak to me. There was a long passage about pull ups, which I really didn't enjoy. They are certainly on to something, but the book seemed a bit muddled and flimsy.

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  • Tony O
  • 12-26-16

Lifechanging

really great book. full of great ideas and personal challenges. a must read for anyone who wants to change their life around.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-28-17

Useful

Good, practical content. Helpful if you are starting out towards an uncluttered lifestyle. Ryan and Joshua clearly lay out what has worked for them.

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  • LC
  • 03-28-17

Disappointing

I was expecting a lot more after watching the Minimalism documentary. I felt everything was skimmed over, and I am left disappointed.

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  • Sophie Charlotte
  • 08-28-19

Wonderful

Simply wonderful. A great tool to put your life in to perspective. Motivating and encouraging.

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  • Mat_H
  • 08-14-19

Questionable Advice

Love the idea of the book, but the guys lost me when they mentioned a vegan or paleo diet should be followed and that listeners should stop taking prescribed medications....seriously? You’re not at all qualified to make such advice so don’t. It’s dangerous and irresponsible as an author to do so.

Their points on eating well and looking after your body are valid and outlining that some medications may be unnecessary if the issues are resolved at the root cause. But flatly saying that people should stop taking their medications and take up a paleo first is dangerous and stupid.

Completely lost me after that.

Otherwise a good book that makes some great points.

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  • Adam
  • 06-01-19

When Less is More

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus have made a name for themselves championing this approach to living an ‘intentional’ life. They tell their story in their introduction, told at more length in their book “All that Remains.” Six figure salary earners in their twenties, they embraced the corporate lifestyle and the American dream. Then through disaster and dissatisfaction they looked for a more meaningful life. They eventually forged out their path as ‘minimalists’ and they outline the main values of their newfound lives here.
They describe how minimalism is not the end result but a means to an end. That end is living intentionally and finding value and meaning. Minimalism allows you to do this through helping to shed away everything that clutters and drains you unnecessarily, until you have more time and space to discover what matters.
So the book is structured, after a substantial auto-biographical introduction, around five main themes:Passions, Contributions, Relationships, Health, Money. Looking at each in turn they apply the principles of intentional living to them. There are links and signposts as to where to find more information or resources, often the authors own essays available on their website.
It is clearly written and concise, full of helpful examples from the authors own lived experience and others. It left me determined to investigate more about minimalism and these writer’s work.
Justin Malik is a clear narrator, and his calm and patient tones are well suited to the content.

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  • Anthony Watt
  • 11-08-18

Wonderfully life changing

We all know the things that are said in this book already. The key difference is we don’t necessarily do those things, listen and be inspired.

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  • Sean
  • 08-22-18

Fantastic book, and fantastic concept.

The idea of living a meaningful life seemed like a cliche to me. However, listening to how they live their lives is rather inspiring. Definitely made me look at the things in my life I could shed. To be honest, I didn't think it would work, as I didn't go as extreme as Ryan and Josh. That being said, I feel clear now. Having what you need is brilliant. And I never lose my keys anymore! Recommend this book 100%!

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  • Georgios Karyotis
  • 04-06-18

Is this minimalism?

Would you try another book written by Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn or narrated by Justin Malik?

Maybe

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Well, I have not learned a lot but it had some good points.

What aspect of Justin Malik’s performance might you have changed?

It was a little bit monotonous, I felt that a robot was reading the text. I don't know exactly what was the issue, but I did not enjoy listening the audiobook.

Do you think Minimalism needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No I don't think so.

Any additional comments?

I felt that it had some useful life guidelines, but there was nothing which I could say was distinctively-minimalism. Many of these guidelines can be found in other books which are not related with minimalism.

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  • RT
  • 07-08-18

Watch the documentary on Netflix

I loved the documentary on Netflix so was excited to get the book on Audible.

The narrator (NOT the author) was so dispassionate, no feeling in his voice, I wish it had been read by one of the authors of this book because it just didn’t engage me. Also it was really nothing to do with minimalism at all! Not worth the credit, sorry, and I really wanted to love it as I had the documentary.

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  • Haley
  • 03-20-18

save your time and money, go to their website.

I was hoping for a guide to the minimalist approach, getting started and some story's of how the writers came to it. The book professes to do all these things, but while you may be expecting some information about decluttering and it's benifits, it's actually a book about, health, relationships, passion, growth and giving. it's absolutely drivel from completely unqualified people. The chapter on health starts with we're not dieticians or doctors, but now we're going to tell you how to eat and exercise. I stuck with it, but the droning voice of the reader doesn't help. In one of the first sentences of the book they basically say 'hey were not going to tell you how to become a minimalist (as in the clutter reducing type), that's all for free on our website, instead were going to bore you with new age crap'. It seemed like one of the most frequent and contradictory statements that the book made was where it would say "we're not going to tell you, you have to do this it's totally up to you" but then a few sentences later it would tell you that you must do this or that." For a lifestyle that's is about value, this book is ironically a waste of time and money.

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  • holly
  • 05-09-17

This has changed my life!

This book allows one to assess one's life and move toward a happier, more fullfilled existence. I can relate to feeling like my stuff ownes me and that I have little time, energy and resources to nourish the things that matter to me and add value to my life. The concepts in this book are simple, easy to understand, and make so much sense. I have began to make changes in my life and am feeling much better already. Thank you for sharing your wisdom Joshua and Ryan :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-09-18

it's ok

a lot of obvious things in here. Not worth using your monthly credit on this.

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  • Melinda - YarnderWoman
  • 12-01-17

Wonderful

This book gives a great introduction to how Joshua (one half of The Minimalists) came to find this way of life. We also get insight from Ryan, who "interjects" throughout the book, which is good fun. The audio for these interjections is done really well, so you can always tell who's viewpoint you are listening to.

I'm already a huge fan of The Minimalists, and I recommend this book to new fans and established - it's a wonderful listen, with some really practical and thought-provoking ideas.

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  • Jasmine
  • 08-17-17

do it

enlightening. wanted to read for a while now. glad I finally got around to it.

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  • tara
  • 02-17-17

pretentious drivel

With little to no background research, these guys use their past history and personal advice to try and improve your life by living in a minimalist way for you. However most chapters came across as judgemental and many of their arguments were just plain stupid. Friends and family dont just fall into three categories and relationships can be very complex. Their recommendations on diet were just ridiculous. cutting out meat, sugar, dairy and gluten just because you tried it and it worked for you doesn't make it a minimal approach to eating well. The whole concept of nutrition and changes that can be maintained were glossed over. A minimal approach can be great however I did not feel that these guys were very good at explaining what that even means. A minimalist book made for plebs. I was not able to finish it, I snapped and turned it off after around chapter 6.

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