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Discover the magic of simplicity in this international best seller, available for the first time in English.

Dominque Loreau is the master of the art of decluttering and simplifying. Now her groundbreaking L'art de la Simplicité, a huge best seller in her native France, is translated into English for the first time. Loreau's principle of "less is more" is set to change your life forever.

Living in Japan and inspired by Asian philosophy, Loreau takes you on a step-by-step journey to a clutter-free home, a calm mind, and an energized body. Free yourself of possessions you don't want or need; have more money to spend on life's little luxuries; eat better and lose weight; and say good-bye to anxiety and negative relationships.

Give yourself the gift of health and happiness. To live fully and freely is to live with L'art de la Simplicité.

©2011, 2016 Editions Robert Laffont. English translation copyright by Louise Rogers Lalaurie (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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A droning list of commands - maybe a better book to read?

Maybe something was lost in translation from English or to voice, but this seemed like an endless list of orders (including some fairly extreme health and beauty commandments) with the occasional quote interspersed.

That said, there were insightful and inspirational words here and there. But the bulk of it seems almost comedically didactic. I listened while on a cleaning binge and tried to take most of it with a grain of salt, but I suspect this is a book best approached visually, not audibly...

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Very Good Advice, Very Posh Way of Reading

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change the way it was read. It sounded very posh, the reader sounded like a snob, a pretentious person who likes to brag.

What other book might you compare L'art de la Simplicité to and why?

The Osho book collection of his teachings.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator unfortunately ruined this book for me, I am sorry to say that. The fact that one should choose his/her clothes with care became the fact that you must only wear fancy expensive I-AM-BETTER-THAN-EVERYONE clothes. Because of the way it was read, I found that terrible..

Do you think L'art de la Simplicité needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I think it covered everything, no need for a second book, unless it actually is a list of activity ideas.

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Hey it's Le Secret!

I liked it even though it's fairly vague and extremely woo woo. Think The Secret or Stuart Smiley.

I love the narrators voice, tone and delivery. She makes you feel SO calm.

Oh and this is definitely a book for the ladies.

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  • Ernest
  • Newton, NJ, United States
  • 02-17-17

A good manual for life.

Some parts are directed towards women; but there is plenty here for all. At times I wish she went into more detail on some topics.

Excellent job by the narrator. A pleasant relaxing voice with a nice accent.

I think I will buy a hard copy for all my daughters.

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really nice

loved it, insightful tips. Easy to follow really like de it. nice to read without boring. hope she has other books

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Love it!

Love it! An obligated read! It touches material and spiritual aspects of one's life that one should focus on... Excellent guide!