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Minimalism Audiobook

Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life, Second Edition

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Publisher's Summary

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
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 03-10-17 Member Since 2012
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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Ausinheiler DPT,OCS,CSCS 07-18-17
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-29-17
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David S Benson 01-19-17
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    "Simplicity meets happiness!"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bryon spence 12-20-16 Member Since 2015
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mariana Shizue Higa 11-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Lifechanging"

    Loved it all. You guys are amazing! You are helping change the world. Thank you.

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    Dave 11-17-17
    Dave 11-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Book"

    The reader can't pronounce the word "important". That gets annoying, but the content of the book is great.

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    Justin B. 11-12-17
    Justin B. 11-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Must read for all who feel stuck or in rut."

    This is a great book for anyone looking to make a change in their lives in any way. I will be listening to it many times along my journey to better myself and the world. A must read!!!

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    Berkeley CA 10-30-17
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    "Great book, robotic narration"

    Great books, but would have preferred a narration that had more feeling and not clipped statements in a monotone voice.

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    Lindsay Portland, OR 09-22-17
    Lindsay Portland, OR 09-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Trying hard is tiring"

    I like the video documentary but this book was really bad. Good message at first chapter but focusing on what you need and not material possessions. then extremely preechy about the multitude of things to do to be whole. No one can keep up with this plan. They say to focus on what is right and give great tidbits but overall just more ways to work to hard and burn out. I just went through a major crisis and I think alot of it came from stuff like this. I was learning German, volunteering for homeless, thinking about going to school again, training to run an ultramarathon and working. Then stress came and I fell down hard. I was doing so many of the right things like this book said but I wasn't just being just relaxing with who I am. I need to just be. and some lessons are great but doing all things will not work but focus on being minimal does have some value and not growing would be great just being happy like my simple loving dog. I don't need to give back and have meaning full conversation at any time to have a good life or five hundred other things. I don't need more crazy selfhelp like this book. you can read it to get lessons but tough most of the try hard attitude will not help you find yourself or meaning.

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  • Tony O
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    12/26/16
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    "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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  • Ms Ann Barrett
    5/24/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/28/17
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    "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
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    "Disappointing"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Loz
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    11/6/17
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    "Narrator prevented me from listening"

    I struggled with this book and only made it to the 3td chapter
    I'm sure the content is great, but the narrator (one of the authors) has a flat monotone reading voice and speaks very quickly
    This not only irritated me, it ultimately prevented me from listening further than the 3rd chapter.
    I have returned this book

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  • Amazon Customer
    10/2/17
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    "Conveys a very powerful message so convincingly!!"

    Loved it, will certainly listen again. Need to make some changes now! Thanks both..

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  • Matthew
    9/11/17
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    "Not about minimalism"

    Strangely, this book has nothing to do with minimalism. This book is about how to live a better life in the opinion of a couple of 30 year olds. If you looking to reduce clutter and find out more about minimalism, this book isn't for you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • laughing fingers
    London, U.K.
    9/3/17
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    "Simple book about the important things"

    Concise and clear steps, and invitations to reflect on the five important aspects of a meaningful life. Good guide to get you started on simplifying your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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