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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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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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Simplicity meets happiness!

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

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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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Inspiring story; Not what I expected

First of all, narrator is worst I’ve heard on audible.

Secondly, while I’m inspired by the story of the authors, the book was not as practical as I’d hoped and came off as a little too preachy and too comprehensive (not as focused as I’d hoped). For a better book on minimalism, I highly recommend “The More of Less” by Joshua Becker.

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  • Robbie
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 11-28-17

Is this making life simpler?

The major problem for me with this book is that is that it seems to make life busier, a a well-thought-over carefully planned project. Yes, streamlined no dought, but a very busy life.

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Boring. Obvious. Waste of time.

If you have ever read any self development book, you can skip this pile of trite truisms.

If you haven't read any books, find a better one.

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Lifechanging

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Steve
  • 12-08-17

A good intro.

interesting story but at a very high level. lots of links to their website - not what I fully expected to hear. Otherwise some common sense ideas.

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  • Loz
  • 11-06-17

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
  • 10-02-17

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
  • 09-11-17

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.

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  • laughing fingers
  • 09-03-17

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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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