• Wabi Sabi

  • Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life
  • By: Beth Kempton
  • Narrated by: Beth Kempton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (213 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The definitive guide that teaches you how to use the Japanese concept of wabi sabi to reshape every area of your life and find happiness right where you are.

Fed up with the exhausting challenges of our fast-paced, consumption-driven existence, millions of people around the world are turning to timeless cultural traditions to find true meaning. In this transformative handbook, Beth Kempton introduces you to wabi sabi (”wah-bi sah-bi”), a captivating concept from Japanese aesthetics that offers a whole new way of looking at the world.

With roots in Zen and the Way of Tea, wabi sabi teaches you to see beauty in imperfection, appreciate simplicity, and accept the transient nature of all things. It inspires you to simplify everything and concentrate on what truly matters. Filled with simple yet profound wisdom, Wabi Sabi will help you slow down, reconnect with nature, and be gentler on yourself. 

From honoring the rhythm of the seasons to creating a welcoming home, from reframing failure to aging with grace, Wabi Sabi teaches you find more joy and inspiration throughout your perfectly imperfect life.

©2019 Beth Kempton (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Amazing and just made me happy!

This book was so wonderful and the narration was fantastic! I studied in Japan during college and since I have formed daily routines around some Japanese cultural habits — my favorite being whisking my matcha every morning. This book was so heartwarming to listen to and I learned a lot! High recommend.

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Beautifully narrated

I absolutely LOVE "Wabi Sabi" and listening to the author, Beth Kempton narrate it herself is wonderful. This is informational, self growth and life lessons. I will definitely keep it in my library to re-listen to and enjoy again and again. Thank you.

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Good Message Presented With Occasionally Pretentious Self Help Attitude

Overall an excellent listen with an important, valuable message. A few passages felt like they were being read by a life coach/self help guru which I personally find to be distasteful, hence the missing star. But I made an effort to forgo judgement and give the concepts due consideration. It was well worth my time.

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Wouldn’t get it if have to pay a full credit

I got this from the two for one sale so didn’t feel like wasting a credit. While interesting getting to understand what wabi sabi is and the author’s little stories in Japan, I was distracted by the performance, the extra blow of air into the mic, and the speed of the reading and the tone of voice. I was going to stop listening mid way as it was unbearable—my ear hurt something I didn’t expected from the sampling. And she read so fast especially the Japanese terms, even though I don’t understand Japanese I want to hear them out.

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Relaxing listen

Extremely pleasant to listen to. Beth had a wonderful voice for audiobooks. the material itself was thought provoking and has made me reevaluate how I use space, in particular.

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Nope....

Pretty thin. Started off interesting then quickly lost steam. the book can be summed up in a paragraph. There are better books on Japanese philosophy.

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Simply amazing and life fulfilling

A deep dive into a long ignored philosophy. So simple and yet so profound.

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Excellent!

Great job in catching and narrating the essence of Wabi Sabi. If absorbed and practiced, this can change relationships and life. I know I am going to try. Thanks !

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Lovely!

Beautiful exploration of the little known culture of Wabi Sabi. Gentle reminder of what is really important in life.

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Unlocked something

Truly insightful journey into the perceived nature of what is beautiful, how, and why. Delightful.

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