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Summary

What if everything you ever wanted isn't what you actually want? Twenty-something, suit-clad, and upwardly mobile, Joshua Fields Millburn thought he had everything anyone could ever want. Until he didn't anymore.

Blindsided by the loss of his mother and his marriage, Millburn started questioning the life he had built for himself.

Then he discovered minimalism...and everything started to change.

Four years later, Millburn had embraced simplicity. In the search for something more substantial than compulsory consumption and the broken American dream, he jettisoned most of his material possessions, paid off loads of crippling debt, and walked away from his six-figure career.

Once everything was gone, what was left? Not a how-to book but a why-to book, Everything That Remains is the touching, surprising story of what happened when one young man decided to let go of everything and begin living more deliberately. Heart-rending, uplifting, and deeply personal, this engrossing memoir is peppered with insightful interruptions by Ryan Nicodemus, Millburn's best friend of 20 years.

©2014 Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus (P)2017 Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus

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  • RG
  • 13-02-17

The Way Of The Future

I had already started down the minimalist road a couple of years ago but listening to Josh and Ryan's book helped bring some more things into focus. I realized I was unhappy, working long hours in a job i didn't like to pay for lots of stuff it turns out i didn't even need.

Today my life is much simpler and happier. I ditched all the stuff I didn't need and as a result have to work much less and in a job I actually enjoy because I could afford to do what I wanted to do instead of chasing the big bucks in a job I had to do.

I recommend everyone to look at the work of these 2 guys and take some of it away with you. A simple stuff free and stress free life is defiantly the way of the future.

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  • Vernon
  • n/a, n/a Ireland
  • 11-03-18

Loved it!

As someone who enjoys the minimalists podcast, I loved hearing about how they got started.

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average memoir, not inspiring regarding minimalism

didn't like how they talk about women. they didn't talk much on minimalism. too much bragging about their achievements.

this book is mostly a memoir about the author finding his passion. minimalism isn't his passion but it helped him find it. the book doesn't talk much about minimalism at all.

I mainly didn't like it because of the interruptions. they are pointless and do not add value, despite the authors talking about adding value all the time.

I listen to their podcast and have seen their documentary but I'm really falling out of love with these two. I think they mean well but I can't relate to them.

perhaps this will be a great book for someone who is financially successful but who isn't happy. you might relate more to their story from my background it's hard to relate to their story and self discovery.

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Great book

I love this book. If you feel overwhelmed and want a simple life. Then this is for you.

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Simply Beautiful

Quite simply one of the most rewarding reads of the past decade! Simple, touching and inspiring. Thank you Josh and Ryan.

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Inspiring ideas.

I did not like the narrator too much. The story is interresting but, to me, there is a bit of storytelling missing. The concepts of minimalism covered in this book are inspiring though.

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Food For Though

Having watched the documentary, listened to the book, its time to start my own journey.

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Down to earth and inspirational read

Really great book by some awesome people. Makes you really question your life choices and helps you realise these bad habits that modern day humans have come to be addicted to!
Narrator wasn't the best and didn't have the enthusiasm in certain chapters where I feel the author reading aloud would have conveyed a more meaningful speech however still not bad.
Great book from some average down to earth guys!

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Love their work, but mediocre book

These guys are very good. I listen to all their podcasts and rate their stuff highly. However, I was expecting a lot from this book so ended up disappointed. It's nothing special, it satisfied my curiosity and I can say I've read it now but it was average. I found some their other essays a little better . It's ok and they are worth supporting but it is just ok as a read. Glad I got it, or I'd still be wondering, but not really impressed, nothing new in it.

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  • Mark
  • 10-03-17

Audio is best format for this

Big overlap with their podcast content but this is a good telling of how The Minimalists became The Minimalists, although it’s mostly about Joshua’s journey. I think the audio version is probably the best format because Ryan’s words are handled as footnotes, and in the audio version, they are read right where they should go, maintaining the flow better, IMO. Grade: A-

Excellent narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-07-17

Excellent Story

The story, writing style, and narration are all fantastic. Very enjoyable and impactful. I have read it four times already.

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  • Jess
  • 12-02-18

helping me reach some goals in tidying/minimizing

After seeing Minimalism a Documentary (2-3 times), I became inspired to get this book. I listened to it on Audible since I've been very busy. It was actually really fun to hear it after than reading myself, and I accomplished several tasks to tidy my house while listening. I had specific goals in mind this weekend, but I knew I would struggle with doing them before dinner time, as I am a "structured procrastinator". Listening to it as I walked in and out of the speaker room really pushed me to keep going with organizing and discarding items. I also did some hobbies while listening, and it was relaxing, not overwhelming, to my surprise. The only thing I was a little surprised about is I expected to hear more on recycling and reusing, but it's possible I missed a moment. Plus, I know that sustainability is not everyone's priority and that's not the point of the book. Overall, great book and excellent mission and purpose. Thanks for reading...

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  • M. Thompson
  • 22-06-17

Minimalism for the real world

Some people might be turned off by this if they feel like they're being pushed into getting rid of all material things, but that's not the message I got from the book at all. I work in the D.C. Metro area and can tell you I see a lot of the same things Josh and Ryan talk about, namely never being satisfied. Always wanting more, more, more. I first heard of them through a Netflix documentary as I really enjoyed it so I went ahead and got the book. I'm very glad I did! It was totally worth the read (or the listen as it were). I appreciated the perspective of keeping your wants in check and separating those from actual needs. Highly recommend it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-06-17

Content is awesome, narration is monotone.

I've been a huge fan of Ryan's and Joshua's work and message and this book much like their others is highly recommended. That said I would have loved it if they had gotten Colin to narrate ;)

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  • CS_707
  • 24-03-17

So inspiring!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to anyone frustrated with the seemingly endless "work to live" grind or in any way disenchanted with the so-called "American Dream." This story gently and genuinely leads the reader towards a new way of thinking.

What about Justin Malik’s performance did you like?

Interesting and unique but highly listenable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The gradual shifts in awareness that eventually transformed their lives.

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  • 11-02-17

Insight

Loved it.....started minimalizing as I have head set on listening. Very excited about giving my time to the more important things/people.
Good Job....I mean good adding value to my life.

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  • Dale in Texas
  • 21-05-18

Fast and furious

I loved this. While I have never actually heard the author's real voice I certainly enjoyed the narration. Probably an eight hour book, the narrator speaks quickly, so listen fast for the about five and a half hours he takes reading. I enjoyed the book content. JFM is as transparent as the finest crystal. He discusses his weaknesses as well as his own strengths. Turning 60 six months ago was a serious issue with me. This book reminds me, it's never too late to change everything.

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  • anon
  • 24-04-18

horrible narrator

I couldn't get past the first few minutes of the audiobook. The narration is monotone and hard to understand. Awful.

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  • Kurt
  • 13-04-18

great book

this book has many insightful stories and applicable strategies to helping anyone obtain true minimalism I look forward to applying many of the strategies and I'm very thankful for Josh and Ryan