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Ikigai

The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
Narrated by: Naoko Mori
Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (151 ratings)
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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Ikigai by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles, read by Noako Mori.

Bring meaning and joy to your every day with the internationally best-selling guide to ikigai.

The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai - a reason for being; the thing that gets you out of bed each morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa - the world's longest-living people - finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life.

Inspiring and comforting, this book will bring you closer to these centenarians' secrets: how they leave urgency behind; keep doing what they love for as long as possible; nurture friendships; live in the moment; participate in their communities; and throw themselves into their passions. And it provides practical tools to help you discover your own personal ikigai.

Because who doesn't want to find happiness in every day?

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2017 Francesc Miralles and Héctor García (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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Though provoking

Really enjoyable audiobook. It explains well the ikigai concept gives plenty of examples. Also there are plenty of mental physical practises to achieve longer better life.
Narration well done.
I am glad I bought it.

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Nice overview, somewhat unscientific

I liked the book, but it was not very information dense. It gives a nice overview of all aspects of living a good life. However it did put too much emphasise on personal accounts and correlation rather than causation which made it somewhat scientifically dubious. Good listen though!

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Superficial

Very superficial - no significant depth in any of the topics approached. Pseudo scientific statements with no reference to actual studies and sometimes inaccurate. Hard to distinguish between evidence-based observations and their narrative.

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Thought provoking!

Thought provoking indeed! I'm certainly going to look for my Ikigai. Beautifully read and the perfect distraction to a busy life.

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A short but thought provoking book

The book looks at why some people lead longer, good quality lives and suggests possible guidance to improve our own health and longevity. There's not a lot of science but the ideas generated are lovely and give food for thought. One idea is that social connections prevent or delay the onset of age related dementia. Also the importance of regular physical activity is stressed. I think it's good as you get older to take stock every so often and read something like this so that you can get back to a little self care and keep yourself healthy as you age.

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Life altering

Do not read this unless you want a better, more healthier and happier life.

I purchased a print copy while still listening!

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Shallow

Full of Western pop psychology and repeated, misleading, click-baity claims that Japanese "secrets" will be revealed. In truth, you'll learn more about Ikigai from Wikipedia.

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Love the book

I love the book, however, there are quite a few times when the narrator say's "see PDF" but there are no pdfs with this audio book. I'd be interested to see what's on the pdfs.

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some great wisdom

Will need to go through it again and take notes to put into practice thank you.

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Loved this book!!

I really enjoyed this book. It has lots of tips on how to live longer.

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  • Nicki
  • 01-02-18

Illuminating

Beautiful and insightful principles to live a long and happy life. I want to listen to this book all over again, and I’ve only just finished it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-18

Great read!!

Very interesting and insightful. I recommend this book if you are wanting to discover how there are people who have found their flow in life and live quality lives.

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  • Masuria
  • 28-10-18

small yet meaningful

finished this book in just a few days. will listen again after awhile. great book. only thing unecessary is the physical exercise

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  • Marek Wrobel
  • 26-08-18

interesting and providing food for thought

As some of the previous reviewers mentioned, this book may not provide you with the deepest analysis of every topic it covers. On the other hand it gives you an overview of the Japanese approach to longevity and touches on a few subjects which you are free to explore in greater detail in other sources.
In my view, despite being rooted in the Japanese culture and customs, it does provide a number of very universal ideas which can easily be adopted in Western culture. I found this book interesting and it certainly left some food for thought triggering interest to explore some topics in-depth.

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  • Christine
  • 03-02-18

Too shallow to really make a difference

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This book is not bad, but just too shallow and simplistic to make a real difference. Many points the writers make seem to be explained either too little, or seem to be woven into the Japanese culture too much for a member of Western society to be able to adapt it so quickly. For example, the writers tell the listener there is no Japanese word for ''retirement''. How do the writers then expect a Western reader to immediately understand and adapt to the Japanese idea of never retiring when they have grown up with retirement all embedded in their life? There's also a much too optimistic description of how ''every Japanese person has a passion they follow'' and how this keeps them going. Why not tell the reader the whole story, about the crushing pressure the Japanese society holds on people, the pressure to succeed, to get a good job, to behave perfectly and be humble and agreeable and whatnot? Perhaps the people of a 100 years old did not feel this pressure yet in their youth, but the current Japanese society is definitely not as ideal and full of ''passion'' as these writers try to make it seem. This book is written like an unrealistic, idealistic fairytale that just does not hit the right spot. A real shame.

What about Naoko Mori’s performance did you like?

The voice of Naoko was very nice to listen to. It was soft and the Japanese words came out so perfectly, they made a welcome change to the English.

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