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Minimalism

Live a Meaningful Life, Second Edition
Narrated by: Justin Malik
Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
4 out of 5 stars (125 ratings)
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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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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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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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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
  • 28-03-17

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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Wonderfully life changing

We all know the things that are said in this book already. The key difference is we don’t necessarily do those things, listen and be inspired.

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Fantastic book, and fantastic concept.

The idea of living a meaningful life seemed like a cliche to me. However, listening to how they live their lives is rather inspiring. Definitely made me look at the things in my life I could shed. To be honest, I didn't think it would work, as I didn't go as extreme as Ryan and Josh. That being said, I feel clear now. Having what you need is brilliant. And I never lose my keys anymore! Recommend this book 100%!

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Is this minimalism?

Would you try another book written by Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn or narrated by Justin Malik?

Maybe

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Well, I have not learned a lot but it had some good points.

What aspect of Justin Malik’s performance might you have changed?

It was a little bit monotonous, I felt that a robot was reading the text. I don't know exactly what was the issue, but I did not enjoy listening the audiobook.

Do you think Minimalism needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No I don't think so.

Any additional comments?

I felt that it had some useful life guidelines, but there was nothing which I could say was distinctively-minimalism. Many of these guidelines can be found in other books which are not related with minimalism.

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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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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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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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  • Mark
  • 10-03-17

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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  • Bryan Ausinheiler DPT,OCS,CSCS,FNS
  • 18-07-17

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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  • Bryon S.
  • 20-12-16

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-06-18

Good Book. Narrators voice not so good

Narrators voice took a while to get use to and sometimes was difficult to focus on

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  • David S Benson
  • 19-01-17

Simplicity meets happiness!

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-05-17

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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  • Scott Dow
  • 18-02-19

A life changer

I loved the audible book. Reading it was hard because I can't see well, but having it read to me helped so much. I finished it in 2 days. I'm just a bit confused on the reader saying a different chapter number than my Audible App was showing.

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  • T. Loika
  • 13-02-19

meh

Didn't care for the narrator. The section on eating healthy and their reasonings for diet suggestions should of been supportive by research. Example, I believe they said you should drink 1/2 your bodyweight in ounces of water, but based on what? There are several other instances where the authors give suggestions like this but lack the research to back up their suggestions. Granted, minimalism doesn't have much research, but areas like diets and food consumption does.

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  • Andrew Erickson
  • 28-01-19

this makes me feel so ready for positive change

I will listen to this book many times over as I work towards living a more meaningful life. I already had the bug and passion but days in, I'm already making small but impactful changes that are making my life and my family life so much better! KUDOS - HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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  • Crystel Aguilar
  • 29-12-18

Inspiring

Great book on how they began a journey that changed their life for the better.