Listen free for 30 days

Wabi Sabi

Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life
Narrated by: Beth Kempton
Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

A whole new way of looking at the world - and your life - inspired by centuries-old Japanese wisdom.  

Wabi sabi (wah-bi sah-bi) is a captivating concept from Japanese aesthetics, which helps us to see beauty in imperfection, appreciate simplicity and accept the transient nature of all things. 

With roots in Zen and the way of tea, the timeless wisdom of wabi sabi is more relevant than ever for modern life, as we search for new ways to approach life's challenges and seek meaning beyond materialism.  

Wabi sabi is a refreshing antidote to our fast-paced, consumption-driven world, which will encourage you to slow down, reconnect with nature, and be gentler on yourself. It will help you simplify everything and concentrate on what really matters.  

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

This book is the definitive guide to applying the principles of wabi sabi to transform every area of your life and finding happiness right where you are.

©2019 Beth Kempton (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"A truly transformative read." (Sunday Times)

"More than ever, we need books like this." (Jessica Seaton, Cofounder of Toast and author of Gather, Cook, Feast

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    16
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    2

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    16
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    2

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    15
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    2

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful

Absolutely loved this book. I wish with all my heart I could afford to go to Japan. This, as with so much of Japanese culture is as rich as it is fascinating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Such a beautiful , helpful book

Thank you Beth for making the audiobook version if Wabi Sabi . I have just finished my first listen and I’m now on my second. I plan to answer the questions at the end of each chapter. The book contains clear and simple instructions for living a wonderful life but in no way does it make you feel not good enough or does it put you under pressure . Self help at it’s best .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wabi Sabi - Loving your imperfect self and the World around us

Beth Kempton, the writer with the most beautiful, calming voice. This book needs to be listened to. You will love it and notice how to catch the moments of your life, how to slow down to be able to see and hear.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Incredible!

A beautifully written and very inspiring book. Stays with you long after you have finished. I have been fascinated by Japan for years this book is a real treat.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Poor narration

I was unable to finish this book due to the highly irritating croaky voice of the narrator (who is also the author). She should have used a professional to read the book. Shame, as I find the subject interesting.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful