Goodbye, Things

  • by Fumio Sasaki, Eriko Sugita - translator
  • Narrated by Keith Szarabajka
  • 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo - he's just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others, until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn't absolutely need. The effects were remarkable: Sasaki gained true freedom, new focus, and a real sense of gratitude for everything around him. In Goodbye, Things Sasaki modestly shares his personal minimalist experience, offering specific tips on the minimizing process and revealing how the new minimalist movement can not only transform your space but truly enrich your life. The benefits of a minimalist life can be realized by anyone, and Sasaki's humble vision of true happiness will open your eyes to minimalism's potential.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Life Changing!

This book goes so deeper than minimalism. It's about happiness, freedom and self discovery. It examines the why's behind the things we've collected in the past and the potential for a richer life on the other side of letting those things go. I've read many great books on decluttering and minimalism, but this one strikes a rich cord. It left me wanting less for all the right reasons of experiencing more. There is something for everyone to learn in these pages, even if you aren't on a minimalist path.
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- April B.

Some good stuff, but spread thin

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yeah, I suppose.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

He goes more into the why's and effects of minimalism than how the "how to organize and throw stuff away" approach.

What three words best describe Keith Szarabajka’s voice?

Really very average

Do you think Goodbye, Things needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. the actual info in this book could have taken half as long.

Any additional comments?

As far as the stuff about minimalism, its pretty good, but this guy's fascination with Steve Jobs is kinda creepy. After saying things like, "you don't need your things", "You won't judge yourself against others anymore", and "You won't need as much money", he then goes off, repeatedly, about how successful Steve Jobs is. His phone design might have been minimalist, but the guy was a workaholic who tried to monopolize the PC market, . Not exactly the lifestyle most minimalists would be aiming for in my opinion.
I like the overall message but, meh.

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- Harry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-11-2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.