• The Year of Less

  • How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
  • By: Cait Flanders
  • Narrated by: Cait Flanders
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-16-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (900 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In her late 20s, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy - only keeping her from meeting her goals - she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year.
The Year of Less documents Cait's life for 12 months during which she bought only consumables: groceries, toiletries, gas for her car. Along the way, she challenged herself to consume less of many other things besides shopping. She decluttered her apartment and got rid of 70 percent of her belongings; learned how to fix things rather than throw them away; researched the zero-waste movement; and completed a television ban.
At every stage, she learned that the less she consumed, the more fulfilled she felt. Blending Cait's compelling story with inspiring insight and practical guidance, The Year of Less will leave you questioning what you're holding on to in your own life - and, quite possibly, lead you to find your own path of less.
©2018 Cait Flanders (P)2018 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"If you've ever felt there must be more to life than consumerism and its vicious cycle, you'll find inspiration to break free in The Year of Less. Cait's highly readable and personal story is encouraging, challenging, and unbelievably helpful." (Joshua Becker, author of The More of Less)
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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kate Terrell on 06-23-18

Twenty-something coming of age

While I initially dove into this book with the hopes of being inspired to declutter, shop less, and simplify life all together, I soon realized this was actually a memoir of reflection and discovering how to become an adult. The author Cait has a special place in my heart now, as she put into words the challenges and blind spots living in your twenties throws at you. Being a mother and 15 years her senior, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the self-consuming thoughts and focus one has at that age. So while this book may not offer resounding help for an older adult with a family (with lots of shopping needs) I know it will help me think more about saving money and rethink some absent-minded shopping habits. This would be a good read for someone setting out on their own life so they can learn how to budget and think about their (retirement) future. She made a good point: that decluttering actually helps you learn more about who you are with the decisions you make of what to keep, and also what items you buy deliberately to last. Lastly, this story can help us remember to have more empathy for others, that some people put on a good face, but may actually suffer from depression or loneliness.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Susan Varga on 06-09-18

Trite message with horrendous Narration

If anyone had any sense, they would have stopped her within the first five minutes and gotten pretty much anyone else to read this book. This was the author?! The way she was reading this sounded like she didn't care about anything she was saying, which was painful to listen to and impossible to care about as a reader. What a horrible waste of a credit. I bet the book itself would have been more compelling because the message is a valid one but the tone of the writing along with the abysmal quality of the audio narration makes me want to steer clear.

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47 of 52 people found this review helpful

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1 out of 5 stars
By Louise on 02-11-18

Not what it says on the cover

I have listened to over an hour and a half of this and have decided to return it. It’s not about the Author’s year of not spending, it’s more an exploration of the troubles in her life and her various addictions. I’m really not interested in reading about failed relationships and battles with alcoholism, I just wanted to know about the year of not spending much money.
The book is definitely not what the title leads you to believe.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Catherine Oliver on 02-20-18

Quite a lot of moaning

If you fancy listening to someone moan about their life then this is the book for you! It kind of sucks the energy out of you but it has made me think a little bit about a few changes I’d like to make. I wouldn’t waste your time with this audiobook.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-06-18

Didn't love it

I was recommended this book by an instagram I follow which is along the lines of minimalism, self improvement and living a stress free, simple life. This book unfortunately didn't make me feel inspired at all, it felt like I was listening to a friend complain about her life troubles for hours and didn't actually gain any helpful or inspiring tips. Did not finish it but tried hard to get through as much as I could.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Holly Priddis on 02-25-18

Not particularly inspiring

Would you try another book written by Cait Flanders or narrated by Cait Flanders?


Would you be willing to try another book from Cait Flanders? Why or why not?

Not likely, the book was not particularly inspiring or engaging. I am not sure what I expected but it was more a personal story of self discovery then the actual process of minimising. Throughout her life she had repeated challenged addiction (and good on her) I just didn't find the book inspiring.

What didn’t you like about Cait Flanders’s performance?

The narrator was quite monotone and lacked enthusiasm and animation

Did The Year of Less inspire you to do anything?


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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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