- Narrated by: Simon Whistler
- Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-16-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: Asymmetrical Press
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Simplicity: Essays is The Minimalists' fifth book and second essay collection, a follow-up to their bestselling Minimalism: Essential Essays. In the two years since the authors quit their six-figure corporate jobs and embraced simpler lives, they have written more than 200 essays on the subject of simple living. Simplicity: Essays serves as a "best of" collection for their most important collaborative writings.
This 152-page book contains 46 edited and revised essays about living a meaningful life with less stuff, including "UnAmerican Dream," "Asking Friends & Family to Embrace Change," and "I Am Not the Center of the Universe." It also includes a special forward by The Minimalists and two unpublished essays that can't be found anywhere else: "Simplicity" and "The Worst Christmas Ever."
The order of the essays in this collection is deliberate; they are meant to be read in sequence from beginning to end. Doing so will result in an experience that is different from reading these essays individually throughout the web, connecting various concepts that may otherwise seem unconnected.
These essays were written to encourage readers to think critically about the excess in their lives and, ultimately, to take action towards living more intentionally. This collection is short enough to be read in a few sittings, or it can be digested slowly, reading one essay a day for six weeks, applying its principals each day to your own life.
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By Tore on 08-17-13
Average blog to book, lots of negative wording
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No, I'm new to simple living and this isn't a good introduction.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I'd changed the negative frame of the "others", non-simple people. They talk about how you shouldn't watch the same DVD twice. You should have new experiences instead. That's plain silly to me.
What three words best describe Simon Whistler’s performance?
Do you think Simplicity needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Any additional comments?
Ok book as audiobook, but it gets repetitive because of the original blog format. A little effort would have made this one book worth keeping..
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Jimmy Bradley on 08-06-18
I purchased this book back in 2014, and have listed to it many times. I don't agree with everything the authors say in it, but overall I do. It's not a long book, a little under 3 hours, but it's been helpful to me. It's not a step by step instructional book, but a series of essays on consumerism and minimalism. If you're interested or curious about minimalism, this is a good place to start.I think the book has since been updated with a new narrator, but I like the narrator in this edition.