Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism Audiobook, by Fumio Sasaki Play Audiobook Sample

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism Audiobook

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism Audiobook, by Fumio Sasaki Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Keith Szarabajka Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781470862916

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Longest Chapter Length:

09:03 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

27 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

01:26 minutes

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Publisher Description

The bestselling phenomenon from Japan, with irresistible appeal to fans of Marie Kondo, that argues there is happiness in a minimalist life

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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“For Sasaki, minimalism isn’t about how little you have, but how it makes you feel. Sasaki credits his minimalist lifestyle with helping him lose weight, become extroverted and proactive, and above all, feel happy and grateful for what he has.”

— Cosmopolitan 


  • “A bestseller in Japan, this book uncovers why we want to own more than we need, what this mentality does to our well-being, and how we can live better by owning less.”

    — Parade
  • “Inspiring in its straightforwardness and sincerity…In the end, what matters is the thoughtfulness the book inspires.”

    — Apartment Therapy
  • “Offers consistently doable suggestions on how to pare down, with reminders that there’s no single correct answer.”

    — Library Journal
  • "The book is surprisingly intimate and often reads like a memoir posing as a self-help guide…By sharing his personal story, Sasaki makes his argument all the more appealing.”

    — Publishers Weekly


  • Finalist for the 2017 Best of the Year in Self-Development
  • An Audible Editors Top Pick of Favorite Audiobooks

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About Fumio Sasaki

Fumio Sasaki is a Japanese author, editor, and minimalist. He is the former coeditor in chief of Japan’s Wani Books and cofounder of the website Minimal & ism.

About Keith Szarabajka

Keith Szarabajka has appeared in many films, including The Dark Knight, Missing, and A Perfect World, and on such television shows as The Equalizer, Angel, Cold Case, Golden Years, and Profit. Szarabajka has also appeared in several episodes of Selected Shorts for National Public Radio. He won the 2001 Audie Award for Unabridged Fiction for his reading of Tom Robbins’s Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates and has won several Earphones Awards.