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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (266 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elaine St. James Narrator: Elaine St. James Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Simplifying is not necessarily about getting rid of everything we've worked so hard for. It's about making wise choices. It's about recognizing that trying to have it all has gotten in the way of enjoying the things that truly do add to our happiness and well-being. It's about deciding what's important to us, and gracefully letting go of the things that aren't.

If you've thought about simplifying your life, but don't know where to begin, Living the Simple Life is the blueprint you need. Simplicity expert Elaine St. James explains how to make simplifying a painless process whether you're just beginning to scale down or whether you think your life couldn't get any simpler. She explains the philosophy behind simplifying and the mindset you need to achieve it in both your outer and inner lives. You'll discover how simplifying your life will give you more time to play and to relax, make you more productive at work, unleash your creativity and open up new possibilities, and free up time for you to face the challenges you've been avoiding. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanine | 2/20/2014

    " It was just ok. I gained a little from this book but not alot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leahjoypro | 2/10/2014

    " I read this book b/c I saw it referenced in another book and I thought it might be interesting. It was - I definitely learned some helpful tips and got some needed reminders about keeping my life simple. However, I felt that there were some parts that were a little far-fetched and wouldn't be practical for most people. I definitely felt that b/c the author didn't have any children, it was a lot easier for she and her husband to create their own little simple world, and live any way they wanted, which just wouldn't be practical for most people who have children. Alhough I do have to give the author credit for including the chapter about scaling down with kids. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Go2therock | 1/31/2014

    " Written in a slow and easy pace, you are given steady encouragement to believe you really can achieve a simpler life. I'm not sure just exactly what changes I plan on making quite yet, but she begins to address what happens even before that. Planning to plan. To be continued... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/31/2014

    " I did appreciate many of the questions that the author posed at the beginning of the book. She makes you think about what simplifying your life really means, etc. However, the rest of the book did not really offer any tips that I felt were really helpful-it seemed to be more geared to those who are in the funds rich department... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evelyn | 1/30/2014

    " Some suggestions were useful, but much was not applicable to me right now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bullcitytaheel | 1/20/2014

    " Easy-reading format. Each "idea" to simplify your life is 2-3 pages in this small-sized book. Lots of ideas to spark thoughts on how to simplify your life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denidevine | 1/4/2014

    " Ahhhh...the desire for simplicity "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 1/2/2014

    " This book offers some good advice. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 12/30/2013

    " Mostly skimmed it... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 N.L. Riviezzo | 12/8/2013

    " If I had read the author's two other books first, I might have had more to gain from this one. Mostly, it just struck me as 'oh look how awesome I am' kind of book as a lot of the content was letters from fans of her prior works. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lillian | 12/7/2013

    " what inspired me not only to get this book but to actually read it? not sure, but i'm sure it was comforting at the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/17/2013

    " Had some good, practicle suggestions on ways to simplify. The book is a little outdated, mentions people and their Walkmans. I don't think those even exist anymore. Nonetheless the book does have some good suggestions. I especially like the "30 day list". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 leslie | 7/31/2013

    " The first 50 pages were redundant. However, the tips within the next 300 or so pages were both thought-provoking and helpful. Also, it was an incredibly quick read and was broken down well for future reference. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany Jackson | 6/24/2013

    " Book has some good pointers that I can use in my life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol Richardson | 6/22/2013

    " Some good basic ideas for downshshifting, but nothing I did not already know, a bit dated but OK if you are new to such ideas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lindn | 11/23/2012

    " Simplifying your life can free up your time to do the more important things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aldafan | 11/19/2012

    " Very easy reading. Good to take time to think out one's priorities and how "stuff" gets in the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Siobhan Russell | 9/13/2012

    " Great book! Handy tips! Written in 1996, it is still valid for today! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacklyn | 6/3/2012

    " This book ave me a lot to think about. It's quite inspiring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The | 2/4/2012

    " This is a little out of date, and some of the stuff is sort of obvious, etc., but that doesn't mean it's not right. There are some good insights, and even the things that seemed off-the-mark got me energized to make changes anyway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/21/2012

    " Great tips! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naciulinda | 11/17/2011

    " I sincerely enjoy this book and refer to it whenever I need to remind myself of keeping things simple. I have also read other books by this author that have been equally enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 10/21/2011

    " I'm all for the simplifing of necessary tasks to leave more time for the unnecessiary things that add so much joy to my life. At this point, I don't feel the need to go to the drastic measure that this author has taken, so I found the book good for inspiration, not so much practical tips. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 10/2/2011

    " it's hard to enjoy scaling down unless your significant other does so, too "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 3/26/2011

    " See my review for her other book. LOVE her books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Go2therock | 3/5/2011

    " Written in a slow and easy pace, you are given steady encouragement to believe you really can achieve a simpler life. I'm not sure just exactly what changes I plan on making quite yet, but she begins to address what happens even before that. Planning to plan. To be continued... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 3/1/2011

    " This book offers some good advice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanine | 1/21/2010

    " It was just ok. I gained a little from this book but not alot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 leslie | 1/18/2010

    " The first 50 pages were redundant. However, the tips within the next 300 or so pages were both thought-provoking and helpful. Also, it was an incredibly quick read and was broken down well for future reference. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacklyn | 12/31/2009

    " This book ave me a lot to think about. It's quite inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 11/16/2009

    " it's hard to enjoy scaling down unless your significant other does so, too "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The | 11/10/2009

    " This is a little out of date, and some of the stuff is sort of obvious, etc., but that doesn't mean it's not right. There are some good insights, and even the things that seemed off-the-mark got me energized to make changes anyway. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lillian | 11/20/2008

    " what inspired me not only to get this book but to actually read it? not sure, but i'm sure it was comforting at the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 8/4/2008

    " See my review for her other book. LOVE her books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 4/19/2008

    " I'm all for the simplifing of necessary tasks to leave more time for the unnecessiary things that add so much joy to my life. At this point, I don't feel the need to go to the drastic measure that this author has taken, so I found the book good for inspiration, not so much practical tips. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naciulinda | 11/20/2007

    " I sincerely enjoy this book and refer to it whenever I need to remind myself of keeping things simple. I have also read other books by this author that have been equally enjoyable. "

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About the Author
Elaine St. James is a former real estate businesswoman now consultant, who takes the scenic route and spends her spare time watching sunsets. She is the author of three previous books including the national bestsellers Simplify Your Life and Inner Simplicity. She and her husband, writer Tony Gibbs, live a quiet, simple life in Barbara, California.