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Ikigai

The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
Narrated by: Naoko Mori
Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Ikigai by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles, read by Noako Mori.

Bring meaning and joy to your every day with the internationally best-selling guide to ikigai.

The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai - a reason for being; the thing that gets you out of bed each morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa - the world's longest-living people - finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life.

Inspiring and comforting, this book will bring you closer to these centenarians' secrets: how they leave urgency behind; keep doing what they love for as long as possible; nurture friendships; live in the moment; participate in their communities; and throw themselves into their passions. And it provides practical tools to help you discover your own personal ikigai.

Because who doesn't want to find happiness in every day?

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2017 Francesc Miralles and Héctor García (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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Helpful if I was an elderly Japanese villager!

Not at all what I was expecting. Nothing about discovering or striving to find your Ikigai. All about how to grow old & be happy in a Japanese village, don’t see how I could apply much of this in western suburbia.

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Find it! If you haven’t already found it. What’s your ikigai?

I really loved this deep dive into the Japanese secret of living a full and happy life. I stumbled upon this concept as a way of life when combine with being on a hero’s journey so I’m really glad that this book was written, it’s one that I believe every man woman and child should read, then the world will be a better place.

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Quite informative

Loved it. good book and well narrated. Gives some reasonable tips on life. Will read it again.

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Wonderful

Wonderful wisdom presented in such an accessible format. An inspiring philosophy and wonderful anecdotes. Thank you.

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Thought provoking and inspiring

I loved listening to every minute of this book. Ikigai's essence is practical yet powerfully simple

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Enjoyed this book

Despite the extremely mixed reviews I read, I decided to give this book a try anyway and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe it’s not exactly what others want and specifically about ikigai but there are a lot of concepts in there to live and long and happy life which I enjoyed listening too. Naoko’s voice is quite soft though so I won’t recommend listening to this when you’re walking on the streets as you won’t be able to hear anything.

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simplistic ideas

couple of good, high level points around flow, keeping a healthy perspective and routine, diet and exercise. quite a short book overall though.

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pleasant enough and informative

I enjoyed listening to the book about ikigai it was easy to listen to informative not too deep and a good place to start

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Interesting concepts but I wanted more

This book was interesting and had some unique concepts for living a long happy life. I would have loved to dive a lot deeper into finding your purpose than it did.

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Fresh Perspective

I loved this book. Was recommended to me by a friend. Very good easy read. The audio experience is perfect.

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  • Nicki
  • 01-02-2018

Illuminating

Beautiful and insightful principles to live a long and happy life. I want to listen to this book all over again, and I’ve only just finished it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-2020

Great book, new found love for Japanese culture

I find this book quite relaxing to listen to, plenty of little information on how to make your life better but small changes that we can do right now.

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  • hans sundman
  • 01-09-2019

A few chapters on Ikegai and then a mix

Some interesting chapters on the idea of Ikegai, recommended for that. Not the yoga or antifragile.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-2018

Great read!!

Very interesting and insightful. I recommend this book if you are wanting to discover how there are people who have found their flow in life and live quality lives.

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  • Masuria
  • 28-10-2018

small yet meaningful

finished this book in just a few days. will listen again after awhile. great book. only thing unecessary is the physical exercise

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  • Marek Wrobel
  • 26-08-2018

interesting and providing food for thought

As some of the previous reviewers mentioned, this book may not provide you with the deepest analysis of every topic it covers. On the other hand it gives you an overview of the Japanese approach to longevity and touches on a few subjects which you are free to explore in greater detail in other sources.
In my view, despite being rooted in the Japanese culture and customs, it does provide a number of very universal ideas which can easily be adopted in Western culture. I found this book interesting and it certainly left some food for thought triggering interest to explore some topics in-depth.

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  • Christine
  • 03-02-2018

Too shallow to really make a difference

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This book is not bad, but just too shallow and simplistic to make a real difference. Many points the writers make seem to be explained either too little, or seem to be woven into the Japanese culture too much for a member of Western society to be able to adapt it so quickly. For example, the writers tell the listener there is no Japanese word for ''retirement''. How do the writers then expect a Western reader to immediately understand and adapt to the Japanese idea of never retiring when they have grown up with retirement all embedded in their life? There's also a much too optimistic description of how ''every Japanese person has a passion they follow'' and how this keeps them going. Why not tell the reader the whole story, about the crushing pressure the Japanese society holds on people, the pressure to succeed, to get a good job, to behave perfectly and be humble and agreeable and whatnot? Perhaps the people of a 100 years old did not feel this pressure yet in their youth, but the current Japanese society is definitely not as ideal and full of ''passion'' as these writers try to make it seem. This book is written like an unrealistic, idealistic fairytale that just does not hit the right spot. A real shame.

What about Naoko Mori’s performance did you like?

The voice of Naoko was very nice to listen to. It was soft and the Japanese words came out so perfectly, they made a welcome change to the English.

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  • juozas kasiulis
  • 24-03-2018

Though provoking

Really enjoyable audiobook. It explains well the ikigai concept gives plenty of examples. Also there are plenty of mental physical practises to achieve longer better life.
Narration well done.
I am glad I bought it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-2018

Nice overview, somewhat unscientific

I liked the book, but it was not very information dense. It gives a nice overview of all aspects of living a good life. However it did put too much emphasise on personal accounts and correlation rather than causation which made it somewhat scientifically dubious. Good listen though!

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  • cbferreira
  • 18-09-2018

Superficial

Very superficial - no significant depth in any of the topics approached. Pseudo scientific statements with no reference to actual studies and sometimes inaccurate. Hard to distinguish between evidence-based observations and their narrative.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-06-2018

Thought provoking!

Thought provoking indeed! I'm certainly going to look for my Ikigai. Beautifully read and the perfect distraction to a busy life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-03-2020

Very interesting but a little slow.

It was really interesting learning about other people’s way of life and theories. There was just a couple chapters where exercises were described and, for me, those were a little slow. Overall fantastic book! I will no doubt listen to it again!

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  • Justin Hill
  • 02-03-2020

Rebranded New age stuff you’ve read elsewhere

You’ll have heard all this before. Even includes written guidelines for tai chi and the serenity prayer.

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  • Jon
  • 27-02-2020

loved it!! great book

real interested in the here and now and this book is brilliant for bringing the appreciation for Japanese culture closer to life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-2020

A gentle reminder about the important things

A gentle reminder about the beautiful things in life. Find your Ikigai. if you dont know it, then that is your mission

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  • Autumn Rose
  • 21-01-2020

Everyone should read this!

A wonderful little book with simple but important tips for living a long and healthy life! I will read this again and highly recommend it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-01-2020

lovely book

The narrator is really good and easy to follow. This is a beautiful book. Highly recommend.