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Brought to you by Penguin.

The international bestseller.

We all have an ikigai.

It's the Japanese word for ‘a reason to live’ or ‘a reason to jump out of bed in the morning’. 

It’s the place where your needs, desires, ambitions and satisfaction meet. A place of balance. Small wonder that finding your ikigai is closely linked to living longer.

Finding your ikigai is easier than you might think. This audiobook will help you work out what your own ikigai really is and equip you to change your life. You have a purpose in this world: your skills, your interests, your desires and your history have made you the perfect candidate for something. All you have to do is find it.

Do that and you can make every single day of your life joyful and meaningful.

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

Critic Reviews

"Ikigai gently unlocks simple secrets we can all use to live long, meaningful, happy lives. Science-based studies weave beautifully into honest, straight-talking conversation.... Warm, patient, and kind, this book pulls you gently along your own journey rather than pushing you from behind." (Neil Pasricha, best-selling author of The Happiness Equation)

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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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Good but a bit of a rehash

I loved the narrator and overall the book was okay. I would recommend reading if you haven't read many books in the personal development area. However, as someone who has read/listened to the few bigger books in the PD area (e.g. Flow, Mindset, etc.), much of the book felt like recaps. It would've been appreciated if the link between those concepts and ikigai was made clearer.

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Short and Sweet

A joy to listen to, few great gems in there I’ll need to bookmark and listen to again!
Just wish it was a bit longer. Other than that, narrated beautifully.

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Beautiful japanese philosophy

As a person who's struggles with anxiety daily, it's nice to come across text that really resonates with you and provides you the teaching to a longer, healthier, calmer life. Definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to learn techniques to finding peace in this frantic world.

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A must-read for all

Incredible book with an incredible story. Will help you understand the true meaning of life :) Worth a read for everyone, but especially those who feel lost or lack purpose. Helped me to ground myself and remember what’s important in life. Will listen again and again.

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Fairly basic and superficial

There really isn’t a lot of new information here for anyone who is well-versed in self-development literature.

Many of the concepts are skimmed over in basic detail and lack the depth presented by similar offerings.

Perhaps a good read for someone who is new to this type of content and doesn’t want to think too critically about the points that are raised... Bit of a McMindfulness situation.

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Great Book!

I live in Japan, and I see old people are so active and I always wondered why. This book helped me to understand better how the local thinks. 🙏🏻

I will apply the conecpts of this book in my life.

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insightful!

easy to listen to. great insights and research. real life tips and stories of how longevity has been achieved.

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Goodenough

Liked everything but the talk of chi, kind of wish a scientific explanation on some parts were included

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  • 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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  • Yolandi
  • 16-06-2021

Handbook for life

Ikigai is an amazing handbook for life. I would highly recommended it to anyone wanting to live a long & meaningful life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-05-2021

Inspirational and life changing

Written beautifully and simply. This book will change the way you look at life if you allow it do. A must read for anyone wanting more in their lives

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  • Paul P
  • 08-04-2021

Should be called "secrets of Okinawans longevity"

Ikigai concept was just a small part of the book the rest was discussing on why Japanese people in Okinawa live so long and it feels really this is what and who the book is really about. The content is OK, the concepts seem relatively well studied but had to push myself to finish and really felt it wasn't what I signed up for buying it. If you wanna learn about Japanese culture and longevity this book is for you, if you are looking for extensive study on rekindling your passions and finding purpose I'm afraid it is not.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-12-2020

Inspirational but a bit repetetive.

I found the book to be inspirational and full of usefull tips to a better life. It also contains alot of relevant facts to support its claims. But it was a bit repetetive and i think the book lacks a bit of structure.

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  • DM
  • 12-12-2020

Very simple

Not the most insightful. A few useful bits...can be summarised in a short paragraph

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  • Lujain
  • 03-12-2020

Very interesting

I wish if the action points were included in the combine PDF. Generally I love the book it’s short , interesting and full of facts.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-2020

Stay Active

stay active, eat less, work for ever, fall 7 rise 8, make friends, walk regularly

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-07-2020

True essence of Life

Brilliant book.. all human beings should live by these principles and implement them for living our lives to the fullest.. something we have forgotten in daily humdrum of life

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  • E Pruden
  • 21-07-2020

I stopped it when intermittent fasting was suggest

Ikigai is finding your purpose and passion in life. living long is obtained through this and living a anxiety free life with strong community. This is something the poor living in inner cities can't obtain, Ikigai sure but the rest no.
After saying this the book turns into a diet book which I did not sign up for and recommending intermittent fasting is highly dangerous.

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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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  • 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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  • Mr S R Godfrey
  • 19-09-2020

Gave up after 5 chapters

Having read a number of books now on Audible about Ikigai I was looking forward to this,but I have found I was more drawn in by the beautiful book cover which is far better than any of the content.
This book feels like it has been written to showcase the writers skills at reference other authors work and I got so so bored of the constant referencing of other works. There is no personal interpretation of Ikigai at all and it feels like this a book that uses Ikigai as a way to lure would be readers in by throwing the word Ikigai very loosely every 5 paragraphs or so.
Lacking in any warmth, feeling or purpose this book felt soulless and more like a text book that rambled through differing pieces of work.
Very disappointed at the waste of a credit. At least if I had bought the hardback I would have had a beautiful cover for my desk if nothing else.

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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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  • kat30
  • 21-07-2020

Very nicely narrated

Gives you food for thought. Simple princeples that are easy to incorporate into your life

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  • Christianne0406
  • 14-05-2020

Spellbinding

I was blown away by this book, and went through it in one weekend. Everyone should read this.

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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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  • Miss Beverley D Isdale
  • 21-05-2021

Makes so much sense

Need to listen a few more times to make sure I can get all the info and lessons I need

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  • Mrs H
  • 26-04-2021

Calming and a really insightful listen

Really insightful into various methods to enable a happier life centred around simple aspects of Japanese culture.

Not overwritten either - I hate it when books get repetitious. The author makes the point and moves on.

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