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Ikigai

The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
Narrated by: Naoko Mori
Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Self-Development
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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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Ikigai way of living long and healthy life

Grow your life expectancy in simple routine. 10 principal of life that needs to be followed. Listing some of them.
1) Live in the moment.
2) Eat only till you are 80% full.
3) Body needs maintenance so exercise
4) Find the ikigai or purpose of your life. If you don't know it then your mission is to find it.
5) Eat healthy, Live fully
6) Don't be fragile

Nice way of living a long and happy life. Working with what makes you happy.

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A book that one should read early in his life

I heard about this book from a friend but evaded reading it till today. And I must say, I should have read it long ago.

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😍

Smoothie sound of narrator.
well packed book about for living it at fullest and longest.

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If you don't know your ikigai you have to find it

Ten rules of Ikigai
Stay Active
Take it slow
Don't fill your stomach
Surround yourself with good friends
Get in shape before your next birthday
A cheerful attitude
Re-connect with nature
Thank your ancestors & nature
Live in the Moment
Follow your Ikigai

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Always valued that inner connect

Life is beautiful.
Schooling must include such topics and practices mentioned in the book. In gurukuls this is the daily practice.

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Calm like my grandmother👵

It does give some pointed reasons and directions to cultivate better habits and improve life balance

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Amazing book - insightful and inspiring!

The content of this book is good, and narrated well. It covers the subject broadly and is short and to the point. Illustrations are provided at places to help understand the picture completely.

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could have been a slightly longer essay instead

while the book has been written as an introduction to the concept of Ikigai. It has been extended unnecessarily by including fleeting introductions to various topics from diet to Yoga.

I wish the authors would have kept it crisper and stuck to the main point of the book

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Enjoyable and informative

Perfect answer to my quest for a crisp but in-depth read on this topic for a while. The content was well researched, lucid and easily comprehensible. The narration was perfectly paced and intelligible. The PDF accompanying the audiobook is very useful for reference. Good value for money.

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must read . everyone should read this book

It's a great book and this book will teach you about the importance of life and passion and health . it's a life changing book so I suggest this book to everyone and you won't be disappointed . Narrator of this audiobook did a great job.

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  • Nicki
  • 01-02-18

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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  • hans sundman
  • 01-09-19

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
  • 09-11-18

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
  • 28-10-18

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
  • 26-08-18

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
  • 03-02-18

Too shallow to really make a difference

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

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
  • 24-03-18

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
  • 30-11-18

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
  • 18-09-18

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
  • 19-06-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-01-20

lovely book

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

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  • Sash
  • 31-12-19

Phenomenal!

Short, simple and encouraging. This book holds deep knowledge of the meaning of life.

Thanks

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-12-19

a good explanation of Ikigai

easy to get through book about purpose and long happy life from a Japanese perspective, with supporting stories from Japan and Japanese life particularly focused around Okinawa.

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  • Arthur Cartwright
  • 09-12-19

Simple

Beautiful little book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It lacked the usual banality of those kind of books, yet remained very compact and simple. Naoko Mori read it very well too.

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  • GW
  • 09-11-19

Great listening.

Great book and I loved the narrator's voice - calm and even. Perfect. I highly recommend.

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  • Jane
  • 26-08-19

Loved this.<br />

If you struggle with things in your past and worry about things to come then this is a must read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-19

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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  • Miki
  • 26-09-19

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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  • Wayne Wang
  • 07-08-19

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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  • David
  • 13-05-19

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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  • Keal
  • 24-10-18

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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  • Stephanie Campanella
  • 28-09-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-05-18

So calming ... loved it.

The calm tone was great. The information was interesting and it was an engagining story.

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  • Charlie
  • 07-05-18

Ikigai by Hector Garcia Review

It has a wealth of knowledge from many different places scattered throughout. Jumps from topic to topic a lil iradically with no flow but many parts are broken into points which makes not taking fairly fine.

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