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Ikigai

The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
Narrated by: Naoko Mori
Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (221 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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amazing

This book is amazing, simple yet effective language, and extremely soothing voice. loved every bit of it , would suggest all.

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Importance of being happy 💌

I expected a lot from this book. I found it average. Initially, I found difficult to follow the narration. later the flow picked up. It is a good book.

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Not helpful

This dwells almost zero into how to discover your ikigai. It's just a compilation of other books I've read with most parts directly copy pasted.

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A refreshing read

It's important to understand and know our Ikigai to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life. The book describes beautifully how we can adopt the Japanese ways to find our calling. It's a positive book and makes for many rereads.

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great insights but too many 'see pdf' moments

loved the gist of the book - it's got a lot of great tools which the narrator reads as 'see pdf' since I listened to the audiobook - I'll never know what these mystery PDFs are - basically if you want access to the tools, buy a hard copy but if you're ok with 'listening' about the tools - then go for it!

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This audio book is so soothing

If you have a busy life and love to read or listen to audio books then give this one a try. It helps to softly uncover the dust settled on in our minds.

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Good motivational book.

The book has presented a good thought on how to live it to the fullest. It gets interesting in the start but somehow I am not able to stay focussed in the middle and the end maybe because I have already read similar concept which is presented at the later stage of the book.

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Soothing narration and a lovely relatable content

Liked the soothing voice of the narrator and easy to follow.Glad that no big jargons are used in the book and it felt relatable in simple English.

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A reset to a roller-coaster life

A very good book on giving the importance of our life purpose and showing ways to find one. Throws light on eating good food and doing good excercises to help the body and mind to become fresh thus leading to a long and happy life.

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Amazing..

Simplistically written fantastic book which touches on the key things we are missing in today's fast paced life.
The book conveys a very powerful message which should be read by everyone.

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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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  • 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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  • StephenM
  • 17-06-19

Beautiful Book

Lovely book with some wonderful insights into Ikigai and how you could bring these aspects into your life. We could learn a lot from Japanese Culture.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-05-19

Little of real substance

Thought there was a fair bit of padding to spin out a fairly simple message.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-05-19

a great thought provoking listen

interesting and calming simple and thought provoking x recommend in our busy world to re-comnect

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-04-19

Not as expected

Book is essentially a collection of quotes and excerpts from other sources, some of which are not good quality, such as the Daily Mirror in the UK. I was expecting a narrative exploring concepts and how to apply them to my life and thinking, but instead it is a high level overview.

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  • Ezra London
  • 05-04-19

life changer

I have never been a audio book person. but this voice is so calming and beautiful. loved listening to her. the content of the book is a life learning listen. I was doing every thing the opposite of this books suggestions. but I feel I have changed a lot already. I no longer worry about the future nor I think of the past. the biggest life lesson here. thank you

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  • M.E.
  • 30-03-19

Beautiful

Amazing book!!! Insightful, yet simple and easy to listen. Full of wisdom and positivity Love it

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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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  • 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.