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Ikigai

By: Héctor García,Francesc Miralles
Narrated by: Naoko Mori
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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Excellent book

What a beautiful book and loved to listening

Passion inside you - Ikigai

Your vision is to discover

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Re emphasising on simplicity

Good read but nothing unexpected . Good change after reading medical books for a while. This book teaches me ‘it is very simple to be happy but it very difficult to be simple’ in todays world .

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Lovely work, good advice and deep explanation with simple words. Humans needs to bond with nature

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Good Read

Its a good book to read. It gives you insight about Japanese technique of living a long and healthy life "Ikigai".

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Wonderful narration and Writing

The author gets to the point beautifully. The art of living and discovering your ikigai has been explained with ample examples. The narrator has a soothing voice which matches the tempo of the book.
Highly recommended.

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Really Fascinating

Loved it, easily finished it.
Fantastic narrative & narration.
Highly recommend re-reading/re-listening many times.

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loved it

I need to find my ikigai now. wonderfully compiled and really well structured with data

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  • E Wright
  • 07-21-20

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
  • 09-18-18

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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  • juozas kasiulis
  • 03-24-18

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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  • Mr S R Godfrey
  • 09-19-20

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
  • 11-30-18

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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  • Juan C Villasmil Ortega
  • 12-07-21

great

Great book to inspire people to change their lifestyle and have a happy life

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-12-21

the secret is out

loved it, finished listening to it in one day, recommend it to anybody who wants to die an old old man or woman.

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  • kat30
  • 07-21-20

Very nicely narrated

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

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  • Christianne0406
  • 05-14-20

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
  • 06-19-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-20

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
  • 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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  • Grant
  • 12-12-21

I expected more on the culture , not exercising.

I wanted more on the history and the culture, not on how to exercise. its mostly about be good to each other, eat healthy, be happy . It felt like the book was just trying to fill in time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-27-22

Loved it !

Very inspiring and insightful. I'm now definitely on a quest to finding my Ikigai!!!

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  • Elizabeth I O
  • 07-04-22

A must read

So glad I took the leap into this book. Such simplistic, thoughtful and life changing advice offered for prompting improvements. From small to big choices, taking it slowly is so important. I would gladly recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-29-22

Very repetitive fluffs out content

Information is often repeated. Many claims without evidence and the content is very drawn out. Don’t bother.

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  • Rod Farmer
  • 04-03-22

Could be summed in 10 mins

This book would better suit a Ted talk. It really is a simple thesis with a couple of inspiring examples. Too long and meandering in current form

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  • Kate
  • 03-19-22

Not very practical

I found that this book had a lot of ideas without any practical advice which I found annoying.

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  • Sam Joel
  • 01-27-22

A meaningful series of ideas for life

IkiGai is an interesting series of ideas for how to love a meaningful life