The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*Ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Version: Unabridged
Author: Mark Manson
Narrator: Roger Wayne
Genres: Self Development
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: September 2016
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours, 28 minutes
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Overview

#1 New York Times Bestseller
Over 2 million copies sold
In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be 'positive' all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.
For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. 'F**k positivity,' Mark Manson says. 'Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.' In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—'not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.' Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.
There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

Reviews (137)

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Written by Allison C. on August 16th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I appreciated no Fluff and no BS. Author is definately a narcisist but an enjoyable listen with some good lessons.

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Written by Colin C. on August 7th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This is very much style (and a super promising title) over substance. It may carry 15 mins of core wisdoms, ruthlessly drawn out with anecdotal stories ... Stories that failed to connect me to the author in any way and that and led me to the conclusion that they might well be a life-long narcissist (of one kind or another). Readers of self help-books might easily be dismissed as being unreliable, skewed, or perhaps over-needy. But pseudo wisdom has a certain unmistakable smell and this is a pungent read ...

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Written by Carly M. on July 13th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good listen for a 5 hour road trip!

Written by James R. on July 12th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A great book. New ways to deal with everyday life. Highly recommended.

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Written by Anele M. on July 8th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Honest, poignant and frank.

Written by Anonymous on July 7th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great inside and narrator perfect speed

THE SUBTLE ART

Written by Anonymous on June 23rd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I\'m giving a few less f*cks and it feels good;)

Written by Tara B. on June 21st, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

it was very truthful and brutally honest i loved it

Written by Anonymous on June 9th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Provides a brilliant alternate perspective into how, and why, to be happy. Loved it.

Written by Anonymous on June 2nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

There were some good takeaways and I actually was riveted by his ending story and I now recognize that giving a f***about everything means you (yourself) can’t possibly give a f*** about a lot of things successfully. I found that I kept getting annoyed by his f*ing storytelling and redundancy of his use of the word f*ing which, I guess was used as a literary tool. So it is somewhat f*ing good.

Author Details

Author Details

Manson, Mark

Mark Manson is a star blogger with more than two million readers. He lives in New York City.