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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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 (91)

Written by jean g on December 3rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I liked the basic info in the book. it was an easy listen as well.


Written by yessenia r on November 16th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

by fair the greatest book to keep a open mind !! i love it

Written by Pam B on November 3rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

A great insight into how to approach life. Well read, made me smile and laugh out loud.

Written by Yvonne G on November 1st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved it! He is straight up and that’s what I like. Everything he discusses is so true. For instance, once I saw my daughter die in front of me, I viewed life differently. Go live and enjoy life treasuring every moment. Get this book.

Written by Leonie S on October 24th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book! It's a totally different self help book. Instead of telling you the exact plan of how to reach a certain goal ( which is of course also good). He MAKES you realize what is important and what not. Great humor I recommend this book.

Written by Tatiana S on October 18th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful book! So spot on in so many areas! No fluff no bullshit. You can tell the narrator enjoyed what he was reading.


Written by Jeffrey Alan H on October 17th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book has been life-changing and life-sustaining in a concrete way in a tough time in my life. Mark has really figured out a lot and, along with the tough love, is a warmth and compassion that keep it together.

Written by Cristiana L on October 6th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Mark remains one of my favourite bloggers and apparently writers. I loved the sarcastic and in-your-face way of presenting information that is extracted from neuropsychology, buddhism and his own experience. He has a way of distilling valuable information in a way that is totally digestible and catchy. I would love for him to continue writing because he is so relatable and this may inspitr future generations that resonate with this style.

Written by Andrew A on October 5th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed this book. I found it interesting and taught me how to act in certain situations in every day life. I’m not saying it’s changed my life, I just found it interesting and tried to introduce the subject matters in every day life. Unbelievably things that would normally annoy me were okay. I play poker at a reasonable level and I found that if I changed my way of thinking I could control my emotions during a game, for example if I’m in a position which I think is appropriate to bluff, it was up to me how I control my emotions not the game if that makes sense. All in all a good read and worth a download Andy x

Written by Blair M on October 2nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Refreshing and enlightening! I loved reading this and found it profoundly insightful. An awesome read!

Author Details

Author Details

Manson, Mark

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