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 (114)

Written by Moustapha L on April 19th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed every single chapter of this book. such wise words.

Written by James s on April 10th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The last chapter gave me so much anxiety I almost threw up.

Written by LaNia R on March 27th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was well worth my time and money. A 5 star recommendation! I can truly say I learned something new that I feel I can take with me for the rest of my life.

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

Written by Gary Y on March 15th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

\"Do or do not. There is no how...\" Just one of many great quotes from this book.

Written by Lana E on March 9th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What a refreshing read. This book cuts to the chase and says exactly what people need to hear.

Written by Primrose K on March 8th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

it's a good reminder for everyone who is somewhat ambitious and currently feels overwhelmed by everything that comes their way.

Written by Cathrine A on March 6th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Brilliant book and very good narrating. Gets one thinking about things that would otherwise seem unimportant.


Written by Robin P on March 2nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fantastic, refreshing!

Written by Walter F on February 23rd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

If self help is your thing then it’s great read! I already don’t give a f#ck, so I didn’t learn too much, but enjoyed it non the less. Narration was awesome!


Written by Paulo C on February 19th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Advices of no utilities to a balanced person, extremelly repetitive.

Author Details

Author Details

Manson, Mark

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