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 (153)

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Written by Brandon B. on December 5th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Now if only there was a way to get this message to my generation. There are barely any children that read books anymore. Shit I am almost out of high school, and the number of books I have ACTUALLY read is between 6-10... maybe not even that many. My point is that you should probably try to sell these insights to a television show to get people more around this idea. I'm only 17 and I am so sick and tired of the sappy sorry for myself bullshit that goes on around me in my daily life. PLEASE share this book to everyone you know. Make a difference. I see that the world isn't all rainbows and unicorns. Now only if my peers could see it as well, and didn't have everything handed to them as a kid, and only had to work for everything they have which is what I have done.

Written by Anonymous on November 20th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Witty, engaging, funny, surprisingly profound. 10/10 will be recommending this book to family and friends alike. Frankly, I think this should be required reading for everyone, especially in today's sociopolitical environment.

Written by Anonymous on November 8th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Snore. Advice: Read all reviews (good and bad) before committing to this book. People either LOVED it with a 5 star rating, or hated it and rated it as a 1 star. Depends on the personality. My thoughts on my 1 star rating: The F word is way overused (it’s in nearly every single sentence) The topic was super boring right outta the gate with no depth. I can’t wait to read something better and cleanse my brain of this useless information.

f word 1,000x

Written by Anonymous on October 31st, 2018

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I understand the author may have used the f bomb in the title to get publicity, but I couldn't get past the first chapter because, seemingly, every other word was f. I skipped ahead to the last cd-same thing, f, f, f, f, f ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

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Written by Dan K. on October 23rd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It was a good book, I enjoyed 5 hour ride and managed to finish it in one night. That being said, I don't know if this changed my life because I didn't give any ****s in the first place. Narrator was on point and Mark Manson is a crazy bastard

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Written by Neha Prasad S. on October 18th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 2/5

the narrator was great, however the content was not as insightful. applaud his attempt non the less

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Written by Carrie C. on October 16th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Highly recommend it!

Written by Arseniy T. on October 11th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Way deeper and more interesting than I thought! Don’t be confused about the title. Author gave lots of kcufs about his work

Written by Tammy M. on October 9th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The book made many good points, the overuse of “Fu..” was distracting.

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Written by Robert A. on October 5th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Not sure about this one.

Author Details

Author Details

Manson, Mark

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