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 (168)

Written by Levi K. on June 30th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A book to make you think and question.

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Written by Katie A. on June 28th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I was finding myself caring SO much that it was killing me... And then I would break and give up entirely... it was a constant pendulum swing for me. This book is all about choosing the things to care passionately about, accepting that things will never be perfect and finding the beauty in pain. I tell at least one person a day about this book because it is changing the way I live. #LifeChanging!

Written by Sylvie T. on June 27th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Easy listen , very engaging and hilarious. Once you start you don’t want to put this book down

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Written by Mmaphuru K. on June 25th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I got lost at certain points, though there was humor at certain points but the book was just not captivating for me.

Written by Melissa W. on June 18th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A true life changer.

Written by Anonymous on June 13th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book. Loved it.

Written by Anonymous on March 16th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

love love love this book. I couldn't wait to turn it on every morning on my way to work. the narrator is dry and hilarious. I'm coming back to it again.

The Subtle Art

Written by David C. on March 13th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is a realignment for your mind and soul. The book helps to think and prioritize what you should give a F*ck about and what you are not giving a f*ck about and does so in a meaningful and entertaining way. Read this book! Unless you don’t give a f*ck, then don’t.

Written by Terry S. on March 6th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Does a good job at making you think although sometimes the author is just repeating the same principle.

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Written by Lauren M. on February 25th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I was a little wary due to the title, but it was an amazing book. Great perspective! I will listen to this again! Narrator was great as well.

Author Details

Author Details

Manson, Mark

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