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 (177)

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Written by Anonymous on October 9th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The book made a lot of sense. It had a number of good points and was a really interesting read. It’s well written and I listened for 5 hours straight. It’s very insteresting.

Written by Tsholo K. on October 7th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I feel like I should be the sales person for this book, it’s so good I want to buy all and give away for free. And I totally believe the narrator did this book justice because I think the voice in our heads sometimes doesn’t sound as candid and free as the narrator of this book was...which drilled the message loud and clear into my heart and mind.

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Written by Donna F. on October 3rd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Well worth the listen and good for engaging teenage boys

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Written by Anonymous on September 26th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book is awesome. Yes, the author uses profanity but I found it to be vital to his point. Get ready to change your perspective.

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Written by Anonymous on September 2nd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Thought provoking book!

Written by Margaret C. on August 9th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed the book mostly because of the narrator. He is simply f**n awesome! Guess I could use that word for this book. Lol

****

Written by Anonymous on August 6th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Not a big self-help book fan, in fact I straight up dislike self help books. But this one was at least worth a read. Manson calls the sugar-coated-fakery of North America as it is, a pile of crap. Of course, lot of people will not like it because they care too much about trivial stuff that other people do and say in everyday life. If you are the person who is offended by the amount of curse word used in this book, then this book is for you.

Written by Anonymous on July 28th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book!

Written by Anonymous on July 26th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A refreshing take on a self help book. I recommend this book!

Written by Levi K. on June 30th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A book to make you think and question.

Author Details

Author Details

Manson, Mark

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