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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#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 (230)

Written by Francesca N. on February 10th, 2021

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Yes, as the title suggests, Fuck will be said often. Get over it and listen to the message. And, just do.

Written by Anonymous on February 3rd, 2021

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very interesting point of view

Written by Maja M. on February 3rd, 2021

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Oh fuck, this book was great :)

Written by Anonymous on February 2nd, 2021

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book

Written by Misha Z. on January 27th, 2021

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Absolutely outstanding!

Written by Jessica C. on January 14th, 2021

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Really cool

Written by David S. on January 13th, 2021

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great, easy listen.

Written by Emily R. on January 9th, 2021

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Offers a harsh but accurate perspective that I think many need to hear. Including myself.

Written by Tatiana C. on January 3rd, 2021

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The book was fairly superficial with plenty of cliches and banalities. Writing style is pretty condescending, but there were a few funny jokes- therefore the extra star. The narrator probably accurately portrayed the douchy-ness of the author. Misogyny detected as well, especially towards the last part of the book. There are better ways to spend your time, so skip this book

Written by Anonymous on December 14th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Awesome audio book loved it

Author Details

Author Details

Manson, Mark

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