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 (189)

Written by Genesis M. on February 15th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Definitely a wonderful read. It’s refreshing and forces you into a pensive state effortlessly!

Written by Kristi M. on February 11th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Absolutely honest and amazing.

Written by Gale Moreland on January 29th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book inspired me to leave a toxic work environment and start prioritizing what is really important to me. Highly recommended it.

Written by Daniel S. on January 29th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Awesome book Awesome narrator

Written by Anonymous on January 26th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book!! will listen again

Written by Anonymous on January 14th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Well worth the listen


Written by Deon M. on January 6th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Really enjoyed this book Mark tells it as it is


Written by Pamela A. on December 30th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved this! Very real and relatable! I listened to it over two days and going listen to it again, which I don’t often do. - If the F word makes you cringe, this book is not for you. Luckily it is one of my favourite words.

Written by Tatiana R. on November 24th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Simply amazing. I highly recommend this book!


Written by Nathan S. on November 23rd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

If you like this read Peter F Drucker - Managing Oneself.

Author Details

Author Details

Manson, Mark

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