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 (219)

Written by Anonymous on November 22nd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I had to stop listening because I felt like I was listening to some random jock at a bar improvise a lecture on life lessons as opposed to someone with intelligence, wisdom, and compassion speaking. Yes, it's obvious that anyone can write a self-help book, but I wouldn't recommend this one. Much preferred Gary Bishop's "Unf*ck Yourself."

Written by Anonymous on November 17th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Brilliant, poignant, thoughtful. Manson's words will slap you in the face with reality and humility, evoke deeper introspection, make you chuckle, and inspire you to stop getting in your own way.

Written by Jake H. on November 16th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love This book


Written by Anonymous on November 4th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book is interesting and funny at the same time lol

Written by Anonymous on October 31st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Brilliant, honest read.

Written by Matthew T. on October 23rd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book!

Written by Michael K. on October 22nd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I thought this was a horrible book. Turned it off.

Written by Marcell E. on October 10th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great view on life.

Written by Erycka B. on October 10th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great listen! Makes you think about life and really where your priorities should be.

Written by Ronald W. on October 9th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The title should be find something in life that matters. Easy listen and good perspective.

Author Details

Author Details

Manson, Mark

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