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

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 (76)

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Written by Ramya K on September 22nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Was a great book to listen to, clear and insightful.

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Written by nafiu m on September 17th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Amazing book

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Written by paul c on September 16th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I have enjoyed this book immensely.

Written by Lacey S on September 15th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book to listen too. Insightful and entertaining. Highly recommend!

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Written by Adam P on September 7th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Interesting at times but not organized well to provide greater insight. Basically a 32 year old telling you what life is like. Hope he tries again at 62 and it might be less of a mongrel of ideas.

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Written by Cornelis C on September 6th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Inspiring and a great entertainer if you are on the road

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Written by Melissa C on September 2nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book and reading

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Written by Nicole G on September 2nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very good book. Really gets you thinking.

Written by Giselle R on September 1st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book! Definitely something to get inspired by!

Written by Mahogany K on August 31st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

awesome, entertaining, informative and based on science.