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About the Creator
Mark Manson is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, the mega-bestseller that reached #1 in fourteen different countries. Mark’s books have been translated into more than 50 languages and have sold over 12 million copies worldwide. Mark runs one of the largest personal growth websites in the world, MarkManson.net, a blog with more than two million monthly readers and half a million subscribers, making him one of the largest and most successful independent publishers in the world. His writing is often described as ‘self-help for people who hate self-help’—a no-BS brand of life advice and cultural commentary that has struck a chord with people around the globe. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, Forbes, Vice, CNN, and Vox, among many others. He currently lives in New York City.
The subtle art of giving a F*** about your love life
From the man who practically invented the swear-word-laden book title comes a decidedly unbookish release dedicated to helping people make better choices about their love lives. What results feels like an “if they mated” love child of the best relationship advice columns and self-dev podcasts. Love is Not Enough comes to life as Manson works through real-life romantic (and not-so-romantic) quandaries with people ranging from a serial-Tinder-dater to a twice-divorced intimacy-phobe to someone in a three-year affair with a man she met at work. I’d be lying if I said that voyeurism wasn’t part of the appeal of this listen—which allows you to be a fly on the wall during these very candid conversations—but sprinkled throughout are Mark’s on-point observations and subtle (!) instructions on how not to f-up your life by making bad decisions about who to pair off with.
What members say
By Jennifer Lee on 2020-04-16
Relatable, real stories.
This is the 3rd book of Mark Manson’s that I’ve “read” - this one being an audio only version. Hearing the first hand account of the 5 people he interviews over a span of time adds to the authenticity of their stories.
Mark Manson is the guy that says F**k a lot. His usual approach is direct, and his unfiltered words slap you across the face in an attempt to wake you up to the truth - your truth. In this book however, he came through much gentler and supportive. I always imagined his voice to be much more intense and harsh but he’s refreshingly quite calm. Unlike the one-way communication of his books, this is a two-way communication between him and his subjects, along with his added commentary of what he observed. Instead of dumping the brutal truth onto his subjects, in true coaching fashion he’s right there with them - curiously nudging and redirecting. He encourages each to become more conscious and to explore the road blocks getting in the way of love.
Each chapter is a discovery for each person to set boundaries, identify power struggles, explore their fantasies, become more vulnerable, express courage to be loved and to recognize the simplicity, yet difficulty in doing each.
Hearing the sessions reminded me that an emotion as significant and complex as love, is a journey. You don’t start the journey “bad” at love and end the journey “good” at love. There is no end and no beginning; there is rarely an obvious before and after. Rather, if we’re brave enough to get uncomfortable and ask for what we need, we’ll experience more moments that allow love in. The people and their stories are relatable and you’ll likely see yourself in one of them.
1 person found this helpful
By Avalon electric ltd on 2020-05-17
This book is easy to listen to and was very interesting. When I first realized it was going to be interviews with people instead of a standard book I was thinking I was wasting my time. But I gave it a chance because I like Mark. It turned out to be very insightful for me and I highly recommend.
By Julie DeMelo on 2020-05-04
A very good listen!
No matter what stage you are at “ figuring out relationships “. These were some good stories and interviews that will make us all think and relate. I recommend it for anyone struggling or just loving to learn more about why we do what we do in relationships
By Anonymous User on 2020-04-25
Podcast style breezy listen
I enjoyed this format of audiobook. Felt like I was in someone’s living room eavesdropping (with permission) on a very honest and open conversation between two people. You might listen to the stories and think this is passé, or you’re too wise and above this, but Mark Manson peppers these stories with observations, examples, and concepts that bring to light some blind spots I personally was unaware of.
I recommend this for anyone who wants to make a deeper connection with themselves.
By Nav Wirach on 2020-04-20
Advice for everyday life AND relationships
Communication, vulnerability, boundaries, intimacy, independence - not just specific to maintaining and developing relationships but also integral to how we as individuals function with one another. This format is different than Mark's previous books but echos a lot of the lessons in the unique situations and circumstances faced by the many individuals Mark meets with.
By Tyler Drumm on 2020-03-27
Keep doing what you're doing!!
I have been an avid Mason reader for a while now. Looking forward to the Will Smith book buddy... I know you're going to kill it!! He always keeps me engaged with the stories, philosophies, and ideas of how to look at things in a different perspective and that is something that is cherished and that is valuable to me. This new project "Love Is Not Enough" is something everybody should take a look at. People sometimes get stuck in these modes of thinking that end up hindering their ability to live fully and happy ("The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken"). So thank you Mark for inspiring me to be a better me. If I happen to see you in a bar someday... drinks are on me! Cheers!
14 people found this helpful
By Nicole M Duncan on 2020-03-27
Was a big fan of Manson’s relationship blog and excited for this release. Unfortunately, found it to be tedious, boring, and painful to listen to. Very disappointed. :(
11 people found this helpful
By karla lopez on 2020-03-29
i really enjoyed it, easy to followed.
funny at times, serious when need it to be.
10 people found this helpful
By lovethatworkout on 2020-04-23
Upsetting and disappointing
Mark chose 5 cases out of thousands of relationship issues, and guess what he chose? He is actually counseling one woman on how to have a better relationship with her married affair partner of 3 yrs! I was appalled! Is that so common is his professional experience that he thinks the rest of us want to know how to have better relationships with our affair partners! I am still upset from reading and just returned the book
9 people found this helpful
By Anonymous User on 2020-03-29
Listening in on the compassionate Mark give advice without judgement I could use session myself // plenty of pointers available for anyone who wants the change but doesn’t know the next the next step....you’re sure to relate to one of these . Thanks for putting it out there for people like us.
8 people found this helpful
By Idalin Bobe on 2020-03-30
Helpful to hear the pitfalls of other people
Sometimes it is hard to self reflect on ways we may come up messy in a relationship, or the ways that we self sabotage from the one thing we want: to feel loved and accepted. Listening to the struggle of other's can help, as you can reflect on your experiences and see where you too may have fallen in a similar mind trap, all in the name of protecting yourself. The book is fun to listen to, though I felt the stories were very extreme and it was hard to relate to the people he interviewed. I was hoping to hear a story from a less dramatic person but I guess it is those stories that our media loves to highlight. Mark Mason has a very nonjudgmental approach to how he sits and listens, though he is assessing things, but still I appreciate how he narrates and engages with each person. It is a good listen.
7 people found this helpful
By Jamie T on 2020-03-27
This was pretty eye opening to hear very similar issues to my own presented across most of the guests. Thank u so much for another great listen!
6 people found this helpful
By Eran Meishar on 2020-03-28
Another great work by Mark
relatable, honest, and no-fluff advice from Mark and the characters in this book. The expected quality advice from Mark.
4 people found this helpful
By Anonymous User on 2020-03-30
Awesome awesome awesome
I have learned so much from this book. Once again, Mark strips it down and talks sense about a topic that doesn't tend to make much sense....I loved it. Highly recommend.
3 people found this helpful
By karens815 on 2020-03-29
So eye opening...
Wow, this was so good! I saw myself in so many of the ones who shared their story. Mark did a great job of explaining the patterns.
3 people found this helpful
By Sandra on 2020-04-04
Great guide to healthy love
Such a great guide to building a healthy loving relationship. I could relate to all 5 totally different people love stories thanks to Mark who brings to light common patterns. So interesting and encouraging to see the evolution of these 5 people throughout the project. I particularly appreciated Marks comments and guidance. Endearing characters, laughs, tears, aha moments... Amazing audiobook!