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  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • Written by: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 2016-09-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4.5 (545 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, 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*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

Manson makes the argument, backed by both 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*ck 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*ck is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

©2016 Mark Manson (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Graham Malazdrewicz
  • 2017-11-02

It’s a self help book with f#ck in the title

It’s exactly what you likely expect, and that’s a good thing. The language doesn’t let up terribly throughout, but the perspective is interesting and useful. Well worth checking out.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Jason
  • 2017-11-23

Revolutionized The Way I Look at Life

I tended to worry about things alot before I listened to this now I don't

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Dagan Shaw
  • 2017-11-06

reader thinks he's a voice actor, but he's not.

the guy who reads this gets all breathy and dramatic when poorly imitating people he is quoting, but the content of the book is worth the poor performance.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • BMK
  • 2017-09-08

Loved the book

I never have time to sit and read a paperback. I loved this book, listened to it in the car and during lunch. It made me look at things differently and I am going to listen to it again, probably missed some stuff the first time. I would recommend this book.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-12-07

I Gained Insight and Also Enjoyed This Audio Book

I enjoyed this f@cking audiobook. It was well worth my f@cking time. There, 15 words.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Watch guy
  • 2017-10-27

Don’t waste your time

After reading this book I decided that I didn’t give a F* About it. There isn’t enough material for a chapter, never mind a book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-10-27

An interesting read, not your typical self-help

Mark Manson has a very creative style of writing. He shares some deep personal stories and as well mentions some believes that we may all be thinking but are hesitant to say it. I really enjoyed this book and I felt that the last chapter was one of the deepest moments. Throughout the book you will also find humor as well and that's how he keeps us engaged.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-12-11

easy listening

The narrator was excellent. There were no lightbulb or ah-ha moments from reading this book for me personally. Nothing that I hadn't figured out in my 44 years on this earth.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah Porritt
  • 2017-12-09

Nope.

I really wanted to like this book,but I could only make it about 20 minutes into it before being super frustrated by it. It's written in such a "bro" vernacular...the final straw was the line about "dumping that loser dude who you caught in your pantyhose one too many times" (or something along those lines). Between that and hearing fuck/fucked/fucking like 100 times in 18 minutes was so repetitive. It felt like a super cocky read. I'll definitely be exchanging this one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-12-07

solid book

good information. very similar knowledge as any other self help but portrayed in a different and more edgy manner.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Gil Kerbs
  • 2017-07-17

The author doesn't give a 'F*ck' about your time

I think their is some merit to the ideas of Mark Manson, but they do not give enough content for a whole book, which was rather a waste of time. The first parts of the book were interesting, but later on it was just dragging on and on with no real content. Most of the writing is " I think" rather than "I know" - there are rarely examples or evidence. It's like a living-room chat with a friend.
You could probably sum this book up in a 20 min TED talk without losing anything that matters...

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  • Bonny
  • 2016-09-22

A book for 20-somethings, but not me

I think The Subtle Art... might have had more impact upon me if I was 20-something instead of 59-years-old. The language isn't really an issue (it just becomes another word that doesn't even seem to have much meaning); it's more that Manson is repetitive and doesn't offer anything original that most people haven't learned for themselves in a few decades of experience. For me, the same ideas are expressed much more elegantly, cogently, and thoroughly in The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman.

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  • JAMIE BIRD
  • 2017-07-14

average

a bit pointless really. the first chapter quite interesting but then devolves in to irrelevance.

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  • Ahna Brown-Velez
  • LAFAYETTE, CO, US
  • 2016-09-26

NGAF - Not as simple as it sounds

Part of me bought this book because I thought it was funny and quirky, part of me bought it because I was sick of giving a f*^k about so many little things that ate up my day, I didn't have any energy for the things that really mattered.

This book isn't about throwing everything to the wind and turning in to a useless blob. It's about giving f^*ks where f^*ks deserve to be given, placing your f^*ks where they're going to do you good instead of drag you down. I highly recommend it, but if you pass on it, I really don't give a f^*k.

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  • S. Montreuil
  • 2017-10-30

Horrible

I always wonder why people who are alive don't read their own books. Too busy, too cool, I guess Mark doesn't give a fuck. I struggled to get through the beginning as this is basically Mark offering his opinion with very little substance basically encouraging us to not care of our lives are miserable and to not expect much so we won't be disappointed. what a sad, depressing philosophy. But then he tries to illustrate a point by saying that we shouldn't give a fuck of we never get to touch Jennifer Aniston's tits. Right. If you're not smart enough to come up with a better argument than that, you're not worth my time.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Suzanne
  • 2017-01-18

Targets 20-somethings

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. It has an interesting premise, and a lot of the points the author makes are useful and logical, but as a 34-year-old woman, I found it hard to relate to a lot of what the author said. It seems he's garnered most of his wisdom from years of partying and traveling. Both of those are things I haven't done extensively and don't really do now. The principles still hold true, but I probably didn't need a whole book to learn them. I think a simple blog post would do.

Which character – as performed by Roger Wayne – was your favorite?

I really liked the narrator. Even when the book became repetitive, I was able to pay attention to him, which is saying something for me.

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  • M. J. Laskin
  • Cayman Islands
  • 2017-01-10

He takes one concept and beats it to death for several hours

This must be a book for the intellectually challenged. He takes the Buddhist concept of suffering being the central element of life and the acceptance of this in the 21st century then hits you on the head with it for many hours. This epiphany comes after many years apparently getting it wrong and now at the sage age of 30 he rediscovers it like an undergrad sophomore and should perhaps reread his book again. Anyone who purports to get it, doesn't get it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-11-26

Read with caution!

What did you like best about The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck? What did you like least?

He puts a few things in perspective. That is it.

What was most disappointing about Mark Manson’s story?

I really think his message could be dangerous for some type of minds. I initially liked his approach, but at the end of the day he seems to be putting a damper on wanting life to be great. He makes life seems as though it will suck most of the time so you need to find joy or "feel goods" in the most simplistic aspects of life, therefore, lower your expectations and have less stress until you die. He has a refreshing take on some things in the beginning, but then it fizzles bad to me after chapter 4. I will admit that my take is probably extreme, but in all, it's still accurate. He says some good stuff, but there is nothing wrong with striving for success and trying to be the best you possible.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roger Wayne?

Roger Wayne was a great narrator.

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  • Leah Nakamura
  • 2017-12-06

Worthless babble

I tried desperately to like the book but it was pointless babble. It was very similar to the late night philosophical cacophony after a few drinks in college. I couldn't bear to finish it. I hope it turns out better for others. But it wasn't for me.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Evan Resing
  • San Diego, ca USA
  • 2017-11-28

Shallow self help book for bros

If you prefer your self improvement advice packaged in vulgarity and frivolous stories of the author's sexual prowess, then this book is for you.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mohamed
  • 2017-10-08

blabla book telling stories

the first chapter has the most numerous use I've ever heard of the f word for no reason. one in each sentence.
then the other chapters are a set of stories where the author tried to make them look deep but they are very silly.
Don't waste your time on this book, many better books exist for you..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2017-06-01

great book, amazing spoken performance

The author gives a very cogent analysis of today's collective psychology. His views are original and at the same time very modern in that they incorporate various facts recent psychology work.

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  • an phan
  • 2017-11-06

Best coaching book ever!!!

This is the most honest and clever coaching book I have ever read !!! I particularly loved all the amazing life stories the author used to illustrate his ideas. The author really understood the core problems of our today society. This book helped me beyond my expectations.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-10-20

Life changing

This book changed my life for the best! I'll read it over and over again not to forget some important lessons!!

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  • DB
  • 2017-08-27

Message received

The greatest idea in this book is in the tittle. You have the right and responsibility to pick your own set of values, don't expect a self-help book (or anyone else) to do it for you. Well crafted message. Some of the stories were interesting, but it could also easily fit into a shorter format.

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  • JH
  • 2017-08-22

super

génial ça donne à réfléchir sur la façon d'appréhender l vie et à quoi donner de l'importance

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-08-19

One of the best books I have ever listened to!

This book has to be listened by everyone, really enjoyed it and it has tought me so much about life.

Great book, thank you Mark Manson, for writing this!

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  • Victoria
  • 2017-02-11

Amazing book

This book was something very original that took everything you thought you knew in a different perspective. It really gave depth to what you thought life was, I would recommend this book to anyone, really. It was also very funny to listen to, I had a great time and will surely listen to it again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • cassecoup
  • 2017-02-10

the best book ever!!!

the best book ever!!! read it to get THE BOOST in your life if you want to improve or understand the tricky mindset of humain being. have a good time like I had!