• 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 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 2016-09-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2,457 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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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.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Point Made in First Half Hour....

He made his point, in the first half hour, then beat it to death for the rest of the time. I will try to return it...not worth it, once you get past the catchy title.

24 of 29 people found this review helpful

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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.

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Revolutionized The Way I Look at Life

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

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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.

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

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solid book

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

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incredible. life changing

epic. first audio book on audible and I'm hooked. this booked change my life! Cant wait for another book

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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.

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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.

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • Tyler
  • 2017-05-31

AKA common sense, and buddhism reframed

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No

Would you recommend The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck to your friends? Why or why not?

Not really, most are smarter than that

What aspect of Roger Wayne’s performance would you have changed?

He was the best part about the book

Did The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to disconnect from my Social Media

Any additional comments?

This is really basic, simple shit. I can imagine if you have no familiarity with the basic principles of Buddhism and Taoism, you might dig this. Its basic philosophy rephrased with significantly more uses of the word Fuck.

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  • Far Far
  • California
  • 2018-04-05

Trite

Using the F* word does not turn trite and obvious cliches into insights. If you like being shouted at by someone who thinks he’s smarter than you are, you might like this book .

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  • Robert
  • 2017-11-20

Cheap

Take an intro to philosophy class instead...read Plato...something with depth. This book is watered down bs...not worth the time or money.

243 of 281 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-06-28

Didn't find value in the content

I feel like the book assumes the reader is a pessimistic looser. I constantly found myself getting pat on the back to tell me life doesn't have to be that bad. I'm my case I'm really optimistic and I didn't find value for me in this book . This book however could be a really good read for people that see the glass half empty

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

231 of 270 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..

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  • Clem
  • 2018-06-11

très impactant bien qu un peu long

très impactant bien qu un peu long
à lire en tous cas si l on veut aborder le développement personnel sereinement

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  • Goldstein G.
  • 2018-06-09

Bonne réflexion

donne de tres bons éléments sur lesquels réfléchir. permet de se remettre en question sur des points importants. confirme les autres best sellers (les 7 habitudes) sur l importance du choix de nos valeurs et de vivre en adequation avec celles ci. ecoute en anglais pas trop difficile car le lecteur articule bien et ne parle pas chewing gum

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  • Joana Pereira
  • 2018-06-01

Dont give a F

J'aime la voix, c'est agréable à écouter.
Pour vraiment tout comprendre je devrai écouter une deuxième fois puisque c'est en anglais mais franchement c'est super intéressant.

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  • vincent hurner
  • 2018-04-20

vraiment nul

c'est vraiment nul et la lecture est carrément atroce. d'autres livres de cet auteur étaient bien pourtant... :-(

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-04-10

amazing

best book for self-help junkies. read it if you are tired of bullshit repeated advice

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  • AmShagar
  • 2018-03-16

mind blowing

The subtle art of hearing what you always have known, but never been told 😳

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-03-07

Game changer.

First Audiobook for me, and I already know that finding a better experience will be challenging.

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  • Michael
  • 2018-03-02

Good. not more

The author gives a good deal of sane approaches to life. Pretty good when starting to really think on life and what's important about it. However if you're a deep thinker the book kind of lacks in depth. I must say I really liked the 2 first chapters. The rest of it is less surprising i'd say.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-03-01

i had high expectations they were all broken

nice read but nothing new or life changing it made me anxious at times it's not the type of book you become excited to read everytime maybe it's just me but it didn't teach me anything new