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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

Editorial Review

Free yourself from constantly striving to look on the bright side and give everything your all with Mark Manson’s refreshingly realistic guide, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.

This is not a title for those who can’t stand a bit of swearing… or a lot of swearing. It is not for those who want life to be sugar-coated, nor is it for those who are quite happy feeling coddled. It is an addictive listen for anyone tired of the status quo, who knows things aren’t always great and suspects that simply caring a bit less–or simply ‘not giving a f*ck’–is the key to happiness and success.

Mark Manson's The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life is a guide to letting go of the little things, and finding a better life by stopping nitpicking, critiquing and generally caring far too much about things that just aren't that important in the grand scheme of life. In this unconventional self-improvement book, Mark Manson says finding peace of mind is not about stressing positive thoughts and experiences. In a world that’s inherently negative, the key is learning to let go of the details. The book was a Toronto Star and New York Times best seller, in self-help nonfiction, and a top 10 best-selling title in Canada in 2017. The motto isn't don't try; it's don’t stress. Manson motivates listeners to rebound from setbacks, shake off criticism and reshape their personal values to not dwell on the little things that so often hold us back.

Roger Wayne narrates the audiobook adaptation, and adds an appropriately conversational style to this title. His subtle intonations, pauses and exclamations create an endlessly engaging listen. Wayne’s talent means that this self-help book doesn’t sound preachy, teachy or self righteous, but more like a best friend telling you to get over yourself already and just let it go!

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Neither entertaining nor useful

An odd mixture of questionable philosophical statements, swear words, and hard to believe barely relevant personal stories. If we filter out all these time wasters, we get only one trivial statement left, "set your priorities right", without any clear recommendations how to do it.

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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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Uninspired trash for millennials

I’ve said everything I need to say. There’s a minimum word count. Almost there. There.

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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.

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Listen to chapters 1, 2 and 9.

Mostly mediocre, beginning and ending are fantastic. The rest is mostly rambling and doesn't elaborate much on the main points.
It was definitely worth listening to.
Great narrator.

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Vraiment intéressant, fait beaucoup réfléchir!

J’ai adoré écouter ce livre! J’ai fait plusieurs prises de conscience intéressantes. Je vais le réécouter dans quelques mois pour me ré-enligner! J’ai trouvé l’écoute très captivante aussi, l’auteur donne plein d’exemples pertinents pour illustrer ses propos. Je me sens plus relax après cette écoute et j’essaie de choisir plus librement ce qui mérite mon attention et mon énergie. Je le recommande à qui veut travailler son lâcher prise!

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I hated the book

There is so much swearing in this book that it is just impossible to listen to. I hated it. Was not even able to get through the first 10 mins.

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No, please.

If you are over 30 (or have an IQ over 100) you’ll probably find this to be unsubstantiated drivel. That’s because it is.

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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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  • 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.

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  • Michele Correia
  • 2020-02-26

I can't finish this

This book just goes around and around in circles, If there's a point, I am halfway through and don't care if I ever find out what it is.

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  • Dave St. Elsewhere
  • 2017-05-02

Consider the source

A Millennial born into wealth understands the average person's hardships (his parents got divorced and he got caught with pot at school) and dispenses advice how to live while talking about his sexual exploits and travel adventures in 55 countries. Enjoy the substance! Great narrarator, though.

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  • Cedric
  • 2019-08-02

Could have been a good book

While reading the title I was quite appealed by this book, unfortunately its substance did not follow up.
The introduction is really good and very eyes-opening which got me very hyped. However, after barely one hour read I gave up due to the flood of (very long) anecdotes which has totally drown my interest.
For a counter-intuitive approach, the book is processing in the most standard (if not over-utilized) way like any self-help book out there.
If you have plenty of time listening to over-detailed stories then it might be your book. On the other hand, if you are more pragmatic and a "straight-to-the-point" reader like me it will require much more courage to focus and find pleasure in your reading/listening.

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  • Randy
  • 2017-05-04

Simply Awful Bro-Philosophy

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A (well) thought out argument would have been nice.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Manson again?

No

What does Roger Wayne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Seems to make an unreadable book somewhat listenable. He adds a sense of credibility where there isn't any.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck?

Anything but the first chapter. Everything else is absolutely worthless and cheap drivel.

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This is essentially the most mindless book I have listened to. He takes a simple concept and explains countless ways while beating his already weak horse into a pulp. The preview of the book is literally all you need to understand the whole "concept" of Manson's garbage philosophy. He ridicules self help books despite the fact he has written a terrible yet, ''edgy" one. Save your time and money and skip this.

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  • Daphane1
  • 2020-04-29

Not what I expected

Thought I was going to get something that would inspire me. Did not at all.

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  • Alan K
  • 2019-09-07

Neo-Stoicism

Many people cannot look their dark side directly in the face. So, let them continue to suffer. There are Stoics who sound less dark in their presentatko. Still the concepts are in essence the same. Look into Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and Epictetus for further examples of Stoicism

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  • EMU_Flyer
  • 2018-07-02

Maybe for 20 Somethings, but

This is probably something a your 20 year old should read. If you actually have a career, or a career plan you should skip this book. This should be right up the millennial readers path and with the catchy title as is, I'm assuming this is why it has so many positive reviews. Lots of basics in the book.

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  • Michael Salamey
  • 2018-06-14

Good Story, Not Breaking New Territory Though.

The narrator is great but it seemed to me like the lessons and insight faded pretty quickly after Chapter Two. There are no practical lessons or action items here, just a long editorial on the meaning(lessness} of life. It was good but there are definitely better options for your money. Maybe start with "The Four Agreements", for example.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-05-29

Perspective-shifter!

This is an amazing book for those who are ready to listen to cold, hard truths that have the capacity to shift your perspective. Read this if you're ready to elevate! 🌻

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  • SAMA
  • 2017-11-26

Don't give a f*ck, until you must give a f*ck

Basically, don't worry too much. Take action when you can, adapt when you can't.

The sentence above summarizes the book. Save your money and don't let this book's catchy title persuade you.

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  • Antoine
  • 2019-10-11

excellent reading, boring content

According to the timers, I've listened to this for almost two hours now and still feel like the author is just repeating the same message again and again.

Reading performance is a solid 5 stars though. I recommend the reader, but not the book.

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  • Gali-Jean D.
  • 2018-12-14

Everything is in the title

Learn how to not give a f*ck in a healthy way and live a better life. Highly recommend.

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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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  • 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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  • Mrs. Judith B. Binks
  • 2019-11-19

Overuse of F**k word does not make it sensational

Same old boring claptrap lurking beneath the F-word. Rehashing, recycling and misremembering of apocryphal tales. Nothing fresh. The narrator was too good for the book.

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  • Louis
  • 2018-09-20

Perfect

There where more in this book that i hoped. The title didn’t inspire me much but the book did.

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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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  • 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
  • 2022-06-14

A really counter intuitive to personal developmen

Narration is impeccable and it adds more value then reading.
This book will help you to remove bs from your life and focus on what is important to you not to the world

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  • steph
  • 2022-03-18

Très bien

J’adore la voix de Roger Wayne et l’histoire est très instructive !
Je conseille ce livre !