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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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Same old self-help mantra.

There is nothing new or inspiring in this book that hasn't been regurgitated a thousand times already in other self-help books. Don't be fooled by the rebellious title. The point is made in the first chapter and the rest is just filler. There is no life changing insight here.

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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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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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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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Lazy and Stupid

I don't say this lightly when I call this book "the worst thing I've ever read" (or listened to in this case). It is just one cliche after another, vague accusations and statements with no backing or evidence, and a liberal scattering of "f*cks" just so we can all be awed by someone putting a swearword in a book. Please don't read this garbage, please don't line Mark Manson's pockets, and please don't follow his advice on anything, especially when he's spewing transphobic hatred in chapter one. Just drop the book in the recycling and back away slowly.

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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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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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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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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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  • Melissa Wikum
  • 2019-08-04

EXTREMELY bizarre ending. Spoiler alert

The book starts off great in some banter and stories, the word 'fuck' is thrown around making Mark Manson ultra relatable. The middle is the usual content of self reflection/ self help. -You are part of your problem. It's a refreshing reminder to reevaluate your own thoughts.
SPOILER ALERT
The last chapter is a confusing near suicide attempt? The book ends with him speaking of how he inched closer and closer the the edge of a cliff and sat on the edge asking himself "if this is really it, if this is all there is?"
His senses and body take over ultimately grounding him back in reality and leaves him feeling "alive" and hopeful. Not my idea of how to end a self help book. I understand the last words are hopeful but the last 10 minutes literally put you on the edge of cliff "taking microsteps" inching closer until your legs are dangling over the edge.... rather an inappropriate ending for people that had just invested hours and dollars into self help. I really liked the book up until the last chapter. The last chapter has completely distracted me from the over all message. I dont think I'd recommend although there were several spots I bookmarked and made notes. Wont be buying his other book.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • DHolliy
  • 2018-06-29

This book wasn’t insightful as hoped.

Not at all what I was expecting, very little was relevant or helpful.
The author made significant points, often in a humorous manner but it got boring listening to “fuck” used in every sentence.

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  • Antonio
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hadjadj hosam
  • 2021-04-18

Awesome

The slap in the face we all need sometimes. Should be taught in all schools.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-02-04

A very good surprise!

A very good surprise for my first book in English (french native). Reader is really significant and clear, and the book present more depth concepts than I have expected. Thanks for all ! ,👍