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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.

Narrator Roger Wayne 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 like any other self-help book you’ve ever heard before.

Writer Mark Manson is the king of not giving a f*ck. He thinks we’re all born caring a little too much about pretty much everything, and that life would be a whole lot easier if we all cared a whole lot less. Consider The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck Audible audiobook as your personal guide.

It was the Toronto Star’s best-selling self-help book in 2016, and a top 10 best-selling title in Canada in 2017.

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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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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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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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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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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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  • jsc
  • 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.

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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.
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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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  • Fireside Cup of Tea
  • 2020-02-07

Its really directed at frustrated young men.

This book is very much directed at and written for angry/frustrated young males and that type of that demographic. It's deliberately not clear in the title or outer cover. So its a waste of money for the rest of us because its clearly written with the kinds of narrative and concepts that would be important to mostly young men or men who "want to feel young". Buddist concepts as well as thoughts on prioritizing or eliminating feelings, things, goals and people unless they truly matter are repeated over and over, The book has some concepts that were good in that they encourage emotional balance in cases where an individual may be overloading themselves. However, it seems like he's encouraging the reader to constrict in social/emotional growth and relationship maturity in many important ways by radical avoidance as oppose to thoughtful selection. I find the advise therein limited in a long term and practical use even for the selected demographic. So, it seems shallow and very casual in terms of encouraging truly life altering change.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Client Kindle
  • 2021-05-31

For exceptional hindsights and great explanations

I loved this book.
The performance itself makes the author sound like a teenager goofball, but the content of the book is good.
Some analyses are illuminating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-18

If i had to resume it

Its impossible to not give a f***about anything so you have to choose what to give a f*** about in your life