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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 17 mins
Categories: Self-Help, Motivational
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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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Absolutely Fantastic

This being my first audio book, I'm very impressed with this work, and extremely satisfied with my choice of book. The narrator's voice fit so well with the writing and felt completely natural. As for the book itself, well, it's something I plan on listening to over and over until it's ingrained in my mind. A Bible of sorts. I'd recommend it to anyone who's willing to take a new approach to their life.

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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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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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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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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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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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  • 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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very misleading

Ii you want to get inspired or clear your head - do not get this book. it will laid the seed of self doubt and confusion.

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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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  • 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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  • Robbieboy111
  • 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.

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Claire Taylor
  • 2019-08-31

Self Involved

Read this when it was the fad of the day; I found the Author to be entitled and over privileged, pretending he acknowledges that, but not really. Essentially, if you love listening to a know it all who turns every subject to make it something about himself (narcissistic much?)...this read is for you!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mme Keren Sharp
  • 2019-10-25

Accurate!

I love the frankness of this book, it blows so many of my mental stories out of the water. Can I really choose where I place my focus, what is important to me, what I want to suffer for? Hell, yes! Now, doing it, that is another matter. Limiting beliefs are, well, limiting, but not permanent.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2019-03-27

Awesome

Totally worth reading! Really, don't have any hesitation in listening to this! Very clever and interesting.