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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

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Roger Wayne

5 Hours 28 Minutes

HarperCollins Publishers

September 2016

Audio Book 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**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f**ked 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**k is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mindset that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

Manson makes the argument, backed both by 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**k 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**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

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  • Chris O

    I love this book. I really enjoyed listening to the book. The way it describes our view on life is so true and it made me think on how I need to re-evaluate my life.

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  • Joy S

    This book was so relatable and relevant! I liked the conversational tone of the book. I felt like I was talking to my best friend or listening and finding that we often share the similar thoughts and reactions about the good, the bad, and ugly in life!

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  • Danielle H

    I'm enjoying it a lot! Makes me laugh out loud and that's always good. First audio book I've listened too.

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  • Renate K

    I actually enjoyed the style! It\'s a surprise for me. The ending of a book did not leave me satisfied, though. It gives some food for thought, yet it\'s too weak to be able to answer big and tough questions of life.

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  • Youssra N

    Good content. Very entertaining! Great narration.

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  • kasper n

    Read this before and really enjoyed it. Love listening to the audiobook when I need to kick myself hard in the face with a little dose of reality. Great book, pretty good narration.

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  • Aurelie Z

    My first audiobook !

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  • Michelle C

    My first Audiobook and I listened to this. It was great listening to this and look forward to reading more.

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  • Brian H

    Great content that definitely was applicable to me personally. The material is presented in a humorous way, so it's an easy listen. I'll listen to it many times to try and absorb more of it.

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  • Gretchen T

    Some good tips, but nothing earth shattering. It was entertaining.

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