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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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  • Michael K

    Don't let the title throw you off. Mr. Manson offers excellent insights into a great way to approach life and work. It's certainly warranted a second listen. Highly recommended!

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  • yessenia r

    by fair the greatest book to keep a open mind !! i love it

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  • Jack C

    Immensely thought-provoking and truly does put things into perspective! Definitely worth a read - maybe two! The narrator is very engaging, too! Beautifully read and immersive throughout! Highly recommend!

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  • D Gagliardo

    A good perspective I enjoyed listening to it.

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  • C Charles

    I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone! The message is compelling and the humor will make you laugh out loud.

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  • Bharath S

    My first audiobook in this site and it\'s been a fantastic listen. The narrator has done a pretty good job without going overboard. Thoroughly enjoyed and a must recommend for any audiophile!!

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  • Mike B

    It was the first book I’ve ever listened to and I really enjoyed it

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  • K Jahn

    The only self help book that ever helped me understand not only how to feel better, but offered blunt advice on how to transform words into action. This is a life changing read. You’re missing out on everything your life can be by not listening to every. F*cking. Word. written by the author.

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  • jean g

    I liked the basic info in the book. it was an easy listen as well.

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  • Pam B

    A great insight into how to approach life. Well read, made me smile and laugh out loud.

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