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Everything Is F*cked

A Book About Hope
Narrated by: Mark Manson
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
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From the author of the international mega-best-seller The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck comes a counterintuitive guide to the problems of hope.

We live in an interesting time. Materially, everything is the best it’s ever been - we are freer, healthier, and wealthier than any people in human history. Yet, somehow everything seems to be irreparably and horribly f*cked - the planet is warming, governments are failing, economies are collapsing, and everyone is perpetually offended on Twitter. At this moment in history, when we have access to technology, education, and communication our ancestors couldn’t even dream of, so many of us come back to an overriding feeling of hopelessness. 

What’s going on? If anyone can put a name to our current malaise and help fix it, it’s Mark Manson. In 2016, Manson published The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck, a book that brilliantly gave shape to the ever-present, low-level hum of anxiety that permeates modern living. He showed us that technology had made it too easy to care about the wrong things, that our culture had convinced us that the world owed us something when it didn’t - and worst of all, that our modern and maddening urge to always find happiness only served to make us unhappier. Instead, the “subtle art” of that title turned out to be a bold challenge: to choose your struggle; to narrow and focus and find the pain you want to sustain. The result was a book that became an international phenomenon, selling millions of copies worldwide while becoming the number-one best seller in 13 different countries. 

Now, in Everthing Is F*cked, Manson turns his gaze from the inevitable flaws within each individual self to the endless calamities taking place in the world around us. Drawing from the pool of psychological research on these topics, as well as the timeless wisdom of philosophers such as Plato, Nietzsche, and Tom Waits, he dissects religion and politics and the uncomfortable ways they have come to resemble one another. He looks at our relationships with money, entertainment, and the internet, and how too much of a good thing can psychologically eat us alive. He openly defies our definitions of faith, happiness, freedom - and even of hope itself.

With his usual mix of erudition and where-the-f*ck-did-that-come-from humor, Manson takes us by the collar and challenges us to be more honest with ourselves and connected with the world in ways we probably haven’t considered before. It’s another counterintuitive romp through the pain in our hearts and the stress of our soul. One of the great modern writers has produced another book that will set the agenda for years to come. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Mark Manson (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Editorial Review

Stoicism and toughing it out are definitely thematic trends in self development these days, so it’s super refreshing to hear a pivotal writer in the genre advocate the importance of feelings—especially because Manson cleverly slips in the message beneath a veneer of cool, occasionally cuss-y apathy. His acerbic prose and in-your-face analogies belie the absolute necessity of emotional acknowledgement when it comes to motivation. Manson lays out a convincing case that emotions and logic serve specific roles in getting yourself to do what you want—and an over or underbalance of either is a surefire way to fall into the pits of hopelessness. Full of laughs and insightful parables, this is the perfect listen to gift to the feeling-averse (or highly illogical) friend in your life. —Sean T., Audible Editor

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Good content, bad delivery

The book is good. I simply cannot listen to Mark Manson’s narration. I was left longing for the narrator from his previous book. Just too monotone for my adhd brain to stick with it. I needed the engagement of an expressive voice. Couldn’t even make it halfway through.

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Masterful writing, but stick to writing

The content and narrative of this book is fantastic! Just like it’s predecessor..... However, after listening to the Subtle Art, it just didn’t hold up from a performance standpoint. My only wish is that Mark Manson had chosen to let the same person narrate this version for him again, instead of doing it himself.

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5 star Philosophical soft-porn for the masses.

Read and masterfully delivered by the author, Manson constructs an easily digestible accessible philosophical jaunt through clever interpretations of Nietzsche and Kant as well as the Stoics.

Manson's path begins with his scribbling - in tiny print - The Uncomfortable Truth (essentially, that no matter how much we distract ourselves, the human condition is meaningless) on coffee cups for unsuspecting chain store customers, leads through a step-by-step "As Seen On TV" tutorial to create your very own religion, inevitably brings the reader to a conclusion that it's not because everything is f#cked that we need hope rather it's hope that needs everything to be f#cked, then explains how Edward Bernays channeled this truth with his Uncle Sigmund's conclusions to manipulate and convince the masses of their #fakefreedom while creating what is now the modern advertising economy.

Manson finally suggests that, “Instead of looking for hope, try this. Don’t hope. Don’t despair, either. In fact, don’t deign to believe you know anything...Don’t hope for better, just be better. Be something better. Be more compassionate, more resilient, more humble, more disciplined...— be a better human.”

My Audible experience was as enjoyable as Manson's previous entry into the pantheon of anti self-help self-help books and i found myself LLOL'ing (legitimately LOL'ing) enough to consider this work, much like life, a dramedy.

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Narrator is lacking.

I enjoyed Subtle Art alot due to pacing, this narrator lacks the charm and character.

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a string of ranty blog posts w/ a few good points

This isn't a "book" in my opinion. It's more of a collection of essays and ranty "blog posts" with maybe 1 or 2 academic-ish articles for HuffPo.

There are some parts of the 'book' that were well researched, provided excellent points and I thought to myself "oh wow" and "I'm going to have to read this again!!!" (30%) the rest was odd and didn't belong, despite Manson's best efforts to make it all fit. I feel like I read a string of ranty blog posts...

The writing also oscillates between deplorable to somewhat academic.

There are times where it reads like a polished, academic book (about 20%) but more often it is ranty blogging with slang like "Cray cray" and vulgar examples that Manson seems to slip in for shock value (except it doesn't work).

Manson is also a terrible narrator. His voice is bleh, but more alarming: he can't properly read his own writing--he can't deliver his own jokes and punchlines (!) It comes out awkward and unnatural-- making his "cray cray" and other slang even more distracting/weird.

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A sequel with more meaning than it's big brother

Mark Manson hits the desperate desire in our current generation for hope and purpose. He grasps the current need for books that tell a story of hope in our society of what bleeds leads our news feeds.

This book preaches independence in a world where mob mentality and political correctness overshadow thought and reason.

Manson's dare to hope is an ode Martin Luter King Jr's I have a dream speech, but for the 21st century. "I hope that people are never treated as means but only as ends.....We imagined our own importance, we invented our purpose, we were and still are nothing, all along we were nothing, and maybe then, only then, will the eternal cycle of hope and destruction come to an end or:"

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Was ok

Not as good as his previous book. It was a little better then ok. Worth the read if you like the guy

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Not as entertaining as the first

Not nearly as enjoyable as the first to listen to but was still worth the read. I guess being less entertaining is part of the point of the book in light of the topic of distraction.

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Meh

Not as good as his previous book, but some interesting insights borrowed from Nietzsche and Kant.

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underwhelming

this book does not even compare to his last. although there are many good points in this book with the occasional good story, I never felt fully committed to this book. narrating is lacking and I basically listened for Sox hours only for the last hour to hear he is just getting ready for the terminator franchise to come to life . if you enjoyed his last book I cant say you will you enjoy this .

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  • Kentoski
  • 06-04-19

60 mins of actionable ideas in a 7 hour wrapper

Manson is fun to listen to, but it just doesn't feel like there is enough depth of content to truly challenge your perspective.

Maybe it's just that he's preaching to the choir, and that if you want to read this book, you won't get as much out of it as someone who doesn't want to.

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  • Mr Meldrew
  • 05-24-19

Cop out

Very disapointed endless historic stories then rambling about AI WHY? Not impressedeo feel conned and it was a cop out to the required subject matter!

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  • cactus
  • 05-18-19

He shouldn't have read it himself

Now I know how important narrator is. The previous book was not only better because of the story but also had an excellent narrator. Mark why did you read it yourself :( man?! Really dissapointed about the story too. It just doest clear what it is trying to say.

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  • Dave Elliott
  • 07-17-19

Boring and full of negativity

Boring, monotone narration, with the content of the book just mind numbingly dull. Save yourself seven hours listening to this, and do something positive instead.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-19

Didn't enjoy it at all

I loved the first book, it really touched me and I listened to it twice. This was nothing in comparison, for me. I was hoping for something along the same lines but was really disappointed.

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  • slipperychimp
  • 06-02-19

Rushed undergraduate thesis constructed from blogs

This book is like the result of someone rushing to meet an undergraduate thesis deadline on a subject they know very little about. There’s no real structure or message, and the ideas presented lack depth of thought or analysis. It’s as though the author picked his favorite 20 unrelated publications and then condensed a few points from each one in to a single book. I think Manson was attempting to produce his own version of Sapiens by Yuval Harari but without the intellectual standing or knowledge to deliver.

Although I thought the Authors other work: “The Subtle Art of not giving a f*ck” was entertaining enough and worth a listen for the ‘millennial generation’, I’m sorry to say I don’t recommend this one at all. It’s not the worst book I’ve come across, but compared to his last work, I felt the author was trying too hard to be funny while the narration was mono-tone, badly paced and just plain boring.

Rather than hitting that pre-midlife crisis market, this one is more for the spoilt 14 year old who feels unloved because mummy and daddy got a divorce. I found most of the book was totally disengaging, especially the ‘how to start a religion’ section, as a non-religious person even I found this to be just unfunny rambling bluster (quite a few of Mansons 'jokes' have been circulating for some time...)

From what I can make out, the core of the book is that humans react because we have feelings, while also having a logical brain. No sh*t! This level of obviousness along with a general naivety was present throughout. For example, extremist thought is highlighted in the book to have many proposed factors and drivers, however the author quickly dismisses these and proceeds to reduce not being able to reason with extremists down to the absence of a powerful parent and therefore they are just being childish. Simple! All the world’s problems can be solved if only everyone read this book ….

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-19-19

not as expected,not at all engaging.

It's not engaging needs more substance. not as powerful as title says it's fucked book

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  • Samuel
  • 06-14-19

Not quite the subtle art....

‘The subtle art of not giving a f*ck’ was a great book. This..... not so much.

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  • Ash Carter
  • 07-30-19

The book lacked a why?

Didn’t really get the point of the book, like how it’s going to help anyone, was an ok listen but I’ve left not really understanding the point of it. Mark as always thou very funny and witty.

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  • Marie
  • 07-21-19

This book is f*ucked

A bit of a misguided effort to make an unclear point. Totally unlike any of Mark Mansons other content or previous book. Bit disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-19

wow

what the hell did I just listen to??
A banquet of food for thought.
The second book by Mark Manson that I've listened..
.. I'm off to find some more written by him...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-19

Another outstanding listen

I find Mark to be worthy of attention, his delivery and view is very captivating, my mind eases listening to his words....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-27-19

Insightful Perspective

Well Mark has done it again.
With his meticulous attention to detail.
Mark has dissected analysed and elaborated many untold truths about history, social agreements and the things we have chosen to take for granted.
Great book.

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  • Warren King
  • 05-28-19

A great follow up to The Subtle Art, but way more philosophical

A really enjoyable dive into much deeper elements hinted at in The Subtle Art... this book should challenge you to be better and to reframe how you approach life. It doesn’t decry religion or make fun, but points out weaknesses of character and the necessity for maturity. My words can’t capture the essence of the book well enough, but safe to say if you enjoyed The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k and titles like Sapiens and Homo Deus, this will be right up your alley. Challenge yourself.

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  • Tin man
  • 06-10-19

Loved it

i found myself making up reasons to go for a drive just so I could keep listening! Definitely an eye opener that's fire sure!!

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  • Rodney Wetherell
  • 05-29-19

Compelling reading on many subjects

I could not stop reading this book, though kept wondering what sort of book it was - it's not a straightforward self-help book, nor a work of philosophy, let alone theology, but Mark Manson does touch on these areas all the time, and others besides. His portraits of episodes in the lives of Newton, Nietzsche et al are fascinating, and well-used in his analyses. He goes in for too many sweeping statements, unsupported by evidence, so the only way to read this is as a series of viewpoints, a prolonged opinion piece - a long sermon, perhaps. Once you accept that, you can just go along with it, agreeing with this, disagreeing with that. I have not read Mark's first book, but may now do so. I believe he will start useful arguments in the minds of readers, and between readers. Mark's pronunciations are sometimes not correct - one would have thought he would find out how to pronounce the name Nietzsche, since he says it dozens of times throughout the reading. It is not 'Nietzschie'.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-27-19

absolute must read

not a self help book thank f###. marks narration was addictive and sincere .

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  • Jane
  • 07-26-19

Maybe just watch “The Matrix” again.

I enjoyed the framing around philosophical concepts but felt is devolved into a personal rant from the author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-19

awesome book, would listen to again

loved how relatable this book is.
requires some focus but good stories, scientific evidence based and motivating.

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  • Keagan
  • 07-14-19

Contradictory pseudoscience of an angry athiest

Part 1: We NEED hope to function; Part 2: All hope systems suck (especially religion and especially Christianity); Part 3: We don't need hope to function.
I was on board initially with his narrative, but his straw man arguments got me a little concerned, and his major self-contradiction in his solution made me stop listening to this. Ironically, by his own measure of a great writer engaging both emotion and reason he failed. Catchy title though.
Hope is a tough subject, but this isn't the answer.

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