• The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k

  • By: Sarah Knight
  • Narrated by: Sarah Knight
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A brilliant, hilarious homage to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, showing how to shed your mental clutter for good. Aimed at overachieving but dissatisfied people everywhere. Sarah's inspirational two-step 'NotSorry' program shows how unleashing the power of not giving a f**k will help you shed unwanted guilt and obligations to redirect time, energy and enthusiasm to your true priorities.

Sarah reveals why giving a f**k about what other people think is your worst enemy - and how to stop doing it; how to sort your f**ks into four essential categories; simple criteria for whether or not you should give a f**k (i.e., 'Does this affect anyone other than me?'); and the two keys to successfully not giving a f**k without also being an asshole.

So, get rid of the mental clutter, ditch the perfectionism and create the life you want - for good.

©2015 Sarah Knight (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Not sorry

Sarah Knight seems cool, and i dont hate the book. but yes it could be shorter, yes it's a bit lucky white ladyish but it's good for people who are specifically looking for a bit more encouragement in letting go of guilt and being 'not sorry' as Sarah describes which is why i'm giving this 1 star, not sorry. Mostly because i'm one of those ppl that read bad reviews first, and i agree with the low reviews on this book but i still appreciated it. good thought food, not too deep though. much more preferred quiet by susan cain. i decided i was disappointed when trying to do the pdf. the exercise was hard because i just found myself contradicting myself and making things worse. for instance i was born with a great bod and i dont really give an f about eating healthy or exercising even though it looks like i do... but i want to be healthy on the inside .... so.... wha? i guess if i'm not going to do anything about it i should free myself from giving an f about it too?
the case studies are pretty underwhelming.
4 years ago perhaps this would have blown my mind. but as i said susan cain gave me way more power to be myself and liberate myself from expectations (after a unique journey of other books ofcourse like ie the secret, alchemist, deliberate receiving, etc)
But i also imagine all this resistance is self created. what if we really just don't have to give a fuck.

so all in all, if you have f all to do at work cos the boss you pa for is on holiday and you have a free credit from your amazon audible trial... have listen.

maybe i'm just a little impatient today
but i didn't appreciate the weak case studies and parenting talk, and convincing me to not give a f about what ppl think by giving me survey results of what ppl think...

can't finish it. not eye opening enough for me at the moment

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This is worth a f*ck

I used up my f*ck bucks for my listening time in the shower for this book and they were bucks well spent. her narration is fun and easy to listen to, and the content is applicable and easy to follow.

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love it

I am not giving a F**k I love this audiobook! Listen to it it worth every sec of it!

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I love the book.

I love this book so much. it should be the number one guide to life.

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what a delusion

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Teenagers maybe.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sarah Knight again?

I don't think so. Although I'm not a virgin nun for me the F... in every sentence was way too much and after a few minutes it was super annoying. Also I've expected something new and helpful but I've only heard what I had known well before.

Which scene was your favorite?

When she says that we need to learn to say NO.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Performance was great though.

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Great for those who need it!!

This book was a great analyzation of how I live my life. There wasn't much I learned from this book as I live this way naturally. But it is a great eye opener for the regular person. And for assholes to learn, not to give a fuck while not being an asshole.

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some good points

It had some good points but I think better suited for people who get walked all over and cannot prioritize simple options in life (like going or not going to the pub with coworkers). I was looking for deeper, soul changing thoughts to separate work from after work hours to improve my personal/family life. Really the only thing the book told me was to not give a f#*k and not be sorry. As mentioned it shed some enlightenment on simple things to not give a f&*k about but most of it I already don n't give a f^*k about because I have bigger issues consuming my time, money and energy on.

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  • dave
  • 05-17-16

sorry i could not listen to anymore Fs

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i had high hopes for this for this book after reading the summary, but.......
all i can say is it feels like it has been written by one of the characters from Sex and The City............me, me,me,me, moan, moan moan
Its also my own fault i should have guessed from the title but she uses the F word practically every other word and afterwhile it really starts to grate.
On the positive it kind of worked, as whilts she was going on and on F this and F that and not F'ing wasting your time on things you don't care, I thought yes she is right and stopped listening

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  • Simon
  • 10-23-16

File Under "What the **** was I thinking about?"

It's obvious from the title where this one was going but when it came up cheap I thought "Why not?". It doesn't take a long journey into this book to categorically answer that question. It's not that I mind the f-word or worse in books or films, that doesn't phase me. For example I think it's use at the start of "Four Weddings and a Funeral" is genuinely funny..

Here though it just gets trotted out over and over and over and over again in a book that teaches a mix of the blatantly obvious and expands it to try to make modern selfishness a kind of virtue.

If you need that kind of instruction in being mildly obnoxious and think it's the kind of life and attitude that you would be happy with then jump right in. In truth though there is nothing big and clever about this and personally I would recommend avoiding it.

I'm going to file this one safely in the right place and consider it a lesson learned.

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  • "iain_student"
  • 03-31-19

Read The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck instead

For those who watch The Good Place, this book teaches how to be Eleanor at the start of season 1. Yes, she’s witty and makes for great TV, but also self-absorbed, shallow and deeply alone.

I found this book superficial, obvious and really quite sad. Describing choices purely from the perspective of how they can make (just) you ‘happy’ by only doing things that ‘spark joy’ (come on now, are you 7?) and be seen to be a nice person... rather than - you know - actually being one.

If you want this, well, each to their own.

If you want something more meaningful and that improves how you connect with other people and life, then I’d recommend Mark Manson’s similarly titled (but polar opposite) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.

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  • Mynameis Miss
  • 10-07-16

Disappointing

This book is written for people who have (big) families, boring office jobs, and loads of (non interesting) friends. I can't relate to this as I don't have ties to my family (already stopped giving a f..k long time a go)
This book could've been written much better, it doesn't even discuss random people like neighbours, social media followers etc. which I was surprised about.
I don't do anything anyway that I don't care about; but I'm a leader not a follower of society
beliefs so maybe that's why. I have a job I love, and have fallen out many times with people who expect my f..k giving on their expectations. To me all this about non wanted activity as pub quiz, is just common sense to say no to. This book is written to general people pleasers. I like narrator though hence my 2 stars and it's okay read if you have problems saying NO!

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  • Timothy Barros
  • 02-29-16

And no f**ks were given

such a simple yet untapped word/emotion that can make us change so easily.

it's amazing how many other books come with theories and methodologies that take up soo much mental space and practice that one must ask themselves "is this even working?" before going and looking for that simple yet unspoken solution.

instead of looking what you should be doing right sometimes it's better to look where you are doing wrong and just not spend any more energy - and the best part: most of us can actually smile while doing such thing while uttering "f**k it"

imagine now taking control over your life while basically redirecting all that stress/clutter into one single word and punch out that annoying thing "society" wants you to do... because God knows how many other thousand things you need to do with offending anyone in this day and age

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-28-18

Boring and repetitive

Boring and repetitive, same idea over and over, very little examples are useful. Just watch the Tedx talk instead of full book

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  • Colin
  • 10-29-16

Brilliant book

I enjoyed this book and I hope you do too.... But if you don't, I don't give a .... See, it works :-)

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  • Mr. Owen Ashby
  • 11-24-16

I laughed a great deal.

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This is really funny. I think the narration really makes it. Some sound and basic wisdom delivered brilliantly by the author's narration.

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  • louise Lemmon
  • 09-09-16

I gave a f**k about this book and it was worth it!

Hilarious! And not what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be a 'mock' version of Marie kondo's book, but that wasn't the case at all. I loved this book!

For anyone out there that feels you care too much about what others think of you or if you feel you spend too long doing too many things you're just not interested in. BUY THIS BOOK! It'll help.

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  • Mabbers
  • 01-28-18

Awful and I don’t give a f*** about saying that.

Just dreadful - a horrible person dispensing common sense as some kind of in-depth advice. Honestly, anyone with half a brain who doesn’t work for women’s magazines and believes everything in said magazines should already absolutely know this stuff given that it’s a fundamental part of maturing. Also, the swearing is just absolutely tedious. I know it’s in the title but did it really need to be reappeared so often? I teach my students that repeating yourself is uninteresting to the reader and that’s exactly what happens here. This might have been a great essay for teenagers and immature people who are still far too concerned with what other people think, primarily because they view themselves as existing absolutely at the centre of the lives of everyone they know. However, it isn’t worth the read for anyone with any sense of self worth who already values their own opinion and doesn’t see themselves at the centre of the world of everyone else’s world. Also, she really really isn’t funny.

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  • Cosmin Florescu
  • 08-14-16

Not bad

In summary prioritise your life and don't feel guilty for not spending time on things which don't interest you.

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  • Nikki
  • 02-08-17

I don't give a Fuck about this book

After 2 chapters I gave up. The authors smug narration and forced humor left me cold and as far as any actual helpful advice on not giving a Fuck about things without offending anyone......we'll if you don't know how to agree to disagree or decline invitations politely then your probably just an arsehole.. the one thing I learned from Sarah Knight is I already know how to eliminate things from my life that I don't give a Fuck about and this book is one of them

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  • Marissa
  • 04-10-16

Have listened to multiple times and still love i!

Fantastic audiobook. Easy to listen to and great if you want to learn or laugh!

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  • Rick
  • 01-10-17

Awesome!

Finished it in one sitting... Absolutely awesome and hilarious! With lots of practical to do's

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  • Loren
  • 03-06-17

Not life changing but funny.

I'm not sure I'm the target audience for this book. Having never worked in an office I couldn't relate to quite a bit of the book and things that apparently bother people don't really bother me. I guess I'm a natural non f#@! giver. I still enjoyed listening for a laugh though.

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  • Andrew
  • 01-10-17

Excellent!

Great humour and straight to the point, I've started accumulating a list of things I don't give a f**k about and in doing so I'm finding so much free time =D

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  • Nina
  • 11-24-19

too many no fucks

no fuck about the proper use of the word Nazi - not ok in my view.
no fuck about calling gluten intolerant people pussies - not ok either.
in the attempt to sound like a cool & funny no fuck giving though but the author uses inappropriate language. for me a line was crossed.
also I didn't appreciate her talking about no fuck about someone recycling or not. if me not giving a fuck is just related to myself, my own health, wellbeing, how I engage with my family, work, etc that's fine but the moment it affects the well-being, health and future of all 8 billion people + animals on earth is fucking selfish to not give a fuck.

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  • Jenni
  • 02-20-17

possibly the worst book I've ever read.

I couldn't even be bothered finishing this book, what a waste of time. rehashing the same rubbish over and over

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  • Jordan
  • 02-13-17

Inspiring and motivating read

This well written, funny and relatable book is really motivating and inspiring. While I don't think I'll follow all teachers to the letter, it's so phenomenal that Sarah gets her readers really thinking about all the time they're wasting, with people they don't like, doing things they don't want to do. I contribute this book in part to getting me out of a really long and awful rut, and can't wait to read her other works!

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  • H. Lesley-swan
  • 12-26-18

Awful book

When are narcissistic millennials going to learn that witty is NOT clever? If we all followed the totally selfish (as distinct from self-serving) advice of this writer we would take civilization back to the cave age. Kept waiting for some good oil - only dressed up selfish snake-oil. A very snakey snarky book. Don’t bother..........and definitively don’t give a f**k that you pass it by.

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