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Greenlights

Narrated by: Matthew McConaughey
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Summary

From the Academy Award-winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.

I've been in this life for 50 years, been trying to work out its riddle for 42 and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last 35. Notes about successes and failures, joys and sorrows, things that made me marvel and things that made me laugh out loud. How to be fair. How to have less stress. How to have fun. How to hurt people less. How to get hurt less. How to be a good man. How to have meaning in life. How to be more me.  

Recently, I worked up the courage to sit down with those diaries. I found stories I experienced, lessons I learned and forgot, poems, prayers, prescriptions, beliefs about what matters, some great photographs and a whole bunch of bumper stickers. I found a reliable theme, an approach to living that gave me more satisfaction, at the time, and still: if you know how and when, to deal with life's challenges - how to get relative with the inevitable - you can enjoy a state of success I call 'catching greenlights'. So I took a one way ticket to the desert and wrote what you hold now: an album, a record, a story of my life so far. This is 50 years of my sights and seens, felts and figured outs, cools and shamefuls. Graces, truths and beauties of brutality. Getting away withs, getting caughts and getting wets while trying to dance between the raindrops. 

Hopefully, it's medicine that tastes good, a couple of aspirin instead of the infirmary, a spaceship to Mars without needing your pilot's license, going to church without having to be born again and laughing through the tears. It's a love letter. To life.  

It's also a guide to catching more greenlights - and to realising that the yellows and reds eventually turn green, too.   

Good luck.

©2020 Matthew McConaughey (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Unflinchingly honest and remarkably candid, Matthew McConaughey's book invites us to grapple with the lessons of his life as he did - and to see that the point was never to win, but to understand." (Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

"McConaughey is a talented actor and a fine writer, but a total genius at living. He attacks life with an exhilarating ferocity. This is a wildly unexpected and delightful book you can't just read, you have to experience." (Lawrence Wright, author of The End of October

"It shouldn't surprise you that this book is good, but it will surprise you just how good it is. Wise and entertaining, this is an inspiring memoir and how-to from one of the great outlaw philosophers and artists of our time." (Ryan Holiday, author of The Daily Stoic

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Long Overdue Window to Sincerity

Beautifully written and narrated by Matthew McConaughey, I have both the audiobook and the hardback on release date so listening to the voice I was able to look at the images, scans, photos and handwritten notes contained in the book as well. This account of a life being lived, enjoyed and embraced whilst not being for sale is filled with sincerity, warmth and humility. In Matthew’s own words, it’s a love letter to life, and listening all the way to the end, I really felt that is true. I do not fan celebrities at all, especially Hollywood ones or typical A listers, but this voice was played to me at a time in my life when I needed to hear it so I was excited to get to know the full soul behind that personal experience for me. There are lots of motivational videos online featuring this man’s voice. The book is fast pace and a true page turner, I finished it in the one day and feel nothing but warmth and uplifted. Thankful to have had this experience today. A great read / listen. Five stars from me.

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Read this book, Greenlight...

I suggest you check you preconception at the door, fasten your seat belts for the McConaughey show, exit a better version of yourself, Rinse, repeat if necessary, The books good, funny, painful, as is life... thanxs Matthew.

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Best book I read/listened in a looong time

I enjoyed this so much I didn’t want it to end! I laughed, I cried, and most importantly I listen, learned and got inspired! Matthew you are an inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing your story. Please give us more 🙏🏻🙌🏻❤️

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An uplifting listen

I'm only part way through, but I'm enjoying this book so much. Matthew really draws you into his world, and his enthusiasm is uplifting. He's a great story teller, and you know he has a twinkle in his eye while he's recounting his memories.

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Thank you for Green Lights 🚥

From start to finish (which I did over 2 days) is an absolute delight. Covers every emotion, and helps spark a bit of self alignment. Obviously Mcconaughey's voice telling the story of the man himself was like silk to the ears. I'll be listening to this again and again.

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self Indulgent rubbish

never have I read such pointless self aggrandising crap! shame! great actor who shouldn't write!