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Matthew McConaughey

6 Hours 42 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

October 2020

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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
“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

I’ve been in this life for fifty years, been trying to work out its riddle for forty-two, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last thirty-five. 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 this book: an album, a record, a story of my life so far. This is fifty 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 realizing that the yellows and reds eventually turn green too.
Good luck.

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  • MaKaibree R.

    I don’t even have to read it to know how life changing and amazing it’s going to be. I waited up till 1AMmst for its release. Finally got it. Can’t wait to read it. Thank you for writing this inspiration Matthew! XO

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  • Trenton G.

    The most I’ve ever enjoyed a self improvement book. McConaughey has a life worth listening to. Beneficial for anyone in good or bad times. Thanks!

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  • Adela C.

    It was so good I keep talking about it! Listening to it again!

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  • Madle

    Enjoyable. Funny. Unambiguously recommend the narrated version! Not sure it would have the same punch by just written word.

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  • Frazer N.

    Some amazing stories and a solid easy listen. He can be pretty over enthusiastic at times which can get a little annoying. But can't fault him for it, its part of his charm and I wouldn't be listening to it in the first place if it was some old literary grump narrating it!

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  • Alyssa P.

    Loved this. Matthew is one of my favorite actors and I love his voice! Great narration; great messages throughout.

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  • Kurt S

    The intro’s pace and and straightforwardness was good but was not suitable when the first chapter began. It became tiresome after several minutes. I almost turned the book off but continued on. Eventually the tone and pace simmered down. What a relief. The rest of the book was entertaining with exception of moments that seemed like verbal barrages of tmi. I did like Matthew’s voice changes when he spoke in the second person’s character.

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  • Qtee180

    No one is going to tell your life story better than you and I think it was perfect to listen to McConaughey tell it! His stories and the wisdom he learned along the way is life-changing.

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  • Rae L.

    I didn't want the book to end. Having the author narrate was the best possible idea for this book, especially since it was about his life. I loved it.

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  • Van D.

    Outstanding!!! Getting to listen to Matthew for 6 hours was a huge bonus!!!

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