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Greenlights

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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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  • Ro3cc

    An amazing story to an incredible life which is relevant to us all on a personal level.

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  • Anonymous

    He is an amazing story teller! This was extremely well written!

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  • Marcus V.

    Matthew is a pretty good story teller.

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  • Jacklyn V.

    An outrageous tail of youth and maneuvering into adulthood with side tracts of fantastic proportions! His continued Respect for each of his parents thoughout it all is very impressive as well as his discovery of his own religious values !

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  • Renee

    Only through the first hour but I could listen to this all day.. very entertaining! Highly recommend!

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  • will Schofield

    Great book, was definitely a green light!

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  • Kay L.

    l am currently listening to Green Lights written and narrated b Matthew McConaughey. l really like hearing about his life in his voice. This is a very good book. It give you a different outlook on life.

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