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Matthew McConaughey

6 Hours 42 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

October 2020

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Discover the life-changing memoir that has inspired millions of readers through the Academy Award®–winning actor’s unflinching honesty, unconventional wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.


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

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  • Zaimah H.

    Can’t find a better voice. To tell better stories. With content more enlightening and practical. Loved it. (PS... Greenlight.)

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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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  • 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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  • Ro3cc

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

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  • Anonymous

    Language is awful. F this F that. Couldn’t finish this

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  • Anonymous

    Great book until the last 7 minutes….. once he went all BLM I turned it off!

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  • Shahrzad T.

    It didn’t teach me anything. Appeared more of a self serving book for the author.

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  • Caroline

    Best book listened to in 2021. Love it. Didn’t want the book to end. What a narrator too!

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  • Anonymous

    Interesting listen but seems exaggerated.

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