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Greenlights

Narrated by: Matthew McConaughey
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
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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.

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 this book: 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

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Just started listening to this book!

love it so far! who wouldn't want to spend 6 hours listening to Matthew speak.

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Tears of laughter and tears that the book has ended

An amazing storyteller, don’t hesitate on getting this book. In the fine words of an Australian “You’re gonna loveit mate”

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Great book

once I started listening to Greenlights I couldn't stop. 10 out of 10, highly recommended.

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Brilliant Green Light

refreshing, raw and dynamic . loved every second of it and as it was read by Matthew even more sincere. proud of the man, father, husband, and actor you are.

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Totally entertaining

This was a surprise. It's not the conventional, sometime uninteresting autobiography. It's witty, thoughtful, insightful and pleasurable. At first, it's not evident that the author was the right choice as a reader, but it couldn't be any other way. There is a tone to the book and Matthew McConaughey is the only voice that could bring it to life. The book is refreshing; it is well presented and it shows another talent to the actor. I could not put it down until it was finished.

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good mix of life events and lessons learned

great mix of sstory and lessons learned. well read and incredibly easy to listen to.

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A must hear!

The guy is a legend...his insight, thoughts and advice are spot on. Keep on Livin Mr McConaughey!

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Love Greenlights

loved it, enjoyed listening to the ups and downs of Matthew McConaghey's life, goes to show even Celebrities are human.

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Matthew has nail it completely. Love every part of it. Thanks for sharing your life with us Matthew. Means a lot.

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Recommend

Really enjoyed hearing Mathew talk about his life and his story telling is very intriguing

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  • Author Matthew Robert Payne
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A funny masterful story teller

As a person who has written 58 Christian Books, I understand how to tell a story and in my own memoir there was story after story, but I could nor compare my story to Matthew's. He is amazing and entertaining and very good with the English language. His words are funny, poetic, deep and all of the other words you would describe something that is fascinating and compelling. I encourage you to listen