Greenlights

Greenlights

Audiobook CD - 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*ckI'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." --Provided by Publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Penguin Random House, p2020
ISBN: 9780593416952
0593416953
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (6 hrs., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
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ArapahoeAshley Apr 07, 2021

Matthew McConaughey delivers an entertaining, humorous, and often touching memoir that is everything you would expect with plenty of the unexpected mixed in. I highly recommend the audiobook version of this quick read!

ArapahoeSuzanne Jan 19, 2021

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey is fun, insightful, and filled with film facts for any McConaughey-o-phile. I listened to this autobiography/memoir, and loved hearing McConaughey’s sweet Texas drawl, and occasional tooth-whistle. He chuckles and laughs, loudly, at himself (as you will hear) about the ironies and lessons in his life. I was pulled into McConaughey’s storytelling (as he is an Oscar-winning actor, you know), and savored every bit of his life story. I want to hear more, but I will have to wait thirty years or so for Part Two. Thoroughly enjoyed? Greenlight! (You will get that reference when you listen to or read the book.)

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darladoodles
Jan 18, 2021

Matthew made a list of his top ten goals in life shortly after finishing his first movie 'Dazed and Confused' and the first delivery of his iconic line: "Allright. Allright. Allright." The top three included becoming a dad, securing a good woman, and keeping his faith in God (I am paraphrasing). This book shows his journey as he achieves those goals and then goes onto cross yet another ambitious item off the list-- winning an Oscar. At times meandering and at others admirably pithy, this memoir includes memories as well as collected bumper stickers, Prescriptions, and Notes to Self. One of my favorite stories was the way 3-year-old Levi exposed his fear of marrying Camilla and sent him to Pastor Dave for a necessary lesson on the covenant of marriage. The two were married soon after. In my mind, audio is the best way to experience this title. I will chase down a print copy to get a look at any pictures I have missed.

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ReadItOutLoud
Dec 28, 2020

I loved listening to this book! I laughed out loud and couldn’t wait to hear more of these larger than life lessons and tales. I do want to pick up a copy of the physical book to look at some of the referenced pictures and poetry. If you’d like an uplifting and positive focus I recommend this book.

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JOHNPH
Dec 10, 2020

Recommended for insomniacs.Boring.

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McDaddee
Nov 06, 2020

It’s apropos for enlightenment to the soul.

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