REVIEW: Greenlights

I tend to have very specific tastes when it comes to nonfiction. If it’s not about neuroscience or true crime, I’m normally not overly interested. But every now and again a memoir comes up that I just know I need to get my hands on, and one of those memoirs was Matthew McConaughey’s book Greenlights.

Say what you will about his filmography, but I enjoy his movies and could honestly listen to the audio of those Lincoln commercials on loop forever. Knowing that Mr. McConaughey was going to be narrating his own memoir/autobiography/inspiration book thing, I immediately got it for the sake of listening to that soothing southern drawl of his.

The book in the audio format feels like a conversation with a friend you haven’t seen in awhile combined with an inspiration TEDtalk about believing in yourself, in the moment, in life. I really enjoyed learning more about Matthew McConaughey as a person outside of his films and the tabloid rumours about his eccentricities. His upbringing was one I wouldn’t have expected and he has done some truly incredible things that make me respect him on a more personal level. There’s just something in the way he writes/talks that feel so warm, welcoming, and familiar. The likelihood of my ever meeting Matther McConaughey is so slim it may as well be nonexistent, but this audiobook genuinely feels so informal and friendly I don’t really know what else to say.

I will admit that my attention did start to waver a bit towards the end of the audiobook, but for the vast majority of the experience, I was laughing and intrigued at the same time. The prescriptions and “bumper stickers” throughout the book are all very insightful and having been haunted by the feeling of being trapped in stagnation for so long, the little phrases and sayings and states of mind let me get away from that, even if only for a moment.

Obviously I would recommend this more for people who enjoy the works of Mr. McConaughey already, but if you’re in the mood for an audiobook that’s less that 8 hours and a Texan with the most soothing voice in the world, I would recommend it to you as well.

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