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.

REVIEW CATCH UP: Cabin Pressure [Complete Series]

Somehow I wrote this review towards the end of 2020, but never posted it so let’s have it now:

I’m going to start this review off by saying that Cabin Pressure was actually a radio show on the BBC and doesn’t technically count as an audiobook, but the entire series is listed as an audiobook on Goodreads and is also available in its entirety on Audible so I’m counting this as reading.

John Finnemore’s Cabin Pressure is a radio series following the misadventures of a small airline with an all-star cast of Stephanie Cole as Carolyn, Roger Allam as Douglas, Benedict Cumberbatch as Martin, and John Finnemore as Arthur. It even has Anthony Stewart Head as a guest star on several episodes as Herc and it’s, in a word for fans, brilliant.

I’ve listened to Cabin Pressure about a hundred times over the years and it always makes me laugh because of how silly it is (and yet “Zurich” always makes me cry). Given how upsetting the entire world is at the moment, I wanted a laugh and was so excited to see the complete series available on Audible. I downloaded it right away and have been listening to it over the last few days, especially when anxiety starts to seriously act up. It’s not a long series and I can definitely see myself having it on repeat when I go back to my day job (something I am not looking forward to at the moment given that it’s far too early to reopen non-essential businesses, but that’s another story).

The banter of the show is really what gets me every time. Douglas is so quick and witty, I aspire to his level of sarcasm one day. His back and forth with Martin (especially in the episodes where Martin just gets more and more annoyed) is always so funny, it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve listened to this show, I always laugh. But it’s also really sweet. When bits tease out regarding Martin’s or Douglas’s personal lives outside of flying, it can get sad but they’re there for each other like best mates are, even if Douglas is always teasing Martin. They’re my favourite parts of the show, but Arthur’s cluelessness and Carolyn being just as sharp as Douglas are also wonderful.

In these times of unrest and upsetting news smacking you over the head every thirty seconds, I highly recommend this ridiculously pleasant and funny series. You won’t regret it.

REVIEW: Six Degrees of Assassination

Six Degrees of Assassination is an Audible Original drama series, written by M.J. Arlidge and staring incredible names like Andrew Scott and Freema Agyeman. It is a ten-part, fast paced political thriller where everyone is connected and no one is safe from the fallout.

And I loved it.

To give a synopsis, the Prime Minister of England has been shot at a public appearance and now MI5, MI6, and the House of Commons are all working together to figure out who has committed this terrible crime while also fighting to keep parliament afloat. Everyone is an enemy and personal lives are getting pulled into the cross fire. Who shot John Campbell? And why?

All in, this series is around 5-hours long and I honestly marathoned it over the last two days. Any moment I could listen, I did. (Even if I’m supposed to be keeping up with other thing right now…oops…) The entire cast is amazing and the characters they play are very easy to fall in love with. Andrew Scott is a true chameleon of an actor and his portrayal of Alex in voice alone was show stopping.

I know this is probably a one-off series that Audible has done, but I would happily pay for more with Alex Cartwright in the future. A very, very excited five out of five for this one. I implore anyone with an Audible membership go download this.

Six Degrees of Assassination is a free series available only to Audible members. This post is in no way sponsored by Audible.