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1.0 out of 5 starsBEYOND HORRIBLE. Save your time and money.
Reviewed in Canada on January 13, 2021
I would give this book zero stars if I could, it was the BIGGEST disappointment. First off it arrived filthy, the cover was greasy with black marks I had to clean off. Then I started reading and I just could not get into it. Horrible writing style, cannot even read the scribble of his own text. Completely disjointed and not even remotely inspiring. Another reviewer mentioned something about seeming like it was written with an open thesaurus near by and I have to agree. His family life growing up sounds very disturbing and he passes it off as love? What? The stories he told were was so over the top, it bordered on being boring because of it. Or I just could not relate in the slightest. I had to stop reading, my time is more valuable than that. What an absolute WASTE OF TIME and MONEY.
It is hard to fine an inspirational book that can change your life. This is one of those. Matthew is so deep in his feelings and they seem to be very genuine. A life changer for sure. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for positive inspiration. 5 Stars
3.0 out of 5 stars
By spelt still wrong on October 22, 2020
Hey he spelled "Still" as "Sill" everyone
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5.0 out of 5 starsMatthew McConaughey on the cover
Reviewed in Canada on November 14, 2020
Need I say more? This is a insightful book that gives background on his upbringing and how he made his own opportunities. He set personal boundaries and did not waiver. I purchased the hard copy and I have the audiobook as well. Cause well Matthew ......
Incredible book ! Well worth the money. I'm not a big reader but this book I could find relatable in alot of ways. Matthew McConaughey is quite the talented engaging guy to watch on screen & to read about his personal struggles & successes. Highly recommend this book
Greenlights is a remarkable first book from an already renowned artist. Kind of a mashup of Anthony Bourdain with Ernest Hemingway, McConaughey tells stories with the aplomb of accomplished raconteur. Part memoir, part life guide and part ethic Greenlights is worth reading for many beyond McConaughey’s fan base; basically anyone who likes a good man’s man adventure story.
Born into the lower middle class in East Texas, McConaughey looks back nostalgically at a childhood few would envy. His parents divorced and remarried each other twice, he was subject to corporal punishment and money was always an issue. Yet he doesn’t complain about disadvantage. In fact he honors his parents despite their shortcomings. He adheres to a philosophy of choosing to recalibrate what seems like the inevitable until it turns into a green light or way forward in life.
After a rite of passage involving brawling with a barroom bouncer, McConaughey pursued acting with the drive and hard work ethic that was instilled into him. Finding early success, he choose to live in a way directly opposite to the Hollywood scene. Traveling the country with his dog, going off on expeditions to the middle of Africa and South America, McConaughey sees livin (drop the g to indicate it’s always a verb) as more than just the material success and creature comforts many of us settle on.
Finally, after years of womanizing, McConaughey settled into a successful monogamous relationship and fulfilled his life long ambition of being a father. Nearly simultaneously he chose to walk away from lucrative rom-coms to focus on something more artistic. Initially successful in winning an Oscar for the Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey admits that he hasn’t achieved the popular success he envisioned. But that is all grist for the mill, experiments in livin that are ongoing.
If this is the kind of man you would like to read about, Greenlights will be an enjoyable and inspirational read. It’s rare that a successful actor has such a distinctive off air personality. But if you’re turned off by physical conflict, wild adventures and a man who brags about rarely showering alone than Greenlights is not for you.
Personally, while not finding all parts of McConaughey’s biography admirable, I found enough of him to be so different than what Hollywood typically churns out that the book was worth reading. Recommended to all who feel they’re similarly traveling in unmapped regions and want to gather around the campfire to hear a fellow wanderer’s tales.
All races matter. We’ve all experienced discrimination. But, this statement takes the cake. Wow! “All lives can’t matter until Black Lives Matter more” What? Does this make you feel better. This statement was written at the end of the book. I would not have proceeded any further had it been at the beginning.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 24, 2020
Could not put it down-always a sure sign of a good read. But it is so much more. McConaughey's reflections on life, of himself, of the world he lives in speak to the heart, make you take pause and do a little internal reflection for yourself.
A refreshing read where it is so clear that he is a man to is true to himself and his loved ones - not willing to sell his soul.
If I have one critique it is that with its unusual presentation - there are pages that are barely readable. They do not detract from the storyline but because of the illegibility - they do not add to it.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 22, 2020
This may possibly be the worst book I have ever read (actually couldn’t finish). I pre-ordered the audible and ordered the physical copy. I returned the audio, just awful. I really don’t like to leave bad reviews. However, you might like this book if you have Neanderthal tendencies. It starts with justification of domestic violence. As a child having to watch his parents physically fight, with knives, then making up and making love on the kitchen floor. What?!?!? As a child he must tell the truth, but his family believe in stealing, as long as you don’t get caught. His father tells Matthew’s brother to go and steal from the company he works for by his father, he does not want to. This is followed by the father getting into a fight with his son, he should man up and steal. This book is what is wrong with so many people in society. You must tell the truth, but if you lie, do not get caught. Matthew writes with so many adjectives that he must have literally had a thesaurus open and used every single synonym for a word. This is a very bizarre book from a man that was exposed to emotional and physical abuse as a child. This is not a book of wisdom, this is a book of narcissism and justification of violence. Very disappointed and I don’t think I can ever watch another film with him without this books contents coming to mind.
5.0 out of 5 starsMatthew McConaughey (Mc-Con-A-Hey)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 14, 2020
I’ve been a fan of Matthew McConaughey for a few years now - even though I still struggle to say his name correctly.
I knew from previous interviews I had seen that he was one of those more down to Earth actors - not the usual bleeding heart Liberal do as I say not as I do type.
He is certainly a very deep thinking man, he questions everything about life, about people and about his choices in life that have sent him on his own path. A very religious and spiritual man he brings up interesting advice about self determination and how to slow down and take a look around every now and again.
After reading about his upbringing you can see why he’s like he is. A tough but fair childhood prepared him for the drive he would need to become an actor where it’s a dog eat dog world.
I laughed out loud numerous times as he shared his stories of growing up and highlighting the mistakes and decisions we have all made which increased my respect for the man.
Certainly someone id like to have a beer with and set the world straight.