Ashby Dodd

(Audio) Book Review: Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

(Audio) Book Review: Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

I chose to listen to Matthew McConaughey read his own audiobook to me – did I choose poorly? Find out my thoughts on Greenlights.

Maybe I’m just tired of Matthew McConaughey, he’s been everywhere lately… from the rumor he might run for some office in Texas to the unexpected guest appearance when I was re-watching Sex and the City recently… but whatever the reason, I did not like Greenlights.

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When a celebrity decides to narrate their own biography or memoir, I often opt for the audiobook version. I like to hear the book in the author’s own voice. But, I’m wondering if choosing the audiobook of Greenlights was a mistake. Every. Single. Time I heard McConaughey utter the word “green light!” I felt a strong urge to punch someone in the throat (kidding, kind of); I bet reading it in print wouldn’t have been as bad. Annoying? Possibly. But not violence-inducing.

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I’ve been a big fan of Matthew McConaughey since Dazed and Confused (one of my all-time favorites) and I could never imagine ever thinking of him as a pompous, guru-wannabe who likes to hear his own voice, but here we are. That all happened because of this book. There were moments in the book that made me smile or laugh; shorter tidbits I enjoyed… unfortunately, I found myself rolling my eyes more than I’d like. Finishing the audiobook became a bit of a chore.

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It took me over a year to finish Greenlights, I kept hoping by taking a break, I would come back and love it, but that never happened. The good news for you is that many other readers have thoroughly enjoyed this book so you should consider giving it a try, regardless of my own negative reaction. And, if you’re on the fence, maybe consider just reading it and avoiding listening to McConaughey read it for you. Best of luck!