The Man Who Quit Money

  • by Mark Sundeen
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Walden for the 21st century, the true story of a man who has radically reinvented "the good life."
In 2000, Daniel Suelo left his life savings - all 30 dollars of it - in a phone booth. He has lived without money - and with a newfound sense of freedom and security - ever since.
The Man Who Quit Money is an account of how one man learned to live, sanely and happily, without earning, receiving, or spending a single cent. Suelo doesn't pay taxes, or accept food stamps or welfare. He lives in caves in the Utah canyonlands, forages wild foods and gourmet discards. He no longer even carries an I.D. Yet he manages to amply fulfill not only the basic human needs - for shelter, food, and warmth - but, to an enviable degree, the universal desires for companionship, purpose, and spiritual engagement. In retracing the surprising path and guiding philosophy that led Suelo into this way of life, Sundeen raises provocative and riveting questions about the decisions we all make, by default or by design, about how we live - and how we might live better.

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What the Critics Say

“Suelo isn’t a conflicted zealot, or even a principled aesthete. He’s a contented man who chooses to wander the Earth and do good. He’s also someone you’d want to have a beer with and hear about his life, as full of fortune and enlightenment as it is disappointment and darkness…At its core, The Man Who Quit Money is the story of a man who decided to live outside of society, and is happier for it.” (Men’s Journal)
“Thoughtful and engrossing biography that also explores society’s fixation with financial and material rewards...Although few listeners will even consider emulating Suelo’s scavenger lifestyle, his example will at least provoke some serious soul-searching about our collective addiction to cash.” (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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thoroughly enjoyed

Very interesting book. Listening to the struggles with religion and depression was inspiring. I got more out of this book than anticipated.
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- heather

Thoughtful Journey of a Man Navigating the Powers That Be

Very interesting and proactive listen. The audio story flows really well as the reader's tone is a good match for the journey of the story.

Great to read if you often question the Why in many aspects of Western living and overall will challenge you to think a little differently while learning all about different aspects of religion, the economy, and the environment.

A story worth being heard.


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- Danny

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-31-2012
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC