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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (753 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Sundeen Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781469000763
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A Walden for the twenty-first century, the true story of a man who has radically reinvented “the good life”

In 2000, Daniel Suelo left his life savings—all thirty 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 ID. 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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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin | 2/20/2014

    " This was a fascinating story and the subject is so well-handled. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/29/2014

    " Very thought provoking. I could not live the way Daniel Suelo has chosen to live but I do want to live with more intention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Q | 1/5/2014

    " This was a GREAT book. A combination of experiences, history, religion, politics and philosophy. I really recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody Condron | 12/12/2013

    " The Man Who Quit Money is a strange story about a man who has made some very interesting life-choices. Whether or not you agree with those choices, following his history is an interesting journey. Montana Author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Gonzalez | 11/15/2013

    " The style of this biography reminded me of Jon Krakauer's style of describing someone heading out into the wilderness, and Daniel Suelo's idealism may remind some of Christopher McCandless. Suelo's view of the truly radical nature of the philosophy of Jesus will be challenging to Christians, mainly because his view is spot on. One thing I wish the author had included was more excerpts of Suelo's writing; then Suelo's voice could have been even clearer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 11/10/2013

    " Not a parasite, but dependent nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake Forbes | 10/29/2013

    " Really great when it focuses on biography. Suelo is a fascinating subject, a bit of a guru, a bit of a nut, tragic and inspiring, and 100% American. Towards the end, the author starts switching from biography to first person editorializing, and the propagandizing survey of the anti-money movements does a disservice to the rest of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 10/29/2013

    " I thought it was very interesting. Parts were slow but the concept of using no money or government hand outs was fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monte | 10/22/2013

    " Some of it is kind of hard to get through, since it's a bit too religious but I can understand how the religious background information is useful in the sense that it shaped his life to quit money. I don't believe one word of it though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 10/7/2013

    " Jon Krakauer's 'Into the Wild' meets Edward Abbey's 'Desert Solitaire' AND God (as well as the WTO!). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 10/4/2013

    " I found this story very compelling and would recommend it to anyone who is open minded about choices we make about religion and how we as materialistic beings fit into this world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sunya Jones | 8/7/2013

    " Crazy to think this dude is living in caves right here in Utah. Interesting read, makes you think for sure... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erika Lee | 7/9/2013

    " Update: I finished the book (since I was 90% and had paid for it) and it didn't get better. Disappointing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 2/4/2013

    " Excellent biography of Dan Suelo - and a timely message to only take what we need, to live simply, and share excess. READ THIS BOOK! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 2/2/2013

    " Excellent. Very inspiring. It IS possible to live outside the money system. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KU | 1/21/2013

    " Very interesting topic...gets you thinking about a lot of things. Quick read for sure "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 12/5/2012

    " absolutely compelling and thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 11/3/2012

    " The Man Who Quit Money was a surprisingly interesting and thought provoking read. I found the spiritual nature of Suelo's life journey fascinating and uplifting. His story opened my heart and challenged my views on both giving and receiving charity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judithbledsoe | 10/10/2012

    " This is a must read. I am forever changed by this story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 10/3/2012

    " I'm done reading about single/childless men so smug in their ability to escape the trappings of money (this is my third one this year). Try this with a family of five and I might find you worthwhile to read, until then, stop pretending you have anything to offer. "

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About the Author

Mark Sundeen is the author of Car Camping. He graduated from Stanford University in 1992 with a degree in English and later moved to Moab, Utah. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Southern California. In 2004 he worked as a blogger for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign and assisted in the running of Peter Deutsch’s senatorial campaign website. He instructs Outward Bound programs and teaches college-level creative writing courses in addition to writing. He lives in Montana and Utah.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.