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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.

©2012 Mark Sundeen (P)2012 Gildan Media, LLC

Critic Reviews

“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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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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Roots are weak and faith was thin

Grew up a christian and floundered for many years in his faith. Honestly, think the guy turned gay because he couldn't figure out how to talk to girls. Not because he had a bad relationship with a girl. He had plenty of women who were interested and he naturally was curious to be with them. Somehow he figured since he couldn't talk to any of them in a romantic way, then he MUST be gay. Later in the book the guy sounds like he regrets even being in a relationship with another guy. Anyways, his life took a huge nose dive after coming out the closet and committed suicide. He survived the suicide and continues to live with no money. The one problem i see with living in this current world moneyless is the power of the government to seize everything you thought you owned and declaring martial law. Honestly wished the author had excluded Suelos personal sexual life because that did not add to the story. If he had to mention it, then he should have just simply mentioned he was gay and then moved on. Lastly, this guy continues to struggle with his faith in God of the bible and also enjoys studying other religions. Personally, i feel the dude experienced a few demons possibly. Wish this guy the best of luck though. Unfortunately, if this was a family with children, the government would snatch the children up so fast they wouldn't have time to even think about not using money. I totally get why this dude quit money. His whole literally perspective of living the way Jesus showed us is another thing i do admire about the guy. Just wish he would stop floundering with his faith and stick to something. You can't join bits and pieces of various religions and call it one. Not saying no christian suffers or experiences tough times. But dang! Give me a break. If you flounder around with your faith then what exactly are your principles? Besides, let's be honest. This dude was missing something in life and i'm not sure what exactly but he keeps looking for something. Something obviously money will never be able to buy or replace. Just hope this guy picks up his bible and keeps on praying to God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. That's the only hope this dude has if you ask me.

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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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  • 09-25-13

informative without being preachy

If you could sum up The Man Who Quit Money in three words, what would they be?

deep thoughtful informative

Who was your favorite character and why?

daniel............because he is so honest and full of life

Which scene was your favorite?

the ending because it resonates with all I am learning in life

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it made me think about my choices

Any additional comments?

highly recomended reading