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The Wealthy Barber

Everyone’s Commonsense Guide to Becoming Financially Independent
Written by: David Chilton
Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A frequent guest on national TV and radio shows, David Chilton is widely praised for his ability to combine humor and common sense to show people the simplicity of sound financial planning. This updated edition of one of the biggest-selling financial-planning books will help you straighten out the complex twists and turns of personal finance on the road to monetary independence. Chilton shows you how to get rich slowly and steadily - even if your salary is average!

Relying on his fictional assistant, Roy the barber, and healthy dollops of humor, Chilton shows how you can take charge of your money now and achieve future financial freedom. Using an entertaining story to present his plan, Chilton shows you the way to fiscal good fortune, even if your current finances seem like a calamity. L.J. Ganser’s congenial narration highlights Chilton’s affable, readily accessible style.

©1998 David Barr Chilton (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC

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Good tips for the modern American, Canadian so so

Being a Canadian some of the topics are relatable but not 100% the same, good story for learning a not so entertaining subject

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American version

Canadians, please be aware that this is the American version. Useful, but lots of information provided in the book only concerns american residents.

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Entertaining

This book combines the principles found in many other books about financial intelligence, but tells it in a much more entertaining way. Definitely a must-read.

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Not the origional version but Americian version

The is based on the American version and not the Canadian version even though it is sold through the Canadian store. Half the book is irrelevant.

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Great advice.

Great advice. Except some of it is outdated and is intended agree with a few points. But overall great book.

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straight to the basics

A good listen for anyone needing to learn the basics of wealth accumulation.

Note this is the American version

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The only thing I've fixed is my cat ...

Excellent narration. Entertaining and informative. My only issue is that it focuses on American finance, not Canadian (the author is Canadian).

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Easy to listen to and learn from

This is a solid four or five star book. The backdrop and characters make for a quirky and very digestible book. it rarely ever feels particularly serious or heavy, but I still found myself learning quite a bit about investment fundamentals.

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Very easy to understand!

I feel that everyone should read or listen to this book! Very easy to understand and informative.
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10 out of 10 would recommend!

10 out of 10 would recommend! This is a great book who I will recommend to anyone. It explains how to become wealthy in steps that anyone can do. You do not need to have a high salary to become financially independant. You need to have consistency and take advantage of compound interest. As most financial non fiction books it repeats a lot of information that you may have already heard but this gives it in simple terms with a simple conversation. Give this book to your teenagers. You and they will be glad you did.

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  • Willox
  • 2015-04-21

It's the American Version

While this book does provide great information and is very practical, I had downloaded it thinking that there was only one version available. Turns out there are two, a Canadian Edition and an American one. I thought there was only a Canadian Edition which confused me at first upon listening to it as he mentioned some very American places and topics. I let it slide at first as I just thought it was part of the Narrative; but as more and more information was given that related only to Americans I started to feel gipped off that all the useful information was slowly becoming useless to me as I am a Canadian.

As I stated previously the book has lost of great and practical information, but only if you live in the US.

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  • Martin
  • 2012-01-24

A good listen with useful advice

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would. Good story, useful information, and great listening experience.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Wealthy Barber himself. Gave a lot of useful information.

Which character – as performed by L. J. Ganser – was your favorite?

Hard to pick, he did a very good job in my opinion. Looking for more books with him.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Wealthy Barber?

A lot of the financial advice is useful for someone my age.

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  • ariyaratne
  • thalangama north, Sri Lanka
  • 2012-11-23

Finacial wisdom

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you need to get some insight into financial matters in day to day life, read this book.

What does L. J. Ganser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

witty style of the author

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

This generate amusement while listening to the book

Any additional comments?

I would like to recommend this book to anybody who want to become financially stable but clueless about basic financial facts.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Lauren
  • 2018-08-31

very informative

Very informative and the storyline was a nice touch on a somewhat boring topic. great!

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  • S Gebrial
  • 2017-11-02

Must listen for EVERYONE

Great introduction to financial planning. Recommended for anyone who needs an intro to it. A++

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  • Mechonomist
  • 2015-07-05

Great information caught in an odd story.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to learn about personal finance, but it wouldn't be the first book I would recommend. The pros are that its principles are realistic and they are taught in story form, like a novel. The main issue with the book is that the writing style is a bit amateurish. The author is overly descriptive and has too many bad jokes. The author seems to have a fear of using the word "said", instead using words like "expressed", "quipped", and "muttered scornfully". He also uses far too many adverbs, something that any basic college english class teaches you not to do.

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  • Omar
  • USA
  • 2013-06-24

mmmm..Amusing

Amusing,that is about all!
The performance is very captivating and very well "dramatized" but nothing much to the content. Most of the data and advise presented will be very well known to you if you have read any , I mean ANY, financial advice book before.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-25

MUST READ!!!!

This is a must read and should be added to anyones list. Provides a HUGE amount of information everyone could benefit from!

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  • Ceasar Smith
  • 2019-01-19

A revised edition is needed with current and info

Needs a revision to include current and up-to-date information, investment products and tax laws but overall a good read

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  • Luis
  • 2019-01-14

One of the best personal finances book out there

This by far is one of the best personal finance books out there. I will definitely will be coming back to this one to review many times to internalize all the principles and ideas covered in this book. I recommend it to anybody that wants to learn the basics of personal finances.