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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
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (490 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

Editorial Review

Successfully managing your money doesn’t have to be rocket science, as this Canadian-based common sense guide to financial security shows.

Becoming wealthy, or at least financially stable, and ridding yourself of debt is one of the skills most sought after in modern society, and indeed throughout history. Everyone wants to be able to stop worrying about money and gain the peace and ease of financial stability. So how do we achieve this elusive goal? It may not be as hard as it seems. In David Chilton’s The Wealthy Barber, listeners will learn a straightforward, common sense plan for reducing debt and money stresses while carving a path to financial stability.

In this audiobook, Chilton creates the character of Roy, the titular barber, and uses examples and anecdotes from this character's life to illustrate his points and plan. With a mixture of pragmatism and humour, the author is able to drive home his point while easing the fear and anxiety surrounding this often daunting topic.

David Chilton is a Canadian-based author who has placed the setting of this business fable in the town of Sarnia, Ontario. This Canadian knowledge and location helps listeners across Canada relate and connect to the financial guide on a level they often can’t with American or European guides. While the principles of Chilton’s guide are universal, the financial landscape of Canada does have unique qualities. The references to local Canadianisms and lessons that apply to Canadian culture help listeners connect in a practical and applicable way in order to better steer their financial success.

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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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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 Only

Audible places this book in the Canadian Authors section however the book is the American version. much of the information is re-written for the American audience. Very disappointed.

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Mainly targetted towards USA citizens

I live in Canada so most of the chapter about USA taxes and USA taxes were completely irrelevant to me. it has a few good tips but an international version would be great!

if you're American, the i would rate this a 4/5 for you!

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Good Read / slightly irrelevant to Canadians

Interesting if you are a personal finance nerd but as I’m Canadian some of it was irrelevant to me. Also the book came out the year I was born so I listened mainly for the core principles to live by.

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Loved the book it covers many important topics and yes there are some boring subjects BUT the story was laid out very clearly and with ease of understanding. As a Canadian, I need to find the equivalents of the American concepts but overall it's a sound book. I recommend.

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Dated but helpful

Very dated advice as far as buying mutual funds goes. Real estate prices are way higher today. Otherwise helpful tips and a very different book compared to all the other financial books out there. Fun to see how much things have changed since the 90’s.

Very well read by the author as he gives every character an individual voice and personality. He delivers all the humour in the book really well too.

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Not the Canadian Version!

This is a great book with excellent advice but it wasn't what I was expecting. The original was set in Canada with examples that were specific to Canadian finance. This version is set in the United States! If you are an American looking to learn more about personal finance, buy this audiobook! if you are a Canadian and want an audiobook, try the wealthy barber returns or get the original on a different platform!

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Very relatable explanations of complex concepts

Can’t recommend this enough.

Had no savings plans for the future, after listening to this book 2-3 times, me and my wife are now set up on the proper path for retirement! AND retiring to live the way that WE want to!

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In love with L J Ganser

I love this narrator. After listening to this audible for the 3 rd time I decided to look up more audibles by L J GAnser.
The content of the audible is also educational for me as I am looking to grow my financial knowledge:)

I highly recommend The Wealthy Barber 10/10

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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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  • Omar
  • 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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  • ariyaratne
  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • Steve
  • 2021-10-31

Does not live up hype

This book is often described as a financial book presented as an entertaining story. Not exactly, it is a story about several young adults that get finance lessons from a barber. Nearly everything is dialog as the barber explains things to the students. A book about a discussion/lecture is not exactly entertaining. I was expecting parables that illustrate a point, rather than forgettable dialog. The author breaks the golden rule of writing "show, don't tell". The attempt at humor also falls flat; nearly everything is on the level of bad dad jokes and groaners. The material also seems quite inconsistent. Some parts are extremely remedial, while others brought up things that few people will encounter (ie some less common retirement plans). However, it may just be the fact that this book was written decades ago when there were different options. The narration is also subpar. Every character gets the same exact voice and I frequently had difficulty determining which character was supposed to be speaking.

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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.

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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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  • Lindsay O
  • 2017-05-31

Every young person needs this book!

I loved it. Listened to it non stop. I feel our generation is very undereducated in the world of money management and this book explains everything in simple terms. Very highly recommended.

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