This has been the most influential and life changing book I have read to date. I had no idea that it was possible to study and apply the laws of wealth creation irrespective of what your current status and earnings were. This book is a must for anyone wanting to follow a simple plan that leads to abundance.
This is the basis of all financial books...earn and save. earn and save. earn and save and reinvest your interest.
Its a great lesson to learn at an early age and the book makes it simple to understand. Very basic, but quality message!
I'll come to the bad comically bad reading in a minute, but first the actual material.
I'd heard a lot about this book and expected it to be in the same vein as Think and Grow Rich and other self improvement books of the early 20th Century. I was pleasantly surprised.
The messages for financial self betterment are very simple, yet very wise and powerful.
It's a series of charming parables, written in a pseudo King James English style - "thou doth, thou givest" etc. Somehow, rather than sounding pretentious, their 'Ye Olde Worlde'' Biblical style gives the stories added weight and authority, making them all the more fascinating.
The fact that the messages are presented as parables also gives them a certain charm. It makes their wisdom so much easier to hear and digest than the wordy treatises of Napoleon Hill.
It seems as though the writer was writing for his grandchildren. I got the impression of someone patiently crafting vital lessons to young people he really loved. The stories are infused with lively historical drama and details in the style of Boys Own comic strips of the 1920s.
As for the reader, well - he was so bad at the start that I nearly asked Audible for a refund, especially when I saw that other reviewers were of the same opinion as me.But I decided to listen it out and make up my mind at the end.
I'm glad I did stick it out. I got used to the reader, and found myself not minding despite the breakneck speed and frequent, ignorant mispronunciations.
Perhaps the reader did improve as he went on. I gave him two stars in the end. But my eventual enjoyment was a testament to the quality of the book rather than a drastic change in the reader's part. The material triumphed despite the odds.
The book itself really is good. It's a concentrated source of valuable lessons about money, put in such a way an 11 year old would easily understand. It's charmingly written too.
I'm pleased to say I decided not to ask for my money back in the end. The reader did actually make me laugh a few times too.
The narration let's this title down, big time! One sentence just runs in to the next without pause which is very difficult to listen to. However I am not a fan of the use of the old language used throughout the book. Jim Rohn highly recommends this book but most of the lessons on money are fairly obvious - e.g. never a borrower nor lender be. I forced myself to listen to the end but it is unlikely I will listen to it again.
If you are not doing some of the things in this book, you have not even started out on the journey to building wealth! Great book with information everybody who wants to build wealth should know.
I wanted this book very much that i ignored the previous reviewers warnings and got it any way. I thought how bad can a narrator be? very very bad it seems. I have no idea if the book is any good or not as i could barely understand what is said. This narrator must have been in such a hurry to get out of the studio he speed read it in 3 hours instead of taking 5 so it could be understood. Please narrator, next time take a breath between sentences, and slow down a little. Perhaps calling the horse races may be better suited to your gifted talent of being the fastest reader on earth. Give us a chance to enjoy your next performance. You might actually be capable of doing it very well, please slow down so we can find out.
I think what makes the audio edtion better will depend on who the narrator is. I enjoyed the readings of Og Mandino for example.
I will compare it to The secrets of the millionaire mind for financial wisdom it provides.
this was just OK.
I think this needs to be in anyone's library. A must for your own personal library and for any graduate. this will now be the "seed" I give to graduates as they venture into the free world.