Where Financial Peace gave you the solid saving and investing principles, this book puts those principles into practice. You'll be exercising your financial strength every day and quickly freeing yourself of worry, stress and debt. And that's a beautiful feeling.
©2003 Dave Ramsey; (P)2003 Thomas Nelson Publishers
"The strength of this book is that it is a straightforward motivational tool. He provides the brutally direct truth about the hard work it takes to become free of debt, and his directness is a great part of the book's charm." (Publishers Weekly)
The narration/reading of this book made me wonder if it was written in all capitals and italics. While I appreciated the information/ideas shared by the author, I didn't appreciate him yelling at me. I understand he's trying to motivate, but the intensity of his voice was just too much.
A GREAT BOOK TO GET OUT OF DEBT! Dave nails it and provides a means to get out of debt FAST and take financial control of ones life. What is dissapointing is that Dave still believes in the Fed and Wallstreet. He bashes Gold, Silver, insurance and Foreign Investments when these investments have proven to be more safe and profitable than US Stocks in the last decade. The True financial problem is right at home in Wallstreet. The debt part and Mortgage part is Great! The rest I believe does not apply for a Post 2010 Era.
The problem with this book is not the content, but the reading of it. I had to stop listening because he sounded SO ANGRY! It almost takes you to the point of verbal abuse. It would be better if someone else read it.
Content is simple. The author be-littles other advice books and authors, talks to you like you are a child, and tries to bully you into saving money. He sounds like a guy full of rage, stuck in traffic. If his advice was great, would he really need the attitude and tone to help sell you on it?
Don't spend money now, and you'll have a great life later. That's the story.
Take the $14 and put it in the bank instead of buying this book. That will be a great start to your "Money makeover".
As many of the other reviews state, it is a "common sense" approach to managing your money. So the recommendations he offers includes: don't buy cars at "buy here / pay here" car lots, don't ever do "rent to own" programs, avoid leasing cars, etc. His recommendations are TOO "common sense." So I was pretty disappointed. I was hoping more for strategies that I could use to improve my financial status. None of his recommendations applied to me. Also, I did not appreciate how he talked down to the listener. Seriously, he speaks to the listner like they are a spoiled little child. In sum, if you are like me and you don't fall for the "buy here/pay here" and "rent to own" scams, then you should look for another book on finance.
The only thing I got from this audiobook is that a $1000 cash "emergency fund" is VERY important when trying to get out of debt. The rest is just different variations of sentences telling the listener how much they need a Money Makeover.
If Dave Ramsey is going to tell me that I'm an idiot, he ought to at least have something remotely intelligent to teach me. He doesn't. He babbles on-and-on about nonesense and, when he finally gets to the meat of his ideas, they're trite and unenlightening (get out of debt, save money). Save the $14 and put it toward your next credit card bill. You'll be better off financially and less irritated intellectually.
this book is really targeted at people with lots of debt and financial problems. Although there are some good tips for everyone, the main focus is on how to get out of debt.
Yes, Ive read it twice and listened to it. I think the audio brings it more into a personal perspective. You can feel the passion and anger in Dave's persona.
The bill collectors harassing Dave's wife Sharon. I love the AMEX story.
Dave of course!
Budget! Budget! Budget!
I have bought this book and have given it to 3 sets of newlyweds. I hope one of them takes it to heart. If you have financial issues ruining your life, you have to listen to this.....
Yes, its the best advice ever.
I can't wait to get started on My Total Money Makeover!
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