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The Richest Man in Babylon: The Success Secrets of the Ancients | [George S. Clason]

The Richest Man in Babylon: The Success Secrets of the Ancients

With more than two million copies sold, this classic guide to accumulating wealth has profoundly affected the world. Author George S. Clason uses simple and inspiring parables to illustrate how easily people can change their fiscal habits to enjoy a comfortable level of financial independence.
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Publisher's Summary

With more than two million copies sold, this classic guide to accumulating wealth has profoundly affected the world. Author George S. Clason uses simple and inspiring parables to illustrate how easily people can change their fiscal habits to enjoy a comfortable level of financial independence.

Unlike most financial self-help books, The Richest Man in Babylon does not present the latest fashionable idea for fattening bank accounts. Instead, it offers time-tested techniques, wittily illuminated through amusing fables, that clearly and concisely illustrate the path toward establishing a stabler budget and building greater savings.

If you are combatting debt, struggling to secure your retirement, or fighting to stretch every dollar you earn, you need look no further than the common sense ideas of this indispensable volume.

©1955 George S. Clason; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"What can a book written in the 1920s tell modern investors about their finances? A whole lot if it's George Clason's delightful set of parables that explain the basics of money." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Kirk J. Rasmussen peoria illinois 08-28-05
    Kirk J. Rasmussen peoria illinois 08-28-05 Listener Since 2004

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    "Classic Investment Advice"

    I was looking for this book at the book store and was glad I found it on Audible. This is classic investment advice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    taratooley 01-20-06
    taratooley 01-20-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Life Lessons - Financial"

    I must read every year. This book will make you and keep you wealthy.

    Read it and find out.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Caleb Greenwood, IN, United States 06-18-14
    Caleb Greenwood, IN, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Fundamentals to wealth building book."
    What did you love best about The Richest Man in Babylon?

    It's unique story telling approach


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Richest Man in Babylon?

    When they talk about the investing in a brick layer who's selling non-brick ideas versus the bronze maker needing bronze


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part concerning saving 10%


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LosBaz 06-03-14
    LosBaz 06-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining stories, simple lessons"
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    I enjoyed this book as an introduction to laying the foundation for building wealth for the future. I've use most of these methods already, but it was a great refresher. The reason this book is 3 stars for me is because I didn't learn much new material and it repeated itself a bunch. I would recommend these principles for someone starting out fresh from school though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Commerce Township, MI, United States 07-25-13
    Sean Commerce Township, MI, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book with great advice!"
    What other book might you compare The Richest Man in Babylon to and why?

    Investing in Gold and Silver by Mike Maloney because they both give great investing advice.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Ha yes it was. His stories are very interesting and very relevant. It is a great way to learn. I always found myself wanting to hear how the stories ended.


    Any additional comments?

    It is very good investing advice. The people who follow the book's advice will do very well financially.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amabel Northridge, CA, United States 05-26-13
    Amabel Northridge, CA, United States 05-26-13
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    "My favorite Persoonal Finance Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love this book. I also love the way it is read.

    This is my all time favorite personal finance book as it guides you using stories that are engaging and that address obvious questions most of us wonder about.


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    His voice is perfect for the story and I loved the way he represents the different personalities in the book.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Richest Man in Babylon?

    All the principles especially putting aside at least 10% of all you earn, making arrangements to pay off debt, having insurance, investing.

    I like the way the book says, your 'gold' is an army working for you. Makes me ask myself how hard my money is working and if I have to look for ways for it to work harder.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dusty Austin, TX, United States 05-15-13
    Dusty Austin, TX, United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Read it, read again, then make your kids read it."
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    This is wealth building basics. A 101 class on building wealth that is rarely taught, and often forgotten by those who were taught.

    The information here is timeless, thus the whole taking place in ancient Babylon setting, which I found entertaining. It also added a sort of weightiness to the lessons that I enjoyed.

    Everyone can benefit from the information in this book. Read it, read it again, then make your children read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Utah 05-02-13
    Amazon Customer Utah 05-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic"
    What made the experience of listening to The Richest Man in Babylon the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed everything about this audiobook. The story was intriguing and informative and the performance was fantastic. I don't think I can say enough good about this.


    What other book might you compare The Richest Man in Babylon to and why?

    This is the book that many other financial books base their information. The "pay yourself first" idea has been used time and time again. However, what makes this story interesting is the novel like feel to it.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration and story are so good that my children were entertained while in the car driving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miguel Modesto, Ca, United States 04-01-13
    Miguel Modesto, Ca, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book"
    What did you love best about The Richest Man in Babylon?

    Everything, It has really good advice that one can use and incorporate to one's financial decisions.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

    all of them


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Richest Man in Babylon?

    Pay myself first.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dean TEMPE, AZ, United States 03-28-13
    dean TEMPE, AZ, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "simple & smart"

    An acted out story from long ago, this book gives simple advice that anyone can follow. I started as soon as I was finished listening by making a depoit to my savings account, which usually gets ignored in favor of paying bills and buying things that are not true needs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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