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  • The Simple Path to Wealth

  • Your Road Map to Financial Independence and a Rich, Free Life
  • By: JL Collins
  • Narrated by: JL Collins, Peter Adeney
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,661
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,344
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,317

This book grew out of a series of letters to my daughter concerning various things - mostly about money and investing - she was not yet quite ready to hear. Since money is the single most powerful tool we have for navigating this complex world we've created, understanding it is critical.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!! Get a physical copy though.

  • By Chris Hogan on 04-08-18

Overall pretty good, with a few shortfalls

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-18

This is a great beginners guide to learning about, managing and investing money. It provides a good high level strategic view, and also gives tactical and operational advice, especially about the types of index funds to hold in tax advantaged versus taxable buckets. However it is very heavily focused solely on Vanguard when not everyone will have access to, or want to use that firm. It is fine if the author wants to use Vanguard, but he should provide more details on comparable index funds at other firms since most discount brokers pretty much have them now-a-days. Also, he doesn't give ETFs fair consideration. Case in point: Vanguard has ETFs (VTI) with fees comparable to its equivalent Admiral shares (and no minimum investment unlike Admiral shares). Why isn't this discussed?

I like that the subject of charitable giving was treated towards the end of the book, although again I am puzzled by why he is pushing Vanguard Charitable. This account has a $25,000 minimum while Schwab and Fidelity have a $5,000 minimum each, both of which can also invest in comparable passive index funds/ETFs. Yet again this is not mentioned.

Personally I don't care for the author's use of the term "FU money". I'm sure there is a better way to make this point without bordering on classless vulgarity.

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  • Millionaire Teacher

  • The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School
  • By: Andrew Hallam
  • Narrated by: Peter Drew
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 246

Most people wouldn't expect a schoolteacher to amass a million-dollar investment account. But Andrew Hallam did so, long before the typical retirement age. And now, with Millionaire Teacher, he wants to show you how to follow in his footsteps. With lively humor and the simple clarity you'd expect from a gifted educator, Hallam demonstrates how average people can build wealth in the stock market by shunning the investment products peddled by most financial advisors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Investment Advice

  • By Kevin on 11-27-13

Good Book, But Not For Beginners

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-18

This book assumes more than entry level investment knowledge. While this is not necessarily a bad thing for those not new to investing, I don't believe this was adequately disclosed prior to beginning the book. Also, there seems to be a lot of harping on certain topics which I am not sure was necessary. While I did derive benefit from this book, it wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I thought the book would be more about frugality and saving money on a teacher's salary. The reader needs to perform their own due diligence in advance in order to determine if this book will be helpful to them and in what way.

  • Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know

  • By: Michael K. Salemi, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael K. Salemi
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 590

Money and finance play a deeply fundamental role in your life. Now, let an expert professor lead you in a panoramic exploration of our monetary and financial systems, their inner workings, and their crucial role and presence in your world. As a guiding theme of these 36 content-rich lectures, you observe the ways in which economies require efficient and evolving financial institutions and markets to fulfill their potential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The fundamentals, skipping the hype and trickery

  • By Philo on 07-15-13

Great Overview and Introduction

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-18

This title provides a great overview and introduction to the topic of money and banking. The only issue I had was when there were references to graphs and formulas at various times in the later lectures they were not readily available to consult. Perhaps these should be less stressed in the audio only version of this course, or should only be discussed in a single lecture or as an appendix or reference section.

  • Tubes

  • A Journey to the Center of the Internet
  • By: Andrew Blum
  • Narrated by: Andrew Blum
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

Almost everything about our day-to-day lives - and the broader scheme of human culture - can be found on the Internet. But what is it physically? And where is it really? Our mental map of the network is as blank as the map of the ocean that Columbus carried on his first Atlantic voyage. The Internet, its material nuts and bolts, is an unexplored territory. Until now. In Tubes, Andrew Blum goes inside the Internet's physical infrastructure and flips on the lights, revealing a fresh look at the online world we think we know.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't listen to this while driving

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-24-12

Self Proclaimed 'Infrastructure Geek' Travel Notes

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-06-18

This book had so much potential, but at the end of the day misses huge opportunities to describe many of the places that we travel to every day but never get to see. The author seems fixated on explaining only a limited number of physical points in our global data infrastructure, and uses even more time attempting to describe the people that work on them in detail. He travels around North America and Europe to a handful of sites and networking industry events he deems "worthy", but does not consider other places to be important. Wireless in any form (WiFi/cellular, microwave, satellite) is never mentioned, even though mobile is the fastest growing and largest portion of the Internet, as well as the primary connection medium outside of the First World. It seems he cherry picked the places he wanted to go and then slapped a travel book together. Since the Internet is nearly everywhere, this is far from an objective or accurate view of cyberspace.

Usually I consider it a plus when the audio book is narrated by the author, but unfortunately in this case this is not true. The author (presumably) has a strong passion for his esoteric work (why else would he leave his wife and baby to spend a small fortune flying around the world), but puzzlingly his monotone never conveys any throughout the duration of the recording (particularly true during his meeting with the UCLA professor that established the first node in 1969). I hope a more holistic, fair and passionate account can be provided in a future edition (which seems unlikely since this was originally published several years ago with no updates to date).