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Publisher's Summary

Did you ever wish that you really understood money? Well, Dave Barry wishes that he did, too. But that hasn't stopped him from writing a book about how to understand money. In it, Dave explores (as only he can) such topics as:

  • How the U.S. economy works, including the often-overlooked role of Adam Sandler.
  • Why it is not a good idea to use squirrels for money.
  • Strategies that will give you the confidence you need to try for a good job, even though you are, let's be honest, a no-talent loser.
  • Why corporate executives, simply by walking into their offices, immediately become much stupider.
  • An absolutely foolproof system for making money in the stock market, requiring only a little effort (and access to time travel).
  • Surefire tips for buying and selling real estate, the key one being: Never buy, or for that matter sell, real estate.
  • How to minimize your federal taxes, safely and legally, by cheating.
  • Why good colleges cost so much, and how to make sure your child does not get into one.
  • How to reduce the cost of your medical care by basically not getting any.
  • Estate planning, especially the often-overlooked financial benefits of early death.

    But that's only the beginning! Dave has also included in this book all of the important points in a book written by Donald Trump, so you don't have to read it yourself. Plus he explains how to tip; how to negotiate for everything, including bridge tolls; how to argue with your spouse about money; and how much allowance to give your children (three dollars is plenty). He also presents, for the first time in print anywhere, the Car Dealership Code of Ethics ("Ethic Seven: The customer is an idiot"). Also there are many gratuitous references to Angelina Jolie naked. You can't afford NOT to buy this book! Probably you need several.

  • ©2006 Dave Barry; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Amazingly funny!!

    I loved it. I laughed through the whole book. The narrator was also very good. People stared at me on the plane because I was laughing so hard.

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    • hayley5167
    • San Diego, CA, United States
    • 08-22-13

    Not one of Dave's best

    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book.... I just enjoyed others so much more. Although I prefer Dave narrating, the narrator in this audiobook did not bother me incredibly. Maybe the subject matter.... money, finances, etc.... are just too try to even attempt livening up.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Funny

    Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not bad, but I still prefer Dave.

    What did you take away from Dave Barry's Money Secrets that you can apply to your work?

    hAAHAAa

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    Couldn't even finish it!

    What did you like best about Dave Barry's Money Secrets? What did you like least?

    Best? Dave Barry's writing Worst? Narration was horrible!

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    Anyone! Dave Barry is sarcastic and dry. There is no need for added inflection and drama in the narration. I can not even finish the book because the narration is so irritating.

    Any additional comments?

    Don't spend your money on this narration.

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    Be glad this is a short book

    What a rant! Barry used to be really funny. Maybe he still is, but not in this book. Getting through the fist hour of this diatribe was painful, literally. He used to write absurdly on subjects he knew nothing about, and could be very amusing. but definitely NOT this time. Oh well, some times your the windshield and sometimes the .......

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    Great Listen

    Well Done! I haven't laughed this hard in years.
    Everyone needs to listen to this; it is a classic!

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    Can't listen to it...

    I love Dave Barry's writing but I found the narrator so annoying that I couldn't listen to this for more than 10 minutes. He acts as if it's either a bad comedy sketch or an infomercial...too bad.

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    Irritating

    I generally like Dave Barry and, maybe if I read this in paper form would still like him. I found the reader snarky, the tone irritating - like bad stand-up comedy. The content was infantile.