• The Soul of Money

  • Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources
  • By: Lynne Twist
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (946 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This unique and fundamentally liberating book shows us that examining our attitudes toward money - earning it, spending it, and giving it away - can offer surprising insight into our lives, our values, and the essence of prosperity.

Lynne Twist, a global activist and fundraiser, has raised more than $150 million for charitable causes. Through personal stories and practical advice, she demonstrates how we can replace feelings of scarcity, guilt, and burden with experiences of sufficiency, freedom, and purpose. In this Nautilus Award-winning book, Twist shares from her own life, a journey illuminated by remarkable encounters with the richest and poorest, from the famous (Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama) to the anonymous but unforgettable heroes of everyday life.

©2003 Lynne Twist (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"An inspired, utterly fascinating book…. A book for everyone who would like to make the world a better place." (Jane Goodall)

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Terrible Reader

The reader over pronounces her words in a way that no one talks, and it was very distracting. No emotion, almost like listening to the news for hours. I kept tuning the book out and after being halfway though, decided to call it quits. The content was probably great, but the reader was too distracting for me to actually listen to what they were saying.

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  • 12-22-18

Excellent message

This book was so good, I’m glad I didn’t listen to the other reviewers who seemed to be triggered by the readers voice. I almost didn’t get the audible version because of these reviews. I am so glad I did get it. The reader did not bother me. The message is powerful! Perhaps the reader is over annunciating because there may be people listening who’s native tongue is not English. I thought the book and message was so great. The readers voice was fine to me.
You should get this and if you stopped listening because you were triggered by the readers voice I’m sorry for you, you’ve really missed out... hope you got the book!

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Really bad narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not- I tell them the content and message of Lynn Twist's book may be valuable, but its hard to get it with the annoying narration. I am planning to buy the book in print so I can actually absorb it.

Would you be willing to try another book from Lynne Twist? Why or why not?

Only with a different narrator.

Would you be willing to try another one of Cynthia Barrett’s performances?

Never- this narration was excruciating to listen to- it literally made me cringe.

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I've listened to many audiobooks while commuting 15+ years and this narrator was like chalk on a blackboard. She was painfully over-articulated and her tonality was just plain strange. It come off very pretentious and made the content seem insincere and self indulgent when I am not sure that is the spirit in which the book was written. I saw other comments and thought I could still enjoy the content while tolerating the narration but not so.

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Helped me redefine my relationship with money.

Good book with some really great points. Sometimes it's gets a little too flowery for my taste, but it never really lost my attention.

Definitely worth listening to!

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How much is "enough"?

The concepts are almost mind-blowing in their simplicity and yet are completely life-changing. The concepts of "enough", "you AND me instead of you OR me" and changing huge cultural norms by not accepting "the way things have always been done" and committing to change, definitely shook me out of my current lazy assumptions about money. It's a little idealistic, but that is possibly due to her own background of never having had to struggle for money.

On the negative side, the narrator is a horrendous over-enunciator and makes the author sound like a self-righteous snob in some parts of the book, simply by the snooty way she reads it. If you have the choice, I would recommend reading this one instead of having it read to you. I think that the author's warmth and sincerity would come across much more clearly in the printed form.

Bottom line: I'll definitely recommend this book to people. First in line is my brother-in-law, a financial planner.

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Preachy narrator

The message of this book was good but it got a little redundant and preachy towards the end and the narrator made it even worse...she sounds like the strict goody goody teacher you always dreaded in school. I would prob not recommend this audible to my friends.

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Inspiring insight into utilising the flow of money

Very thought provoking. It reinforces my life purpose. Thank you for sharing your experiences. It provides hope that individually we can all change the world with our own actions

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Life changing

There are not enough words to describe how wonderful this book is. It took me 38 years to understand that money has a soul, a life force and that we get to assign that life force to money. I was assigning "not enough" and that's exactly what I got. I'm working with myself to heal years of incorrect beliefs about money, and this book helped. Thanks Lynne. What an inspiring motivational book.

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Out of this world!

I'm in awe with the depth of this book. I will NEVER look at money the same way. The insights about resources are nothing but remarkable! This is the best book I've read in a long time and would highly recommend it to anyone willing to question their assumptions about money.

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Relevant (and recommended) to everyone

I was recommended this book to learn about my relationship with money and I did learn about it, but I also learned about decision making, collaboration, resourcefulness, and the transformation human society go through in these times.

In this book, the use of language is accurate, the storytelling is interesting and ignited my imagination, and the insights of a lifetime are offered in way that's fun to read and easy to comprehend.

Thank you Lynn for this beautiful book, Cynthia for the clear and pleasant narration, and Audible for making it available in this comfortable format for a traveller like me.

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  • MissNinjaGeek
  • 06-18-17

Terrible narrator distracts from the content

The reader Cynthia Barrett talks with unnecessary over-enunciation, annoying tones and is the most inauthentic voice which really doesn't suit this genre. I found it difficult to enjoy this audiobook because of it and it was hard to concentrate on the content.

Buy the printed book and read it instead if you can.

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  • Catherine O.
  • 12-14-16

Great book - terrible narration

I'm not sure why The author wasn't chosen to narrate this title as she is an excellent speaker. The chosen narrator however over-annunciates each word splitting each syllable so that they often sound like separate words. The result is very robotic and clunky. I found it quite difficult to listen to and was very, very disappointed. I like the content however. But I would have got more out of this book had it been better narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-18-20

Great book in need of a new narrator

This book is so beautiful and full of wisdom. I really hope the author will find a new narrator for this work. It almost ruins the whole experience, but i found that if I increase the speed to 1-25 I actually managed to focus on the content. A lot of people would benefit from this work, so i hope you find someone that could voice it worthy.

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  • D. Hayes
  • 02-21-21

What we feel about money

Written from the heart by lynne twist, this book tackles one of the most taboo subjects- money- and our feelings beliefs and assumptions about its place in our life. Certainly gave me food for thought and I shall definitely read it again to allow myself the opportunity to clarify my own real attitude to Money and how I use it in my. Life. The narrator was clear and succinct in her rendering of the text but did not capture the warmth or passion of listening to Lynne herself so was somewhat distracting. I want to buy a copy for many of my friends and family and start a group discussion about this topic as it's so. Important.

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  • Scorpion2am
  • 04-20-17

Soul of Money Review

The book is great and inspiring.
I personally didn't like Cynthia Barrett's reading.
A must read for a modern world

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  • Manelle M
  • 07-17-21

Enlightening Must Read!

An enlightening and spiritual insight into what money means, how to have a healthy relationship with it and use money as an instrument to express your truest values. Must read for anyone wanting to establish a better relationship with money.

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  • Liz Mint
  • 04-27-22

Interesting book, terrible narration

I enjoyed the content of the book, but the narration was awful. It felt like I was being told off by a very prim primary school teacher. Plus some odd pronunciation, for instance I've never heard the word 'suggest' pronounced 'sugg-jest' before, which it was, several times. Picky maybe, but it was really distracting.

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  • Leew
  • 04-12-22

Brilliant

Creates a different mindset to money. It talks about having a sufficient amount and doing good with it for our fellow humans.

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  • Fahad Maniar
  • 04-08-22

Not what I expected

I was looking for something to help me improve my relationship with money as I find it hard to accumulate in my life so I picked this book up

Sadly, it wasn’t what I was looking for.

A rather self gratifying guide on how we should give charity and how rich people were somewhat soul less wasn’t really what I was looking for

I already know that I should give to charity and worthy causes, that isn’t my problem

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-21

v thought provoking read

tool me a wee while to get into it but once I did I really enjoyed it. covers so much. v insightful and thought provoking. really enjoyed

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  • Summer Edwards
  • 12-11-18

A must read for conscious leaders

Excellent summary of the problems with how we view money, and the things we need to do to live more consciously and sustainably to transform the reality of the world we live in

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  • Wahzammo
  • 05-10-17

Shifting Paradigms

This will challenge you to look at money in a new way. It will make you rethink how you go about your day. A must for the new transitioning generation.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-13-16

Life changing! A new way of being with money

Lynne Twist sets out life and world-changing perspectives on money as a medium and how we connect to it and to one another.

She heralds a revolution in the way we relate to one another and changes in the global economy.

Experience this book now and understand the changes as they unfold over the coming decades.

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  • Adrian Abel
  • 12-08-21

this book, i hope and pray, will change your life.

the concept of Sufficiency is transformative. this book will challenge the way you think. be the butterfly.

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  • Charlotte Smith
  • 09-26-21

A life changing book!

I had done a money management course a couple of years ago that had changed my life but I knew there was something missing and this book was it. the missing piece of the monet puzzle. Thank you so much for bring this book to life. life changing and the ripples will hopefully carry on the impact.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-21

What amazing way to think about money

Lynne thank you for writing this book. Your an inspiration. I hope this book gets into all the hands and minds that need it. I being one of them. Thank you for profound insights into money and the flow of money and empowerment behind its intention no matter what sum you have to work with. I am excited to implement your wisdom and see where it takes me in my own journey xx

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  • Yvette Martin
  • 07-18-21

Life changing!

Lynne has shared SO many life changing ideas and insights in this book. I recommend it to everyone!

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  • kidsmoked
  • 11-30-20

Bewitched’s Samantha Bores You Half to Death

I have three hours to go and I will listen to the book but then I’ll return it because Audible has recorded such a bad product. And then I’ll buy the Kindle version. Perhaps then I’ll hear the author’s sincerity and compassion - because this narration is pompous, cold and egotistical. Don’t buy it. Just don’t waste your money. Think ‘Samantha Stephens (Bewitched) reads to you with a cold.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-28-19

Insightful and thought provoking

There are so many nuggets to take away from this insightful book. Absolute gem!
Though some parts of the monotone reading was really tough to get through.

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  • JH
  • 11-12-18

Love the message!

I’ve read the book, and just relistened.
Love it!
I find the narrator’s computer-like over-pronunciation quite grating.
Read the book if you have the choice.
Thank you Lynne.