Top 10 Audio Books on Personal Finance

April 16, 2011

The market is saturated with books, e-books, and audio books on personal finance. How can you know which audio books are worth your listening time?

Instead of spending hours researching and reading reviews, just take a few minutes to peruse the lists below. You will find everything you need to know in order to choose the right listening material for you! (When choosing an audio book, an important factor you’ll want to consider is the length; while most audio books are in the ballpark of three hours, some are significantly longer.)

Basic Personal Finance:

 

  1. The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness (Dave Ramsey)

– Length: 3 hours, 36 minutes

– Rank: #2 on Amazon.com’s list of Personal Finance and Investing

– Review: 5 out of 5 stars (44 reviewers)

The Total Money Makeover is touted as the simplest, most straightforward game plan for completely making over your money habits. Readers will be exercising their financial strength every day and quickly freeing themselves of worry, stress, and debt.

  1. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Timothy Ferris)

– Length: 13 hours, 4 minutes

– Rank: #2 on Amazon.com’s list of Career, Business, Books on CD

– Review: 4 ½ out of 5 stars (1147 reviewers)

This book is a blueprint for living more and working less. Included are dozens of practical tips and case studies from readers, who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

  1. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americas Rich (Thomas J. Stanley & William D. Danko)

– Length: 8 hours, 16 minutes

– Rank: #3 on Amazon.com’s list of Personal Finance and Investing

– Review: 4 out of 5 stars (902 reviewers)

The Millionaire Next Door promises answers to the following questions: Who are the rich? What do they do? How do they invest? How did they get rich? Can you ever become one of them?

  1. Increase Your Financial IQ (Robert T. Kiyosaki)

– Length: 3 hours, 11 minutes

– Rank: #4 on Amazon.com’s list of Personal Finance and Investing

– Review: 4 out of 5 stars (46 reviewers)

In the latest book of the bestselling Rich Dad, Poor Dad series, Kiyosaki provides insights into these key steps to wealth: how to increase your money, how to protect your money, how to budget your money, how to leverage your money, and how to improve your financial information.

  1. The Money Class: Learn to Create Your New American Dream (Suze Orman)

– Length: 11 hours, 20 minutes

– Rank: #5 on Amazon.com’s list of Personal Finance and Investing

– Review: 4 ½ out of 5 stars (36 reviewers)

While navigating the complicated mix of money and family, Orman educates us on every aspect of the American dream – home, family, career, and retirement. In The Money Class, Orman teaches us how to take control over our present – right here, right now – in order to build the future of our dreams.

  1. Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill)

– Length: 7 hours, 56 minutes

– Rank: #20 on Amazon.com’s list of Nonfiction

– Review: 4 ½ out of 5 stars (179  reviewers)

Napoleon Hill, considered the forefather of the personal development movement, outlines thirteen principles to help you achieve freedom from fear, self-confidence, improved personal relationships, career advancement, and financial riches.

Investing:

 

  1. The Big Secret for the Small Investor: The Shortest Route to Long-Term Investment Success (Joel Greenblat)

– Length: 3 hours, 9 minutes

– Rank: #1 on Amazon.com’s list of Personal Finance and Investing

– Review: 5 out of 5 stars (3 reviewers)

Joel Greenblatt, hedge fund manager, business school professor, and former Fortune 500 Chairman reveals a new approach that relies on the principles of value investing, common sense, and quantitative discipline, helping small investors find their way to some excellent new investment choices.

For Families:

 

  1. Smart Couples Finish Rich: Nine Steps to Creating a Rich Future for You and Your Partner (David Bach)

– Length: 3 hours

– Rank: #7 on Amazon.ca’s list of Personal Finance, Audiobooks

– Review: 4 ½ out of 5 stars (41 reviewers)

Fighting about money is cited as the number one reason for divorce in America. Bach, author of the bestselling Automatic Millionaire, covers a combination of strategies aimed at helping couples navigate the complexities of joint finance (e.g., stopping banks and insurance companies from ripping you off and funding your retirement).

  1. Financial Peace Jr.: Teaching Kids About Money!: Cool Tools for Tomorrow’s Millionaires! (Dave Ramsey)

– Length: unknown

– Rank: #12 on Amazon.com’s list of Personal Finance, Business, Books on CD

– Review: 4 out of 5 stars (17 reviewers)

Based on the bestselling Financial Peace and created for parents and kids ages three through twelve, this audio CD features Ramsey and “Junior” teaching, step-by-step the principles of life-long success for handling money. Children are encouraged to use the “envelope system” of money management, with the three main categories of giving, saving, and spending. Also available is the entire Financial Peace Jr. kit, including worksheets, a calculator, an instruction manual, and more.

  1. Rich Kid, Smart Kid: Giving Your Child a Financial Head Start (Robert T. Kiyosaki & Sharon L. Lechter)

– Length: unknown

– Rank: unranked as audio version, paperback ranked at #18,044 on Amazon.com

– Review: 3 ½ out of 5 stars (176 reviewers)

Another book from the bestselling Rich Dad, Poor Dad series, offers step-by-step help for parents, explaining how to teach children the fundamental principles of finance, and introducing a variety of financial problem-solving skills that help youngsters understand the importance of financial planning in their lives.

Cathy is part of the team that manages Credit Card Finder, a complimentary credit card comparison service and a personal finance blog based in Sydney, Australia. Before she joined CCF, she was a staff nurse at Clark Airbase Hospital and conducted lectures on First Aid, Bio-terrorism and Disaster Management.

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