The Best Self Help Audiobooks About Money

Looking use your audible subscription to better yourself? Don't have time to read, but want to fill your brain while driving or doing the dishes? Here's a list of some of my favorite money-related audiobooks.

1. The Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins

  • Uses simple language to make you understand money
  • By far my favorite personal finance book
  • Practical and actionable advice
  • Like talking to your dad (if you had a good dad)

 This book covers the main rules of modern wealth building: spend less than you earn, avoid debt, and invest the difference.

 Between these three maxims are all the nuts and bolts, from 403(b)s to HSAs. This is a great audiobook for the car; especially if you drive with someone who's a bit freaked out by investing. I listened to this with my brother and he was impressed by just how reasonable JL Collins is. The wording is simple enough for anyone to understand. I also recommend this book for anyone who currently is invested in front-loaded, high fee funds like Primerica and the like.

Buy The Simple Path to Wealth on audiobook here.

  2. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

  • Kinda weird / has "woo" aspects
  • Written in the 30s
  • Has a Cult Following
  • Full of Life Lessons

 In the early part of the 20th century, Andrew Carnegie enlisted Napoleon Hill to write a book illustrating his secret to wealth. Although the "Carnegie Secret" isn't told in the book in clear language, this book is all about the mentality that fueled Andrew Carnegie's rise from poverty to riches. This 1937 classic is NOT a nuts-and-bolts book about 401ks, credit and savings. Instead, it's a major attitude adjustment which will enable you to become wealthy in a competitive, capitalist world.

There's a little bit of "woo" baked in which I don't necessarily subscribe to, but overall, I came out way better after reading this book.

Sub-recommendation: If you DO subscribe to the "woo", let me recommend Abraham Hicks' audiobook "Ask and it is Given". It's about 99% pure "woo" but I can't get enough of Esther and Abraham.

Buy Think and Grow Rich on audiobook here.

 3. Your Money or your Life by Vicki Robins - Updated for 2018

  • Less "woo" than Napoleon Hill, but still focuses on the mental aspect
  • Good for younger folks
  • Helps you build a foundation to change your financial habits

 Trying to get your finances in order in 2019? This updated version of a classic is  great for people just starting out who want to learn good habits. This is the sort of book people buy for their teenage kids. Vicki Robin really took the time to learn what it's like to be young in the modern economy, and all of the baggage that comes with that, so I didn't feel "talked down to" by her at all. This book is big on life advice and small on real investment advice, however.

Buy "Your Money or your Life" on audiobook here.

4. Broke Millennial by Erin Lowry

  • Good for younger people, but comes off a little pandering
  • More of a narrative, less of a manual
  • Good for learning the basics of credit, buying a house vs renting, and investing/retirement- but does not get more advanced
  • Touches on the relationship aspects of money (something other books often leave out)

Buy Broke Millennial on audiobook here.

5. A Random Walk down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel

  • All about investing
  • Not gimmicky
  • Takes you through the history of the stock market, failed strategies, and schools of thought
  • Full of good advice

Long considered a "must read" for newbie investors, A Random Walk down Wall Street has relieved many of its readers of the stress of daily market ups and downs. This book will not help you make big money in the stock market, but it will help you invest with confidence.

Buy it on audiobook here.

I'm sure there are other books I've missed; tell me your favorites in the comments!

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