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  • The Soul of Money

  • Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources
  • By: Lynne Twist
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)

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The Soul of Money

By: Lynne Twist
Narrated by: Cynthia Barrett
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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.

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"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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Exceptional in perspective building

Thank you for generously sharing your experiences that give every person a vision on how they can all contribute to this world to make a difference. My life and my view of money will forever be changed. All my love and gratitude.

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Thought provoking and transformational

An incredible insight into the power we all have to transform the World and ourselves through the soul of money

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Very enjoyable book - question your money beliefs

Loved the book. It does make you challenge your own beliefs around money. Perhaps it's time we all make a mind shift from scarcity to abundance and resourcefulness, from you or me to you and me.

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Inspiring , reflective book

I would have preferred listening to the author. but the book it's self is amazing stuff. it'd changing my ingrained perceptions of the money culture. I've listened to it twice. and will probably go back again. something I want to live my life by. its given me a paradigm shift.

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  • Bloom
  • 31-01-16

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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  • k
  • 22-12-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-10-15

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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  • Catherine H.
  • 04-04-18

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.

Any additional comments?

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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  • California Dreaming
  • 14-03-15

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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  • shelleym
  • 27-09-16

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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  • LilForest
  • 19-05-15

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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  • Demi L.
  • 06-05-16

This book changed my life!

Probably the most important book on money I have ever read. And I have read hundreds.

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  • Paul
  • 06-10-15

Which is worse? Preachy Writing or Bad Narrator

What would have made The Soul of Money better?

Narrator was intolerable; cloying snobbishness in her delivery, holier-than-thou turns of phrase...could barely force myself to continue listening

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cynthia Barrett?

Someone with more natural conversational style / less pretentiousness

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyed... the author is already going in too many unfocussed directions preaching and showing off, but the pretentious narration lends the possibility that the author sounds like this, too. (which I have no way of knowing)

Any additional comments?

Not a very interesting contribution, in the end, to the ideas the book purports to address

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  • Cevin Cram
  • 27-10-16

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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