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The Soul of Money

Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources
Narrated by: Cynthia Barrett
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Economics
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 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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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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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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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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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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  • JH
  • 12-11-2018

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.

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Life changing

Absolutely incredible insight to different views of money globally, loved her experiences and outlook on money as a soulful gesture.

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Sufficiency, collaboration and the imagination cells of the world

This is a powerful book about real change targeting at the thing that lies at the root of our collective destruction and wellbeing. So much wise food for thought around how we can use money and our relationship with it to be stewards of the Earth and each other.

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  • Bloom
  • 31-01-2016

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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  • California Dreaming
  • 14-03-2015

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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  • Catherine H.
  • 04-04-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-10-2015

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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  • shelleym
  • 27-09-2016

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
  • 19-05-2015

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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  • Cevin Cram
  • 27-10-2016

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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  • Andrea
  • 13-09-2016

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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  • Gilda
  • 13-08-2016

Up lifting!

Life changing because it covers so many diffrent aspects of the flow of money in our lives.

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  • oreneko
  • 11-07-2016

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
  • 18-06-2017

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.
  • 14-12-2016

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
  • 13-10-2019

Absolutely mind blowing

I loved it so much... I think they should read it in the schools to our children! Compassion flows throughout and really breaks every wall and border. Again, just loved it!

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  • Ms. Emily J. Burnell
  • 28-09-2018

loved this idea of getting to the soul of money

brilliant book, touching on new ideas and ideas which really resonated with me. best book this year I've listened to!

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  • jacqueline bull
  • 13-08-2018

a great book

A thought provoking book that invites you to think about money with an abundance mindset no matter how much you have in your bank account. The idea of using your money to facilitate your life purpose is a wonderful one. Throughly enjoyed.

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  • Scorpion2am
  • 20-04-2017

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