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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (424 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beth Kobliner Narrator: Beth Kobliner Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 1997 ISBN: 9780743547574
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If you're like most people, you don't feel like you're in control of your financial life. Get a Financial Life shows you how to mange your money and make it grow. With this unique audio program, you'll learn how to:


–Start investing in the right mutual funds
–Refinance your high-rate credit cards and student loans
–Stop getting nickeled and dimed by your bank
–Use tax-advantaged savings plans to build a serious nest egg

From 401(k)s to stocks and bonds, this audiobook focuses exclusively on what you really need to know at this stage in your financial life. Whether you earn $15,000 or $150,000, whether you're single or married, financially inclined or financially challenged, Get a Financial Life will help you manage your money with the smallest possible investment of time and effort.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “A highly readable and substantial guide to the grown-up worlds of money and business.”

    New York Times

  • “A daring book…A life’ s worth of smart financial advice.”

    Newsweek

  • “Stop worrying and start reading Beth Kobliner’s Get a Financial Life, the best book to help you understand your money in the toughest financial market since the Great Depression.”

    Jim Cramer, CNBC’s Mad Money 

  • “Smart, thorough—a tremendously useful guide to all the essentials of sound personal finance.”

    Fortune

  • “Shaw said youth is wasted on the young. I suspect the Kobliner financial wisdoms will work out well at all our ages.”

    Paul A. Samuelson, Institute Professor Emeritus, MIT, Nobel Laureate in Economics

  • “An eminently digestible resource suited to the attention span of the MTV Generation. Buying this book right now is probably one of the best—and cheapest—investments.”

    Time Out New York

  • “Beth Kobliner has written one of the best personal finance books currently available. Get a Financial Life is must reading for young adults—and has a lot of solid information for the 40-and-over crowd as well.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “If getting a financial life is terrifying, Kobliner eases readers into it gently…Financial books generally aren’t light reading, but this one is easily digestible.”

    Kiplinger’s 

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felisha | 2/15/2014

    " A pretty basic book. Good read if you want to know the basics or where to start. My version was 10 years old, pre-9/11 and pre-economic crisis, so a LOT has changed since then. Keep that in mind when reading this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenevieve | 2/15/2014

    " Very useful. But I still wish I had a financial planner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaina | 1/29/2014

    " This is a great first book on finances for college grads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Enid | 1/28/2014

    " Very informative and extremely readable. Another that should be required reading for every high school senior. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Black | 1/23/2014

    " Basic, basic material, but there was a time (six years ago or so) when I didn't know an IRA from a 401(k) or a FICO from a "fuck off and die" (the latter's what they tell you when the former's substandard), and carried 21k of debt. An afternoon spent studying Ms. Kobliner's fundamental advice did wonders (although it'd have been difficult not to do better, with income tripling over that span heh). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/14/2014

    " This has a great spin...focused on us early career folks that have more debt than income. Who cares about mutual funds and stocks when you can't even save $25 a month? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/11/2014

    " 300-page easy read! I read this book for my independent study personal finance class. Beth Koblinger taught me all about personal finance in words I could understand. It helped me understand debt, credit, banking, investing, retirement planning, insurance, taxes, and home buying. This is a must-read for people in their 20s and early 30s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janel | 12/23/2013

    " I just started this book and so far it's a good read. I like that she has cram notes to give you an over view of the material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 12/3/2013

    " I read this about 7 years ago and still refer to it quite a bit. Very practical help for all your finance questions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/10/2013

    " although we are not really in any position to do any of the things she talks about in this book, we very shortly will be--and this book is an excellent primer for young people who want to take control of their money situation and start thinking about their futures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/22/2013

    " A concise, straightforward guide on how to get your personal finance issues in order. This book is pretty comprehensive, and it is a valuable resource when you have lots of questions on how to save and start investing. I just wish there were a newer edition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 10/18/2013

    " This is a book that every parent should get their graduate. A great intro into everyday finance (banking, credit, investing). Also a good primer for anyone who wants an easy to read basic understanding of how to take hold of their financial future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisa | 10/13/2013

    " This book is really helpful in understanding overall considerations for the financial life of twenty year olds - or anyone really looking to understand in a simple way lots of things that can really change the amount of money one has and is able to use no matter how much one actually makes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 surfurbian | 10/1/2013

    " Excellent primer on finances for those getting started. If you are in your 20s, read it now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 7/3/2013

    " A must read for the recent college graduate on through the thirties. Excellent financial advice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 5/15/2013

    " This book might have been helpful if it was 1997 and I was not slipping out of its target audience a little more each day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C | 5/13/2013

    " This book touches on the most basic ideas of financial literacy. It's easy to read, engaging and quick. There were certain parts I skipped because I already had knowledge on the topics being written, but overall a great book for anyone in their twenties who needs an intro to everything financial. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 12/18/2012

    " i love this book. i got it a number of years ago and still refer to it often. it makes a subject that seems like rocket science to me more simple and straightforward. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Lee | 11/17/2012

    " Clear and to the point. Helpful to flip to the parts that are of pertinent, but boring to read straight through. A good book for those of us not used to financial language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elyssa | 10/1/2012

    " A basic and straightforward guide that teaches financial management in lay terms. It is geared towards young adults and helps set a good financial foundation for later years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chanel | 9/15/2012

    " A forcible read from Economics Honors in HS. I have to keep going back to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 rachel | 4/21/2012

    " not terribly exciting, but considering the subject matter it's easier to read than most. and helpful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick | 3/30/2012

    " The suggestions are actually probably 4-star. I just found it too basic. We're doing most of this and it wasn't well-written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie | 6/13/2011

    " Good ideas. Basic, but necessary. Obviously written before the recession, but for the most part the information is useful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisa | 4/27/2011

    " This book is really helpful in understanding overall considerations for the financial life of twenty year olds - or anyone really looking to understand in a simple way lots of things that can really change the amount of money one has and is able to use no matter how much one actually makes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 3/26/2011

    " The language was very easy to understand. The content is very basic, which could (or could not) be useful depending on your experience with the topics. The book was written in 1996, so don't expect mention of websites or current investment laws. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 1/4/2011

    " Clear and to the point. Helpful to flip to the parts that are of pertinent, but boring to read straight through. A good book for those of us not used to financial language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janel | 12/20/2010

    " I just started this book and so far it's a good read. I like that she has cram notes to give you an over view of the material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felisha | 11/22/2010

    " A pretty basic book. Good read if you want to know the basics or where to start. My version was 10 years old, pre-9/11 and pre-economic crisis, so a LOT has changed since then. Keep that in mind when reading this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaina | 9/5/2010

    " This is a great first book on finances for college grads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 7/18/2010

    " I read this book for a college course I am taking. It is great, simple, easy to understand information for anyone who is just starting out in the adult world or who could use some refresher information. I wish I had known about this book 15 years ago..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 7/15/2010

    " although we are not really in any position to do any of the things she talks about in this book, we very shortly will be--and this book is an excellent primer for young people who want to take control of their money situation and start thinking about their futures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Haley | 5/3/2010

    " Okay, this really is a book about finance. I had to read it for a class but I did think it was written well. For the most part the author made the content not-so-boring, which I think would be pretty hard to do. And it was a lot of really useful info. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stoiph | 4/13/2010

    " This book rules! Financial advice for dummies (er, 20 and 30-somethings)! Tried to make a new category, "Books-I'll-Never-Read-Cover-to-Cover-but-Glad-I-Have," as this is just a good reference-have already found some useful information. "

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About the Author

Beth Kobliner is a personal finance commentator, journalist, and author. She is a regular contributor to many major publications, a frequent guest on several television programs, and lecturer at universities around the country. She was selected by President Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, dedicated to increasing the financial know-how of kids of all ages and economic backgrounds. A former staff writer at Money magazine, she has contributed to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Today, Sesame Street, and NPR.