How to Speak Money

  • by John Lanchester
  • Narrated by Sean Pratt
  • 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

To those who don't speak it, the language of money can seem impenetrable and its ideas too complex to grasp. How to Speak Money is acclaimed writer John Lanchester's entertaining and informative attempt to bridge the gap between the money people and the rest of us. With characteristic wit and candor ("wickedly funny" - Dwight Garner, New York Times), Lanchester shows how the world of finance and economics really works - from the terms and conditions of your personal checking account to the evasions of bankers appearing in front of Congress.
How to Speak Money reveals how the language of money is often a tool to conceal and mislead; he explains hundreds of common economic terms, from GDP to the IMF, amortization to securitization to collateralized debt obligation; and he argues that we all need to speak money lest those who do write the financial rules for themselves.

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What the Critics Say

"How finance really works - by the writer hailed for "explain[ing] complex stuff in a down-to-earth and witty style" (Economist)

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Customer Reviews

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Horrible narration.

Would you try another book written by John Lanchester or narrated by Sean Pratt?

Having heard a number of interviews with the author I pre-ordered the book and was expecting a sort of erudite British person mordantly analysing capitalism! This narrator makes the book sound like 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad' or something! I am so disappointed. I'm sure the narrator's voice is perfect for other work but seems out of step with this book.


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- Jessica

A journalist dressed up as an economist

I just wanted a book that explained some of the jargon of economic chat, instead I'm being told the authors opinion on the World Development Goals, and how terrible it is that rich people are getting more rich. I had to switch off when he made the comment along the lines of 'neo-liberalism' replacing the Bretton Woods system - Who on earth can argue that? modern Libertarianism is crying out for a return to the gold standard...
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- Thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-10-2014
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC