Dave Barry's Money Secrets: Like: Why Is There a Giant Eyeball on the Dollar?

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dave Barry
Narrator: Dick Hill
Genres: Essays & Memoirs
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: January 2006
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Did you ever wish that you really understood money? Well, Dave Barry wishes that he did, too. But that hasn't stopped him from writing a book about how to understand money. In it, Dave explores (as only he can) such topics as:

- How the U.S. economy works, including the often-overlooked role of Adam Sandler.
- Why it is not a good idea to use squirrels for money.
- Strategies that will give you the confidence you need to try for a good job, even though you are, let's be honest, a no-talent loser.
- Why corporate executives, simply by walking into their offices, immediately become much stupider.
- An absolutely foolproof system for making money in the stock market, requiring only a little effort (and access to time travel).
- Surefire tips for buying and selling real estate, the key one being: Never buy, or for that matter sell, real estate.
- How to minimize your federal taxes, safely and legally, by cheating.
- Why good colleges cost so much, and how to make sure your child does not get into one.
- How to reduce the cost of your medical care by basically not getting any.
- Estate planning, especially the often-overlooked financial benefits of early death.

But that's only the beginning! Dave has also included in this book all of the important points in a book written by Donald Trump, so you don't have to read it yourself. Plus he explains how to tip; how to negotiate for everything, including bridge tolls; how to argue with your spouse about money; and how much allowance to give your children (three dollars is plenty). He also presents, for the first time in print anywhere, the Car Dealership Code of Ethics ("Ethic Seven: The customer is an idiot"). Also thereare many gratuitous references to Angelina Jolie naked. You can't afford NOT to buy this book! Probably you need several.

Reviews (6)

Funny and Witty

Written by Anonymous from Sunnyvale, CA on November 3rd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book is meant to be funny and witty, and both the author and reader do a good job of achieving it. The reader presents the text as if he's doing a stand up comedy show which is exactly what is required to get the text of the book across. I found myself laughing out loud a few times along with many quiet chuckles. It's a light, but interesting book about money, real estate, finances and life. It's worth your time if you're open and ready for it.

Why bother?

Written by DK in NJ on January 10th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Absolutely no useful information under the guise of "money secrets." Very poor attempt at dry humor. I couldn't get through all the discs, out of disgust.

Dave Barry - Great; Reader - Bad

Written by Shane Adair Roginski from Jefferson, OH on January 21st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

First, I LOVE Dave Barry and I have all his books, including this one. Second, I have been listening to recorded books for more than 20 years. This is the first book that was absolutely RUINED for me by the reader, so much so that I had to stop listening after only half a CD. He over-exaggerated and over-emoted his reading (trying to be funny and failing miserably). I thought I would get used to his style, but didn't. The "chuckling" after almost every funny line did me in - I think I know when something is funnny and will laugh accordingly. Buy the book, it is truly a funny read, but save your rental time for something more enjoyable to listen to.

More irritating than amusing

Written by Safiyya from Alexandria, VA on September 22nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Although I'm sure I would have enjoyed reading the actual book, the reader of this audio book is so over-the-top irritating that I could barely continue to listen. His emphasis, reading style, voices, and stupid chuckles drove me absolutely nuts. He seems like he's trying to read to small children ...or possibly perform for people who are expecting stand-up comedy, but as an audiobook, it's a really grating performance. I like Dave Barry, and I like to imagine that I would have enjoyed the actual book, but this performance ruined it for me. Avoid.

Dave Barry at (almost) his finest

Written by Travis Wise on August 29th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

About the only thing missing from this book is his trademark line, "And I am not making this up..." But the style is classic: the insight, the sarcasm, the hyperbole that pepper his now-classic columns. An absolute must-listen if you like(d) his columns. Might not not be for everyone: a humor-impaired economics professor may be offended at Barry's analogy between Tinkerbell and the monetary system. Also, this book contains more than a few , um, "suggestive" sections. Might inflame Presbyterian ministers (no pun intended), but for different reasons.

Money Secrets

Written by Anonymous on July 25th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Too funny for driving and listening. Dave Barry's Money Secrets on CD was a perfect was to make my commute go quickly. Often I had to sit in my car to hear the next section. By the time I got to work in the morning, the day just had to be great from all the laughing I did while listening to this book!

Author Details

Author Details

Barry, Dave

Dave Barry is a humor columnist. For 25 years he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Many people are still trying to figure out how this happened.

Dave has also written a total of 30 books, although virtually none of them contain useful information. Two of his books were used as the basis for the CBS TV sitcom "Dave's World," in which Harry Anderson played a much taller version of Dave.

Dave plays lead guitar in a literary rock band called the Rock Bottom Remainders, whose other members include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson and Mitch Albom. They are not musically skilled, but they are extremely loud. Dave has also made many TV appearances, including one on the David Letterman show where he proved that it is possible to set fire to a pair of men's underpants with a Barbie doll.

In his spare time, Dave is a candidate for president of the United States. If elected, his highest priority will be to seek the death penalty for whoever is responsible for making Americans install low-flow toilets.

Dave lives in Miami, Florida, with his wife, Michelle, a sportswriter. He has a son, Rob, and a daughter, Sophie, neither of whom thinks he's funny.