The Art of Money Getting

Read by Jill Preston

(4.4 stars; 893 reviews)

Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman, businessman, and entertainer, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
His successes may have made him the first "show business" millionaire. Although Barnum was also an author, publisher, philanthropist, and for some time a politician, he said of himself, "I am a showman by profession...and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me," and his personal aims were "to put money in his own coffers". (Reference: (1 hr 38 min)


00 - Introduction 22:22 Read by Jill Preston
01 - Don't Mistake Your Vocation 3:32 Read by Jill Preston
02 - Select The Right Location 5:25 Read by Jill Preston
03 - Avoid Debt 5:40 Read by Jill Preston
04 - Persevere 4:04 Read by Jill Preston
05 - Whatever You Do, Do It With All Your Might 8:12 Read by Jill Preston
06 - Use The Best Tools 3:07 Read by Jill Preston
07 - Don't Get Above Your Business 10:16 Read by Jill Preston
08 - Learn Something Useful 1:06 Read by Jill Preston
09 - Let Hope Predominate, But Be Not Too Visionary 1:17 Read by Jill Preston
10 - Do Not Scatter Your Powers 1:17 Read by Jill Preston
11 - Be Systematic 4:41 Read by Jill Preston
12 - Read The Newspapers 1:05 Read by Jill Preston
13 - Beware Of "Outside Operations" 2:31 Read by Jill Preston
14 - Don't Indorse Without Security 4:48 Read by Jill Preston
15 - Advertise Your Business 5:05 Read by Jill Preston
16 - 'Don't Read The Other Side' 3:38 Read by Jill Preston
17 - Be Polite and Kind To Your Customers 3:00 Read by Jill Preston
18 - Be Charitable 1:39 Read by Jill Preston
19 - Don't Blab 1:11 Read by Jill Preston
20 - Preserve Your Integrity 5:01 Read by Jill Preston


(5 stars)

truly wonderful. Barnum was a George Carlin of his time, a sardonic observer of society not to be overlooked. akin to the classic text art of war, this book bears lessons based upon common sense which, at least regarding business, hold true to this day and will continue to do so. a worthwhile read which leaves behind a feeling of " I totally already knew that but did not have the words. "

Just what you need!

(5 stars)

A little monotone, but very pleasant. I encourage everyone that struggles with managing their money, listen to this book! It will help you start managing your money 100%.

great book, bad audio/reader

(3 stars)

the audio from chapter 10 to the end of the book was bad, echo or something. the reader was kind of drab and not that great, but she did make an effort at pitch and pace etc. this book should be given to every child when they ask for an allowance or get there first job (be it mowing the neighbors yard or bagging groceries). sound logical advice and a few cute stories about events to bring out the point of matters. advice on living life, not striving after riches.

(2.5 stars)

Audio quality was not very good, chapter ten even had a sort of echo in the background. Another point is the reader's intonation, which is quite confusing and many times mixes phrases or leaves them unfinished. The content itself did not surprise me, but maybe it's because I've already read similar books. still, always great to have a new experience

Quick, Insightful, Fun!

(5 stars)

This was the first audiobook I listened to on the app and it was a treat. PT Barnum'a book content is incredibly similar to modern day books, which only eludes to a consistent trend in what's required to acquire money. It's these nuggets of wisdom and principles that I am after and this book delivered.

Timeless wisdom

(5 stars)

I loved the fact there was one reader throughout. I've often stopped listening to a book because there was more than one reader. What I like about these old books is the timeless wisdom. They never teach solely one thing but also how to be a quality person. Which is good for getting money.

(5 stars)

A lot of these fundamental beliefs or guidelines, are still applicable today. The narrator Jill Preston is pleasing to listen to, and the author PT Barnum had a lively way of writing his message. It’s not too long of a read and definitely worth it’s weight in gold.

great reader

(5 stars)

This is been the second or third time that I've listen to this audiobook over the last 10 years the author did a great job of reading clearly articulated in this book is very informative on budgeting.