The Simple Path to Wealth goes Audio!

Some, like the young lady on the right, prefer reading a physical book. In the case of mine, holding it upside down seems to help.

Others, like the young lady on the left, clearly have mixed emotions. Or maybe they just haven’t discovered the upside down trick.

For her, and maybe you, good news!

The Simple Path to Wealth audio book version

…is now available for pre-order. The actual release is June 27, 2017.

Personally, I’m not an audio book kinda guy mostly I think because I rarely drive the long distances that seem the ideal time to listen to audio books. Which may be why it has taken a year since the the print/kindle publication date of June 18, 2016 to get this done.

(Happy Birthday, Book!!)

But, based on the number of requests for an audio version, many of you have long drives or just prefer listening. So we listened!

Last fall my crack agent, Anna, began to shop the audio book rights around. This was about the same time she launched her own agency, Write View.

By January 2017 we had inked a deal with Audible. Then, to my amazement, they asked me to personally narrate it. Listeners, they said, like listening to audio books in the author’s own voice.

I confess this both appealed to, and terrified, me. Appealed because it sounded fun and I had never done such a thing. Plus, I can see how listeners would like it. Terrified because I had never done such a thing and I am keenly aware that good voice over is a skill the pros take years to hone. Plus, if we were going to do an audio version of my book, I wanted it to be the very best it could be.

In the end, the good folks at Audible convinced me that any shortcomings in my narration skills would be outweighed by the advantage of it being in my voice.

They also found…

Rocking Horse Studio

…for me here in the wilds of New Hampshire to handle the recording. So after our return from Asia, in April I spent three consecutive days reading into a microphone and, let me tell you, this author wrote some phrases that look fine on paper but twist the tongue something fierce.

The dummy.

The Rocking Horse guys were a pleasure to deal with. Brian, the owner, made me feel welcome and Josh, the engineer, kept it fun, on track and provided guidance and patience. He also introduced me to Throat Coat tea, nothing short of magic for getting thru this process.

As with my video, if this book sounds great as I’m sure it will, the credit goes to Josh and the Audible editors. Indeed, I recorded numerous “takes” of almost every line to be sure they had enough to work with.

Even so, last week I was back in studio re-recording some lines for the final touches.

But now it is done (Whew!) and available by clicking here:

Simple Path to Wealth: Audio version

So, if audio is your thing, there you go. If not, the print and kindle versions are still available on Amazon.

Thanks to all of you who have read it so far, especially those of you who have taken the time to post 5-Star reviews on Amazon. Very, very much appreciated!



In the comments below, some listeners have report various issues with their audio books. As I have nothing to do with the sales and production of the book, I reached out to Audible.

They tell me Audible’s tech support customer service team can resolve these issues if you have them. They are available by chat, email, and phone (

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  1. Vorlic says

    “Once you get up two and a half million dollars, every asshole in the world knows, stick 80% in VTSAX…”

    Even playing your version of The Gambler on repeat 24/7 is starting to feel a tad repetitive.

    I shall be listening to more of your dulcet tones as I do other things. Perfect.

  2. Friendly Russian says

    That’s awesome, Mr. Collins.

    My congratulations to you.

    I am not an audio book guy as well, I prefer reading and, sometimes, podcasts. But my brother LIKES audio books, he says he can “read” more book in audio than by old and proved method.

    Thanks for reminder to buy your book.

    • jlcollinsnh says

      Thanks, FR!

      Lots of people seem to like the audio format, or so I’ve been told.

      Now we’ll see if anybody actually buys it. 😉

  3. Jon says

    Didn’t James Earl Jones provide the voice of Darth Vader?! I’d put your voice up there with Morgan Freeman’s. 🙂 A fine choice of narrator at a fair price! Congrats on your continued success, Godfather.

    • jlcollinsnh says

      Thanks Brandon!

      Sure, give it a listen.

      Maybe, like Gwen below, it will help you fall asleep. 😉

  4. Gwen @ Fiery Millennials says

    I’d say I’d put on the book to help me fall asleep at night, but that just sounds weird. Your voice is almost soothing and I’m happy they convinced you to do the voiceover! More options to gift it to my friends 🙂

    • jlcollinsnh says

      Well, whatever turns you on… 🙂

      (now THAT sounds weird)

      Hope it doesn’t put those drivers to sleep…


  5. Luis says

    Jim – congratulations and I too am a book guy but now when I recommend your book, which is often, I’ll inform the prospective reader that it’s available in audio format.

    Semper FI

    PS – As you know, Semper fidelis (Latin for Always Faithful) is the U.S. Marine Corps motto. Commonly, we Marines shorten it to Semper Fi. Just know due to my typo of FI instead of Fi, I realized how appropriate is Semper FI – Always Financial Independent. This will be my personal motto. Semper FI!

  6. Markola says

    Hi Jim, Congrats your new audio book. Your paper back version is my go-to purchase when a friend or relative who knows I’m a saver asks me a money question. I usually don’t want to get too involved in others’ money issues if I know them personally, because I find that I get frustrated when I get mentally invested in their situation but the person takes no action, so I just buy them your book and say, “Here. Read this. What you need to know about investing is in there”. A few weeks ago, my brother in law texted to say how much inspiration and value he was getting from the book, so chalk up a rare win! Now I can recommend an audio version to others.

    • jlcollinsnh says

      Thanks Markola!

      That is great to hear from your brother-in-law! Indeed, a rare win.

      The FI message mostly falls on deaf ears. We are, and are likely to remain, the odd ones out. 🙂

  7. Fireby35 says

    Audio books are my preferred method but not for driving. It is when I’m a) gardening b) walking my neighborhood or home c) riding a bike, d) cleaning my house. You get the idea, right?

    I love listening to books because it makes reading “active.” I’d say discovering audio books as a thing has increased my available reading time by 300%+. Now I read 40+ books a year. Only a handful are actual old school books.

    All of that information is offered to give you an idea of what your publishers and agent knew but maybe you didn’t 🙂

    Good job on recording it.

    PS Got a $3500 bill on that 1991 SL300 – regret is a powerful emotion!

    • jlcollinsnh says

      All those listening opportunities never occurred to me. Good to know! Although cleaning the house seems bad enough without having to listen to me. 😉

      Maintaining the gigolo lifestyle isn’t cheap, but that’s why you get paid the big bucks. 😉

      What did the $3500 buy?

      • FIreby35 says

        $3,500 bought basically all the mechanical parts of the drop top. It has a hydraulic parts that, after 26 years, needed to be replaced when seals caused it to lose pressure and not work. It’s a known issue with them and I knew about it as a potential issue when I bought the car. Also, a new hydraulic pump. It also got a new radio and recharged AC.

        I actually talked with the owner of the shop and he told me straight up I’d have a bit more in repairs over time given that it was 26 years old. We cut a deal for parts plus a % and a lowered rate for future repairs if I agreed to bring the car in during slow periods or otherwise leave it with him to be low priority. He gives a loaner.

        Since I bought it, this is the second big repair bill! Still, the total cost is $13,500 with the repairs and now I can say it is partially restored to its full gigolo glory.

        But, it gets worse every time a new issue pops up! We’ll see what I’m in for. If I recall from reading your blog all the way through years ago, there is an echo from a prior purchase you made many years ago, right?

          • Fireby35 says

            I just read the post and it’s at least leaving me with the idea that I can recover from this – as long as the brakes don’t give out 🙂

  8. Vorlic says

    This evening we purchased an IKEA sofa (on 0% interest for a year) after 18 years of careful planning and consideration. We are now feeling rash and impulsive.

    Just so you know what you’ve done, Mr Collins, just so you know what you’ve done. ????

  9. FIRECracker says

    Wow, first video, then print, and now audio! World domination is within your grasp! Mwahahaha.

    Also, I just read comment from FR about the discussion of your book in a Jjimjilbang. I knew you were famous, but Jjimjilbang famous?!

  10. John @ The Millennial Plan says

    Think this is a great way for you to get the millennial group readership up – a ton of my friends listen to Audible and I’ve already told people to read the book. May even do a review one of these days. Thanks for sharing the wealth!

    • jlcollinsnh says

      Thanks John…

      I’m beginning to realize audio books have far great appeal and application than I ever realized. 😉

  11. Chris Rodriguez says

    Hi Jim,

    I just finished the audio version of your book and it was great! Thank you for making an audio version.

    I have a question on how I should approach my current situation. I am 36 years old(The wealth accumulation stage) and just started to invest. I have maxed out my 401k 18K contribution for the year in black rock s&p 500 index fund(.11% expense ratio) — VG was not available 🙁

    I make about $130,000/yr gross but live in California so it is not as much one would think after taxes and housing. I have about $100,000 in savings. I would like to know how best to invest the 100K. I have two primary concerns:

    1. I am planning on investing in VTSAX. However, since I am not eligible for IRA tax savings due to my salary, should I still open an IRA and take the tax hit? Or do you recommend a better approach?

    2. I know there is no way to ‘time’ the market, but I was hoping to use some of my savings to buy when the next market crash. Should I have some % of my savings stashed away for that? If so, what % would you recommend?

    Thanks in advance,

    • jlcollinsnh says

      Hi Chris…

      Glad you liked the audio book. You are the first to report in. While I recorded it, I haven’t actually listened. It turned out OK?

      1. There is nothing wrong with investing in a regular taxable account, especially if you lack access to IRAs and the like. This podcast might help:

      2. 🙂 In one breath you agree there is no way to time the market and in the next you ask how much to stash away while you time it. I recommend being fully invested at all time and using your asset allocation and/or new money flows to smooth the ride. But, you know that. You’ve listened to the book. 🙂

      • Chris Rodriguez says

        Thanks for the prompt reply Jim!

        The audio book turned out great. The audio quality was perfect. Your voice helped bring reassurance to what you were discussing.

        Thanks for the choosefi podcast link. The episode featuring you is actually how I came across your work/book 🙂 I actually learned something new while listening to the podcast episode you provided so thanks again.

        In regards to my stashing away some cash question, I was not so much referring to timing the market. Instead, I was referring to your statement along the lines of “it is not a question of ‘whether’ the market will crash, but rather ‘when’. ” So my thought process is to have some cash at hand to be able to buy more(due to cheaper price) ‘when’ the market does crash.

        However, having thought over your advice, this would mean that my cash on hand would not be growing while waiting for the next crash. Also, who knows ‘when’ the next crash would occur. I just wanted to clarify my original intention which was to buy more(due to cheaper price) when the market does crash.

        Anyways, thanks again for the great book and content on this site. This has really helped me better understand both the psychology as well as overall strategy in investing.


  12. vorlic says

    Your dulcet tones in both left and right ears right now, Godfather…

    By the way, my family and I are sitting pretty on our IKEA couch – it’s serving its purpose very well, becoming the warm, squashy centre of family life… but only now that we’ve made our home fit for purpose. Did it all ourselves, on a shoestring, Mustachian style.

    Can’t quit worryin’ how things will turn out, though, watching and contributing to our Investments. Right now, the couch helps us relax a little, focus, plan, stay frugal and enjoy the important things.

    Hey – I bought a £35 computer (Raspberry Pi) for my 6 year old daughter to do what the heck she wants with it. Right now, with barely a nudge from mum and dad, she’s learning to code, for real, using the work of the clever folks at Massachusetts Institute of Technology: I’d recommend it to the two young ladies in your photo above… much better than that stupid book 😉

    Thanks again.

  13. Joe Hager says

    Just finished the audiobook today and I must say, it was a life changer!

    I am fortunate to have a company that offers a 401k with company matching (up to 4%) with Vanguard so this book fit in to my situation perfectly!

    I’m 25 years old, and have just moved all my investments over in to Vanguard’s Total Stock Market Index Fund, upped my investment amounts to the maximum for my 401k, and plan on opening a “taxable” other investment account so I can invest more (more than my 18k in my 401k and my 5500 in my Traditional IRA).

    I truly appreciate all the helpful information in the book & your blog and I really feel like I’m ready for a successful life of investing!

    I’m recommending this book to everyone I know!

    Thanks again,

  14. Julie at Nest Egg Chick says

    Congratulations! And great job on doing the audio yourself! I’m a big fan of audio books, not only for driving but also for household chores. Washing dishes and doing laundry are much better when I have a good audiobook to listen to. And now people have yet another way to get the benefit of your incredible wisdom. Oh, and happy birthday book 🙂

  15. Pat Gentry says

    Mr. Collins,
    How I cam across your book is beyond me…though I go through a couple of Audible books each week on my Bay Area commute, mostly non-fiction. Maybe I just ran out of other options for The Suggester, and they chose you. In any case, it was a wonderful listen, and I got the paper book, too. Just sold my house, and am taking a few months off to steady my course before the next phase of my life.
    You write and read so well, there was no point in the narrative that I got lost or confused, just terrific! Many thanks, hope I have time to follow many of your suggestions!

    • jlcollinsnh says

      Hi Pat…

      However you came across it, I am glad you did. Thanks for the very kind words.

      I am especially pleased to learn that the audio version was easy and pleasant to listen to. While I recorded it, I have yet to listen to it — a very different thing.

      If it sounds good, much of the credit goes to the able editors at Audible given the mess I sent them. 🙂

  16. Dave says

    Congratulations on the audio edition of your book. I read it last summer. I judge a financial book based on if I go back to it for a reference. I revisit your book often. I also have it listed on the top of my reference page.

  17. Anne Morrison says

    Jim, I have bought several copies of your great book – for nieces and nephews. I also bought the digital version and the audio version for myself. I didn’t download the PDF when I saw that come up on the screen. Now I can’t seem to find a way to get that to come back if I go look in Amazon for the kindle version (digital and audio) of the book. Is there some smart way to re-connect with the way to download the PDF?
    Oh and your blog changed everything for us. Thank you.

    • jlcollinsnh says

      Thanks Anne…

      hope they enjoy and benefit from it.

      I’ve put your question to the folks at Audible and hopefully will have an answer from them. In the meantime you might check with Amazon help. I’m afraid I have nothing to do with that end of things.

    • Travis says

      Hey Anne,
      I know you figured out how to download the .PDF but since I just had to do the same I thought I would reply with a way to find it in case others come across your post looking for the answer as I did. Here’s where to get the download on an Android device:
      1. Go to, the full site, not the app or the mobile version of the site.
      2. Click the ‘Library’ drop-down near the top of the page.
      3. Tap ‘My Books’
      4. Sign into your account.
      5. Scroll down to ‘The Simple Path to Wealth’.
      6. Scroll to the right and you should see a download link the will download the file to your device.
      Hope others will find this helpful.

    • jlcollinsnh says

      Good to hear, GM!

      Just got the sales results for the audio version and it did quite well in 2017.

      Seems your nieces and nephews are not alone in their preference. 😉

  18. Tawny says

    I’m probably daft, but loved your audiobook from audible/amazon, but can’t locate how to get the downloadable forms. Any hints?

    • jlcollinsnh says

      Sorry, Tawny…

      …I haven’t a clue.

      I’m not even sure I understand the question.

      I just wrote and then narrated the book. 😉
      Glad you liked it!

  19. planedoc says

    Jim, just listened to your book for the second time. I had read your blog a number of times, but bought the audio book to listen to while walking….and it’s very good.

    Your “gravitas” is perfect for the topic.

    Press on….

    • jlcollinsnh says

      That was fast 🙂


      It helps make up for the two Kenneths.

      The one on June 3rd who says my advice was “horrible”

      and the one on June 11th who called me a “simpleton” 😉 🙂

  20. Justin says

    Hey Jim,
    I just finished your audio book and I have to tell you, it was exactly what I’ve been wanting to find! I’m 41 and I’m a natural saver. I have one of the better problems to have in this world, I have too much cash on hand. I carry no debt (excepts for my mortgage), We live well below our means, I really enjoy my job, my wife really enjoys her “job” and we make fantastic money. The only problem I had was that I’ve kept all of our savings in cold hard cash. Well, cold hard cash in the actual bank. Enough cash that we are well over the amount that the FDIC insures. We are very blessed and we know it.

    I’ve known all along that holding it cash was a huge waste of earning potential but I’d tested out a few “advisers” with much less money in my younger years and it was evident to me that the only person benefiting from that relationship was the adviser.

    I knew stock picking was a good as throwing my money on the blackjack table (I hate gambling by the way) so I froze and did nothing. I knew I was wasting the opportunity to make my money work for me but I didn’t like any of the alternatives I’ve experienced. Your book changed all of this for me and I couldn’t be more grateful, honestly.

    This will be a book that I insist my boys read / listen to when they are old enough to understand/process.

    Thank you for writing the book. Know that it has, at minimum, helped me and my family immensely. I would like to download the PDF that you reference a number of times throughout the book but I’m not sure where to find it. Would you respond to this please with a link to the PDF?

    Thanks again for sharing what you have learned!

    • jlcollinsnh says

      Thanks Justin…

      …that’s high praise indeed! Hope you’ll take a moment to post it as an Amazon review.

      As for the PDF, I’m afraid I can’t help. That’s in the hands of Audible and you’ll need to reach out to them.

  21. David Rudge says

    So the next logical step is to get it translated into other languages. Please do let us know if that is in process

    • jlcollinsnh says

      You need to pay closer attention, David. 🙂

      Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, German, Russian so far.

      Sold 39,000 copies in Japan in 2020.

  22. David Rudge says

    Dear Jim,
    Thanks for your reply. Where can I get the German translation? It’s not listed on

  23. Sanjay says

    Hello Sir,
    I am from India and I recently read your book and it is helping to develop my financial knowledge.
    I have a doubt.
    Unlike US, in India NIFTY index are small (for example NIFTY 50 comprise first 50 companies of SENSEX based on market capitalization) and existing index MF are based on this. Other examples are NIFT Next 50 (next 50 companies other than NIFTY 50), NIFTY Midcap 150 etc.
    My doubt is that is it a good option to invest in index funds that consist only small number of companies (for example NIFTY 50 consist only 50 companies) ?
    Investing in different multiple index funds ( for eg: NIFTY 50, NIFTY Next 50, NIFTY Midcap 150) offered by different fund house?

    Do you have any suggestion?
    Kind regards,

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