• Financial Intelligence

  • A Manager's Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean
  • By: Karen Berman, Joe Knight
  • Narrated by: Tom Zingarelli
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (520 ratings)

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By: Karen Berman,Joe Knight
Narrated by: Tom Zingarelli
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Publisher's Summary

Since its release in 2006, Financial Intelligence has become a favorite among managers who need a guided tour through the numbers, helping them to understand not only what the numbers really mean but also why they matter. This new, completely updated edition brings the numbers up to date and continues to teach the basics of finance to managers who need to use financial data to drive their business. It also addresses issues that have become even more important in recent years, including questions around the financial crisis and those around broader financial and accounting literacy.

Accessible, jargon-free, and filled with entertaining stories of real companies, Financial Intelligence gives nonfinancial managers the confidence to understand the nuance beyond the numbers to help bring everyday work to a new level.

©2013 Business Literacy Institute, Inc. (P)2015 Tantor

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"Nonfinancial managers will appreciate this nontechnical, in-depth guided tour through financial statements and financial concepts and analysis." ( Choice Magazine)

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You need to listen with the pdf documents

This is not an easy listening book.
You need to listen with the pdf documents at the same time. Treat this book like a lecture, by listening chapters by chapters attentively and taking notes.

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Apt book title!

I enjoyed listening to this book, it lived up to its title! If you're a non-finance person in industry, an aspiring entrepreneur, an investor or just a regular person seeking to understand the mysterious world of business accounting and what all those terms mean - this book is for you.

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Great... just hang in there

Essential for management & leaders to understand. First 8 chapters include too much justification for why the book is important. After that, the stories & examples are fascinating & informative.

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Fantastic for investors

Where does Financial Intelligence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've read about 80 finance and investment books and this one is essential.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Financial Intelligence?

Up and down a solid offering

Have you listened to any of Tom Zingarelli’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

nope

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no, but I listened again a month later

Any additional comments?

Fantastic fundamental information. Any respectable investor will find great value in this book. A must own

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Good information.

Very good information. Being new to the topic it was a little difficult for me at times to keep up. A lot of new terminology for me.

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Great Info, maybe not for audio only.

This book has great information for people who do not have an accounting degree, or any kind of financial training. However, it is very helpful if you are responsible for managing or overseeing any part of any operation that is supposed to have healthy financials. I believe this book might have been better if I read the hard copy instead of listening to the audio version. but I plan to buy that to accompany this as a reference in the future.

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This is a must read for new managers

I love listening to this audiobook. It covered some of the essential aspects of a business and how the financials play a major in operations.

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Very educational

now it all makes sense!
very important for the managers to understand the basics of finance to their functional effectiveness and in doing what is good for the company.

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Amazing for anyone learning finance

Very clear and well structured. If you have very little financial experience or knowledge this is the book to get your feet heading toward that right path!

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Audible TOC missing

Good book, but the Table of Content for the audiobook is not titled. I will give it 5 star as soon as that is fixed.

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  • D J McArthur
  • 07-25-15

Articulate and insightful guide to finance KPIs

Where does Financial Intelligence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Excellent overview of key financial measures to assess the health of a business.

What other book might you compare Financial Intelligence to, and why?

For business people who are not particularly financially intelligent it helps de-mistify the important financial considerations necessary to communicate effectively with the accountants.

What about Tom Zingarelli’s performance did you like?

Polished delivery and performance.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

No

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  • Mr. R. D. Cox
  • 07-19-21

Useful

Not sure much I didn't know but useful to find out how 'book cooking' can be detected, without getting bogged down in specifics and details.

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  • Alex, London
  • 11-25-17

Excellent overview, will help everyone add value

This audiobook together "critical business skills" by GreatCourses have greatly enhanced my business management skills.

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  • bonde
  • 08-31-17

great insight into the accounting world

it was a very good read every investor, businessman or related stakeholders should understand the language of business which is in no doubt the language of accounting this book gives you a great start

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-17

Financial intelligence

Narrator was extremely easy to listen to & relaxing. Didn't feel like listening to a financial book

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  • marissa Karailias
  • 05-18-22

Would not recommend. Didn't take anything away

Was very boring to listen to, didn't learn anything. Struggled to finish. Don't feel like I could apply anything to my work. Was read in a very monotone voice.

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  • Mohammad Reza
  • 07-03-21

Too good to listen

I’m gonna buy the printed version and read that one. Can’t coupe with some calculations.

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  • 03-28-18

way to fast for me.

Narrator was way to fast for me, Im an electrician. more picture in book will help. over all was a great use of my time, thank you.

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  • david
  • 10-03-16

Excellent if you don't have no exposure to finance

What did you like most about Financial Intelligence?

As a broad basic overview it is excellent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The profit and loss statement was my favourite, although the balance sheet came in a close second. Seriously though, why does Audible continually ask questions like this for non-fiction books??? I think they do it just to push my buttons. I mean I love Audible, but crap like asking non relevant questions for certain types of books should be an easy fix.

What does Tom Zingarelli bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

There is an accompanying PDF, so even if you listen to the audio you can always refer to the PDF where required.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Seriously? Seriously???? Yup, when i read financial statements I always cry, unless of course they are the financial statements of our local or federal government, then I just laugh at the abuse.

Any additional comments?

I have a background in finance and bought this as a brief refresher. For that purpose it was a waste of time. If you do not have a background, or only have a brief exposure to finance/ accounting then this book is an excellent start. Happy listening.