I love stories about how people stay true to themselves and succeed. Warren was different from the beginning and he didn't try to change that. He accepted who he was and stayed true to his instinct while always maintaining the utmost integrity. The booked taught me much about the investing world, something I know little about, but its Warren Buffet's personal relationships that I liked hearing about the most. How he makes things work for him even when very unconventional. His relationship with his wife and kids and friends. I respect him very much after reading this book.
In the name of unbiased knowledge, and of purposeful rationality and of audio books.
Never read the print version, but I still wouldn't have read any better than Kirsten
Not a bio reader, until recently. So can't fairly compare.
She is a perfect reading machine, so in the story, so correct. A 5-star performance.
A very well written tale of Warren Buffet's life (Warren may disagree, but he wouldn't convince me).Alice has seen and written from all angles one can imagine, at levels so low that nothing told can leave curiosity not soothed, at levels so high that no spirit or lesson can be missed.I haven't been a reader of biographies until now, and this book seems to get me excited, perhaps unfortunately with the dread of being disappointed in books of qualities failing to match this one.The snowball is a very high quality work, clearly with a clever selection of content (no regrets), with no kind of plausible patronization, entirely focused.Reading this book, I often had to remind myself that I wasn't reading a fiction book; how the book was written seems to be supported by the freedom of fiction writing, whereas the content was created from a 'real life': that's outstanding.Most importantly, the author didn't forget to set apart the lessons that the reader is to learn. Work of genius.And all of that is accentuated by a close to perfect narration.
Having listen to this book, I really regret not having got the abridged version. The problem with this book is that the editor and author have not cut nearly enough. My guess is that the abridged version is close to how the final edited book should have been.
If in any doubt, get the abridged version.
(I would have given that four or five stars.)
Expecting to find nuggets of wisdom gleamed from the life of a billionaire? You can count them on 1 hand. Those 'nuggets' are buried deep in long boring swaths of useless information. A dictionary would be more entertaining and enlightening. I give this book my lowest recommendation, which is disappointing because I am a fan of the great Buffet. But you can't pay homage to a man by listing the most mundane facts of his life for 37 hours straight. This ranks among one of the worst books I've read in my entire life and I highly recommend you do NOT buy this book. Instead look for youtube videos of Buffet doing speeches, all his nuggets of wisdom are in there (and you wont lose 37 hours of your life to get them).
I would cut 95% of the book. There was no drama, too much unnecessary facts. Yes life can be boring, thats not why you buy a book, even a biography. This book is a tomb of the unnecessary.
As a newspaper owner Im surprised Warren let a book this bad hit the press.
BUYER BEWARE; If you purchase this book or others containing wisdom of Warren and Charlie, you will be well on your way to a successful life. However, don't fool yourself and equivocate "successful" with "lucrative." It's a book to inspire you to find your true passion is. We should come to grips that neither in the future or in the present will Warren Buffett be rivaled except by a very small few, if any, and that's a speculative notion. Realize that in the "money hungry" society we live in today, Warren and Charlie serve as a beacon, ironically, one such beacon to warn others to chase their dreams, not the money. Work will yield happiness, the quest for money will not. Do what you love and serve others, everything else will fall into place. Thank You Speculative Forces of the Universe for birthing me in America at a time in the most prosperous period of humanity. We Americans have won the ovarian lottery, and you will know what I'm talking about if you listen to the book intently. We all have so much to be grateful for, realize that if you have basic provisions for life, you are incredibly wealthy by the universe's concern. Peace, love, happiness be upon you!
I enjoyed the way the story was told and the content of the book.
It paints someones life with someone else's brush; but isn't that what great story teller's do?
When the narrator spoke of what the world around Mr. Buffet was like at certain points in time, I felt as though I stepped through a time machine and saw it myself.
Difficult to tell, I was enveloped by the full experience
No crying, but I did laugh out loud at some parts I found funny
Lesson's are passed down through stories. We have the great fortune of being able to hear more stories than any generation before us. We do not have to go on long journeys to hear someone tell us about Mr. Buffet. We can set time aside and listen to Kristen tell us the story.