The book maintained a good momentum -- easy to get into and stayed interesting throughout.
How to turn $1 thousand into $1 million.
I really enjoyed this book. Learning what makes Warren Buffett ticks was fascinating, especially when you consider the dynamics of his business relationships versus his personal relationships and how they influenced his decisions. The Snowball is a definite must read.
While 37 hours is quite the commitment, Snowball proved to be a very enjoyable and rewarding listen. Alice Schroeder provides a detailed account of Warren Buffett's entire life, from childhood to present day. I especially enjoyed the frank portrayal of what Warren liked and disliked. At many points throughout the story, the listener feels like they are Buffett and begins to view the story as being told from Buffett's own mind. This is not a book on financial advise or fundamentals of investment. While there are many details provided to satisfy the financially minded, this book is primarily a biography of one of the greatest investment gurus of all time.
The narrator is easy to listen to and makes every attempt to fully immerse herself in the reading. I especially liked her attempts at imitating the voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This is an extremely lengthy, extremely well researched and thorough account of Warren Buffett's life at both personal and professional levels. By the end of it you have a substantial understanding of his character, values, the way he works, basic principles of investing that he always comes back to. An excellent way to get very acquainted with this individual. This book must have taken an enormous amount of time to research. At times it feels there are too many details though and the descriptions can be very drawn now. Some of the writing style honestly falls a little flat and at times feels awkward or repetitive (biographies by Edmund Morris have spoiled me!). But the great parts absolutely make it worth it; a life enriching book for sure.
I never bothered to read about Mr. Buffett, as I assumed it would teach me about things that I would be unable to apply or already know.
Instead it is a fascinating recount of 100 years of financial and political history from the perspective of a person that have both feet on the ground. It is a great story with lots of little insights, but most of all a long perspective and thread of our modern times
There is so much detail in this book that it will completely consume you. Every word and story is perfectly told. this book will change the way you think about life and money. I would recommend to all, but strap yourself in... because it is very long.
Sean k Bredin
Book was not bad. Interesting to hear about his life, mother, old girlfriends, idiosyncrasies, wives, kids, and investment philosophies. There is no doubt he knows how to pick companies that have investment appeal, but the book left me feeling sorry for the man. All that money and he doesnt even know how to make a cup a coffee for himself, or boil a pot of water. I wish the man continued success but hamburgers, soda pop, bridge, chess, a daily newspaper is not what I consider success. The inability to love your kids because you are so messed up from an overpowering mother leaves me wondering why we adorn this man so much. Oh yes - forgot - might have something to do with his 63B dollars.
Great in the category of biography
Although, I'm sure after listening to this book everyone's experience will be different, I thought the author was able to truly capture and deliver the personal essence of Warren Buffet. To avoid repetition, I think, the summary of this book greatly summarizes the content and gives an accurate preview of what's expected in the book. Bottom line, if a person admires Warren Buffet or just curious about how he accomplished the status of one of the most influential people in the world, especially within the investment world, one SHOULD NOT SKIP this book.