I read this because I read a couple of other "great CEO" books (Steve Jobs and Jack Welch) and really enjoyed them, and thought I would be remiss not to read about Sir Warren.
I hemmed and hawed about whether to go abridged or unabridged. I generally shy away from abridged books, because then you don't know what you've missed... but then again, 37 hours of one man's life seemed like a lot...
But I dove in and purchased the unabridged version, and never looked back. This is a very thorough picture of a uniquely gifted man, told in snippets organized to keep it interesting so there isn't too much time spent on any one part of his life. I have read other comments that people would have preferred not to hear as much about the other people in Mr. Buffett's life. I, however, found the company he chose to keep (or NOT to keep) an interesting part in assessing his total character.
In addition to an account of Mr. Buffet's life, it is also a fascinating "history in business", with much of it happening before my time (I'm in my mid-thirties).
The narrator did the right thing here: made it very listen-able without intruding.
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.
Yes! Warren Buffett is a hero of mine (not only because he is the world's greatest investor, but he is also an amazing teacher and philanthropist). I got the unabridged version of the book (it is actualy what first motivated me to upgrade my membership to get more credits), and it provides me with an idea of how he became the "Oracle of Omaha".
Essays of Warren Buffett--Snowball is about his life, while the Essays book are his writings on investing and business.
There was another biography about Mr. Buffett that I hope will soon be available here... it is an older biography, and will not have as much as this one, but it may cover some topics this one did not.
I would... but it is about 40 hours.. I listen to audible books on walks... that would be one REALLY long walk...:)
If you are interested in Warren Buffett, Great Investors, or successful businessmen, this book is a must have.
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.