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James Keen


Midwest USA | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 76 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Schroeder
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter

    Here is THE book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now he has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and with those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom. The result is the personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as "The Oracle of Omaha."

    Richard J. Riker says: "2,220 well-invested minutes!"
    "Great story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Snowball to be better than the print version?

    This is one of the best bio's I have ever heard. It's lengthy at 30+ hours but I had a hard time pulling out the ear phones. Warren Buffett truly inspires and this book show's the side of him that you don't often hear about in the media.
    I will warn that this is a "life" story, and not a play-by-play of Warren's investments over the years. If you'd like to hear about this man's personal struggles, and what shapped him to become who and what he is today there's not better book!
    If you'd like to get a comprehensive idea of how he invest, and his process well... There are a few nuggets but this isn't the book you need to be reading.

    Kirsten Potter does a great job reading through the pages with little to no vocal change from what had to have been a great task to finish.

    Worth the time and money.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Snowball?

    For me some of the legal battles where the most interesting things in the book. You learn a lot about how being honest played a big role in fixing problems. (Some of which would have truly tested the mighty among us)

    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    Warren himself

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    *****Major Spoiler Alert HERE*****

    ***I Warned You***
    The death of Susan Buffet, and Katherine Graham where particularly telling.

    Any additional comments?

    Conservative (Republican or the like) readers will have a few bumps while trying to read this due to today's political issues. However, it's not a book that tries to get you to switch your beliefs, and I was able to sit through and undertand his reasonings for switching parties.
    If you are a conservative like myself don't let the fact that Warren is a domo move you away from enjoying this story.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • How to Stay Motivated: Developing the Qualities of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Zig Ziglar

    How to Stay Motivated provides you with clear and proven techniques to use to enhance relationships, improve your self-image, set and achieve goals, and so much more! Apply these winning steps from the motivational master himself to build a better, more productive, satisfying life for yourself and your family. Change your picture and change every facet of your life.

    Keran says: "Inspiring"
    "Great motivational listening."

    Found that I had a little pep and "go git it" in my step while listening to this.
    There's a lot of practical advice which is nice to see too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • East of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

    karen says: "American classic, not to be missed."
    "Great story, a tad racist."
    What disappointed you about East of Eden?

    Some of the language used in this book shows it's age. If the "N" word offends you, or derogatory terms used towards Asian cultures than you should prepare yourself. There's a few chapters where you'll here both with prevalence.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would not have changed this story at all. There are some life lessons that don't perhaps go to these extremes but it definitely makes a case for not having favorites among your children.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to spoil any of the story for those who have not read it, but I'll say my favorite scene is definitely early in the book.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from East of Eden?

    I wouldn't have cut anything as the author does a good job crafting the set pieces. I would however change the way some of the characters are referenced. (Though I suppose it's accurate for the time in which the characters live)

    Any additional comments?

    Great classic, has some issues with racism. If you can get past that then you'll have an enjoyable, and memorable story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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