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  • The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Schroeder
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (411)

    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"
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    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*****

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    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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