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.
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)
*****Major Spoiler Alert HERE*****
***I Warned You***
The death of Susan Buffet, and Katherine Graham where particularly telling.
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.
Finally the insight we need to get where we need and want to go. most importantly it is finally simplified.
I think it depends on preference. I did really enjoy the performance of the narrator.
Joss Ackland does a great job of selling Uncle Screwtape's arrogance.
Interesting perspective of things. C.S Lewis had a great talent for writing.
I didn't like the stories of Rape. Perhaps things have changed since this book was originally written but the idea of a women being attracted to this man because of this isn't really a good thing. Also Rand's selfish nature appears throughout, maybe more so in this than in Atlas; however, like Atlas she also makes some great points for those who believe in the importance of building something.
Honestly it's hard to say, Rand puts her hero's through some pretty tough paces so when they do win the feelings of exhaustion area apparent.
This book is a movie... it was okay.
To start I'd like to say that I am not a PhD like the author. So like anything else in this world if you believe that is the qualifying factor and the primary authority on all things than what I have to say will not matter and you can stop reading as what I have to say next will not matter.
I found this book to be very helpful in parts! My problem in this area has been the "fear" to take the next step... I felt that the author gave great advice on how to overcome this area of life. Unfortunately I also felt like it could all be summarized in the final chapter.
I don't know if it has been my general upbringing or if perhaps I'm positive by nature but a lot of the examples he used specifically related to negative thoughts do not register with me. By that I mean my natural thought process did not gravitate in the direction he outlined as "natural"... In fact early in the book he went as far as to say that "you have a seriously messed up mind" if you did not think this way.
I've been of the notion that our minds tend to think with the reason that has been laid upon them. I.E if you have a lot of negative input your first reaction tends to be negative. Now does this mean I have no negative thoughts throughout my day? Of course; However, I rarely have a day full of them or consistent string of negative thoughts. (Again, it does happen)
That being said a lot of things he had to say about acting or using fear as a motivator did help, and I’m actively using them. I simply couldn’t relate to the other portions of this book.
No, I'm excited to see what other thought leaders have to say about this subject.
Many will disagree with me but skip chapter 5. (The chapter reference is based on audible, not the book)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Great classic, has some issues with racism. If you can get past that then you'll have an enjoyable, and memorable story.
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