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  • 4 reviews
  • 15 ratings
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  • The Tao of Warren Buffett

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mary Buffett, David Clark
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Following in the tradition of the Tao Te Ching, that ancient Chinese classic text on human nature (as well as more popular interpretations, like the best-selling The Tao of Pooh) comes The Tao of Warren Buffett, a compendium of quotes from America's favorite businessman. Buffett's investment strategies and life philosophies are revealed in this collection of sayings, some of which have never been heard before. Warren Buffett can teach us all a few secrets of success.

    Ermilo says: "Nice book of investment wisdom"
    "There are nuggets of wisdom here."
    Any additional comments?

    First off, Buffet doesn't believe in broad portfolio diversification. He chooses single businesses and invests in them big.

    When Buffet describes how he chooses his investments, he basically says: choose a lasting business (such as razor blades, soda pop, chewing gum, etc), with a strong competitive advantage, great underlying economics, buy it when it's stock price is less than it's "real value," and invest big in it. This information is presented as if it's dead simple and anyone can get rich following this advice. While I believe it's good advice, personally I feel Buffet owes a lot more of his success to luck than he'd care to admit.

    Aside from my skepticism of non-diversification, there are excellent nuggets of wisdom on running a business in this book. Plus I've always been interested in how great people think, and for that this book is worth a listen, but if you're looking for sound (and more in depth) investing advice for normal people, I suggest reading "A Random Walk Down Wall Street."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Richest Man in Babylon: The Success Secrets of the Ancients

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By George S. Clason
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone

    With more than two million copies sold, this classic guide to accumulating wealth has profoundly affected the world. Author George S. Clason uses simple and inspiring parables to illustrate how easily people can change their fiscal habits to enjoy a comfortable level of financial independence.

    Michael says: "One of my favorites"
    "Read it, read again, then make your kids read it."
    Any additional comments?

    This is wealth building basics. A 101 class on building wealth that is rarely taught, and often forgotten by those who were taught.

    The information here is timeless, thus the whole taking place in ancient Babylon setting, which I found entertaining. It also added a sort of weightiness to the lessons that I enjoyed.

    Everyone can benefit from the information in this book. Read it, read it again, then make your children read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animal Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words! This must-read is also a must-listen!

    Dusty says: "If you hate spoilers, save the intro for last."
    "If you hate spoilers, save the intro for last."

    Animal Farm is great, as is the narrator. I'd give this audio book 5 stars, however, the intro chapter summarizes, analyzes, and basically spoils the entire book. It's as if they assume everyone has already read this book. I hate spoilers and was infuriated when the narrator began talking about characters and the plot. I turned it off as fast as I could.

    Get this audio book, but skip the introduction chapter and come back to it at the end.

    32 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ramit Sethi
    • Narrated By Ramit Sethi

    At last, for a generation that's materially ambitious yet financially clueless comes I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi's 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds. A completely practical approach delivered with a nonjudgmental style that makes readers want to do what Sethi says, it is based around the four pillars of personal finance - banking, saving, budgeting, and investing - and the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship.

    leif says: "Great if u live in the USA, don't buy it u don't"
    "The content is much better than the title"

    This book was recommended to me twice by two different friends. I was skeptical of its value due to the cheesy title, but apparently you can't judge a book by the cover. I really liked this book.

    This is not a detailed financial book, it is a very practical "this is the bare minimum you should be doing, and here's how you do it" book. Which for me, was a perfect starting point. I used a lot of Ramit's advice.

    If you're young and just getting started with *really* managing your finances, this is your book.

    I bought the audio book and half way through bought the paper back book so I'd have quick reference to the resources Ramit frequently cites.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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