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The Snowball Audiobook

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

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Publisher's Summary

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."

Although the media track him constantly, Buffett himself has never told his full life story. His reality is private, especially by celebrity standards. Indeed, while the homespun persona that the public sees is true as far as it goes, it goes only so far. Warren Buffett is an array of paradoxes. He set out to prove that nice guys can finish first. Over the years, he treated his investors as partners, acted as their steward, and championed honesty as an investor, CEO, board member, essayist, and speaker. At the same time, he became the world's richest man, all from the modest Omaha headquarters of his company Berkshire Hathaway. None of this fits the term "simple."

Never before has Buffett spent countless hours responding to a writer's questions, talking, giving complete access to his wife, children, friends, and business associates - opening his files, recalling his childhood. It was an act of courage, as The Snowball makes immensely clear.

Being human, his own life, like most lives, has been a mix of strengths and frailties. Yet notable though his wealth may be, Buffett's legacy will not be his ranking on the scorecard of wealth; it will be his principles and ideas that have enriched people's lives. This book tells you why Warren Buffett is the most fascinating American success story of our time.

©2008 Alice Schroeder; (P)2008 Books on Tape

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    Barclay Davenport 06-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Please let money not drive you like the author"

    Warren Buffett is an interesting man. He loves money to no end and neglects his family and wife and basically everything for it. He is obviously a better man than one sentence but the majestic sheen is warn off. The author however is clearly impressed with his lifestyle. I had to stop mid way through because of how badly she was on her knees for the man. Jesus he is just another person...don't waste your time with this.

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    Amazon Customer 06-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "So much in this book! , Buy it NOW"
    What did you love best about The Snowball?

    I've learned so much !It is a Text book in Investing, but also a wonderful picture of Mr Buffetyou get the feeling that you get to know him very close.There is so much information about him that, somehow, it is too much for an audiobook but in the same time, I'm glad to have listened to it as a preview of the actual reading of the book.So much notes to take!, so much info to absorb!.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The chapters of Mrs.B and K Graham are GOLD!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES, without doubt!


    Any additional comments?

    GET IT!

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    Dan InGold Boston, MA 06-13-16
    Dan InGold Boston, MA 06-13-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Come on, where is the story?"

    A list of boring lengthy facts. Please associate with the contexts,make it appealing stories with central theme. Feel like lacking key understanding of the facts to make them story. One of the worst auto bio.

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    Cogsbox6.28 06-11-16
    Cogsbox6.28 06-11-16 Member Since 2015

    Right now I have been enjoying biographies. Maybe if I learn about admirable people a little of their character will rub off.

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    "Good way to become informed about a global icon"

    The biography was very informative. Loved learning about his life. Enjoyed learning about his thoughts on business and wealth.

    Just finished this biography today. Most people will never own a company that owns large chunks of Disney, ABC, Coca-Cola, Sees Candy, Dairy Queen, Rail Roads, GEICO, Fruit of the Loom, Wells Fargo, Kraft Heinz. He had to replace bad CEOs and hold unpopular stocks during the "dot com" bubble. He got a lot critisizm for not buying tech stock, but when the bubble burst his shareholder were very happy they trusted his judgment. The book also has some great highlights of Charlie Munger, vice chairman of . I loved some of his ideas plus Charlie Munger and I have the same hero :) Bejamin Franklin. For some reason this makes me like him even more.

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    Great book not just for learning about Warren Buffett, but also a little about Charlie Munger.

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    Matthew Maricopa 06-03-16
    Matthew Maricopa 06-03-16
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    "Absolutely amazing!!"

    Seriously awesome ! Amust listen!! I learned so much about life from this story! Seriously amazing!

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    Tipping Point Propellent 05-31-16 Member Since 2012
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    "very well done"

    While there's quite a few parts with lots of detail audience may be indifferent to, I loved it (and the detail often puts you in shoes of author- as if interviewing him yourself... so even that is pretty cool).

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    Simba 05-07-16
    Simba 05-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    Great principles to learn from on what to do and what not to do. Had a very positive bias that should have been managed better to give a more objective narrative

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    Sachy 04-23-16
    Sachy 04-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Walking a mile in someone else's shoes"
    What made the experience of listening to The Snowball the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the way the story was told and the content of the book.
    It paints someones life with someone else's brush; but isn't that what great story teller's do?


    What did you like best about this story?

    When the narrator spoke of what the world around Mr. Buffet was like at certain points in time, I felt as though I stepped through a time machine and saw it myself.


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

    Difficult to tell, I was enveloped by the full experience


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No crying, but I did laugh out loud at some parts I found funny


    Any additional comments?

    Lesson's are passed down through stories. We have the great fortune of being able to hear more stories than any generation before us. We do not have to go on long journeys to hear someone tell us about Mr. Buffet. We can set time aside and listen to Kristen tell us the story.

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    Arturo 04-21-16
    Arturo 04-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing. I'm hooked!!!"

    First audible and I'm hooked. Love it. Couldn't stop listening. Starting my second one right now!!!!!

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    R. Newlin S. CA 04-20-16
    R. Newlin S. CA 04-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing"

    Wish I could have listed to this 20 years ago. 35 hours extremely well spent!

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