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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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    Amazon Customer 03-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Deep dive into the world of Warren Buffett"

    Relentless in business. Idiosyncratic personally. A compelling, honest view on the life of a great.

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    SG New York, NY United States 03-16-17
    SG New York, NY United States 03-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    I admire Warren Buffet and would have loved to read this book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not sure. But tried to listen to the book several times but just can't seem to engage due to narration. This is not my first book. In fact, to my surprise, I've loved narration in other books so much that I felt that narration made the book better for me. But I somehow, had just the opposite reaction to this one... I wish I could return the audible and buy kindle!


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    Mariana Madrid 03-15-17
    Mariana Madrid 03-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    I wish it never ended. I have enjoyed from top to bottom. I should have read the long version.

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    "super long but worth it"

    there is so much content in this story, felt like it was multiple books tied as one. will definitely need to re-read a couple of times but the overall lessons are solid and just learning about this man is... 😁

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    Brad Henderson 03-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great!"

    Great flow and look into Warren from all angles. Timeline presents learnings in business and life from a legend.

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    Tomislav Kos 02-22-17
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    "Long, but I liked it"

    I wish it was a bit shorter, but still, very good book, lot of interesting stuff besides the story of Warren.

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    "So inspirational"

    I am so glad I got this book! Such a pleasure to listen to! Can't wait to do it again!

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    Robert ONeill 02-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Best since Poor Richards Almanac"

    A fascinating human being I only wish I had discovered half a century ago. Franklinesque wisdom in common sense, business, honesty, integrity, patience, insight, and ultimately generosity.

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    Arttu Rankinen 02-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent audiobook"

    I listened this during my commute. It kept me interested when I was tired. I recommend this to all who like biographies.

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    Rishi Tiwari 02-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Could be life changing."

    I enrolled for CFA, bought the Intelligent Investor, started an investment portfolio and hope to have a business doing it, plus I am in touch with my family better and often and lend and donate freely. I do wish to meet the man one day. Till then this is my review of his life and book.

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