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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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    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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    Victor G. 04-08-16
    Victor G. 04-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "What a story!!"

    This was a very long book. But a little bit everyday is alot.. This was a very inspirational book. Before this book I only knew Buffet was a wealthy man I had no other clue. I dont know what's in the shorter version but there is alot of information in the 36 hr version. It was well worth the insights. I do recommend it.

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    Cuthberto 04-07-16
    Cuthberto 04-07-16 Member Since 2013

    When the Student Is Ready The Teacher (BOOKS) Appears....

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    "I heard every word"

    Very few book, hijacked my attention as this book did, every storied chapter of this amazing man could certainly give you enough to research and fill in stories, every aspect of his life is documented all over the Internet. I found myself looking up all of the names mentioned in the stories and feeling drawn to the side stories of all of them.

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    BenRias Los Angeles 03-31-16
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    "More than just a Buffett bio"

    the book was well done and thoroughly researched. it did not get too hung up on the minutiae of the mechanics of investing. That said, it was a great informative look at how large large scale investing happens.

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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL USA 03-28-16
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL USA 03-28-16 Member Since 2014

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    "A very long but entirely engaging book."

    If you had told me that I would listen to a business biography for 36 hours and never tire, I would have laughed outright. But this is an exceptional book about an exceptional man. It is a wonderful read by a talented narrator.

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    Irish Ranger 03-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful book"

    An exceptional biography of one of the worlds most amazing people. I found it to not just tell the story of Warrens life but show his true depth of character. It is a must read for any and everyone.

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