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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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    "Absolutely loved it."

    A very well written and read account of an interesting life. I enjoyed every moment of the book.

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    Chance Jordan 07-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Extremely engaging read"

    This is a wonderful book to learn about the oracle of Omaha. I found his childhood very entertaining, fantastic purchase.

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    Billy C Claunch Jr 06-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    This was my favorite book so far on Audible. Great story. Beautiful voice reading it. Wonderful.

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    Tiffany 06-24-17
    Tiffany 06-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome Book"

    This was an amazing book with a good balance of warrens personal life and business experience. It made me realize that I'm not the only one with problems in business. It happens at every level.

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    Logan 06-14-17
    Logan 06-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Detailed"

    Good book, lots of detail. The only criticism I would have is it is one sided and un-critical of Warren B.

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    Robert Peck 06-14-17
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    "Too much."

    I quit reading when two-thirds of the way through for two reasons. First, there was just too much detail ... I often got lost in it. Secondly, I found it impossible to relate to someone who devotes his whole life to amassing more and more wealth. Life is too short and too precious too waste like that.

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    "excellent read"

    Enough information to teach someone with the right mindset how to become a world class collector. This book will change my life. Thank you Warren for showing me an exceptional example of a life worth living.

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    sergafeli 05-20-17
    sergafeli 05-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The best 37 hours I have ever spent."

    This is a masterpiece, a must read for anybody who is serious about investing. Warren Buffett was not only a smart investor but he was also a great man. I was surprised to learn that he was involved in the civil right movement of the 60s. I am so inspired but this book. I am so happy I got to hear his story while I am still young. That will definitely help me avoid some mistakes and try to run after easy and fast money. I can definitely say that WB is my hero. Thank you Warren for sharing your life story. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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    Abraham Ojo 05-18-17
    Abraham Ojo 05-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderfully rendered."

    Loved the story and the rendition. It's an unusual window into the life of Warren Buffett.

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    Chris Jaronsky NJ, the garden state 05-10-17
    Chris Jaronsky NJ, the garden state 05-10-17 Member Since 2014
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    "decent view into Buffet's life"

    This was a good listen during my many long drives lately. Buffet comes across as an intelligent, complicated man that is almost child-like. The book went into a good amount of detail about his many business dealings. It also covered a good bit about his personal and family life. I had a pretty decent opinion of him and his accomplishments before this book and now that opinion has not changed too much except that I now view him as more of an emotionally challenged man-child who really is an expert in finding good companies and making money in an ethical fashion. Just goes to show that people that are incredibly successful in one area of their lives sometimes are incredibly lacking in other areas.

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