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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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    Hannah-Lynn Apicelli 10-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "a very comprehensive and balanced biography "

    well balanced between personal and business anecdotes. I loved the childhood and early life coverage.

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    Racman 101 10-05-17
    Racman 101 10-05-17
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    "Great Book"

    This is a great book about a masterful investor. The story is about 2/3 Warren Buffett and 1/3 detail about transactions that he was involved with. The narration by Kirsten Potter was exceptional. I highly recommend this book.

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    Elvestad New York 09-21-17
    Elvestad New York 09-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Toooo long"

    No doubt a unique story, but for my taste it is to long. I would have liked more of the business stuff and less family/ relationship talk.

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    tucker 09-19-17
    tucker 09-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Unbearable narrator"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A narrator that varied their rhythm and delivery, accentuated words correctly, didn't sound like a machine lady that was running out of battery. I feel terrible writing this but it has been absolutely torturous.


    What other book might you compare The Snowball to and why?

    Any other entrepreneurial bio.


    What didn’t you like about Kirsten Potter’s performance?

    The way she varied their rhythm and delivery was horribly predictable and monotonous, Her voice was below dull and sounded like a robot lady that was running out of battery. I feel terrible writing this but it has been absolutely torturous.


    Any additional comments?

    It would have been amazingggg if they chose a narrator that varied their rhythm and delivery, accentuated words correctly, didn't sound like a machine lady that was running out of battery. I feel terrible writing this but it has been absolutely torturous. Please get this redone I will pay full price to hear such a key figures story from someone who doesn't completely ruin the life of it. I'm sorry.

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    Ty 09-16-17
    Ty 09-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Delivers what it promises. "

    I struggled. To finish because it is so very long. But the story isn't overly dry. There are good insights, but I'd rather read a book in his financial methods. The later chapters skipped a lot.

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    LC 08-29-17
    LC 08-29-17
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    "Great investment of your time"

    its a bit long, but there is a lot of information to cover. As a student of business I think the book brings incite and thought.

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    DM 08-29-17
    DM 08-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic book on the life of an investing wizard!"
    If you could sum up The Snowball in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, insightful, descriptive


    What other book might you compare The Snowball to and why?

    It stands on its own as a great book - the descriptive nature of the book makes you feel like you are sitting right beside the Buffett's as you journey through Warrens life. Absolutely amazing.


    Have you listened to any of Kirsten Potter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Kirsten's voice is perfect for this marathon book - it never gets tiring.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best biography books I've read - although long (40+ hrs) it really goes through every element of Warrens life in detail. Very, very intriguing and an excellent role model for people.

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    Amazon Customer 08-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Absolutely Inspiring!"

    If I have to summarize Buffett's life in least words, the words are - 'FOCUS builds GREATNESS!'

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    Khanh Ngo 08-24-17
    Khanh Ngo 08-24-17
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    "too much irrelevant information and guess work?"

    too many instances where the Author commented on a character's feeling. How can she know what that character was thinking and how he/she was feeling at that moment?

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    Gustav 08-18-17
    Gustav 08-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Master Warren"

    This is by far the longest audio book I've listened too, and one of the most amazing stories I have ever heard.

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