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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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Fantastic!

I debated on getting the 9 hour or 13 hour version but thought.. honestly a 13 hour book on Buffett... could I really listen to a story about him for that long?? Sadly I found that after purchasing the abridged version I wish I had purchased the unabridged version.. the content is fascinating and the narrator is fantastic.

The listener gains a deep understanding about what makes Warren Buffett who he is and provides great insight into what are truly the most important things in our lives from someone who could buy anything he wanted.

Shrewd business saavy, moral commitment and humbleness all combine to make Warren Buffett a unique and fascinating individual.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Luis
  • Guatemala, Guatemala
  • 02-11-12

Great job by Schroeder

Great book, get the full version. Hope in the future they add Buffet's role in the last financial crises.

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Unlike all other Buffet books

This is well narrated, and gives you information about Buffet's personal life that is not in any previous Buffet books. Really interesting!

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wish I had bought the full version

I would have like to listen to the full version of Snowball instead of the abridged version

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Nice

It was more of his personal life. Glad to know he is doing good with his money.

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really knowledgable

really good peace of art, I like the way the book was writen. one of must-have books in your bookshelf

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Great story!

100+ years worth of history that lead to the Warren Buffett we know of today.

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Great man, good stories and nice voice.

Great man, good stories and nice voice. Finished the book while driving to work. Inspiring and interesting.

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  • Herwig
  • Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 08-02-12

Great rear mirror view of a great business man

The book really focuses on the many decisions Warren Buffett had to make and how, against all better advice sometimes he managed to change the world of business and the way many investors think. The story is great and the performance of the narrator is good as well.

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A Worthwhile listen

If you could sum up The Snowball in three words, what would they be?

I well done story about an interesting man.

What did you like best about this story?

I listened to the abridged version because I am not a business man and I expected the unabridged version would have been excessivley detailed. This abridged version was just about right for my level of understanding.

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

I can't sit for that long but it did pull me along quite well.

Any additional comments?

I wish someone had taken the time to explain business to me when I was younger.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful