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Charlie Munger Audiobook

Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor

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Publisher's Summary

Charlie Munger, Berkshire Hathaway's visionary vice chairman and Warren Buffett's indispensable financial partner, has outperformed market indexes again and again, and he believes any investor can do the same. His notion of "elementary, worldly wisdom" - a set of interdisciplinary mental models involving economics, business, psychology, ethics, and management - allows him to keep his emotions out of his investments and avoid the common pitfalls of bad judgment.

Munger's system has steered his investments for 40 years and has guided generations of successful investors. This book presents the essential steps of Munger's investing strategy, condensed here for the first time from interviews, speeches, writings, and shareholder letters, and paired with commentary from fund managers, value investors, and business-case historians. Derived from Ben Graham's value-investing system, Munger's approach is straightforward enough that ordinary investors can apply it to their portfolios. This book is not simply about investing. It is about cultivating mental models for your whole life, but especially for your investments.

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    Joseph R. Compton York, PA United States 02-26-16
    Joseph R. Compton York, PA United States 02-26-16 Member Since 2002
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    "Good, but... one major annoyance"
    What made the experience of listening to Charlie Munger the most enjoyable?

    The story itself is great, informative and insightful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Charlie Munger?

    Detailing how Munger draws from other disciplines to help shape strategies. I'm a sucker for a good analogy.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The biggest downside was the constant footnote references for the quotes. "Charlie Munger, Westco Annual Meeting, 1994", ... that broke up the pace of the story and ideas.


    Any additional comments?

    Cut out the footnote references in the performance. Add a PDF for the Berskshire math section.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Nic Norman-Smith 04-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Quote references will drive you crazy!"

    Interesting book ruined by the constant references to the date and place of every single quote. We KNOW all the quotes are by Munger and whether it was in the Berkshire annual report or at a Harvard lecture is completely irrelevant. It just spoils the flow of the story. What a pity.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn McCarthy Northbrook, IL 05-05-16
    Shawn McCarthy Northbrook, IL 05-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, tough listen"

    I've read the book and understand that it is a collection of quotes strung together to paint an overall picture of the man we all know as Charlie the great. But, I found myself losing the story-flow because of all the citations when listening. i cannot offer a solution because of the way the book was written, but it was a tough listen.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Racine, WI, United States 05-01-16
    Lawrence Racine, WI, United States 05-01-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Derivative"

    You would think that a book with Charlie Munger's name in the title would have at the very least new insights into what influenced his investing philosophy. Perhaps there would even be a discussion of how he influenced Warren Buffett's thinking, and vice versa. Of course this would require interviewing the subject and delving into primary source material, which appears not to have been done. Instead the work trots out quips and quotes, which most value investors have heard many times before, with the authors commentary.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Joe99 07-24-16
    Joe99 07-24-16 Member Since 2017
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    "The content is decent, the way it is presented...not so much"

    If it weren't for the constant citations throughout the book it would be a much more pleasant listen/read. Literally every other sentence is cited. Can't these be saved for the end? It makes the reading/listening process twice as long plus sidetracks your train of thought while trying to learn. Decent content, poorly presented.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kurt Emery Matson 11-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Old information - New angle."
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    The book was great in its discussion on rationality. Very few value-investment books pick up on the importance of temperament. This book clearly highlights the importance of self-awareness. Worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Samia 10-01-16
    Glenn Samia 10-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth it"

    So worth the time. You won't regret your decision. I highly recommend this book. Charlie is awesome.

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    Michael William 11-27-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Very condensed wisdom!"

    This book is very condensed with wisdom and advice. Take your time. Read through the lines and take notes. Needs a lot to digest and take more time to research keywords that can open many educational information.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Patty Padilla Culver City CA 10-20-15
    Patty Padilla Culver City CA 10-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Must Read!"

    How can you not learn from a Billionaire??? Worth the meager price. Invaluable lessons if you listen & apply.

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    M. Twain 05-22-17
    M. Twain 05-22-17

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    "Not What I Expected, But Still Good"

    I expected this to be a biography of Munger's life. Instead, it was a breakdown of Graham Value Investing. It was interesting enough to keep me engaged even though I didn't buy it for an overview to value investing.

    The narration was a little too "movie trailer" for my taste, didn't suit the material.

    Pros: Really enjoyed the breakdown of variations in value investing. It was detailed enough to be informative, but broad enough to remain interesting.

    Cons: The author cited few sources, repeatedly, in each section of the book. For example, one section was devoted to using compliance psychology, on yourself, when investing. The author largely cites from single university speech Munger gave. The problem was that Munger apparently used examples directly from Robert Cialdini's Influence book. It was a little strange to have those examples used, third hand, but attributed to Munger. It did make me question the subject matter expertise of the author.

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    12/8/15
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    "An excellent book."

    Absolutely love it. Very straightforward and clear message to anyone related to all aspects of the way Mr Munger thinks and invests. A great job from the author

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Arch
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    1/24/17
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    "An ok book - perhaps better to read."

    The content of the book is good and the messages being delivered behind the content is very important. But quite frankly, to hear the constant delivery of quotations of various people ('blah blah blah.' Charlie Munger. US Business School. 1998.) gets pretty tiresome after a couple of chapters. Also, I wasn't too keen on the delivery - very dry and almost robotic - which exacerbates my dislike of the constant quotes. Just because a book is about business and investing, doesn't mean it can't be delivered without any enthusiasm! In my opinion, one might be better off reading this in book format.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    9/7/16
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    "Good collection of quotes from Charlie Munger "

    Good collection of quotes from Charlie Munger. The writer fails to bring these quotes together in a cohesive manner though. Narration is somewhat irritating, mainly because of several quotations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/11/16
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    "Anything Charlie Munger I'm reading"

    In this book Tren Griffin gives a great break down of how Charlie Munger thinks and see his investment philosophy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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