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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.

©2015 Columbia University Press (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Lawrence
  • Racine, WI, United States
  • 05-01-16

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.

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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.

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Old information - New angle.

Any additional comments?

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.

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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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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.

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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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Booring

Just a lot of quotes you have already heard everywhere else. Nothing new and not exciting at all

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  • Arch
  • 01-24-17

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.

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  • mp
  • 12-08-15

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

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  • Felix Le Corre
  • 01-27-18

Interesting but...

Lesser known personality and thus highly interesting to investigate in that he is an important influence yet less visible in the success of Berkshire Hatthaway. However the book is so admirative of Mr Munger that it makes for a very complaisant review. The sequence of quotes from Mr Munger appears to seek to spell genius at every corner yet the reality is surely more complex.

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  • Simon
  • 09-26-17

Good Book

Great book for those of you looking to start investing in the market, thoroughly enjoyable book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-16

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.

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  • LC
  • 08-12-18

Concise and condensed wisdom

A really useful concise summary of a number of key elements of Charlie's approach to investing. Can be used as a basis for further learning.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-11-16

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

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  • Mars
  • 12-30-15

Worthwhile

Good intro for novice value investors and worthwhile recap for seasoned ones, and especially for fans of Charlie Munger.

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  • Khosaan
  • 04-25-17

Excellent

Good summary of value investing of Buffet and Munger. Clearly communicated. Easy to follow. Would like to read it as well and make a few notes.

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  • alexkusuma
  • 03-26-18

Get this if you only want list of Charlie's quotes

Would you try another book written by Tren Griffin or narrated by Fred Stella?

Probably not

Would you ever listen to anything by Tren Griffin again?

Probably not

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Charlie Munger?

I'll cut the thorough explanation on Graham's Intelligent Investor. I will read Graham's book if I want to know about it in details.

Any additional comments?

This book mostly contains list of quotes by Charlie Munger from various sources, followed by 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th person account about the quote. I didn't think that the writer ever interview Charlie at all. Very disappointing. If want other people's opinion or interpretation about what Charlie might say/mean, I can easily get it else where or even on the net. And I don't need the writer's interpretation about what Charlie might mean.

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  • Marc Warshall
  • 06-23-18

A bunch of quotes

Not bad but just a bunch of quotes from Charlie. Interesting enough but didn't really get into anything much, just scraped the surface.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-20-18

one of the best books I've read about investing,

one of the very best books I've ready about investing, we hear so much about buffet and miss this equally important highly analytical person that is just as wide as buffet. highly recommended book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-18

Book of Quotes

Perhaps I had the wrong expectation going into this book. It is more or less a series or Munger quotes with the author elaborating a little on each. Not the comprehensive review of his investment history and thesis I was hoping for.

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  • Richbenny
  • 04-07-18

Every value investor must read

This book was incredibly well written and read. Efficiently and simply explains complex value investing principles

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-18

This book is awesome

This book provides a solid foundation to create an intelligent investor. It makes a Benjamin Graham value investor take a further step towards amazing investment success.