Tao of Charlie Munger

A Compilation of Quotes from Berkshire Hathaway's Vice Chairman on Life, Business, and the Pursuit of Wealth with Commentary by David Clark
Narrated by: Arthur Morey
Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Words of wisdom from Charlie Munger - Warren Buffett's longtime business partner and the visionary Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway - collected and interpreted with an eye towards investing by David Clark, coauthor of the best-selling Buffettology series.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1924 Charlie Munger studied mathematics at the University of Michigan, trained as a meteorologist at Cal Tech Pasadena while in the Army, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School without ever earning an undergraduate degree. Today, Munger is one of America's most successful investors, the Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, and Warren Buffett's business partner for almost 40 years. Buffett says "Berkshire has been built to Charlie's blueprint. My role has been that of general contractor." Munger is an intelligent, opinionated business man whose ideas can teach professional and amateur investors how to be successful in finance and life.

Like The Tao of Warren Buffett and The Tao of Te Ching, The Tao of Charlie Munger is a compendium of pithy quotes including, "Knowing what you don't know is more useful than being brilliant" and "In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn't read all the time - none, zero." This collection, culled from interviews, speeches, and questions and answers at the Berkshire Hathaway and Wesco annual meetings, offers insights into Munger's amazing financial success and life philosophies. Described by Business Insider as "sharp in his wit and investing wisdom," Charlie Munger's investment tips, business philosophy, and rules for living are as unique as his life story; intelligent as he clearly is; and as successful as he has been.

©2017 David Clark (P)2017 Simon & Schuster

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it's okay

If you watch munger YouTube videos this book will not add much to your overall knowledge.

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a treat for Charlie's fans and students

loved and enjoyed hearing each word. truly insightful and very well narrated. have heard the book over and over again and still don't have enough of it

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Good and precise

I liked how the lessons are organized and precise which give lessons from Charlie's life and Investment. Some very deep critical thinking thoughts. I personally enjoyed listening the whole book.

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Too short!

Enjoyed it but wished it had been longer! Might have helped to have longer quotes as well - and to have better differentiated between Munger's voice and the author's voice.

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best mentioned ever. I am very inspired by Charlie

his philosophies are world class and very inspiring. I love what he stands for and all the knowledge shared.

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Great quotes by the world's best investor

Charlie provides a ton of insight about life, investing and business. Short chapters you can always refer back to anytime.

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Just awesome!

Lots of great wisdom from a man with experience. Listened to this audiobook three times.

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Think for yourself

That is what this book, Charly and Investing is all about. Think for yourself. Worth the price.

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informative and thought provoking

Great listen. I feel like there is much one can take away from thos listen that will positively impact their lives going forward. There is one aspect about the Audiobook I feel conflicted about. Each chapter seems to be written in such a way that it can be read independent from the rest of the book. This results in some thoughts and stories being repeated numerous times. This isn't all bad though, because it does help reinforce the core messages from different perspectives but some times it's just purely repetitive. I did enjoy it, but I feel it was designed more to be a coffee table book and the print version would probably be better to own than the Audiobook.

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What a good listen

So wise and this book is perfect for audio format. Really enjoyed listening to this book.

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  • 01-19-17

A great insight to many of Charlie's insights

Short book but full of real world insight on investing and life traits for success

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  • John
  • 05-16-20

Short but worth a credit

A great listen. At x 1.3 is about the right speed. I listened to this twice back to back. Will return to it again as there more to be got.

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  • mel
  • 04-25-18

A great book for anyone that wants to get ahead

This book is a must have for anyone that wishes to invest in themselves and the market. Loved it!

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  • 05-03-17

Enjoyable so far...

Would you listen to Tao of Charlie Munger again? Why?

Absolutely, taking everything in at once is impossible and there are so many nuggets of useful advice one can gain by listening to the book more than once.

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

The history section, detailing how Charlie grew up during the great depression and met Warren Buffett. Charlie used to play poker back in the day, and being an ex poker player myself, I can relate to some of the stories.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

"Don't try to be a genius, just try to not be stupid." Charlie's philosophy is to simply avoid being an idiot. Most people are so focused on becoming smarter, yet they are constantly making mistakes. Charlie focuses on avoiding the mistakes.

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  • 06-03-18

Little gems of gold

A compilation of little lessons from Munger. As a non investor and someone not in finance business, there were still a lot of take aways for me.

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  • knassy
  • 03-05-17

Pass on this

Munger's quotes are great. Clark's commentry brings little insight. Just Google the quotes, Clark says that is all he did.