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The Snowball

Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
Narrated by: Richard McGonagle
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (379 ratings)
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Summary

Recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, The Snowball is the most fascinating financial success story of our time.

Warren Buffett, the legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but finally has given Alice Schroeder unprecedented access to him and all those closest to his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies and wisdom. The result is this personally revealing and complete biography of 'The Oracle of Omaha', indispensable reading for those who wish to know the man behind the outstanding achievements.

©2008 Alice Schroeder (P)2008 Random House

Critic reviews

"An epic account of the greatest capital accumulator in history." ( The Times)
"An absorbing read ... The Warren Buffett who emerges from these pages is unorthodox, honest, gifted and, in many ways, admirable. In the business of life, however, one suspects that this complex man has rather a lot of debits, as well as credits, on his personal balance sheet." ( Observer)
"A monumental work ... you feel like you've been in the presence of a monumentally flawed but riveting character ... utterly compelling." ( Evening Standard)
"A well-written, forensically researched and sensitive insight into the Midas of our times." ( Spectator)
"Buffett has been ahead of the curve for most of the past fifty years, making him one of the world's richest people. The Snowball provides clues about how he's done it." ( Financial Times)

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  • Amy
  • SydneyUnited Kingdom
  • 10-08-10

Only for die-hard Buffet fans.

I've no doubt that the book is a well researched and reasonably accurate description of Warren Buffet's life, but ultimately it failed to entertain me and doesn't have sufficient detail to illuminate that much of the method behind his investment choices.

At least this version is mercifully abridged from the enormous length of the book upon which it's based. Only for die-hard Buffet fans.

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Great insight into a public figure

The book gives much insight into the life as well as some of the aspects of the business life of Warren Buffett. It shows his very flawed life, his tumultuous relationship with his wife. He may be rich, but there are many aspects of his life many would never trade for his wealth. If you liked Steve Jobs Official biography, you will very much like this as well.The story of how he started getting involved in investing, is inspiring, and perhaps much good ideas can be used to develop our children in developing a sensible mindset. A candid review of his life. An entertaining read. You will end up having much sympathy and praise for Buffett after this read, and perhaps a better love of your own life.

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An extraordinary life

A very human insight into just how much effort lies behind being the 'luckiest' amongst us.

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Will be listening again and again

If you looking for some answers into rich people life's, this book might give you some answers

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A great journey

I really enjoyed this from chapter one, it has everything and is really funny and also very sad in places. Never takes itself too seriously whilst telling the story of staggering global success. Will not let you down.

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What a life! What a writer! What a narrator!

Buffett's life has been full and long but the writer has made it more more than the sum of it's parts and the narrator has given life to his life. Worth listening to from cover to cover.

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Clever or gifted?

A born entrepreneur, a must read for all business heads. Warren Buffet is one of a kind, so much to learn from this genius.

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The Business of Money

If you have never heard of Warren Buffett, that's fine. This book is a revealing insight in to a man who doesn't fit the persona of a typical CEO, husband and father.

Anyone who listens to this book will come away with something. Warren Buffett is the type of honest businessman all companies should have and should learn from.

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Great in every regard

There was a good mix of fact and story like examples. The narrator was good and his Buffet voice gave texture. Couldn't recommend it enough!

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Pretty decent, performed reasonably

A quite interesting story, performed reasonably well. As with a lot of biographies, it's a little sycophantic, only really touching on tragedy towards the end. Average amount of detail regarding the different large details he put in over time. More interesting however, if you're into finance or business.