The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life (Abridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

Here is THE audiobook 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.”

When Alice Schroeder met Warren Buffett she was an insurance industry analyst and a gifted writer known for her keen perception and business acumen. Her writings on finance impressed him, and as she came to know him she realized that while much had been written on the subject of his investing style, no one had moved beyond that to explore his larger philosophy, which is bound up in a complex personality and the details of his life. Out of this came his decision to cooperate with her on the book about himself that he would never write.

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 audiobook tells you why Warren Buffett is the most fascinating American success story of our time.

Biographies & Memoirs
Richard McGonagle
hr min
September 29
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

Gozydego ,

Kelby Palmer

Narrated in a male voice (Richard McGonagle) with an Intro by Alice Schroder. Don't be misled by reviews stating its narrated in a female voice. A great book for one seeking a history of W. Buffet. Details include childhood, making his first hundred dollars to B$ using his keenness for business and self-established rules for investing in particular companies. Very interesting fellow and biography.

Wole the Student ,

Warren is still the best business person that has ever lived.

Of all the books about this interesting man, this offers a very comprehensive view that shows why the oracle from omaha walks and talk the way he does.

Book Walker ,

Very Interesting and well written and read

I have the abridged version and as of this writing, I have listened to about 1/2 the book. The book IS narrated by a man. Alice Schroeder only narrates her introduction. I wish people would only write a review if they own the product; it is misleading when they review something they really don't know about. The book is excellent. I will miss listening to it when it is completed. I probably will listen to it a second time, there is a lot in the book. Buffett is an interesting man and Schroeder does a good job writing about his life. I recommend this book if the topic is of interst to you.

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