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What happens when a young Wall Street investment banker spends a small fortune to have lunch with Warren Buffett? He becomes a real value investor. In this fascinating inside story, Guy Spier details his career from Harvard MBA to hedge fund manager. But the path was not so straightforward. Spier reveals his transformation from a Gordon Gekko wannabe, driven by greed, to a sophisticated investor who enjoys success without selling his soul to the highest bidder. Spier's journey is similar to the thousands that flock to Wall Street every year with their shiny new diplomas, aiming to be King of Wall Street. Yet what Guy realized just in the nick of time was that the King really lived 1,500 miles away in Omaha, Nebraska. Spier determinedly set out to create a new career in his own way. Along the way he learned some powerful lessons which include: why the right mentors and partners are critical to long term success on Wall Street; why a topnotch education can sometimes get in the way of your success; that real learning doesn't begin until you are on your own; and how the best lessons from Warren Buffett have less to do with investing and more to do with being true to yourself. Spier also reveals some of his own winning investment strategies, detailing deals that were winners but also what he learned from deals that went south. Part memoir, part Wall Street advice, and part how-to, Guy Spier takes readers on a ride through Wall Street but more importantly provides those that want to take a different path with the insight, guidance, and inspiration they need to carve out their own definition of success.

©2014 Guy Spier (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Ali
  • 12-09-2018

Very deep and insightful

If you’re looking for a “how to get rich” book or even “how to invest in the stock market” look elsewhere. This book is Guy’s personal journey in life, including his investment successes and mistakes (more mistakes than successes!). He bravely opens up and he’s not afraid to expose himself to the audience, admitting his flaws and mistakes and his endless mission to be a better version of himself. He inspires you how to be a better person, and the byproduct of it is to become a better investor.
Highly recommended!

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Fascinating story of how a value investor ticks

Took me little time to finish as it's well.suited to being listened to.
Rather than a framework for investing this is all about the journey of an accomplished value investor.
There is emphasis on gaining perspective, setting your own standards and thinking bigger that will help me immediately.

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great read

Easy to listen to. Shows a journey of value investing. Has many great references to follow up

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Good story overall

The storyline was not complex and provided great insight into value investing, the lessons learned makes it difficult to apply due to the author’s accessibility to key resources which are not have available to the general public in my opinion; still worthwhile insight.

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Must read

This book gives such depth and insight into the trails and tribulations of the financial word, beyond that Guy’s journey of self discovery is truly something we should all attempt to emulate.

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Sort of his Investment Biography

Pretty basic stuff about value investing, can be found in 100 other books which came before this one, Learned nothing new.

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loved the book , it is a must read

great book not only for investors but for anyone who is interested on personal development, a very authentic life story by Guy Spier

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Insights into the Human factor to investing

Unlike machines and algorithms, humans have a tendency to make decisions based on both rational and non rational thought processes, personal biases, fear of loss, and individual circumstances. The book gives authors insights into the realm of value investing from a non techinal, personal journey perspective, and how has it changed his attitude towards life and people, which has not only led to great success in investing, but more importantly at life and the meaning of it. A great read on the psychology of investing. Helps

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Amazing book amazing author

Guy helps fill many of the knowledge gaps I had after consuming content about Warren Buffet and his methods. Thank you for this life changing book...so many good nuggets to be found in here. 10/10

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A good read at a good pace. Very memorable.

excellent insight into not only the mind of an investor but also of a person. Audible provided a good listen and apart from a few hours sleep I listened to it in one hit it was that riveting. many people will gain many different things from this book, not just investing tips. Very memorable and enjoyable. I look forward to getting better, and having a calmer more harmonious life. Thankyou.

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  • Guy Spier
  • 30-11-2014

Malk Williams does a superb job.

What does Malk Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I am the author of the book. I had originally wanted to narrate the book myself - to make it more authentic. But I was unable to find the time and Malk Williams stepped up to do it.

I think that he has done an absolutely phenomenal job. He has a clear and sonorous voice that is faithful to meaning of the text and is far more pleasurable to listen to than my voice would have been.

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  • jeff
  • 26-01-2015

Great bio and life philoshophy

This book is more of a personal bio and explanation of a philosophy on life rather than an investment tome. As such it was thoroughly enjoyable. Very candid and personal account

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  • Steffen
  • 20-06-2015

Great book about becoming a good investor

If you could sum up The Education of a Value Investor in three words, what would they be?

Find your way

What did you like best about this story?

Guy Spier didn't provide a technical how-to on how to analyze stocks, but that can be found elsewhere. What he did was enlighten me regarding the mindset an investor should have. I really enjoyed that a lot.

Which character – as performed by Malk Williams – was your favorite?

Beautifully narrated by Malk Williams. Did a great job narrating from Guy's view, and also did a fun Warren Buffet impersonation.

What did you learn from The Education of a Value Investor that you would use in your daily life?

Find a way to invest that suits me. In anything from trading frequency and using a checklist to office furnituring.

Any additional comments?

Very happy to have listened to his book, thank you.

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  • onur
  • 01-12-2014

Honest and humble story of value investor

What did you love best about The Education of a Value Investor?

How candid and humble he was.

What did you like best about this story?

The ups and downs he went through and how he realized his dreams despite several mishaps and almost mishaps such as Bear Stearns problem

What does Malk Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice and accent sounded very similar to Guy's ( I listened to his talk at Google on youtube previously ) so the narrative felt authentic.

What did you learn from The Education of a Value Investor that you would use in your daily life?

Checklists for my stock picks
Mastermind group
Not ignoring Tony Robbins;)

Any additional comments?

Guy talks about Think and Grow Rich , and he is very right, it is a great read for anyone with big goals in life.

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  • Luke
  • 14-03-2015

I will save you time - Go read about Buffett

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No, I would would just give them the spark notes.

Warren Buffett is wicked smart, and try to copy him as much as possible to be successful.

Hang around with successful people because they will make you better.

Write people letters. No one does this anymore so when people receive letters it means a lot to them and can have huge longterm impacts.

Wall street can be distracting. Create your own perfect environment.

What did you like best about this story?

He talks about writing personal letters to people. All kinds of people about all kinds of things. I thought this was interesting and I am trying it myself.

What about Malk Williams’s performance did you like?

British accent is on point.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

See above.

Any additional comments?

Most of the book is him talking about how smart Mohnish Pabrai and Warren Buffett are. So you might as well go read their books and learn about them because that is pretty much what he is telling you to do.

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  • John Campbell
  • 27-01-2015

High quality material and presentation.

Guy Spier is very generous with his experiences and ideas. Take what suits you from this story and use it to improve your state of mind and life.

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  • Naveen Reddy Rondla
  • 22-04-2015

Great book and great story

What made the experience of listening to The Education of a Value Investor the most enjoyable?

The way speaker narrates about Guy Spier's story is very enjoyable. After started listening, I could not stop and finished in two instances. One thing I really liked is his analysis of himself and admitting his fears and idiosyncrasies. I think understanding ones idiosyncrasies is very import to be a good investor.

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One thing I like about the book is the emphasis Guy Spier places on improving oneself as person by becoming more authentic and willing to help others. I really think it is true. I have seen that many times myself. When you help somebody, the same person may not help but it always comes one way or the other.

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  • coryden
  • 11-04-2015

best audible book to date

fantastic book with applicable ideas as well as a self reflective process on desires, personality, and goals. overall I would recommend and the narrator was also fantastic and I would like to listen to other books narrated by him. I very much would like to have lunch with Guy Spier just to talk more about wisdom and good conversation. Did I mention the book was great?

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  • Harvinder Maan
  • 05-04-2015

Excellent!!!

If you could sum up The Education of a Value Investor in three words, what would they be?

Honest, inspirational, informative

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Education of a Value Investor?

Guy Spier's candor about wall street, investing and living a fulfilling life is inspirational.

What about Malk Williams’s performance did you like?

Read with emotion

Any additional comments?

This book has reinforced the way I think about investing and life. Thank you Guy Spier.

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  • -C.
  • 04-01-2021

One for the Buffet Fans

A remarkable read with many golden nuggets of wisdom. The first book that I've immediately listened to again upon completion.
That's saying a lot, as I am a person who generally hates reruns of books, shows, movies, etc.

I've known about the author for a while as he is often a guest on my favorite podcast, We Study Billionaires: The Investors Podcast. I must admit I was already a bit biased in liking his style and wit.

The story-telling is recounted in candor as the author is upfront about his ego, foibles, and idiosyncratic shortcomings. One of the biggest points he makes is the importance of choosing our heroes we aspire to be like as well as choosing our company. He gives homage to Warren Buffet for instilling the virtues of value investing and even more importantly, the virtues of character, helping him to set his own moral compass straight... or rather, straighter.

This story is also quite the bromance between him and Mohnish Pabrai, a very successful value investor (worth looking up) who is a fellow Buffet admirer and follower. The author clearly looks up to Mohnish and mentioned his name over 50 times in the book (I didn't actually count, but it is very frequent). The author recounts how he and Mohnish got to meet Buffet at a luncheon and how he learned to better model himself after Buffet by taking cues from Mohnish. One example was structuring his fund manager fees in the same way that Buffet had during Buffet's investing days. But, they also modeled Buffet in more subtle, non-investment related behaviors, such as being forthright and keeping company with those who are as well, and even steering clear of more enigmatic and ambiguous characters.

The ultimate lesson was about "compounding goodwill" or the idea that you receive more when you serve others. The author concludes the book with his personal transformation from aspiring to be a Gordon Gekko, to finding opportunities to give instead of taking.

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  • RCA123
  • 10-02-2015

A must read for Value Investors - great book

Would you listen to The Education of a Value Investor again? Why?

Yes. The book has some great lessons and insights from Guy's career. He is also very honest about his investing mistakes which adds to the learning experience (and hopefully helps the reader avoid making similar errors!)

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Education of a Value Investor?

I think the most interesting insights surround the things that Guy avoids doing - for example: daily use of Bloomberg terminals, engaging too closely with management (they are good salesmen), talking publicly about investments (as it creates attachments to a particular thesis which can be hard to move away from). Also how Guy uses investment checklists which cover everything he has learned both personally and from other investors - Buffett, Pabrai etc. Put in to practice, these checklists will avoid investment mistakes - so readers can take a lot from them. All of this is really practical advice which can be put in to practice easily.

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I think it is important to be careful which investment books you read, there are a lot of them which can have a negative effects on your investing. This book is a particularly good one and although it is written in a very different style to others, it is right up there with other "must read" titles for Value Investors such as Common Stocks Uncommon Profits (Fisher), Essays of Warren Buffett (Cunningham), Intelligent Investor (Graham/Dodd), Margin of Safety (Klarman), Competition Demystified (Greenwald).

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  • SJM
  • 19-06-2017

Disappointing

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'm not sure, I found very little useful in it. It struck me as self indulgent.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrative is almost gushing in its delivery regardless of the subject matter. Its hard to listen to for an extended period.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Education of a Value Investor?

Most of it.

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for useful tools to improve your investing, I would look elsewhere.

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  • eushopper
  • 19-07-2016

Life story of a hedge fund manager

Would you consider the audio edition of The Education of a Value Investor to be better than the print version?

Yes, as this is easy to listen in a car, while gardening etc.

Have you listened to any of Malk Williams’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no, but the performance was OK

Any additional comments?

This book is what the title suggests - the author talks about his life story how he came out of first class universities, got burnt in an investment bank and started his hedge fund. To a great extent it is about the people inspired him (such as Warren Buffet) as a role model in investment and life.

Personally I was looking for a book on value investment - the book did not offer much in that subject.

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  • Makayla Drummond
  • 23-04-2015

Will change how you invest and live

Guy's approach to life will inspire you. It's one of those books that make you want to jump up and get out there and live the life you were meant to!

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  • Bhavya
  • 19-08-2015

Truly inspiring

A book based on values and principles rather than just pure investing tricks.

Gives a great account of how important it is to have a mentor and depicts the greatness of warren buffet, Charlie munger and mohnish pabrai.

A must read for anyone with basic interest in investing.

Good luck guy spier! Hope you do well.

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  • Bibhu
  • 09-04-2015

Absolutely fantastic

Anyone wanting to become wealthy must have this.Guy has given everyone a gift to understand what value investing is all about and what a person becomes in the process of knowledge aquisition

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  • Daniel Lynch
  • 02-02-2021

Yawn

Started OK. But turned into a story about why the author is so great and how wonderful his friends Monish and Warren Buffet are. The constant references to the two are tiresome.

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  • Wildy231
  • 28-09-2020

simply honest & forthcoming

Its really good. Honest, forthcoming, sincere n unadulterated. The level of honesty is so rare.

To quote Buffett, "this is that rarity".

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  • T. Mokhosoa
  • 27-06-2020

It's a rich boy philosophical approach to life ...

I found the narrator's voice slightly annoying. The overall book is okay and has one or two ideas worth spreading. Nothing forward about the book though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-02-2020

Must read if you’re interested in finance

Truly eye opening. If you are remotely interested in financial markets and economics this is a must read. A great blend of interesting life stories and practical advice. Well written and well delivered.

I whole heartedly recommend this book.

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