The Education of a Value Investor

  • by Guy Spier
  • Narrated by Malk Williams
  • 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- Guy Spier

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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- Luke

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-25-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios