Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining.
This is a classic work about the culture of Wall Street in the '80. It's as childish and as deceptive as you suspect.
The best part of the book is the little narrations. They stand out like little skits. And tell the story in such an evocative way.
However, the abridgment is too severe. Some of the charm is lost.
I realized this was the abridged version after downloading. Since it was quite short, I wouldn't recommend using an audible credit on this edition. Still entertaining, however.
History and photography are my strengths. Preparing my son for college is my current avocation.
Michael Lewis takes us into the deepest and darkest corners of the world of modern finance and gives readers an opportunity to look behind the curtains of a world seldom seen or understood. His books are far more important today, because the television programs and business channels seem to be a worship service to the money that few Americans will ever have the opportunity to acquire. My advice to any young high school student considering a career in finance is read all of Michael Lewis's books, study economics and history.
Really enjoyed the authors writing style, informational development, and the content as a whole. This book provides great insight into the U.S. bond market during the 1980's as well as the associated culture that follows along. I 100% recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good story, a lot of laughs, and doesn't mind hearing a few F-bombs here and there.
I have enjoyed several Michael Lewis books, starting with Liar's Poker. My favorite section of this book summarizes contrarian investment philosophy and tertiary effects of macro events. If you enjoy that too, I recommend The Wall Street Journals Guide to the 50 Economic Indicators that Really Matter and the The Wall Street Guide to Economic Indicators.
Not cutting a 256 page book (which should convert to about an 8-10 hour audio book) down to a 3 hour fraction of the novel.
Perhaps he could have recorded more than 1/3 of the novel before asking the public to purchase it?
Maybe if it is unabridged. Given that the definition of Abridged is taken beyond the extreme here, I would not consider going this route again.
Now you're just messing with me.
Have I mentioned that I was miffed about the abridgment issue?