Very enjoyable tale - from an outsider's perspective - of what it felt like to work on Wall Street in the 80s.
Michael Lewis is a good writer: the prose is solid and straightforward, but not without style. He makes jokes and learned references without calling attention to them. He is self-deprecating but not demure or disingenuous.
The story itself is engaging and brisk - maybe the book's greatest strength is its short length, as it never runs out of steam. The anecdotes are interesting without being "Wolf of Wall Street" -type caricatures.
I was looking forward to this book. I didn't realize at the time I purchased it that it was the abridged edition. Abridged, my foot. Decimated is more like it.
Reading was flat. Needed emphasis on parts that should have sparked outrage or at least amazement at the way Wall Street operates.
Be careful to note whether a book is abridged. This book felt oddly "jumpy" or truncated in spots until I realized I had not noticed that it was an abridged version. I'm sur this would have been better in its original form.
Only once with this abridged version. Audible should offer an unabridged version and without the distracting "lounge" music that happens now and then in the book. You have to really concentrate on what the narrator is saying over the music - doesn't anybody proof-listen this stuff before it's released? The content of the unabridged book is excellent and I like the author/narrator.
Educated, Qualified, Coherent
Great story, but the narrator was quite monotone in his reading. Of course, the author read the book, and authors make better writers than narrators. But it was an exciting story, and I'm glad I listened to it.
Among the top
The Great Short. Same author ... Financial story
Didn't have a favorite scene per sey
I could have