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Joel

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  • Madoff with the Money

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jerry Oppenheimer
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (41)
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    Madoff with the Money is a deeply disturbing portrait of Bernie Madoff based on dozens of exclusive, news-making interviews. From the values Madoff was taught growing up in the working-class town of Laurelton, Queens, to his high-life on Wall Street and the super-rich enclaves of Palm Beach and the French Riviera, best-selling author Jerry Oppenheimer follows the disgraced money manager's trail as he works his way up the social and economic ladder, and eventually scams his clients in a $50-billion Ponzi scheme.

    ken says: "Good listen"
    "A Little Repetitious, Otherwise Good"
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    An interesting biography of Bernie Madoff and his fraud along with and sketches of some of his associates and victims. One point that Oppenheimer drives is how many of his associates became victims of the fraud.

    The story is generally well-written and I liked Oliver Wyman's narration (although his "New Yawk" accent when quoting directly from NYC & New Jersey individuals got old). My biggest complaint is that many of the chapters followed a similar pattern: "XYZ met Madoff. XYZ was convinced to invest with Madoff. XYZ got ripped off with the following consequences."

    Despite this oft-repeated pattern, the stories are compelling individually. One does feel a definite sympathy for the fraud's victims, and definite puzzlement at how Madoff could steal, not just from faceless dupes, but close associates, long-time friends, family members, even charities that he supported (albeit with stolen funds). Oppenheimer also conveys puzzlement at how those around him could have missed the obvious signs that there was something wrong---he doesn't seem to buy Madoff's claim that he is the "lone fraudster."

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