Now a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Leonardo Dicaprio (The Great Gatsby, The Aviator), Matthew McConaughey (Mud, Magic Mike), Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, Zero Dark Thirty) and Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous), and adapted for the screen by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire). "What separates Jordan's story from others like it, is the brutal honesty." - Leonardo DiCaprio.
Stock market multimillionaire at 26, federal convict at 36, he partied like a rock star, lived like a king, and barely survived his rise and fall as an American entrepreneurial icon. By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sunk a 170-foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited for him for at home, and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called...The Wolf of Wall Street.
In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. In this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess no one could invent - the story of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices at sixteen to making hundreds of millions. Until it all came crashing down.
©2007 Jordan Belfort (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton
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"The 'Real' Wolf"
I started listening to this a couple of days before seeing the film and after watching the film almost didn't carry on listening as I thought I'd seen the whole story. When in fact the true story is fairly different to the Scorsasee screenplay, it's a lot less glamorous and more a tale of caution - money really doesn't buy you happiness. However there are still the same hilarious moments you get to see in the film and more rip roaring moments which make you cringe as well as laugh out loud.
The narration is fantastic, really well read and although you should by all accounts really despise Jordan Belfort you can't help but love him in a weird way.
I really hope that Audible record Belfort's second book Chasing The Wolf of Wallstreet, and soon- I can't wait to jump right back on the Belfort crazy train!
"Narration is Brilliant"
This is a very engaging story but the narration makes it even more so. However, some of the scenarios are rather lengthy, unnecessarily so in my opinion, and therefore my concentration started to wander in some places.
I would have liked to have been able to compare it with Bonfire of the Vanities but, sadly, this book does not appear to be on audible. I did have the book once but it seems to be missing now, unfortunately.
Eric Meyer seems to live this tale. So much so, he could have been the author! I shall be looking for other books he has narrated.
"I totally loved it! Unlike the movie...."
Jordan goes way way beyond excess in every way possible. However his character is portrayed in a way that is extremely likeable. In total contrast to the movie, which I struggled to get part way through, the audio book I listened to 3 times BACK to BACK (all 20+ hours)! I have about 180 audio books thus far, The Wolf Of Wall Street is my favourite.
I have not come across another story like this one. Eric Meyers is absolutely fantastic with his performance. Totally believable.
I can't emphasise enough how much I enjoyed this book, at just over 20 hours it takes a little more than one sitting. Though I sat through it 3 times in a row and it kept me happy for a couple of weeks.
I even purchased a copy for a mate who is off on holiday, for him to enjoy while relaxing on the beach. It is the first time an audio book has inspired me to do that!
"Truly fantastic, story telling at its best...."
One of the best in my 50 plus library
The obvious is ."blow" with its authors recount of excessive lifestyle and heavy drugs use, except this is not your average drug story, it's so much more.
This was my first, but I plan to seek out more
Many, each outdid the last.
If you only listen to one audio book this should be it!
"Jordan Belfort and his 'Plausible Deniability'"
I would highly recommend this audiobook, particularly as the film, 'The Wolf of Wall Street' glamourises Jordan Belfort's story. The autobiography is worth listening to for the following reasons: it is brutally honest and yet funny; it is an education in greed, yes, but also in just how financial manipulation and greed was practised; it is a compelling true story, wonderfully told.
The story reminds me of the story in the film 'Goodfellas' which was based on the book by Henry Hill called ‘Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family’. This was also a story about financial ascent, descent and financial (and other forms of) corruption.
I enjoyed the scene in which Jordan Belfort comes to London to meet his British elderly aunt, who calls him 'love' and who agrees to become involved in one of his financial scams. This part of the story is wonderfully told.
You cannot top the title of the film as 'The Wolf of Wall Street' but I would tag it with Jordan Belfort's favourite phrase, 'Plausible Deniability'.
Eric Meyers is to be congratulated for his wonderful narration. I really hope that Audible record Belfort's second book, 'Chasing The Wolf of Wallstreet' and that Eric Meyers is chosen to narrate this.
I thought this book was great. Eric Meyers narration was so knowing that I assumed the book was being read by the author until I checked. It's gripping and funny, and the part where Jordan descends into being a full-on junkie is really rather heartbreaking. It's a fantastic example of how having a lot of money doesn't necessarily make your life better.
"Enjoyable if somewhat wandering"
I enjoyed this but the narrative wanders all over the place. Sometimes spending ages on a particular incident but then moves forward months or over a year. There seems to be quite a bit missing from the early years which would have been interesting.
Eric Myers is obviously a good voice actor but the accents - especially for the female characters and especially non English speaking female characters can be really grating at times.
"This wolf will have you running wild with laughter"
This book will have you laughing at the most unlikely of things making you question the most basic of existential topics. It will reveal your deepest transgressive tendencies and lay them for you to tinker over whilst you look for a nappy. Eric Meyer's delivery will make you suffer of incontinence and cradle you into the narrative so comfortably you'd think your parent/grandparent is right next you squeezing every bit of body liquid you can muster whilst rolling on the floor laughing.
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