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 John Murray Press
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Amazing. Loved it. Met my expectations and more. Film was great but this is much much better. Narrator was excellent.
It's fantastic. OK his character voice changes are a little hard to get used to. But once you've got past that you'll be gripped.
"Very well written and excellently read"
Jordan Belfort is obviously a clever guy and this comes across in how eloquently written this book is.
This is amplified by how incredibly well read this book is with vivid expression and colourful voices for each character.
"The narrator made this book for me."
The story got repetitive and I would loose interest at times. It was then that the narrator shone his brightest and pulled me to the next exciting episode.
I enjoyed it. It won't make the repeat listen list but now I'll go and watch the movie.
"Top class debauchery"
One hell of a story - loved it!
Narrator was great as well
Can't wait to see the film - thank you
"Mad life! Brilliant narration!"
This is a great, of the wall story about a man who started with nothing and became a millionaire shifting stocks in Wall Street. His life is unbelievable!
The narration is brilliant and really brings the story alive .
"Satirical, humorous and entertaining"
I may pass for a cynic, but I must say that this book cheered me up! Why? Because it is such a good satire and the many humorous lines and hilarious episodes gave me the pleasure of a few good laughs. I do not recall any other book that had this effect on me, as I am not easy to entertain.
Of course a great praise is due to Eric Meyers for his excellent narration abilities: he has been a great discovery for me and I hope to listen to him again in other books.
There is no doubt that the character of Jordan Belfort has benefited from the wonderful interpretation of Eric, but the story itself is a good one, and the book has a pleasant fast pace and it is never boring, a great quality in my view. I could not stop listening to it..
So, all in all the story and the narration succeed in making Jordan Belfort a likeable character, while we know that he is a first class rascal, but one cannot help admiring his cunning abilities as well as his incredible vitality and his capacity to resurrect from his own ashes.
The story makes light of a world full of dark shades, but nevertheless does not prevent the readers from forming a good idea about the intricacies and the corruption of the circle in which Jordan Belfort moves.
We get the picture, but in an entertaining way and without getting bored, and this for me is a great bonus.
"Hilarious yet informing"
This as an amazing audiobook. The narrator Eric Meyers doesn't just read the book aloud - he performs it. He brings to life the highs and lows of Jordan Belfort's life.
This is a must read for anybody who has watched the film - it really fills in some of the gaps in the storyline of the film.
The audiobook is gripping from the offset and it's one of those rare books whereupon you feel slightly sad when it actually ends as you were enjoying the story so much.
On listening to the first few chapters of the book I thought it was going to be excellent and quickly became hooked as I wanted to know how the story would unfold. Unfortunately by the middle of the book I began to stop caring. There is only so much sex, drugs, narcissism and misogyny that you can hear before it becomes tedious and same old. I almost stopped listening. At this point I didn't like any of the characters and really couldn't care less - none of them were particularly likeable. Even his long suffering wife began to grate on my nerves. However, I am glad I persevered to the end as I could see the entire point of the daily sex/drugs/greed was meant to be how the character was living life - from excitement to being a slave to his lifestyle. The ending of the book is very good and I momentarily felt moved and finally understood what the moral of the story was. Unfortunately it took far to long to get me to a stage where I actually cared.
The 'ending' of the story needed to be told slightly sooner as I nearly gave up wondering what the point of the story was. I also felt some of the events could have been cut shorter - there were a few moments where I nearly gave up as it became a little long winded and same old (sex, drugs, swearing, greed). It was like 'OK I get the picture'.
The beginning of the story is good and very well written, it draws you in and is probably what kept me going to the end.
Possibly. I would not buy a follow up book but for those who really enjoyed it they may be curious as to how Jordon rebuilt his life.
This is an interesting real life tale which I think questions the ability that money and power has to destroy lives; how quickly greed can consume us; and how some people know the cost of everything but the price of nothing. It is a book that I liked yet became bored with in equal measures but it did leave me reflecting on how a man can have everything and lose it all and how addiction quickly takes control. His justifications for his behaviour where very interesting from a psychological point of view. It was honest insight into the mind and reasoning of a narcissist and addict.
"A Poorly edited confessional from Jordan Belfort."
Hugely disappointing I’m afraid. The first chapter had me hooked, where he described his very first day on Wall Street. I thought the story would lead from that point, describing how he built up his career, turning from a naive non-drinking and drug-taking young man into the ‘Wolf of Wall Street.’
Alas no. It was just a bunch of unrelated chapters reciting various high-profile episodes of his life where he broke the law, took drugs or engaged with hookers.
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