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
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.
Great book and well read. Has all the emotions all the way through. Really enjoyed it
This a fantastic, funny, rollercoaster ride of a story. The narrator is one of the best I've heard to go with it. I really enjoyed this. It's fun and easy to listen to. Your turn.
having seen the film this book is a fantastic and incredibly detailed account of the story. hard to listen at times wrestling with personal morales but a definate must
"A story of greed and ultimately redemption"
The first thing that I will say about this book is that it is different to the film, and to my great regret I listened to this after I had seen the film and so in many ways I already had certain expectations about what this book might contain. Though there is a notable difference between the two.
The Wolf of Wall Street is the memoir of Jordan Belfort who at one stage was one of the most influential and wealthy names in Wall Street. At the same time he was a raging drug addict and alcoholic, cheat and generally of highly questionable moral standing. Though at the same time he was a natural leader and a born businessman. This book charts the rise and fall through years of excessive material greed and unbelievable wealth.
Though at the same time it paints the picture of a man who knew how to motivate people, also a man who could be tremendously generous to the people around him.
The narration is okay but not amazing. There are times where the narrator voices one of the female characters and it is just jarring to listen to.
The book is long and so enjoyable. The reading is fantastic with different voices for different people it really brings the book to life. I've listened to this audio book so many times.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the film or has an interest in autobiographies. A truly amazing story that is filled with such madness it almost seems like fiction.
This story is a real roller coaster ride, you can't help but like JB!
I'm glad he made it to the other side, God knows how but he did!
"Long live the Wolf"
Brilliant quick paced witty well written story breath takingly honest take of how corrupt the banking world is .
Good narration. Not an avid fan of listening to drug stories but it was a very enjoyable book to listen too. Some crazy anecdotes
good story and well preformed, a bit of escapism to find out how depraved people can get
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