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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What a life and story! I've not seen the film but now I want to and I could;t get enough of what Belfort would do next while listening. Both fascinating and thought provoking it shows how the other half live and how humbled someone can become as well through life, wether they take the right or wrong path.
"Amazing life story - much better than the film"
It is a very long audio book but Jordan Belfort's life is so full it could probably be longer. The story is so compelling. I saw the film after listening to the book and was disappointed that the film only covers some of Jordan's story. If you've only seen the film I would definitely recommend the book.
Not sure if you can compare this level of madness to anything else.
The narrator does a terrible impression of Jordan's wife. It might have been better if they had used a woman for this part. Some of the humour is lost because of this.
In a way it was quite inspirational, just steer clear of the drugs, prostitutes, insider trading. By the end you feel quite sorry for Jordan.Although I'm sure Jordan is doing well for himself. It is a classic rags to riches to rags story, with a large does of excess thrown in.
Great story, and apparently its all true. Well worth listening to if you have the time.
"took me a while, enjoyed very much - eventually"
the narration was really great - a certain shrillness to the female characters aside (i feel this is forgiveable as it must be pretty hard to 'do' a female voice as a man without that quality)at first i found the volume levels a bit disorientating; as someone who listens to audiobooks on the sly in the office, having a sudden and very (perhaps disproportionately) loud business-like yowls in my ear was quite alarming.it took me a while to get into this one although once i began to see a bit of humility i was engrossed before i realised it.was quite difficult to listen to frequent misuse of the word 'literally' however. this isn't just pedantry.. 'literally on fire' etc. is pretty jarring when you're listening to an otherwise fluid narrative. additionally, there was no shortage of 'and all hell broke loose' (es) and other such clichés (emotional and situational) but given that this is a biography - rather than something created by an author it'd be harsh to criticise these things too heavily.
great story and good book, if you have the patience
"So much better than the movie"
Definitely best narrator
American desperado same great pace and interesting story in fact American desperado better
No but certainly will do he was brilliant
Movie was ok this was so much better thought the pace was good - take some of what he says with a whole jar of salt but still makes it a good yarn - call me bad but turning states evidence sucked!!! Been o. Audible for a couple of years now some good narrators a lot of absolute dire ones but Eric was awesome - definite recommendation from me
"What a life"
Fast paced, and raced through it because I couldn't believe what I was reading. An entertaining read, and fascinating insight into an extreme lifestyle.
"A most entertaining few hours"
Would I recommend to a friend... Oh yes indeed. I enjoyed the whole story (having lived through this period) and empathized with 'Jordan'. What a debauched life, beautifully coluorful and interesting to see how money 'IS' the route to all evil. How to excess to excess and if all is true; how did he survive.... I cringed and laughed in equal measures.
The Duchess was a star - closely followed by the main character, Jordan Belfort however many of the characters were not far behind, The Aunt was pretty cool as was Jordan's father....
Voices and internation. I particularly liked his inner voice narrations,,,,
Wow - only if you could concentrate for >20 hours!
Loved it - so far one of my favourites....Totally recommended. Listen and enjoy.......!
"Great book but not enough about the early Stratton"
Put in a few chapters of the early days at Wall street and the start of Stratton Oakmont.
As it is, he goes straight into Stratton after its initial success and doesnt talk enough anout the early days.
"I feel wrong for just listening to it..."
The only people i can imagine enjoying this book more is those like the author who have no moral values to speak of and are just as self-indulgent and hedonistic and God-less as he is.
I would never listen to a work by this author again even if he handed me his considerable fortune.
I thought that Eric Meyers did an absolutely OUTSTANDING performance; his command of various accents, cadences and mannerisms was the one thing that kept me listening, alas not until the ned of the book as I gave up with an hour to go. Eric, you're are amazing and I love your work.
This overwritten piece of junk should be cut entirely. I'll grant that the epilogue was interesting so maybe I'd keep that for the movie and maybe some of the bits that tok place in London as the locations were familiar to me but apart from that it would all hit the cutting room floor.
i am not afraid to read about he darker side of human nature by any mans, or to watch it in a theatre or on a movie screen but to wait 19 hours for the slightest bit of non self indulgent confession or cry for redemption sickens me. This guy appears to be reliving his sordid life and loving every minute of it and like a fool I thought I'd join him for the ride. Mr. Wolf, that's 19 hours of my life I'll never get back.
"Narration was dreadful"
The narration. The parts where he narrates the female characters is cringeful, dreadful to listen to and at times to a point where I have to stop listening.
In addition too much time is spent in ridiculously long description's of stuff not relevant to the story, especially the sex or flirting, and when the female part is being narrated this makes it almost impossible to listen to
The story I think is defiantly worth listening to for its incredibility, assuming the story has been relayed accurately and not been exaggerated (which I believe it may have been)
Hard to listen to with the abrasive and constant shouting of the reader. I understand its suppose to reflect the excessive and over the top character - but listening to it is grating on the ears. Even with normal conversation there is shouting.
Yes ...too over the top. Ruined it that i can't listen to it. Its not relaxing for hours upon hours.
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