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The Wolf of Wall Street | [Jordan Belfort]

The Wolf of Wall Street

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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  • R. Kitzinger
    UK
    5/30/14
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    "Wow!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Wisniewski
    5/14/14
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    "Amazing life story - much better than the film"
    Would you listen to The Wolf of Wall Street again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Wolf of Wall Street to, and why?

    Not sure if you can compare this level of madness to anything else.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, and apparently its all true. Well worth listening to if you have the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annie
    5/6/14
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    "took me a while, enjoyed very much - eventually"
    What did you like best about The Wolf of Wall Street? What did you like least?

    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. G. Laing
    London
    5/3/14
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    "So much better than the movie"
    Where does The Wolf of Wall Street rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely best narrator


    What other book might you compare The Wolf of Wall Street to, and why?

    American desperado same great pace and interesting story in fact American desperado better


    Have you listened to any of Eric Meyers’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No but certainly will do he was brilliant


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leya
    London, United Kingdom
    3/29/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Bavaria, Germany
    3/23/14
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    "A most entertaining few hours"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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....


    What does Eric Meyers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Voices and internation. I particularly liked his inner voice narrations,,,,


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Wow - only if you could concentrate for >20 hours!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it - so far one of my favourites....Totally recommended. Listen and enjoy.......!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Tony Minihane
    London
    3/20/14
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    "Great book but not enough about the early Stratton"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yep
    good story


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    United Kingdom
    3/13/14
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    "I feel wrong for just listening to it..."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jordan Belfort again?

    I would never listen to a work by this author again even if he handed me his considerable fortune.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Meyers’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Wolf of Wall Street?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Chew Magna, United Kingdom
    3/13/14
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    "Narration was dreadful"
    What disappointed you about The Wolf of Wall Street?

    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


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K. C. Man
    UK
    3/11/14
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    "overbearing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Hav


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Yes ...too over the top. Ruined it that i can't listen to it. Its not relaxing for hours upon hours.


    Was The Wolf of Wall Street worth the listening time?

    No.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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