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Catching the Wolf of Wall Street: More Incredible True Stories of Fortunes, Schemes, Parties, and Prison | [Jordan Belfort]

Catching the Wolf of Wall Street: More Incredible True Stories of Fortunes, Schemes, Parties, and Prison

In this astounding account, Wall Street's notorious bad boy - and original million-dollar-a-month stock chopper - leads us through a drama worthy of The Sopranos, from his early rise to power to the FBI raid on his estate to the endless indictments at his arrest, to his deal with a bloodthirsty prosecutor to rat on his oldest friends and colleagues - while they were doing the same.
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Publisher's Summary

In this astounding account, Wall Street's notorious bad boy - and original million-dollar-a-month stock chopper - leads us through a drama worthy of The Sopranos, from his early rise to power to the FBI raid on his estate to the endless indictments at his arrest, to his deal with a bloodthirsty prosecutor to rat on his oldest friends and colleagues - while they were doing the same. With his kingdom in ruin, not to mention his marriage, the Wolf faced his greatest challenge yet: how to navigate a gauntlet of judges and lawyers, hold on to his kids and his enraged model wife - and possibly salvage his self-respect. It wasn't going to be easy. In fact, for a man with an unprecedented appetite for excess, it was going to be hell.

©2009 Jordan Belfort; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"His new memoir is graphic....Still a hustler, still a salesman - and also a hell of a writer." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Nxp 10-03-10
    Nxp 10-03-10 Member Since 2000
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    "OK...if all you want is ice cream."

    On the up side this is good listen that should keep your interest. Narrator Ray Porter gives a solid performance on a book well written, but I couldn't help thinking that the author was better suited to writing soap operas or red dress novels. I assume Belfort actually did write it, though it is a bit strange that none of it got written during all those months in prison he spent in prison. The style is different from Belfort's previous book; less self loathing but even more self absorbed which is why you might get annoyed if you prefer hearing about facts more than you prefer hearing about Belfort's inner conflicts. If your main interest doesn't center on the 5 or 6 hours Belfort actually devotes to the securities business you might enjoy all 16+ hours. Otherwise you might wish, as I did, wish that broadband and cheap data storage had not put an end to the abridged audiobook. The rest of the time you'll hear mostly about Belfort's women, Belfort's substance abuse, Belfort's women, Belfort's kids and Belfort's women. So if what you want is lusty entertainment you'll get a healthy dose of it from this ex ice cream vendor. It might even make good screneplay for the casually interested and the underinformed.
    Unfortunately there was and there still is a much more serious side to the whole business. Many of us who watched intently while ostentatious brokers slugged it out with over zealous regulators until the wolves, blue eyed devils and high flyers were removed from the equation can't help but notice that not only have markets tumbled but they now seem to lie at the beckonned call of influences with a much lower profile that may be far more sinister. Ones that use new found connectivity to cut like a dagger. We know that markets are supposed to stimulate competition and promote new business activity but we watch as markets keep doing exactly the opposite. Sadly, we will not overcome such problems by waiting for the ice cream vendor.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    SUSAN 02-17-14
    SUSAN 02-17-14

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    "Loved both the Wolf books fascinating"
    Would you listen to Catching the Wolf of Wall Street again? Why?

    I might especially the business parts and all the information about what it took to prosecute him.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Riveting on many levels, amazing story well written, well narrated, honest funny cautionary tale


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to choose , but liked how he got off of drugs, and the way he made his company successful his relationships.. W business friends and people trying to nail him, .hedonistic parts not so much...hope he's learned to look beyond the surface in his choices of women...


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

    Yes, but I rationed myself


    Any additional comments?

    Read both books!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel 01-18-14
    Rachel 01-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "The change in narrators is unbearable."
    How could the performance have been better?

    Ray Porter sounds incredibly dull compared to Eric Meyers. I can't even get through the first chapter, which is such a disappointment. Eric brought the character to life in an incredible way. It makes me want to return the book, which I probably will.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Juanita 07-10-14
    Juanita 07-10-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great second part to the story"
    If you could sum up Catching the Wolf of Wall Street in three words, what would they be?

    After reading the first book a few years ago and then seeing the movie I wanted to know more about what had happened. Belfort does a great job in the details and you can close your eyes and imagine exactly what he is describing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    For me this audiobook was all about Ray Porter, I'm imagine the way he read it is how Jordan is. He brought the story to life.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Because of him now I'm buying other books that he has read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stew ATLANTA, GA, United States 10-12-14
    Stew ATLANTA, GA, United States 10-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Repeat of Wolf."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is basically a little more detail to the original Wolf of wallstreet book. Not much new. And not nearly as good.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jordan Belfort? Why or why not?

    Probably not. Heard it.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Jordan obvi.


    Do you think Catching the Wolf of Wall Street needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart 06-02-14
    Stuart 06-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not as good as the First."
    Would you try another book from Jordan Belfort and/or Ray Porter?

    No, I think I am done with Belfort.


    What was most disappointing about Jordan Belfort’s story?

    This book unlike his first really was slow and more in depth into him being caught and ratting on his friends. Went waaaaaay to far into the planning and schemes of his crimes. Just boring.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ray Porter?

    Sure, he did a decent job.


    Could you see Catching the Wolf of Wall Street being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a snooze fest compared to his first. It seems like he wanted to ride the coat tails of his first success and failed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John W. Aldis Shepherdstown, WV 04-14-14
    John W. Aldis Shepherdstown, WV 04-14-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Being depraved does not make you a good person."
    What would have made Catching the Wolf of Wall Street better?

    Interesting subject.


    What could Jordan Belfort have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stop justifying his greed by telling us how worse he was in just about everything else in his life.


    Did Ray Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, actually.


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

    Just about all of it. How could something this raunchy be boring?


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Garofalo 02-20-14
    A. Garofalo 02-20-14

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    "Great follow up"

    It was a really insightful look into life after all the excess and crazy stories of grandeur in the first book. It was great to delve deeper into how he became the wolf of wall street. You get to hear the stories that helped shape who he became and how he ended up where he did. His humble beginnings and how he really was given an amazing talent he has a gift of salesmanship and an innate talent for motivating others. He becomes human in this book. It was fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    wowziewoo Maryland 08-17-13
    wowziewoo Maryland 08-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic fun"
    What made the experience of listening to Catching the Wolf of Wall Street the most enjoyable?

    Belfort (or his ghostwriter) has a natural gift for storytelling, keeping the storyline rapidly paced without losing rich details. I also loved the nicknames given to most characters, made it much easier to remember who everyone was.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have only listened to this one. I liked his performance, he did it justice. He actually made me kind of like Belfort (kind of).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Probably the scene with the kids where Jordan & The Duchess tell them Daddy's going to jail the next morning. Belfort came off as very human in that scene.


    Any additional comments?

    What an enjoyable listen this was, I plowed through the book pretty quickly. It's well-written (maybe a little heavy on cliches), but it was fun and kept me laughing. The pacing is great, he keeps things moving without being too sparse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    samuel 07-16-09
    samuel 07-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "great listen"

    this is one of the best narrated books i have listened too. its also a great story emblematic of wall street's greed. highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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