©2009 Jordan Belfort; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"His new memoir is graphic....Still a hustler, still a salesman - and also a hell of a writer." (Kirkus Reviews)
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.
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 only listened to this one. I liked his performance, he did it justice. He actually made me kind of like Belfort (kind of).
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.
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.
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.
Jordan Belfort learns to write in his entertaining first book The Wolf of Wall Street. This book is as entertaining and interesting as the first but his writing is much improved. I enjoyed learning about the logistics of his business but the insanity of his life and the crazy place it took him was the meat of this story. More business back ground and less insanity may have made it slightly better but its was a great book. I was sad when it ended.
The author's story is annoying, the cursing and graphic sexual descriptions are over the top. This is pure crap.............
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