Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
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 sank 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 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. Now, in this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess no one could invent.
Stratton Oakmont turned microcap investing into a wickedly lucrative game as Belfort’s hyped-up, coked-out brokers browbeat clients into stock buys that were guaranteed to earn obscene profits - for the house. But an insatiable appetite for debauchery, questionable tactics, and a fateful partnership with a breakout shoe designer named Steve Madden would land Belfort on both sides of the law and into a harrowing darkness all his own.
From the stormy relationship Belfort shared with his model-wife as they ran a madcap household that included two young children, a full-time staff of 22, a pair of bodyguards, and hidden cameras everywhere - even as the SEC and FBI zeroed in on them - to the unbridled hedonism of his office life, here is the extraordinary story of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices at 16 to making hundreds of millions. Until it all came crashing down.
©2007 Jordan Belfort; (P)2007 Random House Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House Inc.
"A cocky bad boy of finance recalls...[his] career as a master of his own universe....A hell of a read." (Kirkus Reviews)
Yes and no. I find this subject fascinating, but this book was way way way too abridged. The story jumps around, and it's obvious that major pieces are missing. I feel like I read five random chapters. It was not abridged well.
What Belfort was able to accomplish in so little time is amazing. And the hazardous way he lived his life is quite entertaining.
Some of the characters blended together for me. So many new people were being introduced that it was hard to keep track of them. Perhaps if the book hadn't been so condensed, these characters would have stuck around longer and made more of an impact.
Probably Belfort. He's a douchebag, and most of the characters are super-unlikable.
All the stuff that was cut out of the abridged book. What was he thinking on the way up? Did he worry about getting caught? Did he realize the implications?
I debated buying this audio book for a long time, and I kind of regret it now, because now I won't go back and read the entire unabridged book, so I feel cheated out of 75% of the story.
a reader from NYC
I can see many reasons why people will dislike this book: the author's ethical shadiness, the trite descriptions of so-and-so's loamy loins, etc. But if you give it a chance and really think about what's happening here, you'll find more substance than is apparent. The best parts actually weren;t so much the Wall Street events, but the author's involvement with corporate life, Steve Madden, Inc. I was familiar with the company some years ago form the vantage point of a stcok analyst, and I got some good trades in it. The inside view was fascinating. If you invest in emerging growth companies, these chapters can be quite intriguing.
This book is a mess. I thought it would be a book about wall street like Den of Thieves. Boy was I wrong! Its just a book about a coke snorting idiot and his personal problems.
Saw the movie, but didn't read the book. Who the hell reads a book and listens to the audio version anyway?
Helicopter landing? Blue ball treatment from his wife? I'm not sure, because there are a few to choose from. Personally, I would say the story of ordering Martini's until either Belfort or the stock broker he worked for passed out.
Sometimes but not always.
Surprisingly little dirt and detail about the securities fraud. I wanted to hear more of the dirt and less details about Belforts family life. All of the details about doing drugs were great, but enough is enough already! I just think that part was a bit overdone.
The book reads like a story from Tony Soprano or your local mafia boss. It's got this wise guy feel to it that sort of explains some things about Jordan Belfort.
I like how the people in the book are given nicknames like the spitter and the drizzler. I also like how Belfort describes everything from his point of view, which is frequently distorted as hell due to his drug use and his self centered outlook on everything. It works because it's real. That's the main thing about this book that makes it worth reading, it's real. The people are real, the problems are real and Belfort is real.
I've always struggled with reading due to my dyslexia. I recently started listening to audible books. Wolf of Wallstreet being my first. I couldn't stop listening. I blew through the first two books in a couple of days. I was so mesmerized by the tale and the narration.
It's easy to say that your favorite character is Jordan, because the story is told from his perspective. But really the Dutchess is on point. Beautiful, loyal, and strong.
Bobby Cannavale brings a voice, and really makes you feel the emotions of Jordan as he tells his tale.
I did want to listen to it in one sitting, but instead it took a couple of days since I only listened to it on my commute to work.
I've seen the movie many times. If you love the movie, you will adore the book. So much more detail and it doesn't feel as rushed.
When I downloaded this in April 2013, it was the only version available on Audible. I did not realize that it was abridged until I was discussing the book with a friend. We realized that there seemed to be a lot that I was missing. There now is an unabridged version available (that they released just before the movie)...get that one! There was a lot missing from this one.
Don't expect to learn investment stuff when hearing this biography. It's all about the lifestyle of this guy.
Compare it to the Financial "Scarface" (al pacino)...
You might also be offended by language, respect to women
"Very poor audiobook"
This seems very badly abridged. It literally goes from "first day in the office" to being a multimillionaire in a single sentence which makes no sense and breaks the flow of the book.
Feels like 1/3 of the book has just been hacked out. The remainder is just a sad story of addiction and greed without any soul or humour.
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