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)
I have recommended this book to many friends and family and even loaned the audio book to a few as well. I found it it utterly fantastic (if a little cliche at times) and have enjoyed it so much that it has been listened to in full five times in a month.
While I'm sure there are MANY other books out there of a similar nature, I myself haven't read any of them, and so I found this to be fresh and Jordan's way of writing did make it very easy to visualize the complete madness of his life in this time.
My favorite moment in the book without a doubt has to be the scene where he was shredding the furniture with what I can only describe as extreme prejudice looking for a crack rock. It was so strange to me to be somewhat involved in that thought process that it has stuck in as a very bold memory.
While I am aware that some people aren't as in love with this book as me, I would say that anyone who can listen to/read it should at the very least give it a go.
It is at times hilarious, jaw dropping and ridiculously candid. As a short audiobook it is packed with escapism that is so much better for knowing that its a true story.
Great story telling, unfortunately the abridged version lacks certain elements that made the novel so captivating. However, the audiobook is still worth a listen.
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.
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