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. 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 at home and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king, here, in Jordan Belfort's own words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called the Wolf of Wall Street. In the 1990s, Belfort became one of the most infamous kingpins in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. It's an extraordinary story of greed, power, and excess no one could invent: the tale of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices to making hundreds of millions - until it all came crashing down.
©2007 Jordan Belfort (P)2013 Random House Audio
The story itself is interesting. I love non-fiction about the lives of extraordinary / unique people living "off the wall" lives that go against the grain of society's normal ho-hum boxed-in existence. Belfort's story fits squarely into what I consider insightful fun. It's educational, entertaining, downright uniquely insane, and TRUE.
The tales of debauchery and shady business practices on an extreme level.
Very solid narration but nothing to write home about. I've heard better but I've heard more that are FAR worse. I had no issue with the narration at all. Well done.
Heck, no. It's too long and my only negative comment on the title. There are simply too many details strung out into these unnecessary bouts of information and writing.
The book is too long and doesn't even cover the entire Belfort story. You have to get another insanely long audiobook called, "Catching the Wolf of Wall Street" in order to get his full story. The drawn out details of certain events slow the pace of the story to an almost unbearable crawl at times. I would recommend this title and it's next book that goes with it. If you aren't going to listen to "Catching The Wolf of Wall Street," you are cheated out of the entire story that you just spent an INSANE amount of hours listening to. To complete the entire story with the two books, you may find yourself losing interest over time which is not good. I know I did. I haven't finished the last book as I just became burnt out on the length and yammering about the same details for hours on end. You certainly will get your money's worth for how long the title is which is nice. It's a great all-around story that I can highly recommend but it's not going to be a good experience for short attention spans.
Not if it has to do with the movie Way better story then movie.
Made you feel the character
While you wanted to,hate him. I actually felt sympathetic, understanding and sorry for him. Be careful what you you wish for.
One of the best books I've listen to and read in awhile. Job well done.
I first saw the movie and then thought it might be a good book to try. Wow i was on the edge of seat almost the entire time, I listened to this book in three days, Crazy what this guy has been through.
I work in the finance industry and thought this would be an interesting listen. It definitely keeps your attention!
This book is very entertaining and seems to be very honestly written....that said, it is VERY vulgar. Lots of language, sex, and filled to the brim with drugs. I knew all of those were going to be a component of the book, but it was a little bit too graphic for me.
Contractor from Michigan
This story is so ridicules it can't possibly be made up.
Whats amazing is this all went down in the early 90's before wall street really went nuts.
No one would listen.
Its another outrageous wall street story.
His big shot persona, his confidences and slight New York accent give a tough of authenticity to the story.
Confessions of a high functioning sociopath...
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Yes, it is very entertaining to listen to the life of a guy who throws money around left and right. The shenanigans that ensue with hookers, drugs, and stocks is great and keeps you listening.
Bad/angry. I hated that he really never felt sorry for screwing over so many people, and tried to play it like a happily ever after crap.
I thought Eric's voice was great when he was just being normal, like narrating or Jordon. However, when he try's to do female voices that is another story.
Yeah I laughed when Jordon was contemplating having sex with an Ethiopian hooker in Switzerland and said that see looked to clean to have aids.....right?
I did not read the book, only listened to it. But I liked how Eric Meyers really took on the characters and how they would sound in real life.
Yes - It's very entertaining
Great voice for this book
Would you give a book about Adolf Hitler a bad review because Hitler was a bad guy? I see people giving this book a bad review because they think Jordan Belfort is a bad guy. I guess we should stop cautionary tales about bad people altogether. This is a great book. I really enjoyed the movie and I wanted to really delve into the details. I did not like when the movie would dismiss the details as "too hard for the viewer to understand."
I wanted to hear the details about what Belfort was doing and the book did give more detail, although I thought It could have done even more. I loved hearing the background stories about all the characters. Belfort did terrible things, that's not even in dispute. However, that doesn't mean I don't want to hear his story.
This is worth listening to. It's a good story about corruption on Wall St. The only thing I found difficult is when the narrator does the women's voices, they are all screeching. I've had to turn the volume down on my headphones so it wouldn't pierce my eardrums. He should've either read the female voices in his own voice or work on his lady acting.
Loved it, its a lot better than the movie you cant belive most of what this guy does, its a story about love, power, money, addiction and redemption.
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