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
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.
Agree with another reviewer. Chop off Ch 2 - 4 when author went on and on about the pretty blonde 2nd wife. Her character was boring and annoying. Added nothing to the story. I was in NYC in that era and close to the Wall Street scene. The book "Less than Zero" as well as "Bright Lights Big City" were both FAR more realistic, gritty and better in storytelling. Jordan B simply wasn't engaging and didn't make me care about him or his other characters. In "Wall St" there were equally nasty characters but they were "human" and got me to pay attention even if I don't care about them. The 80's was AMAZING and a "blur".
However, there were real people back then, Jordan's book just feels fake and plastic.
I couldn't even listen to half way through and I tried to. Returned it.
Shorten the 2nd wife. Flesh out character development. He did a better job with the Brit Aunt (but still with too surface of a treatment). I grew up in London and the know many Brits, French & Swiss. The description of these characters did not feel authentic. The accents were atrocious and plain wrong even the book doesn't even demand a very talented performer to distinguish amongst the German, Swiss, French and English accents and how each nationality speak French.
Mr. Belfort was trying to describe brainlessness and vacuousness and addiction and
perhaps perpetual fog with rare glimpses of clarity. This repeat & rinse rhythm was so mundane and boring maybe the pretty face of Leonardo Di Caprio and a better screen play can put some interesting tidbits for the movie audiences to chew on.
country music nurse
It really kept my interest. I was pretty much glued to the book and hated having to turn my car off and go in to work.
very good, Annoying Shrill
No I learned from it.
If your going to read and deliver a woman's voice, use a woman to read that part.
Yes, this is by far the most entertaining audio book I've listened to all year. I finished the whole thing in less than a week. I saw the movie first and loved it so was wondering what the book was all about, and the movie is pretty close to the book, but the book adds a lot more and is definitely worth a read if you liked the movie.
Ship It Holla Ballas!
It got better and better as the book went on.
There are a lot of gray areas on wall street, and no matter how much money you have it wont bring you long term happiness.
If you're looking for some Pulitzer prize winner then this probably isn't the book for you, but if you're looking for one of the craziest most entertaining stories I've heard in a long time then you will enjoy this book. Also probably don't listen to this audio book with your kids or grandparents in the car.
entertaining and never dull. finished the book in about 2 days. I chose to take the author at his word and it was his candid and brutal honesty that painted such a vivid picture of his world and it was fascinating.
Take chapters 2-4 out of the book.
He spent the first 4 chapters talking about his second wife.
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.
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.
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.
The fact that it was a true story, told SO HONESTLY by Jordan Belfort in the most hilarious tone- it was so great.
Jordan! Because he nailed it. I watched some real life interviews with Jordan after this book and realized how well the narrator did with this character.
YES! but it was 20 hours so I had to break it up a little.
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