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No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller | [Harry Markopolos]

No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.
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Publisher's Summary

No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller is exactly what the title promises. This is more than another book about the Bernie Madoff scandal, this is a fast-paced, blow-by-blow, true-crime story that you have to hear to believe. In a true David and Goliath tale, the underdog number cruncher uncovers the largest financial fraud in history, and has to fight everything and everyone in the system to bring it down. Harry Markopolos and his team of financial sleuths tell first-hand how they cracked Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme yet, amazingly, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) refused to hear the truth for nearly 10 years. Told from the perspective of the ultimate whistleblower in modern corporate memory, No One Would Listen is bound to be the definitive narrative of this scandal.

This special edition includes an exclusive 10th chapter available only in audio, featuring testimony from three victims of the Madoff scheme who came in to the Audible studios to share their shocking and heartbreaking stories. In addition, David Kotz, the Inspector General of the SEC, speaks candidly about his investigation. Throughout the audiobook, you’ll also hear scathing commentary from congressional leaders on the blatant failures of the commission. No One Would Listen is more than an audiobook. It's a lasting audio testament to the largest white-collar crime in history.

SEC Disclaimer
The Securities and Exchange Commission disclaims responsibility for any private publication or statement of any SEC employee or Commissioner. This audiobook expresses the author's views and does not necessarily reflect those of the Commission, the Commissioners, or other members of the staff.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

Click here to listen to Dr. Gaytri Kachroo's speech to the World Legal Forum.

©2010 Fox Hounds, LLC (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Nominee - Best Nonfiction Audiobook, 2011

What Members Say

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    Angela Hammond Park, Australia 06-03-12
    Angela Hammond Park, Australia 06-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating story about Madoff"

    I thought this book was fascinating. I was astounded at the greed of individuals and the gross incompetence of the SEC. Harry Markopolos has written and read this book well. It's kind of long, but this didn't bother me and I managed not to lose track of what was happening. I found myself getting frustrated at the uselessness of the SEC along with the author. It was also interesting to hear a different perspective of the financial services industry. I really enjoyed this book.

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    Epikur WA, USA 05-23-12
    Epikur WA, USA 05-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "True sad reality"

    An interesting story offering a sad glimpse into the inefficiency of the financial regulatory system.

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    kathy jasper, GA, United States 03-16-12
    kathy jasper, GA, United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2013

    I started listening to audiobooks to help with my commute to work. I now listen to books while I sew and do my crafts.

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    "A FINANCIAL GENIUS: Harry Markopolos!"

    "Shocked" I was when I heard the news of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme and all of the lives it crumbled to financial ruin. As a retired banker, I have lived my business life by checks and balances, audits, and compliance regulations. How in the heck did this get by soooo many people! Does the SEC have a management training program? Do they have a training department at all? The book does not reflect that there was any intent to defraud by the SEC, however, it does report that the people involved were made aware of the problems with Madoff and his company but did not know what to do with the information. After reading this book you will be sick after learning that this ponzi scheme could have been stopped from the first detection of the incongruous returns Madoff's clients were receiving. I will listen to this book again after reading archived newspaper articles written during this time. I have referred this book to friends. If you are not familiar with broker and financial "jargon" keep your dictionary close! Incredible inside information and a thrill ride of a read!!

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    Shep 02-22-12
    Shep 02-22-12

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    "Not too bad"
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    Scott Brick didn't suck as bad as he did on Michael Pollan's books.


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    Pam F Forest, VA, United States 02-11-12
    Pam F Forest, VA, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2014
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    ""Absolutely stunning.""
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This book read like the best suspense novel. The chilling part is that it actually happened. I had a tough time pausing the narration. I'd end up sitting in my car in the driveway, after getting home from work, until my son or husband came out to check on me.


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    Kevin SCOTTSVILLE, VA, United States 01-12-12
    Kevin SCOTTSVILLE, VA, United States 01-12-12
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    "Just ok"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Since I listen to these books on my commute to work, I didn't feel it was a waste of time, but I wasn't riveted. Some books I find myself sitting in the garage for several minutes to reach the end of a section before going inside. This was not one of thise books. All in all, it was just ok.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The main narrator did a great job. I think the


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    Jerry 12-26-11
    Jerry 12-26-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Can not recommend. Very interesting, even amazing story. However, it's very depressing and very dragged out


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    edit it down by 30-505


    Did No One Would Listen inspire you to do anything?

    Read more upbeat books


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    2kittiesmom 12-22-11
    2kittiesmom 12-22-11
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    "I Listened"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and I have, to as many people as would listen to me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was actually apalled by this story, dumbfounded and agreived by my counrty's lack of responsiveness to the information being presented to it on a regular basis.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The honest sense of outrage he felt and experienced as he went through this experience. It translated vocally in a way I don't think the printed word could do alone.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried!!


    Any additional comments?

    This book will give you a clear understanding of how our economy failed, how Bernie Madoff got away with his ridiculous schemes and scams year after year, and why the old fairy tale of The Emporer's New Clothes still has application today (surely you remember that one, everyone swears to see the lush new clothing of the naked king, in an effort not to seem out of step with the hoity toity, pooh poohing the nay sayer as a person of low taste and understanding. . . Hmmmm I bet Mr. Markopolos might be able to tell us a bit about what that feels like.....).

    I rarely give a five star rating to non-classics, but this one deserves it, for the classic way everyone preferred to look the other way while a common criminal robbed our economy, and our citizens, blind, while we smiled and said thank you, please come back again!

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    Bryan San Diego, CA, United States 12-22-11
    Bryan San Diego, CA, United States 12-22-11 Member Since 2011

    I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.

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    "Informative and Entertaining"

    Harry Marckopolos tells a compelling story. I really liked his down to earth writing style which helps the layman understand his world of high finance and the underbelly of that industry. I'm thankful that there's still good, honest, and ethical people like Harry in the world who stood up to fight for all of us who share his values.

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    Scott Cleveland 12-15-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Required reading."

    If it sounds to good to be true it is. Every one should take in this book! Harry lays out just how inept the SEC is and how easy people are blinded by high returns. The story is hard to put down and very well read.

    This is a fantastic road trip listen.

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