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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

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    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 05-03-13
    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2011

    I love the outdoors and the warm weather!! And I never leave home with out my I-Nano. It should be surgically placed into my ear. I live and breath for books.

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    "A Must Read or Listen!!!"

    This was my first time listening to a financial thriller. It was informative, & easy to follow. This book is about Bernie" Madoff, a former stockbroker, investment advisor, financier, and white collar criminal. Who created the biggest Ponzi scheme in HISTORY!!! The scheme affected 41 countries and worth $65 BILLION dollars. How the F.C.C. was fore warned time and time again, to become grossly incompetent. And how its still affecting people and companies today.
    Scott Brick has narrated another good book. Along with the actual characters of the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lucinda Augusta, Georgia, United States 08-31-12
    Lucinda Augusta, Georgia, United States 08-31-12
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The methodical way in which the author gathered his evidence. I learned a great deal about the financial systems and how they could be corrupted. Markopolos and his team took on something that was so big so complex and dangerous for so long....


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    When Markopolos explained how he and his team cracked the case by following the money. Sounds simple....


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Markopolos


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    When he found out Bernie Madoff had been stopped. All the people who called to tell him all his hard work had finally paid off. And how much money and lives that could have been saved if someone would have listened and acted sooner.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Sydney 06-27-12
    Chris Sydney 06-27-12 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.

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    "You Can Lead A Horse To Water But..."

    This was a great listen, I cant believe the effort Harry Markopolos went to, to expose Bernie Madoff. The money and potential investors that could have been saved is astounding.
    That the Securities and Exchange Commission failed to discover the fraud even though they were given this information is incredulous and should be frightening to all investors in this country and abroad. The financial system has still not been fixed and we have a real danger of having another collapse in the near future. This will be the case as long as the only guiding incentive is GREED.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D. Giancoli South Jersey 05-01-12
    D. Giancoli South Jersey 05-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "ehhhhhhh ...Thriller might be a strong word"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not bad. Not great. The last hour & half was simply stating how the SEC should be reformed.
    Interesting to a point & somewhat unbelievable on how poorly the SEC handled things. What I found comical is how hard the book tried to sell itself as a thriller. Repeated references to how he feared for his life, yet there wasn't one piece of evidence to validate his fear, just pure speculation. Overall, not bad - I just wouldn’t call it a thriller.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Larson Iowa 04-03-12
    C. Larson Iowa 04-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Both Fascinating and Annoying"

    This book could have been shorter by half. As what Harry Makopolos calls "my team" discovered the Ponzi scheme and used math skills plus financial-industry contacts to assemble proofs I was enthralled. Then, as he waited and fumed because "No One Would Listen" I began to understand which of his personality traits made people disinclined to join his crusade. I started to regret downloading the second half of the book and Harry finally lost me completely when he assembled an arsenal to shoot at the SEC while admitting employees of said agency don't carry firearms. I felt he worked too hard to add tension to what was already a sufficiently dramatic true story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy 09-18-11
    Sandy 09-18-11

    Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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    "Good Listen and Thanks for the PDF"

    Others have said it all. This is a good listen. I truly appreciate the PDF file, and hope that other Audible talking books will include similar, where it is appropriate.
    (maps, pictures etc in history books).
    And I thought Aussies had the 'tall poppy' syndrome! ( finding fault with a real achiever). Bravo Harry. You saw it and called it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    annhere Abbotsford, B.C., Canada 03-11-10
    annhere Abbotsford, B.C., Canada 03-11-10 Member Since 2015

    Ann.

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    "RIVETING!"

    I was still awake at 2:00 a.m. listening to this -just couldn't put it down. Makes me wonder what hope is there for the "little guy" who wants to invest in the stock market when the "monsters" are allowed to rampage free.

    My only complaint is the departure from the professional narrator to the author and friends when quoting e-mails. Fortunately this was only a very small part of the book. I believe authors would do well to leave the narrating to the professional, just as the SEC would do well to leave the sleuthing to the professional math whizzes. I tend to shy away from books that are self narrated as I have been 'burned' too many times. Surely the author would make more money in the long run by investing in a professional narrator.

    Ann.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    James Upland, CA, United States 03-09-10
    James Upland, CA, United States 03-09-10
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    "Applying a High-level of Ethics!"

    Words will not bestow any justice to this audio book... (any review words written by me). One suggestion is to listen to this audio book at least twice in-order to better comprehend the inter-connected story elements put together like a puzzle by Harry and others to reach the ending of this book; (as of the date of this audio publication)! Easy to miss many parts of the story upon first listen... Please set aside some attentive listening time to better comprehend this multiple-people-involved to reach this books conclusion point.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 10-02-14
    John S MA 10-02-14 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "An abridged version would be better"

    I purchased this book because I like finance stories. At 13 hours, however, it gets rather tedious at times. This is the story of the man who first discovered Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme. The parts of the book that talk about the discovery are interesting. But a large part of the book is a big rant against the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). In fact about 3 of the total 13 hours is nothing but a big rant. Okay, okay the SEC messed up. Got it in the first hour.

    It also has some odd stories about the author fearing for his life and buying guns and checking for bombs under his car. However, there is no proof whatsoever that the Russian Mob was after him, that Bernie Madoff ever thought of hiring a hit man, or the SEC was out to "get" him. Made the author sound like a total paranoid.

    Anyways at 13 hours about half is worthwhile listening. The last 2 hours are really not about the Ponzi scheme but people sobbing about their lost money, which also turns into a rant on the SEC. It actually sounded like an attempt for filing a class action suit against the SEC by the author and his lawyers. Sort of put me off.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark T Portland, OR 12-04-13
    Mark T Portland, OR 12-04-13 Member Since 2014

    Audible books are the perfect companion for my 4 mile morning walk!

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    "A great story - insufferable at times"
    Would you try another book from Harry Markopolos and/or the narrators?

    The narration was good. I'd be reticent to read another book by Markopolos unless I knew for sure that it didn't take the same self-congratulatory tone. One per author lifetime is certainly a sufficient quota.


    What did you take away from No One Would Listen that you can apply to your work?

    This book is a great reminder of how badly things can go wrong, and how blind we can be to reality we don't want to see. It's certainly not the first book to tell such a story, but this one goes into such detail, and the whole process went for so long, that it really stands out as a learning opportunity.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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