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The Alchemy of Finance Audiobook

The Alchemy of Finance

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Publisher's Summary

George Soros is unquestionably the most powerful and profitable investor in the world today. Dubbed by BusinessWeek as "The Man Who Moves the Markets," Soros has made a billion dollars going up against the British pound. Now, in The Alchemy of Finance, he shares the investment strategies he uses to read the mind of the market.

©1987, 1994 by George Soros; Published by Arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; (P)2000 by Penton Overseas, Inc. Published by Penton Overseas, Inc. and Audio Scholar, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"An extraordinary...inside look into the decision-making process of the most successful money manager of our time. Fantastic." (Wall Street Journal)
"Breathtakingly brilliant." (Esquire)

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    Joel Waltham, MA, USA 04-10-05
    Joel Waltham, MA, USA 04-10-05
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    "Interesting but not new"

    George Soros comes across as a pompous billionaire who lacks the technical skills required to express his grandiouse 'Theory of Reflexivity' in general terms. However, the book did provide an interesting view of George Soros' career and some of the manias and panics he has profited from over the last few decades.

    The book 'Manias, Panics, and Crashes' by Charles Kindleberger covers the same material and is easier and more enjoyable to read.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Cedarburg, WI, USA 07-05-06
    Jonathan Cedarburg, WI, USA 07-05-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing..."

    Soros explains early on that the book will not explain how to make money in the stock market. This is quite true. As mentioned by others, he expounds on his Theory of Reflexivity, without really enlightening the reader. He states, for instance, that market movements cannot be studied scientifically, because the market movements themselves affect future movements and the observers are also participants (traders). Yet there are vast areas of studies (eg. Chaos theory, differential equations, dynamic systems analysis) that deal with just such topics and systems. None of these is explored or even mentioned. One quickly realizes that Soros lacks the scientific background to develop or even reasonably explain the vague generalities that comprise his "theory". Anyone with a passing interest in the functioning and movements of the stock market will not be enlightened by this tome.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Steve 06-17-15
    Steve 06-17-15
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    "Audible doesn't have full version"
    Any additional comments?

    This audible book is not the most recent version of the book and leaves out several entire chapters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Berea, OH, USA 08-02-06
    Christopher Berea, OH, USA 08-02-06
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    "Expected more"

    Decent high level review of his Theory of Reflexivity, but not much beyond that. I expected to get more insight into the details of his approach to decision making. He's an interesting fellow who has had incredible financial success and he is trying to improve the world around us, but I felt that I wasted the time I spent listening to this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sankar Ponte Vedra Bch, FL, United States 12-20-10
    Sankar Ponte Vedra Bch, FL, United States 12-20-10
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    "Research paper for academicians"

    Research paper for academicians is what this book is. I bought this book with an idea getting some insight into George Soros investment style, his failures, success and to understand his decision making process. What this book offers is an explanation of how the author thinks the market works and explains this in technical terms. Most of it went over my head. This is not for an average investor. Someone doing a research on financial markets could glean something meaningful from the book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jaymzrex 11-11-16
    jaymzrex 11-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Too abridged"

    The actual book is one of my all time favorites. This is just a few chapters from the beginning, and cuts out the "real-time experiment", a trading diary of the year Soros pulled a 120% return on a massive starting capital. Without these chapters, the book is a basic framework without any sense of how a framework is actually used in markets, so it sounds like a lot of babble. When you see Soros interpret real events, it starts to make a lot more sense. Bottom line: can someone please read the whole book??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie 10-21-16
    Charlie 10-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This book should come with a warning....."

    I read a lot of business books, sales, marketing, leadership. I am familiar with modern business lingo and jargon. this stuff is deeper than the mariana trench.....it is philosophy, theoretical, and deep bulls hit really. if you are a young business man or women please don't waste your time here. if you are an old grey wrinkled academic that are not 'feet on the street' then have a listen but it bares very little relevance to what one must understand to get ahead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark A Mascia 09-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "interesting read and ideas"

    I liked it more than reviews said I would. not arrogant just honest worth checking out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    peteryej 08-14-16
    peteryej 08-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "very good"

    building a model or even a worldview of looking at financial institution. It gets a little bit philosophical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KD's Mom 08-14-16
    KD's Mom 08-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "meh"

    Quite vague, very philosophical but not especially insightful. also seems quite dated, but lacks timeless investing advice.

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    "Great read"

    Very interesting read with a good insight into georges thinking on reflexivity in various markets

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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