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The Big Short Audiobook

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.
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Publisher's Summary

Featuring an exclusive audio interview with Michael Lewis

When the crash of the U.S. stock market became public knowledge in the fall of 2008, it was already old news. The real crash, the silent crash, had taken place over the previous year, in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn’t shine, and the SEC doesn’t dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real-estate derivative markets, where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower- and middle-class Americans who can’t pay their debts. The smart people who understood what was or might be happening were paralyzed by hope and fear; in any case, they weren’t talking.

The crucial question is this: Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages?

Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker. "Who got it right?" he asks. Who saw the ever-rising real-estate market for the black hole it would become, and eventually made billions of dollars from that perception? And what qualities of character made those few persist when their peers and colleagues dismissed them as Chicken Littles?

Out of this handful of unlikely—really unlikely—heroes, Lewis fashions a story as compelling and unusual as any of his earlier best sellers, proving yet again that he is the finest and funniest chronicler of our times.

©2010 Michael Lewis (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

“No one writes with more narrative panache about money and finance than Mr. Lewis....[he] does a nimble job of using his subjects’ stories to explicate the greed, idiocies and hypocrisies of a system notably lacking in grown-up supervision....Writing in faintly Tom Wolfe-ian prose, Mr. Lewis does a colorful job of introducing the lay reader to the Darwinian world of the bond market.” (Michiko Kakutani - The New York Times)

“Superb: Michael Lewis doing what he does best, illuminating the idiocy, madness and greed of modern finance. . . . Lewis achieves what I previously imagined impossible: He makes subprime sexy all over again.” (Andrew Leonard - Salon.com)

"[Michael Lewis] is the finest storyteller of our generation.” (Malcolm Gladwell)

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    Eric van Dalen 11-28-14 Member Since 2014

    I have a window cleaning & janitorial business that has me working solo much of my time so I enjoy listening to books (nonfiction) as I work

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think people that don't mind frequent cussing won't mind this title. As for me...it was over the top.


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    Kathy 09-17-14
    Kathy 09-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    Fascinating. Still hard to believe it really happened. Couldn't stop listening. Well performed.

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    jsw Texas 09-17-14
    jsw Texas 09-17-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Good story, too much profanity"
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    Good narration, good story if you like financial topics. I just wish people would write without the profanity. I wasn't able to turn the book on in the living room and have the kids listen in.

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    Silly Goose Xanadu 06-05-14
    Silly Goose Xanadu 06-05-14 Member Since 2016

    Free dumb isnt free

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    Where does The Big Short rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dopest


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Hillarious


    What about Jesse Boggs’s performance did you like?

    Deadpan


    If you could give The Big Short a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A compelling and humorous character study of extreme personalities


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened through this more than once, whereas some audiobooks I don't even bother finishing.

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    Scott Porter Sunderland, MD USA 02-23-14
    Scott Porter Sunderland, MD USA 02-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A complex subject, well covered"
    If you could sum up The Big Short in three words, what would they be?

    Big characters, big money, big ideas.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The whole Wall Street culture was fascinating.The book made clear how the financial community will follow the whims of anyone who has had some success, with little consideration given for the logic or ethics of the path on which that person is taking his followers.


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

    He is able to plow through the complexity with energy and clarity to help keep the book interesting.


    If you could give The Big Short a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Innovation vs. Ethics in Big Money Wall Street


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    Ashanti Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States 02-19-14
    Ashanti Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2016
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    "watch out here we go again."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I could have done without listening to this audio book. Because its is just a reminder how this whole Money business is totally raked.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Lewis’s story?

    It makes me sick to my stomach to here how a few guy's in control making up there money game as there go.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    It seems to me that Wallstreet is still the wild west...and I don't see this ever changing.

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    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 02-07-14
    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2015

    I like to read but listening is better.

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    "The Story of the Few that Had it Right"
    What made the experience of listening to The Big Short the most enjoyable?

    The best part about Lewis' books is that he always manages to interject laugh-out-loud humor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Eisman. He was a moral force in the amoral world of Wall Street.


    What three words best describe Jesse Boggs’s voice?

    Solid, deep, woody.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Well the end is a bit depressing because for the most part the culprits got away with it.


    Any additional comments?

    Michael Lewis is a genius and this is another excellent book. It wasn't my favorite of his books but it was still very entertaining. He does a good job explaining the complexities of the market well enough to let even those of us who don't understand it still enjoy the story.

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    T. Garringer Gladstone, OR USA 11-03-13
    T. Garringer Gladstone, OR USA 11-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivated"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm still working my way through this one, but I am utterly captivated by the details and the stories. If you ever wanted to understand more deeply the sub-prime loan debacle, this is the book for you. Learning about some of the people and personalities adds another element to the story and keeps it interesting. I still have a way to go, but am really enjoying this, my first real adventure into audio books (in the past I have had a hard time staying focused).


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, there is so much detail and background that you need to absorb it in small amounts.


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    Acteon Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 10-24-13
    Acteon Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 10-24-13

    Acteon

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    What did you love best about The Big Short?

    I found it exhilarating to learn about the handful of men who saw through the subprime fraud and (deservedly) profited from it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The contrast between the very few smart people and all the others who were either stupid or self-deceptive.


    Which character – as performed by Jesse Boggs – was your favorite?

    Steven Eisman, for whom I felt real warmth for his sense of outrage committed against the victims; and Michael Burry who was so badly treated by those for whom he made money through his insights.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Eisman's confrontational style


    Any additional comments?

    I got a vicarious and cathartic joy out of the victory of Eisman, Burry, et al. And Michael Lewis is a wonderful writer. The subject matter is rather limited in nature, and I cannot say this is a book you have to read or listen to, but I certainly was glad I did not pass it up because of some of the critical remarks (even if justified).

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    Siri 10-22-13
    Siri 10-22-13
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    "A joy to read (both times)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Lewis explains the mechanics of the economic crisis extremely well for people with no background in finance. As a result, readers surely understand what happened far better than most subprime mortgage bond and derivative traders did before the big crash. This is also a very well-told story. Fascinating characters -- heroes, villains, and oddballs -- and an excellent build-up to a satisfying climax and epilogue. The book was so interesting, I read it again about a year later -- and enjoyed it just as much the second time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Mike Burry is one of my favorite heroes of all time, but what makes this book so special is the host of rich characters like Greg Lippmann and Wing Chau. You might not trust them, but they are wonderful subjects for Lewis's narrative.


    What about Jesse Boggs’s performance did you like?

    I loved Jesse Boggs's deadpan delivery of character lines that were both classic in their ironic humor and revealing about the characters themselves. The effect was much funnier than if he'd tried to sound like it was a comedy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed several times throughout the book, even more frequently the second time around.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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