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All the Devils Are Here Audiobook
All the Devils Are Here
Written by: 
Bethany McLean, Joe Nocera
Narrated by: 
Dennis Boutsikaris
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All the Devils Are Here Audiobook

All the Devils Are Here

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As soon as the financial crisis erupted, the finger-pointing began. Should the blame fall on Wall Street, Main Street, or Pennsylvania Avenue? On greedy traders, misguided regulators, sleazy subprime companies, cowardly legislators, or clueless home buyers?

According to Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera, two of America's most acclaimed business journalists, the real answer is all of the above-and more. Many devils helped bring hell to the economy. And the full story, in all of its complexity and detail, is like the legend of the blind men and the elephant. Almost everyone has missed the big picture. Almost no one has put all the pieces together.

All the Devils Are Here goes back several decades to weave the hidden history of the financial crisis in a way no previous book has done. It explores the motivations of everyone from famous CEOs, cabinet secretaries, and politicians to anonymous lenders, borrowers, analysts, and Wall Street traders. It delves into the powerful American mythology of homeownership. And it proves that the crisis ultimately wasn't about finance at all; it was about human nature.

©2010 Bethany McLean (P)2010 Penguin Audio

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    Drew METAMORA, IL, United States 09-13-12
    Drew METAMORA, IL, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "A great overview of the housing bubble"

    A wonderful account on how the housing bubble was set in motion (a long time ago) and how everyone -- Fannie Mae, politicians ("The American Dream" of home ownership), credit agencies (Moody), mortgage companies (Countrywide), insurance underwriters (AIG), investment bankers (Merrill Lynch, Solomon Brothers), investors -- were responsible for putting one of the most complex and potentially devastating financial bubbles in history.

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    Brian 09-07-12
    Brian 09-07-12

    Another over opinionated mammal

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    "How much did the investment banks pay for this?"

    This was a thinly veiled white wash trying to lay the blame for the financial crisis at the feet of Fanny-Mae and portrays the private investment banks almost as victims. The author ignores that the finical verticals that created the crisis were created and employed by the private investment banks. And that those banks where the ones that kept using them even when as the economy was tanking.

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    Dedrea RUCKERSVILLE, VA, United States 08-31-12
    Dedrea RUCKERSVILLE, VA, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Must read"
    Where does All the Devils Are Here rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top ten of my non-fiction list.


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

    I have listened to him before and except for a few disagreements about pronunciation, he is very good.


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

    When I read about the power of lobbyists.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved putting this all together and realizing that the build-up to this debacle happened over a 35 year span. I realize that where there are men/women, there is greed. Where there is power, there is greed. Where there is temptation there is greed. I also realized that in most situations people are reactionary rather than visionary. Listen to this book and you will learn a great deal about how our government functions. Maybe time for an overhaul.

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    Amazon Customer Bethel, CT, United States 08-10-12
    Amazon Customer Bethel, CT, United States 08-10-12
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    "Interesting but Technical"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is more designed for the financial guru or someone with a better understanding of accounting and finance.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The history of what led up to the collapse was fascinating. Pure greed unabated!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    No comment


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger that the financial collapse could have been prevented.


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    Stephen State College, PA, United States 07-05-12
    Stephen State College, PA, United States 07-05-12
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    "Not for Neophytes"

    From the book's description on Audible, I thought listening to this book would give me a better understanding of the causes of the financial crisis. That was not the case. To me, it seemed that McLean and Nocera assume their readers already have a working understanding of the financial market, and the aim of their book is to use that knowledge to assign guilt to various individuals involved in the crisis. Since I didn't have that working knowledge, the narrative incomprehensible most of the time.

    Initially, I was amused by how Boutsikaris would adopt the voice of a stereotypical car mechanic when reading direct quotes from finance professionals. But that got very old very quickly.

    In short, if you already have some familiarity with the financial market, there's a chance you'd find this book informative. Otherwise, I do not recommend it.

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    Steve Murfreesboro, TN, United States 04-01-12
    Steve Murfreesboro, TN, United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent all around."
    What did you love best about All the Devils Are Here?

    It did an excellent job covering a complicated subject. I would have to listen to it several more times to really understand all the things that contributed to the finanacial system meltdown, but not due to any shortcoming of the book.


    What about Dennis Boutsikaris’s performance did you like?

    It's not a work of fiction with multiple characters so the reader does not have to do multiple voices or anything, but he read it like he was telling a story and sounded like he was interested in what he was telling. That makes a big difference over a dead pan recitation.


    If you could give All the Devils Are Here a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The Financial System Perfect Storm


    Any additional comments?

    This is a pretty long audiobook and often with long fact-filled non-fiction books, I grow tired of them before they are over, even when I am intrigued with the subject matter. Not with this one. It was written well and read well and held my attention throughout.

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    Armand Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 11-16-11
    Armand Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 11-16-11
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    "Fascinating!"

    Appropriately titled. No ONE factor to blame for the financial crises. A richly layered, well thought out history of all the factors leading up to "the perfect storm" that became the crises. Sometimes a "heavy" read/listen with a lot of technical terms that are explained but sometimes difficult to remember. In spite of that you do get an idea of the concepts involved. It was also the correct balance between details without missing out on the bigger picture. I thought the narrator was exceptional.
    Enlightening and entertaining. Overall a must read if the topic interests you at all.
    Heck, even if the topic doesn't interest you: listen and be astonished!

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    Kyle poway, CA, United States 11-07-11
    Kyle poway, CA, United States 11-07-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Good"

    A very good history of the financial meltdown, written like a mystery-thriller. The level of detail is just right. A great follow-up to her book on Enron. Not as entertaining as The Big Short, but worth it nonetheless if you want to understand why your mortgage is under water.

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    Ana Mohammed 10-15-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "The Title Says It All"

    I do not usually take the time to rate books, though I appreciate it when others put in a thoughtful review. This is actually my first Audible rate/review and I chose to do it specifically because I think so highly of this book. Bear in mind that I am a neophyte when it comes to market matters. Prior to listening to ATDAH, the only financial type book that I had read or listened to was Alan Greenspan's book, The Age of Turbulence. That was probably not the best choice for a newcomer and told me nothing much about the background to the 2008 crisis, which was what I was looking for. Like so many others, I wondered how such a financial mess could come about and how it was that it had caused avowed free market capitalists to clamour for bailouts. After many futile attempts to find a satisfactory answer, I saw the authors of ATDAH on the Daily Show and thought this book might just give me what I was looking for. It did, in spades. I recommend it to anyone I know who is looking to enlighten themselves as to the ingredients that went into the disastrous mix.

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    Amr 09-18-11
    Amr 09-18-11
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    "Very True Title"

    When I read "Too Big to Fail" about the story of the financial meltdown of 2008, I expected some background information about how this whole mess started. Instead, it was a story about the people participating in that mess.
    "All the Devils Are Here" is all about the facts; facts about people, events, corporations, successes and failures. Sometimes your head might hurt from all the financial acronyms, even though they’re all explained in some details. But there’s just too many of them and they all sound the same.
    However, it’s still a great a read that has a lot of details about how the financial meltdown and its roots since the Regan administration.
    One thing is completely true about this book, the title.

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