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Boomerang Audiobook
Boomerang
Written by: 
Michael Lewis
Narrated by: 
Dylan Baker
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Boomerang Audiobook

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

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Publisher's Summary

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Big Short, Liar’s Poker and The Blind Side!

The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge.

The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

The trademark of Michael Lewis’s best sellers is to tell an important and complex story through characters so outsized and outrageously weird that you’d think they have to be invented. (You’d be wrong.) In Boomerang, we meet a brilliant monk who has figured out how to game Greek capitalism to save his failing monastery; a cod fisherman who, with three days’ training, becomes a currency trader for an Icelandic bank; and an Irish real estate developer so outraged by the collapse of his business that he drives across the country to attack the Irish Parliament with his earth-moving equipment.

Lewis’s investigation of bubbles beyond our shores is so brilliantly, sadly hilarious that it leads the American listener to a comfortable complacency: Oh, those foolish foreigners. But when Lewis turns a merciless eye on California and Washington DC, we see that the narrative is a trap baited with humor, and we understand the reckoning that awaits the greatest and greediest of debtor nations.

©2011 Michael Lewis (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

“No one writes with more narrative panache about money and finance than Lewis.” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times)

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    Jason Sebastopol, CA, United States 01-30-12
    Jason Sebastopol, CA, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Fact stranger and more entertaining than fiction"
    Where does Boomerang rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    absolute tops


    What did you like best about this story?

    great investigative journalism, blending an explanation of the sovereign debt crisis with absolutely UNBELIEVABLE and entertaining stories


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    the wryness of his voice fit the material well


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

    I laughed out loud several times


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    Neil Kummer Jerusalem, Israel 01-30-12
    Neil Kummer Jerusalem, Israel 01-30-12 Member Since 2016
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    "so scary, especially if it's all true."
    Would you listen to Boomerang again? Why?

    yes, though it is so fabulously pessimistic and tosses things around without, I suspect, fully investigating them.

    he says, for example, that there are no Jews left in Germany. according to wikipedia,


    What other book might you compare Boomerang to and why?

    freakonomics. though the folks who wrote that seem to have taken much more care to get their facts straight.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    it's fine.


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    James 01-30-12
    James 01-30-12
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    "Account of financial crisis in layman's terms"
    Where does Boomerang rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent. Dylan Baker is a great narrator and captured the soul of this book wonderfully.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Michael Lewis takes a complex financial mess and sorts it out so anyone can understand just how seriously our global society has screwed up the world economy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was most moved by the situation in Greece and how vividly he describes the situation.


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

    While I did chuckle a few times (because the author is funny here and there to lighten the mood), most of the book is set to make the reader disgusted with the behavior of the few financial jet setters and self-interested politicians that created this crisis out of greed, self-ambition, or ignorance.


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    Dede United States 01-29-12
    Dede United States 01-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book, not as good as The Big Short"

    Good book, scary to hear the reality of the facts. I prefer the narrator from the Big Short, but overall it was a good listen.

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    David Atlanta, GA, United States 01-17-12
    David Atlanta, GA, United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2005
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    "A must listen for the hard times ahead."
    If you could sum up Boomerang in three words, what would they be?

    factual, thorough, unnerving


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The fact that this is not fiction, but what Lewis writes about has and is still happening today.


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. He is not my favorite reader, he can be a bit monotone at times, but he has good enunciation which I consider more important.


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

    It scared the hell out of me.


    Any additional comments?

    This book needs to be listened to by anyone who wants to understand the default and Euro crisis in Europe. It goes to show that we seem to never learn from history.

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    David United States 01-15-12
    David United States 01-15-12
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    "Shockingly insightful"
    Any additional comments?

    Puts a new perspective on the financial crisis -- and the cultural psychology that made it inevitable.

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    Matthew Whitehouse Station, NJ, United States 01-12-12
    Matthew Whitehouse Station, NJ, United States 01-12-12
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    "Great Book on Current and Future World Economies"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would (and have) recommend this to a friend. It is yet another great Michael Lewis book about economics. It is a must read to understand the challenges that lie ahead in the world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are no characters in this book.


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


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

    I did want to listen to this all in one sitting. I could not get enough of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great Michael Lewis book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard park ridge, IL, United States 01-10-12
    Richard park ridge, IL, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "One of Michael Lewis's best"
    Would you listen to Boomerang again? Why?

    I would listen again as there are a lot of interesting detail that I may have missed and / or want to review. The subject is complicated and needs to be fully understood.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Boomerang?

    The sense of humor and the funny sagas about an issue that is not fundamentally funny, but there are times in life you just have to find the humor in events even though it hurts.
    One event that stuck out a little was the fisherman turned Investment banker literally overnight.


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have and he is a fabulous orator and story teller. I will seek out his other narrations.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is my third Michael Lewis book and I plan to read them all eventually.

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    DougS51 01-10-12
    DougS51 01-10-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Hilarious But True"
    What made the experience of listening to Boomerang the most enjoyable?

    I love Michael Lewis' books. I found Boomerang as humorous and insightful as his other books. He notes that he got the idea for this book while he was researching and writing The Big Short, his book about the 2008 financial crisis and those who profited from it.

    In Boomerang, Lewis travels to all the European countries who we read about in the news as the current debt crisis unfolds in Europe. It's clear how each country has its own personality, but that the personality flaws of each still led to the common problem they experience today. I don't think I really understood why there's a mess over there until I listend to this book.


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    Luiz 01-09-12
    Luiz 01-09-12
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    "I liked very much"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is an interesting book. It enlarges the perception of what is happening in the economy of the world.


    What other book might you compare Boomerang to and why?

    It is the first book with this subject that I read. So, I haven't any other book tho compare.


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

    That corruption is present in all the countries, and that this is the main cause of the crysis.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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