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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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    He Hong Kong, China 01-09-12
    He Hong Kong, China 01-09-12
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    "Informative and easy listening!"
    What did you love best about Boomerang?

    It expand my understanding of the European debt crisis, quite persuasive with a lot of statistics, interviews. But the pity is the author only visited several countries, I also want to know his opinion on Spain and Italy!


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    Ray Betterbid 01-02-12 Member Since 2012

    I like mysteries and thrillers as well as long saga's like James Clavell's Shogun and Herman Wouk's The Winds of War. I also love history.

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    If you could sum up Boomerang in three words, what would they be?

    If your interested in the


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Boomerang?

    It's absolutely revealing to discover that smart people can do stupid things especially the Icelander's and the Greeks. Fascinating!


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

    I listened in several sittings while I worked out at the gym.


    Any additional comments?

    Michael Lewis previous book

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    Peter Saunderstown, RI, United States 01-02-12
    Peter Saunderstown, RI, United States 01-02-12
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    "Michael Lewis does it again"
    What did you love best about Boomerang?

    A fascinating tale of events practically taken from today's paper yet imbued with the perspective of history, Michael Lewis's


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    Ryan PEORIA, AZ, United States 01-02-12
    Ryan PEORIA, AZ, United States 01-02-12
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    "Great Content, Terrible Narrator"
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The story was fascinating and revealing. A must read for anyone interested in our current financial crisis, and something that will reshape the opinion of those who think America is solely to blame for the current financial crisis.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator is absolutely terrible. He would be better off doing children's books. I had to stop listening and buy the hard copy version in order to finish.


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    Douglas Endicott, NY, United States 01-02-12
    Douglas Endicott, NY, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Boomerang Provides Warning for The World"
    Where does Boomerang rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Boomerang is the only audiobook that I listened to again as soon as I finished it the first time. If you only listen to one book, this should be it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way Michael Lewis does he research and tells the story in a funny and informative manner.


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

    N/A


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What Goes Around, Comes Around


    Any additional comments?

    By the time the movie gets made, the story will advance. Lewis should start working on Boomerang II now.

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    Adam Medford, MA, United States 12-27-11
    Adam Medford, MA, United States 12-27-11
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    "Very Entertaining"

    Overall, very entertaining.

    The narrator did a very good job conveying the sarcasm, incredulity, and disappointment that Lewis is trying to convey. There were several times I was laughing aloud as I was driving.

    The story itself is a bit disjointed. Lewis is evaluating how the debt crisis is playing out over the world so there isn't a linear story so much as an examination of several case studies. He spends most of the book (rightfully) ragging on Europe and then, out of the blue, ends with a chapter ragging on California. Picking on California is fine and all, but it felt like it was inserted at the end so he wasn't accused of being anti-European.

    That criticism aside, this is a book the translates very well to an audio medium and is worth considering.

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    MGB 12-26-11
    MGB 12-26-11
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    "Excelent Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a book that explains the current economic crisis in Europe writen by someone that can bring to the general public interesting events


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The descroption of the Greek monastery


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    robert United States 12-23-11
    robert United States 12-23-11

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    "It was great listening!"
    If you could sum up Boomerang in three words, what would they be?

    Give me more


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the whole book was good, taking a complex subject and making it entertaining and educational.


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

    nope, but will look into them.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    very good book and narrator was excellent

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    Joe granby, CT, United States 12-23-11
    Joe granby, CT, United States 12-23-11
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    "Long Strange Trip It Has Been"

    Another great Michael Lewis Book, once again he shows the "so called' smart people are really as dumb as hell. From fisherman in Iceland, to bankers in Germany, to the whole government of Greece, how to screw up the world. He tells a story in a straight forward, down to earth way.
    Only reason for 4 starts on performance is because I like the author to read it. It drives home the work.

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    Jay San Jose, CA, United States 12-19-11
    Jay San Jose, CA, United States 12-19-11
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    "Good overview, but not in-depth enough for me"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Boomerang to be better than the print version?

    No opinion. Did not read the printed version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    What? This is not a fictional book, or is it?


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

    Level of political corruption in some of the European countries - most notably Greece.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, it was a good overview book for understanding some of the root causes of economic problems in Europe.

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