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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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    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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    Wayno H. Florida USA 12-19-11
    Wayno H. Florida USA 12-19-11 Member Since 2013
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    "A Must Read for Fans of the "Big Short"!"
    What made the experience of listening to Boomerang the most enjoyable?

    The humor. It is a very funny book, surprisingly. Lewis has such talent in irony and sarcasm.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The insight into the financial industry around to world.


    Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

    I have heard Michael Lewis speak and if I didn't know better I would have guessed that he did the narration. Wonderful choice!


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

    There were many


    Any additional comments?

    As I have heard from commentators: Michael Lewis has a way of explaining detailed, esoteric financial information in a way that makes it understandable (and fun) to lay people.

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    Santiago Mountain View, CA 12-18-11
    Santiago Mountain View, CA 12-18-11
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    "A small glimpse into the causes of where we stand"
    What did you love best about Boomerang?

    It's shocking nature. The information provided is utterly jaw-dropping.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The most compelling aspect was the explanation of how every culture dealt with their own moment in the sun of


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

    No. He was an adequate reader. Took 2 mins to get over the nasal prominence in his voice.


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

    Every explanation of each country and its summation at the end of every chapter kept on building to a point of absolute bemusement.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are curious about the financial state of the modern world, this is a great read. Although I fear the author might be using a broad stroke when generalizing about cultures, he backs it up with a humorous angle. You'll have to take it for the commentary that it is, and for the actuality that it's not.

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    Gaurav East Brunswick, NJ, United States 12-17-11
    Gaurav East Brunswick, NJ, United States 12-17-11
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    "Excellent Read!"
    What did you love best about Boomerang?

    Very well organised. i think he does have a good understanding of what went down; and his research provides good clues on what's coming next in not so far future.Overall an interesting read which keeps you tuned in.


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    Lisalita Athens, OH USA 12-12-11
    Lisalita Athens, OH USA 12-12-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent, entertaining and informative"
    Where does Boomerang rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Couldn't say. High among the non-fiction.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Boomerang?

    Learning that the Greek national railroad brings in 100 million Euros per year and pays its employees 400 million Euros per year.


    What about Dylan Baker???s performance did you like?

    It is lively.


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

    Not especially, but it is absorbing.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this to anyone as containing some very good lessons in economics.

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    Tim United States 12-11-11
    Tim United States 12-11-11 Member Since 2011

    Do you read the book before you dislike my reviews?

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    "Without the Mathematical Equations"

    I've been reading Michael Lewis' materials for many years. From what I've read so far, I always learned something new or understand something that I didn't understand before. Like Liar's Poker, which is a classic read on Wall Street and still holds up very well, even after 20 years.

    Boomerang should be in a time capsule for our future generation to read, but something tells me that things won't be that much different in next hundred years, other than flying cars.

    Michael Lewis is a economist that doesn't dumb down the facts and figures, but without the mathematical equations and trying to figure out which tax bracket we are in, he can explain things in human being terms.

    I haven't read his other novels, yet, like The Blind Side, but I will always be a fan of his financial explanations.

    I just hope that he will write a book on the United State Postal Office and explain why they are going out of business, beyond the blame of 21st century and modern technology, like Internet, email, bill pay.

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    Sean Golden Valley, AZ, United States 12-08-11
    Sean Golden Valley, AZ, United States 12-08-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Oops, did we do this?"
    If you could sum up Boomerang in three words, what would they be?

    He nail it


    What did you like best about this story?

    Entertaining review of the worldwide finacial crisis.


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    Great story teller.


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

    Michael Lewis has the gift to make dry topics entertaining and humorous. His observations are original.


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    Lynne 12-07-11
    Lynne 12-07-11
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    "An explanation of the world economy"
    Where does Boomerang rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Second only to the Big Short also by Michael Lewis. The narrator was excellent at capturing the tone of the work.


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

    He captures the intent and the humor of the author with his voice inflections. Very easy to listen to.


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

    The amazingly crazy aspects of the bond market and how very ordinary Icelandic, Irish and Greek citizens became overnight investment experts and bankers. A mind blowing account of how these countries bankrupted themselves with subprime mortgage securities


    Any additional comments?

    Michael Lewis' 3 books of Liars Poker, The Big Short and Boomerang tell the story of the subprime bond market and how it came to be, grew and collapsed in easy to understand terms. If you want to understand how we got here and where we are headed as a country they are required reading. Irreverent and entertaining and, sadly, true.

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    Wayne Geneva, IL, United States 12-05-11
    Wayne Geneva, IL, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Good but not his best"

    This was a good listen but but not his best work by far. If this is your first Lewis book try one of his others first. If your a longtime fan why are you even reading this just get the book.

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