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No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller is exactly what the title promises. This is more than another book about the Bernie Madoff scandal, this is a fast-paced, blow-by-blow, true-crime story that you have to hear to believe. In a true David and Goliath tale, the underdog number cruncher uncovers the largest financial fraud in history, and has to fight everything and everyone in the system to bring it down. Harry Markopolos and his team of financial sleuths tell first-hand how they cracked Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme yet, amazingly, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) refused to hear the truth for nearly 10 years. Told from the perspective of the ultimate whistleblower in modern corporate memory, No One Would Listen is bound to be the definitive narrative of this scandal.

This special edition includes an exclusive 10th chapter available only in audio, featuring testimony from three victims of the Madoff scheme who came in to the Audible studios to share their shocking and heartbreaking stories. In addition, David Kotz, the Inspector General of the SEC, speaks candidly about his investigation. Throughout the audiobook, you’ll also hear scathing commentary from congressional leaders on the blatant failures of the commission. No One Would Listen is more than an audiobook. It's a lasting audio testament to the largest white-collar crime in history.

SEC Disclaimer
The Securities and Exchange Commission disclaims responsibility for any private publication or statement of any SEC employee or Commissioner. This audiobook expresses the author's views and does not necessarily reflect those of the Commission, the Commissioners, or other members of the staff.

©2010 Fox Hounds, LLC (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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  • Audie Award Nominee - Best Nonfiction Audiobook, 2011

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Desperately needs editing.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It's interesting to hear the steps that Markopolos took to uncover the Madoff ponzi scheme. He explains carefully how he analyzed the fund and could come to no other conclusion than it was a fraud. Then he explains again how he checked his numbers. And then he tells about how he found supporting evidence. Along the way, you learn some concepts specific to the finance industry and how those who invested everything were impacted. (The latter was quite moving and an associate of Markopolos even took their own life.) Especially fascinating was the discovery that none of the major investment houses invested in Madoff because they all understood he was running a Ponzi scheme. To quote another reviewer: "If among the outsiders no one would listen... among the insiders no one would speak up."

However, there's only about 5 or 6 hours of real content here. Over and over, Markopolos explains how he knows Madoff is running a ponzi scheme. Over and over he tells you how under-prepared, uneducated, and just overall pathetic the SEC is. Each time he does so, he uses colorful hyperbole like "they couldn't even catch a cold in the winter", "they couldn't spot the ocean from the shore", etc. It's funny at first, but by the - no exaggeration - 12th time, it gets *very* tiresome.

(As an aside: After listening to this book, I could see why Harry wasn't taken seriously by the SEC and others. From the get-go, it's clear that Harry is a bit of an eccentric. Unfortunately, he also comes off as arrogant, condescending and - as this book illustrates all too well - very verbose.)

Would you be willing to try another book from Harry Markopolos? Why or why not?

No. While the tale itself is compelling, the author is not a professional writer and it shows.

What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

Good. Clear. Fitting.

Any additional comments?

I just want to re-iterate: There isn't enough content here to fill 13 hours. I found myself speeding through various parts of the book due to the repetition. I really do feel that this book could be edited down to half it's length and still had the same impact / effect.

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  • J. C.
  • Thailand
  • 12-05-13

We are listening now!

Excellent book. I can't believe all the clues that Harry Markopolos, the author, uncovered on the trail of Bernie Madoff. And the great thing is there are interviews with key players, which is a great thing about an audio book. The narration is excellent but the interviews add something extra which I thought made it fun. The book takes you inside the financial world in Boston and New York City, inside the government namely the SEC and how it just failed!!! The author reveals names - those who failed to stop Bernie Madoff, we know now what happened and it is shocking. Great book.

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Now I know!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Read this book if you want to know how so many people lost their shirts and more! Plus, how politics within the FCC can and did prevent the truth being told. People lost their lives, their fortunes. Incredible!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

This book is a storyline of really happened and who knew it was happening! It keep me involved mostly because I could not believe it. I kept thinking, as did the author of the book
"Will someone, anyone please stop this maniac!"

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

Too Good to BE TRUE!

Any additional comments?

If we are not willing to have our eyes open and own the truths in our own lives, what follows may not be pretty. Keep your head in the sand...perhaps it will end up ok....why do you care how it ends up, you had your head in the sand. However, in this book and the years that encompass the telling of this story many brilliant and market savvy people were destroyed. Harry Markopolos was the whistleblower in the Madoff case. Markopolos and his team work for years to enlighten everyone, anyone.....about Madoff.
I learned a great deal from reading this book. I learned what not to do. I am a believer "if it sounds to good to be true it probably is."

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Entertainment while learning.

What did you like best about this story?

This is not really a "story" it is more of an education. I know nothing about the stock market and was hesitant to buy this book because I didn't believe I would understand it but Mr. Markopolos writes so well, and delivers just enough technical jargon that I could easily follow his flow.

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

Some of the names would be difficult to follow in written form and having them pronounced was good for me. The narrator was a little slow and flat so I tried to speed him up on my Kindle Fire, but that didn't please me either. I was surprised by the actual voices of some of the people involved including the author, but when I got used to them they seemed to add just enough variation to make the whole episode a reality.

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Fascinating but far longer than needed

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Fascinating story, and well researched. I really learned a lot. But I would have trouble recommending it. It was so repetitive...total of 12 hours could easily have been 2.

What other book might you compare No One Would Listen to and why?

Griftopia also exposed greed and unethical behavior on the parts of leaders and players in the financial game.

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

Tone came off rather whiny. He tried to introduce drama where it didn't belong. Too many bad, overused jokes.

Could you see No One Would Listen being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not a series. Could definitely be special report on "American Greed" or such a series.

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Great book and love the narrator

What made the experience of listening to No One Would Listen the most enjoyable?

Wow, what a book... worst part is, its true. Too bad we cant all be a Harry Markopolos... an amazing man! As always, i love Scott Brick, he never lets me down.

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telling it like it is

What made the experience of listening to No One Would Listen the most enjoyable?

Harry Markopolos doesn't hide his own flaws and foibles. He doesn't hide his indignation at the Securities and Exchange Commission either. And he doesn't hide his deep shock at the depth and breadth of Bernie Madoff's swindle. It's a complicated story and Markopolos tells it slowly, taking us along his path step by step. That helps us understand the array of financial issues that undergird the swindle, Harry's uncovering of it, and the experts' unwillingness and also their inability to understand Harry's proofs.The slow telling also heightens our pleasure. We know the ending and so we savor the journey.

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  • Deb
  • Pace, FL, United States
  • 08-07-12

Harry Marcopolos for President!

What made the experience of listening to No One Would Listen the most enjoyable?

The heart that Marcopolos has for his country, it's people and his fellow man.

What was one of the most memorable moments of No One Would Listen?

When Mr. Marcopolos testified and the beating that the SEC (finally) took from elected officials.

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

Yes: Atlas Shrugged. Excellent as well.

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

Yes. I am in awe of Mr Marcopolos' genius, commitment, guts. Plus he maintains presence off mnd in spite of extreme duress and frustration as well as a sense of humor in the face of the worst of adversities .

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Marvelous

Where does No One Would Listen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right up there one of the best I have ever listend to Would recommend to anyone.Feel very sorry for Harry that no one would listen to him he comes over as a very honest person.

What was one of the most memorable moments of No One Would Listen?

All very good.

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

No

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

Not Quite

Any additional comments?

Marvelous.

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  • Jami
  • VICTOR, NY, United States
  • 07-27-12

Great read!

I'm surprised at how much this reads like fiction. You need to have some interest in finance/accounting or the Madoff situation to enjoy it, so I don't think this book would be for everyone.

I can see why some of the reviewers thought the author's ego got in the way of the book, but overall, I'm truly amazed at how little the SEC did when alerted to Madoff. Rather than feel that he was touting his abilities, I got the impression that 1) the accolades he received were well deserved as he tried to do the right thing and 2) he didn't do anything that anyone with knowledge of, and access to, the industry could have done with minimal effort. It is apparent after reading this book that the SEC did NOTHING to protect the investors that it is charged with protecting. The actual Congressional testimony excerpts were quite powerful on the audio version of this book; although I appreciate Congress' anger at the SEC, my question is, why was this agency allowed to operate in this manner for such a long period of time? I'm even more surprised to read that the fund managers, who are entrusted with other people's money and have a fiduciary duty to their clients, asked Madoff to see the underlying data and when he refused, they STILL gave him billions of other people's money.

The author's fear for his life is truly amazing when he exposed Madoff - he took steps to remain anonymous, looked under his car for bombs, carried a gun - these are things you read about, not things that you think about actually happening!

Oh, if you are an SEC employee - you probably won't like this book, as the author does not hold back on his feelings about the agency! I also liked the fact that he didn't just complain about the situation, but rather, also offered suggestions as to how to fix the problem.

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