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The Alchemy of Finance Audiobook

The Alchemy of Finance

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Publisher's Summary

George Soros is unquestionably the most powerful and profitable investor in the world today. Dubbed by BusinessWeek as "The Man Who Moves the Markets," Soros has made a billion dollars going up against the British pound. Now, in The Alchemy of Finance, he shares the investment strategies he uses to read the mind of the market.

©1987, 1994 by George Soros; Published by Arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; (P)2000 by Penton Overseas, Inc. Published by Penton Overseas, Inc. and Audio Scholar, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"An extraordinary...inside look into the decision-making process of the most successful money manager of our time. Fantastic." (Wall Street Journal)
"Breathtakingly brilliant." (Esquire)

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    Steve 06-17-15
    Steve 06-17-15
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    "Audible doesn't have full version"
    Any additional comments?

    This audible book is not the most recent version of the book and leaves out several entire chapters.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Waltham, MA, USA 04-10-05
    Joel Waltham, MA, USA 04-10-05
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    "Interesting but not new"

    George Soros comes across as a pompous billionaire who lacks the technical skills required to express his grandiouse 'Theory of Reflexivity' in general terms. However, the book did provide an interesting view of George Soros' career and some of the manias and panics he has profited from over the last few decades.

    The book 'Manias, Panics, and Crashes' by Charles Kindleberger covers the same material and is easier and more enjoyable to read.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Cedarburg, WI, USA 07-05-06
    Jonathan Cedarburg, WI, USA 07-05-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing..."

    Soros explains early on that the book will not explain how to make money in the stock market. This is quite true. As mentioned by others, he expounds on his Theory of Reflexivity, without really enlightening the reader. He states, for instance, that market movements cannot be studied scientifically, because the market movements themselves affect future movements and the observers are also participants (traders). Yet there are vast areas of studies (eg. Chaos theory, differential equations, dynamic systems analysis) that deal with just such topics and systems. None of these is explored or even mentioned. One quickly realizes that Soros lacks the scientific background to develop or even reasonably explain the vague generalities that comprise his "theory". Anyone with a passing interest in the functioning and movements of the stock market will not be enlightened by this tome.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Berea, OH, USA 08-02-06
    Christopher Berea, OH, USA 08-02-06
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    "Expected more"

    Decent high level review of his Theory of Reflexivity, but not much beyond that. I expected to get more insight into the details of his approach to decision making. He's an interesting fellow who has had incredible financial success and he is trying to improve the world around us, but I felt that I wasted the time I spent listening to this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Mills 05-16-17
    Brad Mills 05-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Will re-listen! First 30 mins sucks, gets better!"

    I figured a book by George Soros written so long ago would have some great lessons. I liked that it was a short listen.

    It was tough to get through the first 30 mins. After the intro, the book gets very convoluted and heavy, as if George had just found a thesaurus and had something to prove. It had a lot of obvious statements, and I got sick of listening and put it down.

    I almost got a refund! Then I started listening again the next day and it was MUCH different.

    The last 3/4 of the book is well worth suffering through the first part.

    I will DEFINITELY re-listen as there was some great insights to be had, and some good trading rules to live by in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jaymzrex 11-11-16
    jaymzrex 11-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Too abridged"

    The actual book is one of my all time favorites. This is just a few chapters from the beginning, and cuts out the "real-time experiment", a trading diary of the year Soros pulled a 120% return on a massive starting capital. Without these chapters, the book is a basic framework without any sense of how a framework is actually used in markets, so it sounds like a lot of babble. When you see Soros interpret real events, it starts to make a lot more sense. Bottom line: can someone please read the whole book??

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sankar Ponte Vedra Bch, FL, United States 12-20-10
    Sankar Ponte Vedra Bch, FL, United States 12-20-10
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    "Research paper for academicians"

    Research paper for academicians is what this book is. I bought this book with an idea getting some insight into George Soros investment style, his failures, success and to understand his decision making process. What this book offers is an explanation of how the author thinks the market works and explains this in technical terms. Most of it went over my head. This is not for an average investor. Someone doing a research on financial markets could glean something meaningful from the book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    FusionBassMan 09-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting theory but poor substance"

    I would have preferred more examples and application. Soros did not support his critique of social structures he disdains.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Medina 09-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent intro! "

    The Alchemy of Finance was an excellent introduction to learning the ways of the market. For someone like me who is financially illiterate but interested I found the material easy to digest. A financial wizard would definitely find this remedial though. The narration was good, dramatic pauses when needed, no funny voices. Overall I would keep this book on my list of valuable sources to those looking to better manage their money.
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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "kinda stuck up and full of himself"

    nearly talked down to the entire planet... the entire book. some interesting principles of psychology of investing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mikey1857
    11/3/15
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    "Great read"

    Very interesting read with a good insight into georges thinking on reflexivity in various markets

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    9/24/17
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    "Surprisingly good"

    for all the soros haters this book is selfufilling. ironic or reflexitivity.... perhaps the same thing. thanks GS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miller
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    "super interesting."

    for those who want the norm to be challenged and a more flexible outlook on life and investing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/2/17
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    "Somewhat disappointing.."

    I am hoping that a second and third review of the text will enable me to draw out a clearer idea of how to apply Soros' wisdom. Maybe I am lacking this ability.

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