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The Big Short Audiobook

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

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Publisher's Summary

Featuring an exclusive audio interview with Michael Lewis

When the crash of the U.S. stock market became public knowledge in the fall of 2008, it was already old news. The real crash, the silent crash, had taken place over the previous year, in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn’t shine, and the SEC doesn’t dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real-estate derivative markets, where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower- and middle-class Americans who can’t pay their debts. The smart people who understood what was or might be happening were paralyzed by hope and fear; in any case, they weren’t talking.

The crucial question is this: Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages?

Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker. "Who got it right?" he asks. Who saw the ever-rising real-estate market for the black hole it would become, and eventually made billions of dollars from that perception? And what qualities of character made those few persist when their peers and colleagues dismissed them as Chicken Littles?

Out of this handful of unlikely—really unlikely—heroes, Lewis fashions a story as compelling and unusual as any of his earlier best sellers, proving yet again that he is the finest and funniest chronicler of our times.

©2010 Michael Lewis (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

“No one writes with more narrative panache about money and finance than Mr. Lewis....[he] does a nimble job of using his subjects’ stories to explicate the greed, idiocies and hypocrisies of a system notably lacking in grown-up supervision....Writing in faintly Tom Wolfe-ian prose, Mr. Lewis does a colorful job of introducing the lay reader to the Darwinian world of the bond market.” (Michiko Kakutani - The New York Times)

“Superb: Michael Lewis doing what he does best, illuminating the idiocy, madness and greed of modern finance. . . . Lewis achieves what I previously imagined impossible: He makes subprime sexy all over again.” (Andrew Leonard - Salon.com)

"[Michael Lewis] is the finest storyteller of our generation.” (Malcolm Gladwell)

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    "now write a book about those predatory lenders ."

    a lot of those predatory lenders got away scott free and the Federal Reserve just bailed everybody out

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    Gerald 01-28-16
    Gerald 01-28-16 Listener Since 2006

    Focused on discovering errors in my thought processes

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    compelling story that should be used as evidence in criminal trials across the world holding senior bank,regulatory, risk rating, and government officials responsible for fraud ,bad faith and violating banking regulations.

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    "A tragic comedy of errors!"

    A beautifully written book that captures the lives of the few who identified stupidity and utter fraud while at the same time looking at a service industry that refused to acknowledge it's shortcomings. The sad reality of humanity however is our short memories. There will be another crisis like this to follow - if not now then shortly afterwards!

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    "Michael Lewis Scores Again!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Big Short the most enjoyable?

    The characters. I am completely fascinated by the story of the 2008 financial collapse but Lewis' book is better than others because of the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    So I saw the movie the other night and after reading the book I felt like the movie treated the audience like they were stupid. The cameos of Margot Robbie and Anthony Bourdain were talking down to the audience. Lewis never does that he makes you listen and learn and if need be, rewind. His telling of this story challenges the listener/reader to really understand what crashed the American economy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Chapter 7 around the 46th minute. I think it is the most honest part of the story-greed, disbelief, stupidity, and revenge. It's all here.


    Any additional comments?

    Great storytelling by Lewis and narration by Boggs. The movie might win multiple Oscars and I liked the book so much more.

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    Peter Manalapan, NJ, United States 01-19-16
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    I thought this was a very good review. I would read another book by this author.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Big Short to be better than the print version?

    Didnt read the book, but enjoyed the audio and watched the movie, learned a few things for sure, I wonder what the next big short will be... 401ks.. Goverment bonds...


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    Ed.Win Fort Worth, TX, US 01-18-16
    Ed.Win Fort Worth, TX, US 01-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration is even better than flash boys."

    This book is even better than flash boys because of the better narration. Flash boys was painful to listen.

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    "Good education on CDO and CDS but story is a bore"

    You will know everything there is to know about all the financial instruments the Wall Street firms used to rob the American public but you won't care one bit about any character in this book.

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    "Great info about the recession"

    I was intrigued about how the recession occurred and learned more than I'll ever need to know. If you're not a financial buff, you'll still get an idea about how the bond market and subprime mortgages work without having to do extra homework. Definitely a good read.

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    "Entertaining and Eye Opening"

    This book was a rare combination of entertaining and educational. I wish I felt better about the financial institutions that so much of our economy relies on buy after listening to this book it's clear that greed continues to be the motivating factor in the decisions made by these companies and that the government isn't equipped to understand and protect the consumer. How long until this happens again? What will be the newly created market that feeds upon itself and brings the world economy to the point of collapse?

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