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Publisher's Summary

It was wonderful to be young and working on Wall Street in the 1980s - never had so many 24-year-olds made so much money in so little time.

In this shrewd and wickedly funny audiobook, Michael Lewis describes an astonishing era and his own rake's progress through a powerful investment bank. From an unlikely beginning (art history at Princeton?) he rose in two short years from Salomon Brothers trainee to Geek (the lowest form of life on the trading floor) to Big Swinging Dick: a bond salesman who could turn over millions of dollars' worth of doubtful bonds with just one call.

A born storyteller, Michael Lewis shows us how things really worked on Wall Street. The bond traders, wearing greed and ambition as badges of honor, might well have swaggered straight from the pages of Bonfire of the Vanities. But for all their outrageous behavior, they were in fact presiding over enormous changes in the world economy. Lewis' job was to transfer money, in the form of bonds, from those outside America who saved to those inside America who consumed. In doing so, he generated tens of millions of dollars for Salomon Brothers and earned for himself a ringside seat on the greatest financial spectacle of the decade: the leveraging of America.

©1989 Michael Lewis (P)1990 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"His description of the firm's personalities and of the events from 1984 through the crash of October 1987 are vivid and memorable. Readers of Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities are likely to enjoy this personal memoir." ( Library Journal)

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Abridged

This is so infuriating that Audible posts abridged versions of books. This sounding like it could be a great book.

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

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okay at best

great book but abridgement ruined the audiobook

36 of 37 people found this review helpful

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Never get it ABRIDGED!

An amazing book, gives you an insight on the investment banking. I've read the actual book and there are so many interesting details missed in the Abridged version!! Get it in full!!

41 of 43 people found this review helpful

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A Perspective of the Financial Industry

For most people, Wall Street and finance are mysterious black boxes. This book is a story about one person who spent some time working in Wall Street in the mid 1980's to early 1990's.

For the curious, this book shows some of the inner workings of Wall Street.

For those with connections to the financial sector, this is an eye opener.

For the uninitiated, this is an accessible book which explains complex financial instruments in very easy to understand language.

At only three hours, there's no reason not to get this book.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Liar's Poker

If you are interested in sales and trading or investment banking in general, this is the book to read.
The mischievous yet exciting inside world of a successful financial institute through the detached viewpoint of a bond salesman is extremely captivating, educative and, above all, entertaining

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Bad recording

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

To eliminate the random music playing throughout the book

What was one of the most memorable moments of Liar's Poker?

Good story, but not well recorded

How could the performance have been better?

To eliminate the random music playing throughout the book

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Good story

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Big Swinging Wimps

I bought this book in paperback when it came out. I enjoyed it then. The audiobook was decidedly less satisfying. Michael Lewis (author/narrator)has a voice that sounds exactly what you would think an art history major from Princeton would sound like. Hardly the big swinging wha-cha-ma-call-it which he said was the career goal of everyone at Salomon Bros. -- even the women Vulgarity is a major part of the book. Don't buy this audiobook if you are not thoroughly used to locker room language. That means you can't listen to it in the car driving the kids home from kindergarten. Mother-in-laws will not appreciate the colorful language either.

All in all, the guys who buy bonds all want to be seen as tough by their friends and ladies. Take no prisoners. Hells Angels who talk with authority about duration, yield curves, and Treasury Strips. Yeah... Right... None of them would dare take a stroll through Battery Park at night or walk calmly east of Amsterdam Ave after 11 pm.

Tom Wolfe was right.

But still the book is fun for looking back on the wild 80's. Well worth the price.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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I don't know, rare miss for the author.

It was like watching a suspenseful movie that builds a climax, and then makes you read on screen what happened to the characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Music during the recording

Everything was great except I had music randomly pop up throughout the recording and interrupt the book. It was not my phone. Not sure why this happened.

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Horrible random soft jazz overplays the narration

a loop of soft jazz randomly started playing 45 minutes into the book. The music is the same volume as the narration. It's awful. The story started out well but the author is clearly not a professional reader/narrator.

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  • Judy Corstjens
  • 03-14-16

Don't buy abridged books

I read (and enjoyed) the original book years ago and I thought that by listening to a summary it would bring back the original. This didn't work, somehow. It just felt a bit frustrating, clichéd, shallow.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • laspalmas.dk
  • 02-08-18

Okay

The book is great and I’m a big fan of ML.

However it seems to be a short version of the book and I can’t find the full length. A few times loud music starts playing over the voice and it is almost impossible to hear the book.

Why?

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  • scripteddy
  • 04-29-17

Abridged version is inferior to the full one.

Abridged version is inferior to the full one. They should release a full version. Slightly disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Doctor O
  • 05-12-16

A fascinating expose

A frank account and synopsis of life in an investment banking environment. You have to evolve into a certain kind of individual to survive the investment world. This book gives you glimpses into what it takes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • JaffaCake
  • 02-01-16

Needed a Professional Reader

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

No. Just read the book. As great a writer Michael Lewis is, he just hasn't got a voice that you want to listen to for 3hrs.

What didn’t you like about Michael Lewis’s performance?

Dreary, 'just reading the lines' type oratory. Sounds like a bored man reading a speech from a sheet, instead of a performance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Yemi
  • 09-10-15

Inspired

This is a must read for anyone interested in the previaling mindsets within the financial services sector. Whilst the focus may be on sales&trading, lewis reveals in great style the universal attributes of financiers, tackling topics from greed to goodwill, he speaks from his own experience and eloquently charts his own personal journey with refreshing honesty.

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  • james poole
  • 08-03-15

Boring self-indulgent reflection

Waste of money I'm afraid. A boring self-indulgent reflection that fails to live up to a fairly exciting sounding title.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • researchschoar
  • 09-21-14

My journey into non-fic started here

What did you like most about Liar's Poker?

Back in 2002 i read this book, as a paper copy, i must say that was start of my non-fiction reading side.
Aftr abt 12 yrs i purchased this book as audible.
Liked the book. :)

What other book might you compare Liar's Poker to, and why?

Micheal lewis:)
Can b compared with - Den of theives,

Which scene did you most enjoy?

One hand
One million
No tears

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Grigory
  • 12-06-17

Vivid <br />

Very good book, especially if you are considering to step onto the trading floor in the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-17

Random music playing during reading which was annoying

During the audio random music started playing a couple of times which very annoying and obviously a mistake on the audio

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-22-18

An okay book giving a good insight into wall stree

An okay book giving a good insight into wall street, thanks for the book :)