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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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    David NASHVILLE, TN, United States 05-07-12
    David NASHVILLE, TN, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Better than the Big Short"

    Very interesting comparisons of how the cultures of these countries all contributed to their economic downfalls.

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    Luke Research Triangle Park, NC, United States 04-30-12
    Luke Research Triangle Park, NC, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Boomerang?

    Loved it. Lewis is entertaining and informative. My one complaint is that this book would be (for my style) more meaningful in the traditional format. There is a LOT of great information and facts that wiz by you in the reading, that you are always wishing you could scribe in to the margins


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    Barbara 04-24-12
    Barbara 04-24-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book to listen to and I learned a lot!"

    This is an excellent book about the economic problems of Iceland, Ireland and Greece that arose during the economic crisis. His anecdotes are wonderful - humorous and informative. It's amazing what these countries did and how differently their citizens reacted. I haven't found a Michael Lewis book I haven't liked - this one is near the top! I highly recommend it.

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    Gowri 04-17-12
    Gowri 04-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Engaging Book"

    Excellent and engaging audio book.A bit short but i recommend to anyone who wants to get a birdseye view of some of the factors that led to the financial crisis. a bit flippant and makes politically incorrect generalizations of nationalities but good all the same

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    Takin Hong Kong 04-09-12
    Takin Hong Kong 04-09-12
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    "Good start for knowing Euro debt crisis"

    This book gives an explanation on the causes of our recent financial crisis. The author discussed 5 nations that causes the recent Euro debt crisis and the impact to those nations.

    The main thesis of this book is that those who live in the 5 troubled nations 'invested' heavily in derivates and made a lot of money in early 2000s. They had had a very luxurious lifestyle during the boom. The meltdown in the US economy triggered those who over-leveraged to suffer a tremendous loss. As a consequence, they went bankrupt, causing the banks that borrowed them money went bust, too. This not only affect the nations that causes the crisis, but also the every country across the world.

    For those who want to know more, I think it is a good start. We can also learn the very reason for this crisis and avoid it from happening again.

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    Amber Oakley, UT, United States 04-02-12
    Amber Oakley, UT, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2016

    I love politics and philosophy. I am also very interested in finance, particularly the financial meltdown and current economic outlook.

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    "Michael Lewis' Boomerang: Best Book written yet!"
    What made the experience of listening to Boomerang the most enjoyable?

    Great Voice Easy to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Michael Lewis has a fascinating way of describing different cultures


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    He was engaging and also animated. Very good speaker


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

    I was fascinated with every chapter. particularly Greece and Municipal Governments.


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    Katy Brooklyn, NY, United States 04-02-12
    Katy Brooklyn, NY, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Reading, Funny Story, Arrogant Author"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would. I think the book is informative and entertaining.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Lewis? Why or why not?

    Maybe, he kind of comes off as a jerk.


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

    Ummm That guy in Texas


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

    I really liked the nickels


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this read. I do think that Michael Lewis is a bit of an arrogant jerk. He finds a way to essentialize whole countries of people and criticize nearly everything about them while at the same time inferring their general stupidity.

    He does explore the greater mechanics of the global economic crisis and the notion of 'disaster tourism' is pretty hysterical.

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    Christine McKinleyville, CA, United States 03-22-12
    Christine McKinleyville, CA, United States 03-22-12
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    What did you love best about Boomerang?

    Filled in a lot of informational disconnections. World banking is a delicate web of crooks and charlatans, and low information players which allow con artists to keep dealing the upper hand.


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    George Calgary, AB, Canada 03-13-12
    George Calgary, AB, Canada 03-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "When history is detail, myth is truth....."
    What did you love best about Boomerang?

    The compartmental nature of the explanation of the global financial mess.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Boomerang?

    The thought that a community could be so broke that they could only employ one person and that person would be an insolvency controller.


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

    I loved his sarcasm.


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

    I felt ill lots of the time because I knew that lots of the stereotypes were accurate.


    Any additional comments?

    We need another book about the success of communities to sovereignties to overcome insolvency.

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    David Dallas, TX, United States 03-12-12
    David Dallas, TX, United States 03-12-12
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    "A real wake up call"
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    This book uses everyday language to explain the various economic crises we've seen around the world. The author does an excellent job of explaining, and he does it in an entertaining way. I think anyone who worries about the U.S. money stability should read this book.

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