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Ponzi Supernova

Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
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To find out how the greatest financial fraud in history imploded, journalist Steve Fishman tracks down the victims, the federal investigators, the accomplices, and the mastermind, Bernie Madoff himself. Ponzi Supernova takes listeners through the calculated lies, frantic hi-jinx, and lax financial oversight that ultimately weaponized a Ponzi scheme into a $65 billion destructive force that reached across the globe and still has lasting effects today.

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  • Simon
  • 12-14-18

An Insight to Raise the Blood Pressure!

This is a fairly brief insight into one of the world's biggest financial scandals. Steve Fishman shows how he gained significant people access to get at least part way under the covers of this incredible story. It's the kind of plot that just beggars belief and yet was somehow allowed to happen. I liked the way that while Fishman had to work very hard to gain the trust of key witnesses he did not allow himself to get sucked into their way of thinking and presented his own conclusions with considerable clarity.

There is a chilling message towards the end of the series about the lack of integrity that this revealed in the world's most powerful financial institutions including ways in which some of the safeguards in the system have actually been relaxed as a part of the fallout. It's more in the growing mountain of evidence demonstrating how big business especially within the financial sector is simply not working for anyone but a tiny minority.

It's worth listening to but it may well raise the blood pressure when you realise just how much collusion appears to have taken place to allow an outlandish con-man to bring financial pain to millions while many of the richest still retain fortunes made as a result.

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  • patcarroll
  • 02-10-19

Under performing

I enjoyed other Audible documentaries but this one just lacks Substance... Pity because it is a great subject matter

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  • Fleur de Malamute
  • 12-19-18

OK, bit of a learning curve for me

I quite liked this though I think it assumes a lot of knowledge on the listener's part. For instance, I didn't think it gave enough background about the details of the scam involved (I had to google what a Ponzi scheme was for instance, as I didn't feel the programme gave me that). And the documentary assumes that you know Madoff is a world famous crook and have some knowledge about him but I have to confess I had to Google who he even was too! A general sense of experiencing the sequel of something without any knowledge of the original.

Otherwise there's quite a lot of stuff to enjoy here. Some of the details are very amusing (crooked programmers wanting to be paid in diamonds for example). Sound quality is uneven. Kept me just about interested enough to finish but probably wouldn't listen again.

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  • Rights21
  • 05-08-18

an interesting look into the largest ponzi scheme

An interesting look in to the biggest financial mess so far. Its scary to think that the laws do little in the way to stop this kind of thing from happening and actually hamper victims in the recovery process.

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