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Ponzi Supernova

Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Radio & TV, Documentaries
4.5 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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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.

When you add Ponzi Supernova to your library you will receive all 6 episodes, each with a runtime of approximately 25 minutes.

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Solid production but light on content

This short audio documentary book tells the story of the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme and features one of the few interviews with Madoff since he went to prison.

I really enjoy the audio documentary format of these books. It makes them so much more entertaining. This audio production is particularly compelling, complete with sound effects, music and skilled narration.

The salacious title reflects the overall tone of this book. There is some very interesting information in here, but its tabloid, speculative tone got a bit tiring. This is a very short work, so there’s not much depth here. I was disappointed it didn’t provide more information.

Still, it was an entertaining, short read and I learned a few new things.

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Engaging and informative

This dive into the world of financial schemes and crimes is always an interesting journey. This podcast is engaging and thorough in its storyline and the interviews are so fascinating. I can’t stop listening.

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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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  • Olly Buxton
  • 08-25-19

Great backgrounder - two reservations

Firstly there is a slightly cloying sense of wise-after-the-fact judgmentalism from the narrator. Secondly, not one mention, let alone interview, of Harry Markopoulos, who picked the fraud and reported it to the SEC in the 1990s, nor the abject performance of the SEC when presented with the information, or later when interrogated about it by the Congress select Committee... And pleaded executive privilege of all things

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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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  • Erin Versfeld
  • 01-07-20

interesting and informative

the sceptics and pessimistics amongst us won't be surprised by the conclusions this series draws, nevertheless it is well structured and informative. the author is an excellent researcher and has constructed a coherent narrative.

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  • Mr. T. J. Weston
  • 08-27-19

Jaw-dropping

OK, I could've done without some of the wacky audio effects but the content and contributors were brilliant. Frightening too when you think it could happen again and how hard it is to recover the money from those who facilitated and profited from what they almost certainly knew was a fraud.

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  • lee fardoe
  • 08-24-19

Very good

A great listen as I had to listen to all episodes back to back. Good investigation

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  • Mr Ashley.J.Miller
  • 05-05-19

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1* as purchased free book, never listened to, now amazon won't stop showing me audiobook related to it, amazon stop recommending stuff based on this book

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  • Brett Agnew
  • 06-18-19

enjoyable to say the least

I have never herd of this story before so it's nice to hear about it had a kind of goodfellas feel without the murder ......but I'm only a few episodes in so maybe later

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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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