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Free for a limited time. Ponzi Supernova is an original audio series that profiles Bernie Madoff, the Wall Street financier sent to prison for orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history. The series, hosted by journalist Steve Fishman, includes hours of unheard conversations with Madoff behind bars, as well as interviews with law enforcement and the victims.

In a review, Lulu Miller, of NPR’s Invisibila, wrote: “At times alluring, at times disgusting, it’s the push and pull that makes the magic of this series. You experience nonconsensual bouts of empathy for Bernie, and moments later find yourself repulsed by his seeming lack of remorse for his victims, not just their financial ruin, but even their deaths. This is a needed listen for anyone curious about what actually went down, and anyone hopeful of sparing ourselves from another implosion in the future."

Ponzi Supernova is a premium Audible Original series. Every day, millions of listeners enjoy true life stories, must-hear audio documentaries and fearless comedy. Available free to Audible members and Amazon Prime members by tapping Channels in the Audible App.

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wow the story is a deep one

even though this is a short listen it covers a lot of ground and illuminates a little of the insanity behind the giant ponzi scheme

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good story terrible soundtrack

Interesting story. Cool to hear the recordings from the conversations with Madoff. The weird background music made sections of it impossible for me to listen to at times and I had to fast forward. The end space/drama music is unnecessary and really detracts from the overall experience. The writer is annoying and pretentious with too much time given to his own self-possession but the access to Madoff and the questions he poses are great. I would love to hear more free offerings like this from Audible. It makes me feel my subscription is worth it.

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I paid nothing for this and deleted it.

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

the subtitle is 'madoff speaks.' but really everyone else but madoff speaks for much of it. I didn't find it compelling and I deleted it.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Not without interest

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, I learned a few things

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I cannot understand why no mention is made of Harry Markopolos who warned the SEC numerous times to no avail; I took a star off for this important omission. In Fishman's presentation, we gain more insight into how Madoff was able to keep up his game, but the SEC comes off in a far better light than it should (see Markopolos' excellent account 'No One Would Listen' which alerts us to something more worrisome than even a con man on the colossal scale of Madoff, namely the terrifying and disgraceful indifference, incompetence, and bureaucratic apathy of SEC officials (along with the special interests that motivate some of them) — and we might suppose of other government officials supposed to protect the public's interests. Markopolos' book goes well beyond the Madoff case to point to serious systemic problems in the financial world as well as to some of the obstacles that keep agencies like the SEC from doing what they should.<br/><br/>In my book, SEC officials such as Megan Chang who unconscionably refused to consider Markopolos' amply documented warnings bear a part of the responsibility for the suffering of Madoff's victims.

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Missing a lot...but still

Hearing madoff's voice is interesting and some of the people who knew what he was doing are heard as well, demonstrating shocking regulatory failure. However there is a gushing by the narrator that is rather sickening. Also the Boston banker who repeatedly tried to get the SEC to investigate madoff is nowhere in evidence--that guy is a really important player. This story needs more time than it gets here, sorta frustrating!

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wow so shocking

wow so shocking it's unbelievably well put together the interviews really dude depict Bernie Madoff as a complete psychopath

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Loved it

It was excellent ,the story , reading , listened right to the very end without stopping .

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things that make you go hmm?

kudos. excellent investigative journalism. makes you better understand that there is more to the story.

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glad when it was done

I held on to the hope that the story would improve or that some knowledge or insight would be shared but it never happened.

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Fascinating and enraging

Amazing tale of deceit on so many levels. Makes me want to know what safeguards are in place to prevent this from happening again.

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  • Heather Jean Jack
  • 07-18-17

Not impressed

struggled to finish the book even though it was only six chapters. not my kind of reading.

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  • J.Tx
  • 05-29-17

The main reporter was a put off

Awesome story...lots of unanswered questions that could have easily been answered but story went shallow on too many topics. felt that he main reporter/narrator was trying too hard and wasted time reexplaining very simple concepts...prefer the serial/s-town style of reporting - this felt too rehearsed

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-17

Frightening!!

This podcast was a great piece of investigative journalism. Well done. Clear to see that it won't be long before it happens again.

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  • Oliver
  • 05-16-17

a bit . .. fluffy . could have given more detail

decent enough but would have liked more depth. clear the researchers werent in finance which was a shame
a wasted oppurtunity

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  • Neil Jenkins
  • 05-03-17

Great journalism

A combination of great investigative journalism and brave but balanced editorial. Really worth listening to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-17

Great story, really well made.

Loved this little series, I listened to it all in one go because I couldn't wait to hear the next part.
The interviews with Madoff are fascinating especially as it becomes clearer and clearer throughout the episodes that he is still either lying or deluded.
Great listen, I definitely recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-17

Free

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