The Wolf of Wall Street

  • by Jordan Belfort
  • Narrated by Eric Meyers
  • 20 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Now a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Leonardo Dicaprio (The Great Gatsby, The Aviator), Matthew McConaughey (Mud, Magic Mike), Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, Zero Dark Thirty) and Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous), and adapted for the screen by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire). "What separates Jordan's story from others like it, is the brutal honesty." - Leonardo DiCaprio.
Stock market multimillionaire at 26, federal convict at 36, he partied like a rock star, lived like a king, and barely survived his rise and fall as an American entrepreneurial icon. By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sunk a 170-foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited for him for at home, and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called...The Wolf of Wall Street.
In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. In this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess no one could invent - the story of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices at sixteen to making hundreds of millions. Until it all came crashing down.

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A self-congratulatory attempt at absolution

I found this book engaging but ultimately unfulfilling. This book takes the form of a memoir that constantly grated on my nerves by how the author constantly bragged about his all round genius at almost every opportunity. The continuous emphasis on the obscene amounts of money that he made/spent were present on almost every paragraph, although this was something I should have expected given the premise of the book.

The author doesn't shy away from his tales of debauchery and depravity but there always seems to be an undertone of justification underneath which appeared to be an attempt at condoning his actions for one reason or another; even when on the surface, he's criticizing himself for the things he's done. After a while I began to feel complicit in indulging his "fake confessions".

At the risk of stereotyping a nation, Americans aren't usually backwards about coming forwards. In comparison, Brits tend to be a bit more self-effacing. But this guy took his self-promotion to a whole new level and had no shame in proclaiming his brilliance at every opportunity.

The narrator exacerbated my irritation with his overemphatic delivery of much of the dialogue in a tone that, in my opinion, was not what the author intended. I felt that he took on too much responsibility in "acting out the dialogue" and think that a more understated performance would have improved this book considerably. His characterisation of females were particularly annoying and sounded more mocking than anything. He sounded like a bit of a wiseguy himself and I half-expected a "bad-a-bing" to escape his lips at any moment.

All in all, the author tries to make us think that, despite all the despicable things he did and the way he made/spent huge sums of money over a period of years, he was basically a decent guy. And this was something I found it impossible to buy into.

Despite all this, the book held my attention to the end and I was keen to find out how the whole thing would end. Unfortunately, I got the distinct impression that he still thought of himself of an amazing individual even at the end.
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- Nigel

The 'Real' Wolf

I started listening to this a couple of days before seeing the film and after watching the film almost didn't carry on listening as I thought I'd seen the whole story. When in fact the true story is fairly different to the Scorsasee screenplay, it's a lot less glamorous and more a tale of caution - money really doesn't buy you happiness. However there are still the same hilarious moments you get to see in the film and more rip roaring moments which make you cringe as well as laugh out loud.

The narration is fantastic, really well read and although you should by all accounts really despise Jordan Belfort you can't help but love him in a weird way.
I really hope that Audible record Belfort's second book Chasing The Wolf of Wallstreet, and soon- I can't wait to jump right back on the Belfort crazy train!
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- Tara "3hrs in the car a day = lots of listening time!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-11-2013
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton