Boomerang

  • by Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by Dylan Baker
  • 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Boomerang: The Meltdown Tour, Michael Lewis' brilliant tragi-comic romp across post-crash Europe. Read by the actor Dylan Baker.
Having made the U.S. financial crisis comprehensible for us all in The Big Short, Michael Lewis realised that he hadn't begun to get grips with the full story. How exactly had it come to hit the rest of the world in the face too? Just how broke are we really? Boomerang is a tragi-comic romp across Europe, in which Lewis gives full vent to his storytelling genius. The 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.
Icelanders wanted to stop fishing and become investment bankers. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a piñata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack. The Irish wanted to stop being Irish. The Germans wanted to be even more German. Michael Lewis's investigation of bubbles across Europe is brilliantly, sadly hilarious. He also turns a merciless eye on America: on California, the epicentre of world consumption, where we see that a final reckoning awaits the most avaricious of nations too. This is the ultimate book of our times. It's time to brace ourselves for impact. And, with Michael Lewis, to laugh out loud while we're doing it.

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What the Critics Say

"Fascinating... the book could not be more timely...a sharp-edged narrative that leaves readers with a visceral understanding of the fiscal recklessness that lies behind today's headlines." (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times)
"Lewis is the finest storyteller of our generation." (Malcolm Gladwell)
"He is so good everyone else may as well pack up." (Evening Standard)

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Customer Reviews

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Case Histories in Financial Madness

Michael Lewis goes on a post Financial Crisis tour of Iceland, Greece, Germany and California. He meets interesting people who did dubious things between 2002 and 2007, and he gets them all to tell him their amazing stories of stupidity and hubris. Mr Lewis writes entertainingly and with insight, rounding up each episode with his own wry observations that aim to throw light on what really happened in that period, on what happens when different types of people or societies are offered as much money as they want to borrow (essentially). It is all a bit worrying, as with interest rates still as low as ever, I'm pretty sure this whole debt show is still rambling on. Enough to keep the wonderful Mr Lewis usefully employed for the rest of his life.

Narration. Perfect, slightly excitable at times, but fitting to the content, and no silly accents for the foreign people.
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- Judy Corstjens

Good stories, lazy analysis

Plenty of good stories & interesting characters. But let down by lazy analysis resting on cultural stereotypes which gets a bit tiresome after a while. Reads like a series of articles rather than a coherent narrative.
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- A. Groves

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-10-2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd