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The Wolf of Wall Street

Written by: Jordan Belfort
Narrated by: Bobby Cannavale
Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

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 sank 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 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. Now, in this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess no one could invent.

Stratton Oakmont turned microcap investing into a wickedly lucrative game as Belfort’s hyped-up, coked-out brokers browbeat clients into stock buys that were guaranteed to earn obscene profits - for the house. But an insatiable appetite for debauchery, questionable tactics, and a fateful partnership with a breakout shoe designer named Steve Madden would land Belfort on both sides of the law and into a harrowing darkness all his own.

From the stormy relationship Belfort shared with his model-wife as they ran a madcap household that included two young children, a full-time staff of 22, a pair of bodyguards, and hidden cameras everywhere - even as the SEC and FBI zeroed in on them - to the unbridled hedonism of his office life, here is the extraordinary story of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices at 16 to making hundreds of millions. Until it all came crashing down.

©2007 Jordan Belfort (P)2007 Random House Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House Inc.

What the critics say

"A cocky bad boy of finance recalls...[his] career as a master of his own universe....A hell of a read." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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Amazing

Amazing audio book

A few small glitches
An absolutely amazing read that really delves deeply into the life of Jordan Belford. The speaker did an amazing job to encapsulate the whole story.

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  • Mary
  • King of Prussia, PA, United States
  • 2014-01-07

THIS VERSION IS ABRIDGED.

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When I downloaded this in April 2013, it was the only version available on Audible. I did not realize that it was abridged until I was discussing the book with a friend. We realized that there seemed to be a lot that I was missing. There now is an unabridged version available (that they released just before the movie)...get that one! There was a lot missing from this one.

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  • Katerina Stieglerova
  • 2019-02-28

too short

I enjoyed listening to the book immensely, but feels like the story could have a more long-winded ending/ continuation.

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  • Courtney
  • United States
  • 2013-11-23

Obnoxious

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Just a pointless book about a wealthy man with no morals. The author just brags about his past life of a crazy, shameless human being.

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  • chris
  • 2019-05-03

this is pretty much the same as the movie

I saw the movie and the book is basically the movie, at least the first chapter. Also I did this on audible and there aren't many chapters (only 5) but they sure are extraordinarily long (1 hour +). There's a second book in the series which makes me curious why they didn't just make it one book. ?
I might have been interested in it if I had read the book first before I saw the movie.

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  • Tim Davis
  • 2018-10-02

nice

loved it better than the movie though it was a really tough sell wish I could have a friend with him

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  • Ron
  • 2018-05-22

Good book

entertaining and exciting. I like that Jordan narrated the story. a must read. very enlightening into the concept of greed

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  • Michael
  • 2015-07-23

Extremely Entertaining

I have a long train commute to work everyday. I laughed my ass of listening to this book for 4 days straight.

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  • Kevin
  • 2015-06-24

Good story of life in the 90's Bull Market

Loved it what a wild life he lived. It'll make some people very angry to see the lies and deceit he caused so many

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  • Borislav
  • 2015-03-05

Great

This was my first audio book to listen and I loved it :)

Thank you for the good times audible :) see you soon

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  • Hajo1574
  • 2014-12-04

I just couldn't stop listening...

Would you consider the audio edition of The Wolf of Wall Street to be better than the print version?

I've always struggled with reading due to my dyslexia. I recently started listening to audible books. Wolf of Wallstreet being my first. I couldn't stop listening. I blew through the first two books in a couple of days. I was so mesmerized by the tale and the narration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's easy to say that your favorite character is Jordan, because the story is told from his perspective. But really the Dutchess is on point. Beautiful, loyal, and strong.

What does Bobby Cannavale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Bobby Cannavale brings a voice, and really makes you feel the emotions of Jordan as he tells his tale.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did want to listen to it in one sitting, but instead it took a couple of days since I only listened to it on my commute to work.

Any additional comments?

I've seen the movie many times. If you love the movie, you will adore the book. So much more detail and it doesn't feel as rushed.