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The Wolf of Wall Street
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on 11 August 2014
I enjoyed this as a read after watching the film when it came out a few months ago. If you enjoyed the film you'll enjoy this. It was interesting to see where hollywood had altered the narrative for screen.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2014
Downloaded for my husband but he's given up on it. Found it a bit of a lightweight read and he likes them a bit more gritty
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2010
As I was reading this book, I got the overwhelming sense the guy was just bragging rather than showing any real remorse. It was too much and I abandoned the book unfinished - which is very unusual for me. After I've finished reading a book I'll usually recycle books for someone else to read - but this one I tossed in the trash to save anyone else wasting their time.
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on 14 September 2014
Cannot work out how much is true. If he had been taking the amount of drugs he says he would have been dead by Chapter 4!!!!!
It was all very mu ch of as muchness
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on 26 May 2015
I couldn't believe how easy this was to read as I don't know a lot about the Wall Street World however I was hooked from the beginning and would definitely recommend!
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on 25 May 2015
Very readable. One of those books where you try reading the first couple of pages just to see what it is like, and then realise you've accidently finished it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2014
A great read. It had me hooked from first page to last.
A riotous life story, not to say squirm-inducing at times.
Can't wait to read its sequel
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2014
Jordan goes on about how people look, and his writing style, is just weird. He makes himself to be this sincere kind of guy but you can see through it by a mile really. He talks about how people look and just paints a picture that's not true. While i still want to go see the film...i can't help but think Jordan whatsisface is a fake American phoney and his book stinks of this. It's just all about him while he talks about his closest friends and telling you how ugly they are giving full descriptions of their face shape, eyebrows, etc. Read if you must as it's cheap but don't expect to find it an easy read when he thinks he's coming across so sincere!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The even split between a 1-star and 5-star review is very telling - you'll either love it or hate it, there seems to be very few in between. In short, the book is an over the top, fast paced, recount of non-stop drug abuse, sex, debauchery, decadence, money laundering schemes, and stock manipulation. About halfway through the book I had to go online to confirm that this is, in fact, a non-fiction work - it reads more like a thriller.

If you're looking for stock market know-how, this is not the book that will teach you that, albeit the "chop stock" machinations on top of which Belfort built his empire are definitely an interesting historical artefact. Instead, this is a great tale of the lifestyle of the "rich and dysfunctional".

Jordan Belfort has the mind of a criminal, and it is entertaining and enlightening to see his inner thoughts and read his prose. What's most entertaining is how he internally justifies his illicit activities, illegal actions and ultimately chopping people off at the knees and still feeling like a success. It's a rare glimpse into the mind of the ultra-greedy and criminal thinker that I have not seen in any other book. You begin to see how people like Jordan, Bernie Madoff, and other great swindlers and cons think. Once a person's thoughts work in that manner, it would nearly be impossible to untangle the damaged logical threads back to normalcy. A person with those thoughts paired with the deception and wealth available on Wall Street is a recipe for an incredibly entertaining ride.

If you suspend your sense of reality, it is actually a quiet engaging book. Albeit personally, I am still shell-shocked from the thought that Belfort has lived and survived through all this.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
To put it bluntly, reading this book will almost certainly make you despise the author. His life story is fairly unique, and for that reason the book is worth reading, but don't expect Shakespeare.

To his credit, Belfort is very forthright, and gives graphic detail of the side effects of his many experiences with drugs. However, there are a long list of annoyances that the reader will need to put up with. First of all, his writing style is not great. For example, he repeatedly uses the term 'loamy loins' when talking about his (2nd) ex wife's sex appeal. He could also use a lesson in the meaning of the word 'ironic', which is used about 100 times, approximately 98 of which describe something completely devoid of irony.

More importantly, his narrative completely lacks humility. His attitude towards women in particular is pretty appalling at times, and he makes no qualms about telling us how superior he thinks he is to anyone who earns less than him. He is also clearly extremely insecure, suffering from a serious case of small man syndrome, to which he refers constantly. Perhaps most annoying is that he feels the need to tell us the price of every item that he has bought, ranging from silk sheets, to cars, to the cost of getting drugs shipped to him by concorde. He is screaming out for us to know, so that in turn we will realize just how rich and successful he is. Presumably he thinks that his readership consists entirely of 13 year olds, who are still young and superficial enough to be impressed by price tags.

After having finished the book, I desperately hope I never get stuck in an elevator with him, because I know he would pass the time by forcing stories of his success upon me, and expect me to give a standing ovation at regular intervals. Nonetheless, I did find parts of the book interesting, and although I haven't seen the movie, I suspect the book version is very fractionally closer to the true version of events.
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