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The Wolf of Wall Street by [Belfort, Jordan]
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"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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"A memoir that reads like fiction.... [concerning] the vast amount of sex, drugs and risky physical behavior Belfort managed to survive."--"Publishers Weekly "


"From the Hardcover edition."

"Raw and frequently hilarious."--"The New York Times"
"A rollicking tale of [Jordan Belfort's] rise to riches as head of the infamous boiler room Stratton Oakmont . . . proof that there are indeed second acts in American lives."--"Forbes"
"A cross between Tom Wolfe's "The Bonfire of the Vanities "and Scorsese's "GoodFellas ." . . Belfort has the Midas touch."--"The Sunday Times "(London)
"Entertaining as pulp fiction, real as a federal indictment . . . a hell of a read."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"From the Hardcover edition."

Raw and frequently hilarious. "The New York Times"
A rollicking tale of [Jordan Belfort s] rise to riches as head of the infamous boiler room Stratton Oakmont . . . proof that there are indeed second acts in American lives. "Forbes"
A cross between Tom Wolfe s"The Bonfire of the Vanities"and Scorsese s"GoodFellas." . . Belfort has the Midas touch. "The Sunday Times"(London)
Entertaining as pulp fiction, real as a federal indictment . . . a hell of a read. "Kirkus Reviews"

"From the Hardcover edition.""

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'A cocky bad boy of finance recalls ... [his] career as a master of his own universe ... A hell of a read.' -- Kirkus 'A memoir that reads like fiction ... [about a] vast amount of sex, drugs and risky physical behavior Belfort managed to survive.' -- Publishers Weekly 'Reads like a cross between Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities and Scorsese's Goodfellas ... Laugh-out-loud funny' -- The Sunday Times 'For those not completely familiar with Wall Street, this is an important read. Think of it as a tour of the sort of underbelly of the financial market scene, the dark side of which, in some form, is always out there. For those more experienced, this can be, plain and simple, a fun read.' -- TheStreet.com 'Belfort's narrative is at once gleefully crass and terribly sad. By the time he gets arrested by FBI agents en route to buy his daughter a Rugrats video, you actually feel for the guy.' -- Rolling Stone 'This book reads like The Financial World presented by Ozzy Osbourne ... One reads a book like this for tales of excess, and Belfort certainly delivers, to the point where you long for a night in with Dad's Army and something eggy on a plate.' -- Mail on Sunday

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2745 KB
  • Print Length: 530 pages
  • Publisher: Two Roads (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AVIW54
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 510 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I saw the film without having read the book. It was a fairly good film - typically Scorsese with the music selection and the cinematography although I thought it was a little too long. Di Caprio was very good, as were the supporting actors, many of whom I hadn't really seen before.

I instantly bought the Kindle of the edition and ploughed straight through it. To cut to the chase, it is the autobiography of a guy who makes his millions through a stock broking / investment banking set-up which was immoral at best and downright illegal at worst. I was hoping that it would be a rags-to-riches and back to rags sort of book and fill-in some of the blanks that you expect from a film. It was however somewhat missing - you get the drug abuse, parties, debauched behaviour by his peers and employees and the illegal trading, but you don't get the story of how it all happened - in fact it gavies less of a picture than the film, usually it is the other way around.

Many of the anecdotes from the film are included in the book but they tend to become a little tiring repeated time and time again. When he describes his Rolex or cars, parties, houses, conquests in the bedroom (or wherever it takes his fancy!) it is without any sort of irony or sense that it will wear thin to the reader. It doesn't feel that there is any remorse from the author for the lives that his company ruined by selling worthless stock, the pension funds that might have been hit etc.

I wouldn't suggest reading if easily offended due to the bad language it contains - it doesn't bother me but each to their own. Overall it was OK, perhaps as a tale of greed and debauchery it was interesting - not greatly written but if you enjoyed the film the chances are you might enjoy the book.
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Saw the film first and thought it was really entertaining so thought I'd give the book a try.

What a mistake - it has to be the most repetitive, boring and appallingly written book I have ever read. Even though it's only around half the length of a lot of the books I read I found it really hard going, mainly due to how badly this book was written. He repeats himself many times, talking about the same old things - things which on many occasions are just not interesting; Really, I didn't care how much your silk sheets cost the first time you told me, and I care even less after you've then proceeded to tell me again another couple of times. This is something that he does frequently throughout the book, as well as refer to people he encounters with - mainly derogatory - nicknames for pretty much everyone he encounters, including his own wife (loamy loins, I ask you!)

After finally getting to the end I formed the conclusion that here we have a book written by a person who has absolutely no morals at all, totally no understanding or remorse for the lives he's destroyed through his pursuit of sex, drugs and money. This book is simply 500 pages of bragging about how much better he is than practically anybody else (heaven forbid you go to work and earn an honest living for a modest wage packet because in his eyes you'd be nothing but pond scum). He also seems to remember conversations and events in almost exquisite detail and considering most of his time was spent high as a kite I fail to see how that can be possible so I believe that a lot of what happened in this book is embellished to an extent - I am left wondering how much of it is actually true and how much is his own imagination.

It's nothing but self indulgent rubbish and I certainly won't be reading his second book and throwing more money at him. He truly is a despicable man. He looks down on everybody else when in reality it is he who is the lowest of the low.
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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2014
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This is the lengthy tale of the first career of Jordan Belfort, creator of one of the most successful penny share boiler rooms and an inveterate consumer of pharmaceuticals. He recounts his excessive spending, copulation and drug-consumption and the impact on himself and his family of this (and his illegal share dealing) ranging through divorce, jail and a lot of hospital time (Belfort has the constitution of Rasputin). It may sound like a mixture of Fear and Loathing and Liars Poker but the author is stuck between being maudlin, half-proud and half-shocked by what he did. In this he is probably correct but it makes him no less tedious.
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I read this after watching the film (and I think I will re-watch the film now having read the book). You're probably aware of the story...stock broker in the boom years, a highly skilled operator (and through the bad behaviour, it is clear Belfort is a very smart guy), who made the most of what he had. Gained everything...the money, the houses, the cars, the model wife, the yacht (which he subsequently managed to sink in the Med), and lost it all through an escalating drug habit and illegal business. The book is pretty good read, although Belfort likes to give all the characters nicknames so a few times I had to re-read to confirm exactly who he was talking about. But it's honest and raw and I may well follow up with his other book.
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The film was better. What I did struggle to grasp in this book was how someone so out of it on drugs, alcohol and anything else could remember these conversations word by word. I'm sure most of it happened, but the conversations seemed too detailed for him to remember specifically - so I'm sceptical on some of this.

Overall - Film was way better than the book.
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