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Liar's Poker

Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street
Lu par : Michael Lewis
Durée : 3 h
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Description

It was wonderful to be young and working on Wall Street in the 1980s - never had so many 24-year-olds made so much money in so little time.

In this shrewd and wickedly funny audiobook, Michael Lewis describes an astonishing era and his own rake's progress through a powerful investment bank. From an unlikely beginning (art history at Princeton?) he rose in two short years from Salomon Brothers trainee to Geek (the lowest form of life on the trading floor) to Big Swinging Dick: a bond salesman who could turn over millions of dollars' worth of doubtful bonds with just one call.

A born storyteller, Michael Lewis shows us how things really worked on Wall Street. The bond traders, wearing greed and ambition as badges of honor, might well have swaggered straight from the pages of Bonfire of the Vanities. But for all their outrageous behavior, they were in fact presiding over enormous changes in the world economy. Lewis' job was to transfer money, in the form of bonds, from those outside America who saved to those inside America who consumed. In doing so, he generated tens of millions of dollars for Salomon Brothers and earned for himself a ringside seat on the greatest financial spectacle of the decade: the leveraging of America.

©1989 Michael Lewis (P)1990 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critiques

"His description of the firm's personalities and of the events from 1984 through the crash of October 1987 are vivid and memorable. Readers of Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities are likely to enjoy this personal memoir." ( Library Journal)

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  • Richard
  • 03/09/2011

Abridged

This is so infuriating that Audible posts abridged versions of books. This sounding like it could be a great book.

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  • Yegor
  • 20/04/2011

Never get it ABRIDGED!

An amazing book, gives you an insight on the investment banking. I've read the actual book and there are so many interesting details missed in the Abridged version!! Get it in full!!

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  • David
  • 01/06/2010

okay at best

great book but abridgement ruined the audiobook

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  • SAMA
  • 30/04/2010

A Perspective of the Financial Industry

For most people, Wall Street and finance are mysterious black boxes. This book is a story about one person who spent some time working in Wall Street in the mid 1980's to early 1990's.

For the curious, this book shows some of the inner workings of Wall Street.

For those with connections to the financial sector, this is an eye opener.

For the uninitiated, this is an accessible book which explains complex financial instruments in very easy to understand language.

At only three hours, there's no reason not to get this book.

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  • Bryan
  • 25/07/2013

Bad recording

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

To eliminate the random music playing throughout the book

What was one of the most memorable moments of Liar's Poker?

Good story, but not well recorded

How could the performance have been better?

To eliminate the random music playing throughout the book

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Good story

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  • Lan
  • 14/01/2008

Liar's Poker

If you are interested in sales and trading or investment banking in general, this is the book to read.
The mischievous yet exciting inside world of a successful financial institute through the detached viewpoint of a bond salesman is extremely captivating, educative and, above all, entertaining

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  • Eric W Thomas
  • 15/06/2018

Horrible random soft jazz overplays the narration

a loop of soft jazz randomly started playing 45 minutes into the book. The music is the same volume as the narration. It's awful. The story started out well but the author is clearly not a professional reader/narrator.

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  • David
  • 18/11/2007

Big Swinging Wimps

I bought this book in paperback when it came out. I enjoyed it then. The audiobook was decidedly less satisfying. Michael Lewis (author/narrator)has a voice that sounds exactly what you would think an art history major from Princeton would sound like. Hardly the big swinging wha-cha-ma-call-it which he said was the career goal of everyone at Salomon Bros. -- even the women Vulgarity is a major part of the book. Don't buy this audiobook if you are not thoroughly used to locker room language. That means you can't listen to it in the car driving the kids home from kindergarten. Mother-in-laws will not appreciate the colorful language either.

All in all, the guys who buy bonds all want to be seen as tough by their friends and ladies. Take no prisoners. Hells Angels who talk with authority about duration, yield curves, and Treasury Strips. Yeah... Right... None of them would dare take a stroll through Battery Park at night or walk calmly east of Amsterdam Ave after 11 pm.

Tom Wolfe was right.

But still the book is fun for looking back on the wild 80's. Well worth the price.

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  • Chris C.
  • 03/10/2018

I don't know, rare miss for the author.

It was like watching a suspenseful movie that builds a climax, and then makes you read on screen what happened to the characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21/08/2018

Music during the recording

Everything was great except I had music randomly pop up throughout the recording and interrupt the book. It was not my phone. Not sure why this happened.

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  • Felix Meyer
  • 17/03/2016

Great,

but where's the unabridged version? Interesting, funny and entertaining. Very well read by the author himself.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 14/08/2018

Leichte, unterhaltsame Kost für Finanzinteressierte

Unterhaltsamer Klassiker zur Finanzwelt der 1980er. Differenzierte Insiderperspektive des Autors verleiht dem Ganzen Authentizität und ist auch ohne große Vorkenntnisse sehr verständlich.

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