Review From User :
A few years ago I stumbled across an audio version of The Wolf of Wall Street and found it to be wild, funny and brilliantly 'performed' by the reader, Eric Meyers. For anyone who hasn't heard this story (via the book, the subsequent film or by picking up on the news reporting of the time) it tells of the true story of Jordan Belfort who set up an investment company and became a multi-millionaire by ripping-off investors. He lived a lifestyle of unbelievable excess before the authorities eventually caught up with him. I absolutely loved the book, mainly because Belford's voice shone through the story which was told throughout in an irreverent and totally over-the-top style. I'm sure that some scenes may have been described in a way designed to maximise the entertainment value but I've got no issue with that, it remains one of my favourite autobiographies.
And this time around history repeated itself, I spotted this book in an Audible sale and hadn't even realised that Belfort had penned a follow up to his first book. Here the story picks up from the point he's been arrested and takes us through subsequent events as he attempts to come to terms with his predicament and, as best he can, manage the impacts on himself and his family. This book was read by Ray Porter and I have to say he does good a job, if not better, than EM. I truly found myself nearly helpless with laughter at some points, which given the fact that the focus here is on Belford's arrest, interrogation and subsequent incarceration I think is somewhat remarkable. But once again, this is really down the way in which the story is told and how scenes are framed. Belfort is just a born storyteller.
If you're in the mood for an interesting true(ish) story and can cope with the fairly extreme profanity that goes with it then I'd definitely urge you to seek out Belfort's books.
Category: Adults, True Crime
In this astounding account, Wall Street’s notorious bad boy – and original million-dollar-a-month stock chopper – leads us through a drama worthy of The Sopranos, from his early rise to power to the FBI raid on his estate to the endless indictments at his arrest, to his deal with a bloodthirsty prosecutor to rat on his oldest friends and colleagues – while they were doing the same. With his kingdom in ruin, not to mention his marriage, the Wolf faced his greatest challenge yet: how to navigate a gauntlet of judges and lawyers, hold on to his kids and his enraged model wife – and possibly salvage his self-respect. It wasn’t going to be easy. In fact, for a man with an unprecedented appetite for excess, it was going to be hell.