Picked up the book as a follow-up to the movie, which I enjoyed. I read about the first half and then just decided to skip to the closing chapter or so. Got a little repetitive (I get it, you were a bad businessman, a bad person, tried to launder your money, liked your lots of women, etc). I would have liked to have seen more reflection on his part of the implications and repercussions of his actions, especially in the closing chapters.
A collection of crass anecdotes barely held together by a story line that exists only because he was caught.
Belfort wishes that he had the movie's screenwriters as his actual ghost writer.
A very accessible read, but at the cost of having any deeper meaning.
The movie closely follows the book.
poorly written, verbose, rambling.
This movie definitely sets the stage for the ultimate scam of all, the illusion of wealth and its power of positive transformation.
An insider's view at how stock prices are rigged, and numbered accounts and transfer pricing has made a mockery of tax collection. What is really shocking is how the author was literally a bird on a wire with his alcohol and drug addiction. The face remains he is still a wealthy person, having made his money off of trustworthy people. His contrition comes off less than satisfactory.
This book was absolutely awesome.....It demonstrates that a person can have a unlimited amount of money and their lives can be in total shambles
A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "This autobiographical memoir was a fascinatingly narcissistic read. One of those stories where you're continually vaguely offended yet enthralled. I really could not believe that a person could do so many depraved things and still retain a measure of professional respect. It goes to show exactly how much unlimited funds can buy. Of course it ends with a redemption and lesson learned. I couldn't help but admire the author, Jordan Belfort. He is an amazing salesperson, a natural talent. He taught himself writing by studying the writing style of other writers he admired. And then he proceeded to write his experiences into a readable book form. These days he makes his money from his books, speaking engagements and selling his sales training online. Despite large fine and restitution payments, he remains very wealthy, and I expect he will be able to buy his way out of any further bad behaviour, should he fall from his current honest and sober path. A must read if you want to know what it was like to be a stockbroker during the cocaine fuelled frenzy of the Great Stock Market Bubble."
This book is very different from the movie of the same name. I saw the film version first so had certain expectations for the book. The same thing happened with "Goodfellas" also directed by Scorsese. In both cases, the books were something of a disappointment. Partly because I expected too much from the books, and partly because in a movie you can add to what's in the book, and take out what's boring and/or repetitive. In this book I would have liked to know more of Jordan's background and how he actually started his company (which was shown in the film) and I didn't need to know exactly how many pounds of drugs he was consuming on a daily basis which he mentioned several times, Once is really enough. And while I'm far from a prude, the descriptions of Jordan's and others' sexual attempts and encounters just weren't sexy. I agree with one reviewer that I really didn't get a sense that he cared too much how he destroyed "ordinary" people when they bought his low rent stocks. He kept claiming that Steve Madden "ruined" him, but from what I read, that didn't seem to be the case. Finally, if you see the movie first, be aware that Scorsese took a few liberties with what happened to Jordan with the SEC and how everything actually played out for him. Basically the book is the book and the film is the film.
Hideous book, hideous movie. No socially redeeming merit at all.
Release date November 15, 2013 (USA)
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