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The Wolf of Wall Street (The Wolf Of Wall Street #1)

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Turned into a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio

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By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids waiting at home, an...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published September 25th 2007 by Bantam (first published 2007)
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Leah
The title of Jordan Belfort's first autobiographical piece is misleading in that it compels would-be readers to think that they are picking up a memoir in which finance and market manipulation are central themes. Certainly the thickness of the paperback edition contributes to the assumption that there are some weighty ideas to be found therein and perhaps some useful insights into how Belfort became a self-made success.

Rather, this is a confessional, sensationalist tract that would have benefite...more
Misstea
What a fucking douchebag. Belfort is an unrepentant asshole and if I ever meet him, I'll kick him in the taint. This memoir smacks of "but it wasn't really my fault!" Lying douchebag liar.

It's people like him, stock-washing and junk-bond trading in the late 1980's onward that led to the crash in 2008. And I have a huge problem with that. He and his ilk nearly brought the planet's economy to its knees and we will be paying the price for years, while he collects royalties on this extremely poorly...more
Grace
Because every book by millionaires is about their struggles to get there, I found this book refreshing because for once I don't get to read about someone's struggles but the debauchery that comes with the million dollars - a reality that a lot of millionaires try hard to keep under wraps. It's okay to be human, to be so consumed by money that you forget who you are because as humans we err, no one is perfect. I respect people that can own up to their bullshit than those who only talk about their...more
Katy Vance
Reading this book will make you feel like a a drug addict. I've never tried Quaaludes, but by the end of reading this book I wanted to cry and apologize to everyone I knew for my addiction to them... (which I should probably reiterate I've never had). He writes vividly about his drug addiction, although sometimes he leans a little too heavily on his back pain to excuse his addiction, even as he explains his back pain is no excuse.

This crazy memoir about Jordan Belfort's time working on Wall Str...more
Lise
Jordan Belfort has a very limited vocabulary. The story of his rise and fall on Wall Street. The bad stuff he does wasn't his fault. The good stuff is because he's a genius. Just ask him, he'll tell you. Repeatedly! I'll list the words and phrases, you can rearrange them and save yourself the time of reading or listening to this book. (The audio version is unintentionally hilarious as the narrator attempts English, French, Swiss and Chinese accents and they all sound exactly the same.

1. Loins --...more
Sarah
I picked up this book after hearing that my main man Marty Scorsese was going to make it into a movie. I think it'll be one of those rare books that will be better as a movie, as the writing is subpar and the author (and main protaganist) is thoroughly unlikable. It's about the rise and fall of a luded and coked-out, hooker-obsessed stock trader. I know, sounds sweet, right? Eh, not so much.
Cameran
I would have never read this book if it were not for a movie featuring Leonardo di Caprio being released soon based on this memoir. Truthfully, I have very little interest in anything having to deal with stocks or Wall Street. So maybe the best advertising this book could have had was that a movie was being made on it, and that I am stickler for reading the book before I see the movie. I gave this book a shot, and I am glad that I did.

The Wolf of Wall Street is compulsive reading. The people who...more
Dustin Gaughran
I bought this in hardback in 2007. I'll never know why it took me six years to finally read a book I over payed for.
I should have saved my money, because owning this is a waste. I really didn't care for it at all. Basically, Jordan Belfort is every horrible Wall Street broker stereotype from the late 80's you can imagine, and this memoir is him retelling the period of his life that marks the seeds of his eventual downfall. This memoir was rare, in that I found myself hating him the deeper into...more
Chris Reeves
It is rare that I praise a book the way I will praise Wolf of Wall Street. The protagonist and author - same person - is a complete degenerate. The storyline is appalling and will make you shake your fist.



But for all the outrage, this is a superbly written book that killed me - I laughed a lot and often. Ranging from wild tales of drug use, treatment of stock brokers, rigging the system and how to engineer a stock run, the Wolf of Wall Street gives you the real ins and outs to what went wrong in

...more
Heatherblakely
The fact that Belfort thanks his literary agent in the acknowledgements, who apparently read three pages and told Belfort to "drop everything I was doing and become a full-time writer" is a complete joke. The writing was immature, informal, and unrealistic. There were too many exclamation points, and sometimes one person would talk for multiple pages. Belfort makes himself seem like a god and a victim, and the fact that he's a vile human being would almost be acceptable if he could write a damn...more
Laura
What did I think? I thought this book was terrible.

I read "The Wolf of Wall Street" after my husband finished (and assured me I would enjoy it), while on holiday far far away from a decent bookshop.

This whole book read like the wet dreams of an aspiring stock market king. There is no self reflection, no sense of remorse- Jordan seems unwilling or unable to take responsibility for his actions. Which I probably would have been able to deal with, had the story been interesting enough and well writt...more
Pabel Lopez
This book begins with a disclaimer of sorts by Belfort about his memories of the events. He says that the events are to his best recollection. This gives him a certain degree of deniability if he is ever called on his memories about some of these events. It seems to be perfectly in line with the actions of the persona he uses throughout the rest of the book, lying about himself and even when he is doing terrible things still talking down to everyone.
One of my main problems with this book is the...more
Leslie Collins
I rarely ever give up on books, but I put this one down about 1/3 of the way through. Belfort is a very poor writer ("luscious loamy loans" is a repetitive descriptor), he repeatedly refers to himself in the third person, and is a thoroughly unlikeable protagonist. I hope Scorsese does a better job telling the story on film than he does in this book.
Josh
Well, you’re either going to love this book or hate it. It’s not going to give you an education on the mechanics of the stock market. However, it will give you an entertaining education on what took place on Wallstreet in the 90’s and the over the top characters that flourished within it.

I personally loved the book and I couldn’t put it down. From the start it takes you on a nonstop ride of debauchery and Quaaludes. Maybe it’s because I work in a similar industry and these type of characters and...more
Brady
1. The Wolf of Wall Street

2. Jordan Belfort

3.Jordan Belfort came to Wall Street as a young boy with a lot of ambition to become successful. By the time Jordan was 25 he was running the largest brokerage firm in the world and is making obscene amounts of money through the manipulation of stocks. He and his trophy wife(Nadine) live a celebrity lifestyle for almost almost a decade until Jordan became engulfed in his drug addiction. Jordan chose to stop using drugs in order to get his wife and two k...more
Beth F.
This was crude and vulgar. And the author overused and abused dialogue that would probably have been better off as prose.

Even still, I probably would have given the book four stars because Belfort has great timing and recounted one hell of a story for his memoir. I'm also a bit crude and vulgar myself (but on a totally different level from this guy), so potty words and crazy sex stories often yank my crank. Except the last third focused way too heavily on the personal shit, which I understand,...more
Inés Izal
A tres pelos de un calvo.

A eso he estado de quedarme totalmente traumatizada con este libro.
Hay que señalar que es una autobiografía, y menos mal, porque si no me lo llegan a decir, juro que pienso que estoy leyendo el guión de una película porno. (Incluso una película porno tiene más argumento)
Jordan es manipulador, egocéntrico y un adicto a las drogas, al sexo y al dinero.
Su empresa parecía más un club de alterne que una agencia de bolsa.
Realmente es un milagro que este hombre siga caminando c...more
Sophie
it was trashy, it had a ridiculously hateful main character and yet some parts i did like, or, at least, i laughed out loud. won't be reading this again any time soon, nor the sequel Catching the Wolf of Wall Street: More Incredible True Stories of Fortunes, Schemes, Parties, and Prison, however i will watch the movie, because i think Scorsese can pull this off.
and this is a gif that best suits Jordan Belfort's novel
Jenny
I tried with this one but I had to stop before I finished. I just didn't care. I don't mind reading about an anti-hero but this guy does not think he's an anti-hero. He's an ass but throughout all of his antics is his bro humor. He's just so so impressed with himself.

Also, it's just terribly written. He uses the word "loins" so many times. If I got a dollar for every "loins" I would have made a killing. I wonder if Jordan wrote this with a thesaurus nearby. He uses big words when not necessary....more
Silpa Parmar
Didn't manage to get to the end of this one... too many exclamation marks blocking my journey from start to finish. I imagine Jordan Belfort has a good story to tell but he shouldn't be the one telling it... I think he should've commissioned someone to write his biography, or at least someone with a basic grasp of story telling. Also, what's with all the gratuitous, overly-detailed sex scenes? Goodness, I'm going to start blushing again.

Terrible. Hours of my life wasted, never to be seen again....more
Христо Блажев
Безумният свят на спекулата, болката и разрухата: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/v...

Няма как да напиша ревю само за книгата “Вълка от Уолстрийт” на Джордан Белфърт, защото не мога да отделя образите в главата си от тези във филма на Мартин Скорсезе. Няма и нужда – книгата и филмът се припокриват на поне 90%, като всички до една знакови сцени са налице, с леки вариации, основно в нормалното съкращаване в лентата. Следователно може лесно да решите дали книгата би ви допаднала – както вече бе...more
Bridget
Fun drinking game: try to read The Wolf of Wall Street and drinking for when one or more of the following appears on the page: 1) mention of erections; 2) how much something costs; 3) the use of the acronym WASP. Take a shot if the phrase "loamy loins" is used. By the time you are done you should be thoroughly sloshed enough to put up reading this piece of crap.
Remo
El horror. El libro narra presuntamente la vida de una "estrella fugaz" de las finanzas americanas de los 90. Jordan Belfort entró en el mundo de las finanzas, fundó su propia empresa de intermediación financiera, se montó en el dólar, se hizo drogadicto, se gastó un montón (un-mon-ton) de pasta en estupideces, se divorció, fue a la cárcel por manipulación de precios financieros y "volvió a nacer" siendo un hombre responsable. La historia podría tener interés (de hecho dicen que se está haciendo...more
ddri
A case study for the value of a talented ghost writer, The Wolf Of Wall Street misses the mark on so many levels. One of the few books that I have abandoned in the last few years.

The story telling starts with promise, as a young Belfort is inducted into the Wall Street community in expected fashion, but the insider narrative is neglected from this moment on. The appeal of The Wolf Of Wall Street is to explore how Belfort's experience differs from the reader. For those of us from corporate backg...more
Peter Knox
Saw the (excellent) movie and felt compelled to read the book (with low expectations) only to be pleasantly surprised that the movie stayed so true to the book (how true the memoir itself is, is a different story). Reading the book I was seeing the same movies scenes played out almost exactly, which makes the story more tolerable because the writing is so poor. He tends to overwrite, likely how he would dictate the stories in constant hyperbole, with tons of adjectives beyond what would ever be...more
Anne
I finally finished this book. It was a really interested read. I normally dont particularly like non fiction but if you are interested in learning about the excesses of wall street and the like than you might want to try this one. I will say this much the chapter about rehab is classic and very funny.
Sandra Nyamu
If anyone was wondering what it would be like to be my movie buddy, the answer is, it would suck. Why? Not because I have shit taste in movies, no, my movie taste eats yours and feeds the bones to your mother. It would be terrible because I am one of those assholes who must, MUST read the book of a movie before I can see it.

Does this mean I am going to review the 2013 movie of this book, yes, once I find a way to circumvent the fact that its been banned here in Kenya, I'll be all over it.

The boo...more
Kristina
My copy of this book contained a quote on the front from a book review that I assume was meant to lure in potential readers and entice them to read the book. The quote was "[a] rollicking tale," from Forbes.com. Forbes.com? Since when does Forbes do book reviews? Oh I see. Since the book revolves around a high flying, securities law-violating, money laundering, prostitute screwing, sex-crazed, drug addicted, manipulative scheming genius drunkard of an adulterous husband millionaire (billionaire?...more
Jim
When I saw Martin Scorsese's film version of The Wolf of Wall Street, I assumed it was an original script. Then I casually Googled Jordan Belfort and found out that it was more or less true. At least to some degree. I have never in my reading encountered a writer who took so much joy in being a crook, a drug addict, and a sexual deviant. At several points during his autobiographical book (or should I say novel?), he talks about his experience being Life Styles of the Rich and Dysfunctional.

Belfo...more
N.P.
Jordan Belfort is the kind of person who would have ended up selling you a second hand car whilst convincing you that you had bought a brand new Ferrari were it not for the boom in Wall Street in the mid-Eighties. This allowed guys like Jordan Belfort to set up brokerages, in reality boiler houses, whose sole job was to sell penny stocks to unsuspecting, unsophisticated, investors (in other words middle-aged professionals with money but no clue what to do with it). In reality these stocks were w...more
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