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The Big Short Audiobook

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

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Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited follow-up to the global best-seller Liar's Poker, The Big Short tells a story of spectacular, epic folly.

It has taken the world's greatest financial meltdown to bring Michael Lewis back to the subject that made him famous. His international best seller Liar's Poker exposed the greed and carnage of the City and Wall Street in the 1980s; he wrote it as a cautionary tale, but people seem to have read it as a how-to guide. Now, he wants to settle accounts.

In this visceral tour to the heart of the money-making machine, Michael Lewis traces the origins of the crisis and introduces us to a new cast of compulsively fascinating characters. We meet the people who saw it coming, the people who were asleep at the wheel, and others who were actively driving us all off the cliff. Where did it all start? How could we have all been so deluded for quite so long? Did it really have to be this way? And who the hell can we blame? Michael Lewis has the answers.

No one is better qualified to reveal the dark truths about how our world really works. No one else could make it such an enjoyable ride along the way.

This edition includes a prologue read by the author, plus an exclusive author interview.

©2010 Michael Lewis (P)2010 Penguin Books Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Lewis is the finest storyteller of our generation." (Malcolm Gladwell)

"The funniest book about Wall Street I have ever read." (Tom Wolfe)

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    Olivier thouare sur loire, France 23/01/2013
    Olivier thouare sur loire, France 23/01/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Sub-Primes for Dummies"

    Anyone who wants to understand the roots of the sub-prime crisis, which has plunged the world in recession for the past 5 years, should definitely get this book. Michael Lewis explains in easily comprehensible terms the concepts and reasons behind the splitting of mortgage loans into various floors and how this dissociation of the loans from the assets led to ever more abstract constructions which finally sent the world into chaos in the summer of 2008. A must read if you want to know why, and how, we got into the mess we are in nowadays.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ad 19/04/2016
    Ad 19/04/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Requires concentration"

    Good story overall, but highly complex, full of jargon and hard to follow in places.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Nottingham, United Kingdom 16/10/2011
    Joe Nottingham, United Kingdom 16/10/2011
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    "Complex but enjoyable"

    If you can get your head around complex wall street 'financial speak' such as synthetic CDO's and credit default swaps then this book is a revelation. Or at least it was for me; I thought the banks had been irresponsible now I know they are downright corrupt. The great irony is that they made these complex financial models to hide the risk but the models became so complex that they didn't understand them themselves.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    A. Smithson Scottish Borders 14/12/2016
    A. Smithson Scottish Borders 14/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "essential history lesson"

    you know all the jargon and remember the headlines, but this tells the story of financial collapse from the points of view of people who worked out what was happening before September 2008. a great story, very easy to listen to. densely packed with information, so be prepared to concentrate on this listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Padfield 06/12/2016
    James Padfield 06/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Exceptionally interesting listen."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Certainly. It was an incredibly interesting (and exciting?) listen. As others have suggested perhaps the author is a tad 'black and white' in terms of the supposed 'geniuses' who foresaw the 'inevitable' crisis and the supposed 'head-in-sand ostriches' that failed to. But I would agree with others that this helped the story aspect of the book.

    Do not feel dissuaded if you have I saw the film first, I was very glad that I listened to this after watching the film because it enabled me to picture the characters and situations in my head as the book progressed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Eisman: His (alleged?) disregard for social conformity


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mette 10/11/2016
    Mette 10/11/2016 Member Since 2014

    I love listening to Audible books while doing my workouts in the gym. Have got through more books than I thought possible this way.

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    "More interesting than the movie"

    I enjoyed the book more than the movie. makes for a good insight into the corrupt world of finance..

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    Essex 20/09/2016
    Essex 20/09/2016
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    "for financial geeks.."

    I enjoyed this book but a long term interest in investments, finance and investing really helped. If you come into this looking for a good romp or a mirror image of the film you would be disappointed. This is a forensic look into some of the shameful lack of care and practices that led to the financial crisis. If don't already have an understanding of what a collateralised debt obligation is already then this book is not for you.

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    BARRY SILVERSTEIN 03/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Great"

    If you have a mind for business then this will tick all your boxes. Really well delivered.

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    christina Chislehurst, United Kingdom 17/08/2011
    christina Chislehurst, United Kingdom 17/08/2011 Member Since 2013
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    "Just enough technical detail and a good story"

    I've worked a lot in financial regulation so I understood a lot about the events described already, but I still learned a few things from this. All the technical details are well explained and I think people without a financial background could understand a lot of it as well.

    As for the story, it's well done. If I have a criticism, it's that it's a bit too black and white - Lewis's world is populated by two types of people - one group who are smart, hardworking and honest, and another who are stupid, shady and just out to make a quick buck. But I guess he exaggerated the characters a bit to make the story more engaging. And engaging it is. Would recommend to anyone interested in understanding what caused the crisis but not wanting to get bogged down in technical analyses

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Downing Chippenham, Wilts England 22/04/2010
    Chris Downing Chippenham, Wilts England 22/04/2010 Member Since 2017

    Chris Downing

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    "What went wrong, in a way you'll understand."

    The politicians blamed the bankers, the bankers blamed the poor, the business people blamed everyone and we didn't know who to blame. At last a book that tells what happened and where it all went wrong, without the writer needing to play a political or buisness position.

    Be warned though, after listening to this you'll find it mighty hard to accept the bilge that passes for business, political and accepted truths about what is the World's biggest financial disaster. Do yourself a favour and wise up to what's been going on. Start taking action to avoid getting sucked in to all this. This story won't be completely played out for another ten years - so it's going to influence you, your wealth and income and your well being. Read the book and get ready.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    09/09/16
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    "Fascinating and boring"

    This story is incredible. I watched the film and thoroughly enjoyed the story, and so I wanted to get into more of the detail. However, it's a seriously detailed read and not so easy to follow the technical aspects. But enjoyable none the less -- especially having the characters from the film in my imagination.

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  • SAURABH ARVIND DAYAMA
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    "Awesome book, bugs in the app"

    This is a great book. however, the app did not show the chapters correctly. I found the app a bit annoying.

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    23/02/16
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    "Enjoyable story of disaster"

    A fascinating true story of the subprime crisis and Wall Street malfeasance. Leaves you with a distaste for what the US government did in bailing out the banks. They should have been allowed to fail with the cash and guarantees going to the savers instead of the speculators.

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