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Summary

This classic expose of the Fed has become one of the best-selling books in its category of all time. Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magician's secrets are unveiled. Here is a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, the pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A boring subject? Just wait. You'll be hooked in five minutes. It reads like a detective story - which it really is, but it's all true.

This book is about the most blatant scam of history. It's all here: the cause of wars, boom-bust cycles, inflation, depression, prosperity. Your world view will definitely change. Putting it quite simply, this may be the most important book on world affairs you will ever read.

The 5th Edition includes a no-holds barred analysis of bank bailouts under the Bush and Obama Administrations that are shown to be nothing less than legalized plunder of the American people. Many other updates have been added, including a revision to the list of those who attended the historic meeting at Jekyll Island, where the Federal Reserve was created.

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Money=Debt. Debt=Money. If Debt =0 Money =0MG

What did you like most about The Creature from Jekyll Island?

Descriptions and history of Gold backed Currencies, Fractional Reserve lending and fiat currency along with usury of of charging interest on fiat currency.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rockerfellers as the big bad wolf. - they probably were!

What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Good clear annunciation and read. kept me listening with a great rhythm for this the of text.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

NO

Any additional comments?

OMG. Just OMG! Read this. Educate yourself and your family and then your friends.

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Hands down most compelling listen of 2017 !

The depth of detail in this work is fantastic , but yet it never seemed hard to keep on listening .
It reads like a crime novel, with fascinating plot twists and turns , but the unfortunate thing is that this is all factual and happening to us all this very second .
Don't be put off by the size of this bookt is one that you will never forget ..

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  • Buster
  • Northampton, England
  • 04-11-17

One of the most important books to read

This book brings together contemporary US banking, its history and its effects on the world. A must read.

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This is an amazing book it will blow your mind.

l love audio books but this is by far in away the most enlightening book bar the bible that l have ever read. It sheds light on so many of the bewildering acts in our current world order. Read it and be wakened.

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Wish it was fiction

Fantastic content and history that spams many if not all areas and events of influence. The banks, the personalities, the politics, agendas and the secrets that you may wish were fiction. But sadly, I fear this is closer to reality than most can bear.

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Eye opening

Very well written and presented research, that had me gripped from start to finish. Only thing I can criticise is that there is no accompanying file with the foot note references, which the author mentions at the end and recommends purchasing a print edition. That really isn't a great solution for someone that has already bought the audio book.

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WOW!!!

An eye opening revelation of the true picture of our financial landscape!

A must listen seriously in depth look into our past and scary view into the future......

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A must listen if prepared to take action

This is not a book for fun, entertainment or intellectual curiosity. You are going to be dragged from Plato's cave into the light and if you try to tell your friends it may well go badly for you. But this is precisely what this book is about; spreading the word before it's too late (if it's not already!). Listen to it if you're prepared to make some hard choices about the rest of your life.

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Long but worthwhile

If everyone listened to this and fully understood it, the price of bitcoin would hit £1m each tomorrow.

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Everyone needs to read this book!!

Mind blowing! i should have read this book 20 years ago. I will be teaching this to my son's. I will order a hard copy and re-read the book. One of my favourite books of all time. Thank you G.Edward Griffin.

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  • Stephen
  • 31-08-13

Riveting novel. Oh and it's economic history.

Would you listen to The Creature from Jekyll Island again? Why?

Yeah. G. Edward Griffin somehow found a way to make the history of the Federal Reserve interesting. I learned a lot. I am realizing I have so much more to learn about finance and econ, and I am grateful to an author who can keep me wanting to listen to anything about them. He does a great job making this important knowledge not only easy, but enjoyable to digest.

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The book has almost a detective feel to it, as it tells the story of a crime that was and is committed against the American people. The story feel is the best part. And learning the concepts doesn't feel too much like learning, but more like hearing a crime story unfold. So serious thanks to this author for a very important book. If it would've been written with a little more character development just to draw you in more it would've been even better in my opinion.

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  • Will
  • 21-11-13

Download and Listen ASAP

Where does The Creature from Jekyll Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Great book, Scary, but great. If you have children you must read this book. If live in the USA, you must read this book. If you care about any person on this earth, you must read this book.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that this is the truth. The story line resonates in your guts, you know what is said is true.

What about Mark Bramhall’s performance did you like?

Good Narrator.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The book grabbed me from the first page and I couldn't put it down.

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  • Charyn
  • 14-09-13

Prepare to be amazed

If you could sum up The Creature from Jekyll Island in three words, what would they be?

Eyeopening, shocking, disquieting

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Creature from Jekyll Island?

The explanation of how banking and the economy actually work.

What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mark's narration brought the concepts and information presented into clear focus.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

They really are out to get you.

Any additional comments?

This book has been on a shelf in my home for over 10 years and during that time I manged to read maybe the first 3 chapters. I'm so glad I found it on Audible and that it has been updated with information about the world's current economic situation. I've learned more about banking and the economy from this book than I did from my college economics and finance classes. Well worth the investment.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • 29-08-13

Do you really know what your Politians are doing?

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If you want to get an idea where this country is headed, you've got to listen to this. So many puzzle pieces about the political big hitters and policies just fall right into place.. This is not aimed at a particular political party.

I'm only half way through, and am planning a 2nd listen so I can understand more of the intricacies of the monetary world.

Please inform yourself in the name of humanity.

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  • Kenneth
  • 08-08-14

Educational

Where does The Creature from Jekyll Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The top 300

What did you like best about this story?

The breadth of the historicity of the subject.

What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good pace

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A film would ruin it.

Any additional comments?

This book requires a lot of checking the references for accuracy they are so astonishing.

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  • Ken
  • 29-08-13

Absolutely Brilliant! How the powerful enslave

If you could sum up The Creature from Jekyll Island in three words, what would they be?

Revealing, Sickening, Empowering

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I especially appreciated the authors perspective with regard to the political and economic forces leading up to the civil war, as well as sheding light on the powers and more base motives facing Lincoln as the war wore on. this book brings a great deal of insight to many of the events that have shaped our county. He brings to light how the many facets and influences of monetary control have worked against America since its inception. For the history buff's... I guarantee at least 2 to 3 Ah ha moments. This book really stitched together key historic events of the last two hundred years with each cause and effect. Demonstrating time and again the destructive and enslaving paterns used by powerful monetary forces to literally control the "Free" people of the world

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The Narration was excellent. I often felt as though I was traveling by train through history, being enlightened as my traveling companion Mr. Griffin explained to my understanding, in some cases for the first time the passing historical landscape.

Despite the size of the book... I didn't want it to end.

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  • alexander
  • 26-04-14

Unbelievable revelations

What made the experience of listening to The Creature from Jekyll Island the most enjoyable?

The Factual support for the incredible statements made in this book, made this book one of the most memorable I have ever read. Each and every incredible assertion and fact is footnoted with the source of the fact. It will open your mind to what real history has happened in the U.S.No one, who thinks he knows American history and the economy, truly knows it without reading this very important book.

Have you listened to any of Mark Bramhall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The reading performance is very good and makes the material easier to listen to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The degree of uncovered knowledge from this book is life altering.

Any additional comments?

Every voting American SHOULD be made to read this book. After reading this book, one can truly say truth is stranger than fiction. You'll listen to it more than once.

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  • Peter
  • 15-09-13

Outstanding!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, "Creature" is the story of world history but tied to the trail of money. Even though the actual book is a bit intimidating in length, the audio book is easy to digest and read very well. This is, hands down, the best audio book I've ever listened to. Additionally, the book has forever changed the way I look at banking and my country.

What did you like best about this story?

Griffin's ability to explain both the macro and micro without losing the reader.

Have you listened to any of Mark Bramhall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He's one of the best narrators in the field. His delivery is surprisingly close to Griffin's.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. 24 hours in one sitting wouldn't be possible.

Any additional comments?

Anyone who wants to truly understand the issues that America faces needs to read or listen to this book. Now that I've listened to "Creature" on Audible, I'm going back to the book version to read the footnotes.

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  • Jason
  • 11-11-16

An extensive, but not balanced, lesson

I was disappointed in this book. When I purchased this book, I had a basic understanding of how the Federal Reserve works, but I wanted to fill in the gaps in my understanding and learn about its founding. Alas this book did not help much in either regard.

The book begins to tell a well-crafted story about the trip to Jekyll Island, but after a few minutes the story ends before the participants actually reach the Island. And it doesn't follow that with a story of what happened after that meeting. Only if the reader has the patience to reach the later chapters of the book will he, unexpectedly, find some of that story. Instead the book spends the rest of the chapter and the bulk of the book apparently trying to bash the "The Creature" with innuendo, straw man beating, sarcasm and guilt by association.

The book does share quite a bit of information about anomalies and problems related to our banks, leaders, and financial system over the past two centuries, but very little of it has to do with the Federal Reserve. Ex. It vigorously points out that the FDIC apparently creates a moral hazard (and probably should be fixed). That's a great point, but the FDIC is not the Federal Reserve. -- It fails to describe where all the bailout money from the 2008 housing crisis went other than "to the banks". It doesn't mention the role of the defaulting homeowners other than to hint at them being victims. It doesn't cover what happened to the money the banks lent the home owners and that was not paid back when those home owners had to default on their loans. -- The book doesn't provide a history of financial systems being stable and non-recessionary before fiat- and fractional-reserve currency. -- It also justly points out that bank accounts really should be overtly advertised as time accounts instead of appearing to be demand accounts. That's a good point. But then it doesn't point out that banks are, by letting customers receive interest AND (not or) also withdraw their balances on demand, providing a better product for the customer than the banks reasonably can+should. ("Better" as long as one ignores the bank failures that seem to eventually occur as a result.) -- It blames the US departure from the gold standard on banks, and doesn't cover the implications of there already being more dollars in circulation than there was gold to cover them. That, and the government's role in that, needs to be covered if the author wants to blame the problem on the bankers of that time. -- The book makes an interesting point that if money is created only by lending it out for interest, there never will be enough money in circulation to pay the principal+interest off, but then the book seems to deny that conclusion by nebulously saying that the interest can be paid off with the value of labor. There is some logic to that statement, but it seems critically inconsistent with so many other statements in the book. -- These are just a sampling of the apparently important, yet incomplete, points found in the book. It is the perspective of the reviewer that the reader would have been better served if more of the book had been spent clarifying points like these and less on bashing.

Bottom line, you should not depend on this book to provide a balanced tutorial on the Federal Reserve. Nevertheless, it does provide one perspective and a lot of interesting facts and stories that the reader can treat as a list of topics to research on his own to get a more complete and balanced perspective.

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  • Josef
  • 24-05-18

Conspiracy Theory, not History

I stumbled across this book months ago and added it to my wishlist. I finally bought it, listened to about 2/3 of the book and I'm returning it, wishing I had these hours of my life back. I get where the author is coming from. As a student of history and politics, I can even see some of the threads he's attempting to pull together. The underlying conspiracy theory behind the book, however, makes it intolerable. I'm sure it has fans (see the reviews) I just can't join them.

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