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Summary

A daring fraud makes one man a titan, and brings a nation to its knees

The son of a failing undertaker, Alves Reis learned early on that death comes quickly and a man must make his fortune while he can. In 1916, Reis left Portugal for Angola, where the hardships of colonial life dashed his dream of easy riches. In desperate straits, Alves discovers his true talent: forgery.

With an unerring hand, Alves begins to counterfeit. He falsifies diplomas, government documents, currency, and countless checks on his way to perpetrating one of the greatest frauds of the 20th century. Inspired by the true story of a master swindler, Gifford brings to life a breathtaking international scam. Before Bernie Madoff, before Frank Abagnale, there was Alves Reis - a forger with talent, vision, and an uncompromising drive to succeed, no matter what man, bank, or nation stood in his way.

©1977 Murray Teigh Bloom (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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one of the best books i have ever read

just read this book is so good one of the best books I have ever read

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  • Kathleen
  • 08-12-12

Narration Problem

What did you like best about The Man from Lisbon? What did you like least?

The narrator's voice is good-except for the strange squeaky feminine voices.
But I'd call him a 'master of mispronunciation' in English and French.
Aren't these recordings edited or rehearsed?

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  • GLENN B A
  • 07-10-14

I could not stand listening to this narrator

What disappointed you about The Man from Lisbon?

The man appeared to know Portuguese. I think that was his calling card.

His command of spoken English was not up to the challenge of this audio book. In casual conversation you would have no trouble understanding him, but his intonation was off enough to be frequently jarring, and the occasional mispronunciations added confusion or unintended comical effect. For example, one frequent auditory blow was that any string of adjectives brought him to a full stop midstream. (e.g. It was a cold. Rainy day.) I didn't get far before I had to punt and read it in hard copy.

My advice is that this is one audiobook to avoid!