Review: The Wolf of Wall Street
I’m sure most people have at least heard of The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort because of the movie version of the book. The book is the story of Belfort’s time on Wall Street – starting out as a “connector” (basically someone who dialed the phone) to running a penny stock boiler room. Belfort was making mega-bucks and he was spending it just as fast as he made it, living a ridiculously luxurious lifestyle. He worked hard and partied even harder, abusing drugs and his wife and cheating anyone he could.
I have to admit that I was initially drawn to this book because of the trailer for the movie. I thought it would be fun to read the book and then see the movie but, after reading the book, I decided against seeing the movie. This book wasn’t for me. I felt like it celebrated a decadent, hedonistic lifestyle that I found offensive. Belfort has a big ego and never seemed remorseful for his actions and it was all too much for me. I have a feeling those who enjoyed the movie would probably enjoy the book as well.
I listened to the audio version of The Wolf of Wall Street which is narrated by Bobby Cannavale and I thought he did a pretty good job. The audio book is on 5 CDs and lasts about 6 hours.