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Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

March 18, 2014

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.

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
30 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2014 10:25 am

    I didn’t even know the movie was based on a book!

  2. March 18, 2014 10:34 am

    Unfortunately as soon as I see anything to do with Wall Street I go no further. Lol. Wouldn’t be for me either.

  3. March 18, 2014 11:27 am

    I heard that same criticism about both book and movie and it’s a valid one. I won’t be picking this one up.

  4. March 18, 2014 1:50 pm

    The first trailer I saw of the movie sparked my interest, but the more I heard about it, I knew I would skip it. I am sorry the book wasn’t any better. I don’t think it’d be for me either.

  5. March 18, 2014 1:55 pm

    I can totally imagine Bobby Cannavale reading this one. Seeing the movie was enough for me though. I’m confident that you would not be a fan of the movie.

  6. March 18, 2014 2:25 pm

    I didn’t know the movie was based on a book either. I see the trailer for the movie and I am like… uh… it’s almost the same as The Great Gatsby but a different time period. LOL.

  7. March 18, 2014 2:46 pm

    Thank you for not giving the makers of the movie any more money. I’m ticked off that they got mine!

  8. Rhonda permalink
    March 18, 2014 4:03 pm

    I sadly saw the movie horrible save your money.felt like frat boys had made the movie wild immature exhausting to watch.

  9. talesofwhimsy permalink
    March 18, 2014 4:04 pm

    He sounds SO awful. I saw a bit of him on CBS Sunday Morning (pre Oscars). I bet it’s a great film though.

  10. Patty permalink
    March 18, 2014 4:08 pm

    I don’t know why but I just don’t want to see this…it’s filled with the kind of people I don’t like to know about…lol…

  11. March 18, 2014 4:17 pm

    Sounds awful.

  12. March 18, 2014 4:25 pm

    I am just gonna watch the movie 🙂

  13. March 18, 2014 4:59 pm

    i got that impression of the movie from the previews as well and lost interest in watching. I didn’t know it was a book until the Oscars.

  14. March 18, 2014 7:36 pm

    Sounds like a pretty short audiobook, which is a pity because I get irritated by the exact same things. All those riches and wastefulness bugs me big time.

  15. March 18, 2014 8:11 pm

    I didn’t see this movie, but my young son did, and he said he walked out, he just couldn’t take it. I was so proud he had some “morals”.

  16. March 18, 2014 8:17 pm

    there was an op-ed piece I believe in the NYTimes from the daughter of a victim of Belfort’s schemes – the article said basically the same thing your review says except from the version of someone directly harmed. Made me really interested to see what my reviewer friends would say about this book. I’m not surprised that you found it offensive. Makes me glad to call you a friend 😉

    • March 18, 2014 8:25 pm

      I read that same op-ed piece – it was so sad. I also read the book years ago (well before Belfort became famous and well before the movie) and thought it was totally over the top – to the point where all his antics just got boring. I had no interest in seeing the movie.

  17. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea permalink
    March 18, 2014 8:28 pm

    Did not realize there was a book. Several people told me they did not like the movie. Will see it on tv at some point.

  18. March 18, 2014 8:46 pm

    Thanks for your honest review, Kathy! I won’t read the book, but I may see the movie at some point.

  19. March 19, 2014 2:56 am

    Not sure the movie or the book is for me. I don’t have to like all the characters in a story but it helps if the plot is at least appealing.

  20. sandynawrot permalink
    March 19, 2014 6:31 am

    I DID see the movie, even though it was the absolutely last of the lot. And it definitely is not for the faint of heart, nor anyone who is easily offended. I think that was the point, so I guess point well-taken. It was well-acted and entertaining, but I think Scorcese could have shaved an hour of boobs, sex and drugs, and we still would have gotten it. I’m a little surprised he stooped to that level. I won’t be reading the book.

  21. March 19, 2014 7:20 am

    I think I would not like the movie or book either. I find the whole idea and tone of the movie/book offensive.

  22. March 19, 2014 8:45 am

    I’m afraid I would feel the same as you. We didn’t see the movie either because we read it used the F word a record number of times with not much other dialogue!

  23. March 19, 2014 9:28 am

    I won’t be reading the book or seeing the movie. My daughter said the movie went on and on and on , and she’s pretty open-minded about language and x-rated content. She is a Leonardo fan though, but she still “hated it”

  24. March 19, 2014 11:57 am

    I didn’t realize the movie was based on a book, although I’m not surprised. I still think I’d like to see the movie, although I’ll pass on the book.

  25. Beth F permalink
    March 20, 2014 7:09 am

    Thanks for reading so I don’t have to. Just UGH.

  26. March 20, 2014 7:24 pm

    I have heard the film is very much rated R, this is my first time hearing about the book though.

  27. March 24, 2014 4:25 pm

    Yea, I had a friend tell me the movie was ‘sickening’. She was appalled and I wouldn’t call her someone who is easily offended.

  28. bookingmama permalink
    March 29, 2014 6:59 pm

    I think I’d totally agree with you. I saw him interviewed and pretty much knew I didn’t want an entire book about him.

  29. swright9 permalink
    March 31, 2014 3:44 pm

    Yeah I agree. And why would I want to watch a movie of 3 hours of this egotistical guy on Wall Street. Blah for the subject matter!

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