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Narration is good. Story is interesting and shocking. Provides an insight into financial crisis which is a little sickening. You will not be a fan of wall street after this.
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.
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.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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
Fascinating, enthralling, deeply concerning and eye-opening all at once. A story that beggars belief as it's set in an industry that many of us are aware of yet know so little about. The level of detail and explanation of financial products was spot on. Enough to raise and maintain interest yet not be so convoluted that it all became too hard to understand.
Have lessons actually been learnt from this crisis or are we on track to experience yet another version of this story? Only time will tell I guess and if it does, I'll be sure to listen to The Big Short 2
What would have made The Big Short better?
I could not keep my concentration in this book. It was monotonous with nothing of interest to make be continue listening.