The Financier

  • by Theodore Dreiser
  • Narrated by Geoffrey Blaisdell
  • 18 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A master of literary naturalism, Dreiser is known for his great intensity and keen journalistic eye as he examines real-life subjects. This powerful novel explores the dynamics of the financial world during the Civil War and after the stock market panic caused by the Chicago fire.The first in a "trilogy of desire", The Financier tells the story of the ruthlessly dominating broker Frank Cowperwood as he climbs the ladder of success, his adoring mistress championing his every move.Based on the life of flamboyant finance captain C. T. Yerkes, Theodore Dreiser's cutting portrayal of the unscrupulous magnate Cowperwood embodies the idea that behind every great fortune there is a crime.

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Outstanding classic, great narrator

Geoffrey Blaisdell, the narrator, brings Dreiser's characters and 1870's Philadelphia setting alive in this compelling study of a maverick stock operator.
This is what "Wall Street" or "Bonfire of the Vanities" should have been.

If you're looking for insight into the world and minds of the "Masters of the Universe", you'll find that human nature is timeless, and that the American financial and legal systems, which Dreiser describes in detail, haven't changed that much.

The book opens shortly before the US Civil war and ends with the panic of 1873, when financial houses in New York and Philadelphia rose to prominence funding the Union's side of the Civil war and the subsequent railroad boom.

The books character's are strongly drawn and compelling - especially the protagonist, Frank Cowperwood, and his mistress Eileen Butler. Dreiser's prose is a thing of beauty and his eye for detail is unmatched.

I'm proud of Blackstone for reviving this worth book, and hope they will record all three in the series.
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- Peter

wonderfully writen

This was the best book i listened to on audible and i would advice you to buy this work of art if you have a interest in the condition and rules of the financial world of long ago where politicians was cheap and capital is might and demanded complete respect
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- Jason

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.