• Dark Pools

  • The Rise of A.I. Trading Machines and the Looming Threat to Wall Street
  • By: Scott Patterson
  • Narrated by: Byron Wagner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Dark Pools is the pacy, revealing, and profoundly chilling tale of how global markets have been hijacked by trading robots – many so self-directed that humans can’t predict what they’ll do next.

It’s the story of the blisteringly intelligent computer programmers behind the rise of these ‘bots’. And it’s a timely warning that as artificial intelligence gradually takes over, we could be on the verge of global meltdown.

©2012 Scott Patterson (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

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"Scott Patterson has the ability to see things you and I don’t notice." (Nassim Nicholas Taleb, New York Times bestselling author of "Antifragile, Fooled by Randomness" and "The Black Swan")

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interesting read

Absolutely worth its cost and time. Well written and well narrated.
The book definitely gives better understanding of how global markets work these days

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  • Alec
  • 01-13-16

Much better than Flash Boys

As a participant in the field of automated trading over the last 15 years, I found this far more balanced, interesting, accurate and less emotive than "Flash Boys".

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  • max
  • 02-06-15

Educational insight

An interesting insight into the very technical world of quant trading that so many retail day traders struggle to understand. A great read if you know nothing of algo trading.

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  • Mr
  • 03-02-19

Lot of history, not much analysis.

I think I was expecting a book analyzing the problems and challenges posed by modern electronic trading. And although this is *partly* about that, it's mostly a history book about the people and organizations that pioneered the revolution in stock markets in the 1990s and early 2000s. It's an absorbing story, but sometimes a little convoluted, and I could have done with a little less detail sometimes about particular individuals.

If you're buying this specifically to find out how dark pools work - go elsewhere, they're only mentioned in passing.

Narrator is fine.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-25-15

Great book.

Should be in the library of ever person actively invested or working in the investment markets.

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  • Ash
  • 07-30-22

Not what I expected, but great.

I'd anticipated that this book would be about dark pools and hedge funds gaming the market. It's not, but it's better than that, it's really the story of how high frequency trading came to be and an inside look at some of the key characters that revolutionised market trading. I loved it, fascinating stuff all the way through.

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  • Edwin Bosire
  • 07-14-22

A hagiography of prophets of doom

An insightful and entertaining read of the world of finance.
I couldn’t help but feel like the author adored and sanctified the architects of doom. He describes their brilliance and endless greed with the same tone of praise.

He gets some of the technical aspects wrong, but covers enough for a layman to understand, after all he is a a financial journalist and not a quantitative analyst.

All in all, it’s one of the best books going on the issue.

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  • imad murad
  • 03-02-22

good story of electronic trading

Very good story telling. Narrated well. The story of electronic trading evolution to feed human greed.

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  • Pawel Konrad Krzysztofik
  • 08-08-18

brilliant book

brilliant book, I strongly recommend for anyone who is interested in Algorithmic trading and capital markets

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  • LondonBubble
  • 08-17-17

Well written

Surely it’s a bit dated given topic it tries to cover nevertheless a great book

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  • Poyntonian
  • 06-13-17

Fantastic book and narration

interesting story, really well written and researched. this is as good as the flash boys. thought the narration was excellent