• Liar's Poker

  • RIsing Through the Wreckage on Wall Street
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,051 ratings)

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By: Michael Lewis
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Publisher's Summary

The classic Michael Lewis book that defined an era of greed, gluttony, and outrageous fortune, available for the first time unabridged and read by the author. 

In 1986, before Michael Lewis became the best-selling author of The Big Short, Moneyball, and Flash Boys, he landed a job at Salomon Brothers, one of Wall Street’s premier investment firms. 

During the next three years, Lewis rose from callow trainee to New York- and London-based bond salesman, raking in millions for the firm and cashing in on a modern-day gold rush. Liar’s Poker is the culmination of those heady, frenzied years - a behind-the-scenes look at a unique and turbulent time in American business. This new audio edition, produced by the same team that produces his number one podcast Against the Rules, is unabridged, read by the author, and features archival news clips from the era, original scoring and sound effects, as well as a bonus episode from the companion podcast. 

From the frat-boy camaraderie of the 41st-floor trading room to the killer instinct that made ambitious young men gamble everything on a high-stakes game of bluffing and deception, Liar’s Poker is both “the funniest book on Wall Street I’ve ever read” (Tom Wolfe) and the launchpad for Michael Lewis’ storied career.

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Finally!

As an avid Michael Lewis fan and someone who works in the industry I have been waiting a long time for a proper audiobook version of Liar’s Poker. The older recording was abridged and not read particularly well. This version is the full book and Lewis reads it himself with great energy and inflection. Liar’s Poker is a story that lends itself very well to an audiobook so if you’re into the book and enjoy audiobooks I can wholeheartedly recommend this title! Thank you to Michael Lewis and company for bringing this to Audible!

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Been waiting 10 years for this!

I “read” the original abridged version of Liar’s Poker over 10 years ago and was surprised to discover after the fact that it was an abridged version. Even that version felt complete and well told. Now, with this unabridged version I feel like the original black and white version has been restored to full color and in 4K.

More detail, fuller story, and read by the author!

If you listened to the old version, you’ll love this one. And if you read The Big Short, you’ll see the origins of that story here. Enjoy!

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Worth the credit - UNABRIDGED

I just hope Michael Lewis does not stop writing, and that he does not tire of reading his own work.

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Still holds up!

I was very happy that Michael Lewis decided to narrate the book himself. He does a great job of telling the story(because he was there when a lot of it happened).
You don’t have to be interested in bonds or stocks to find this book interesting. It’s great whether you know a lot or very little.
I got the audible membership specifically to listen to this book.

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Michael, the angel

Luck happens a couple of times. This guy is a messenger. Being in the right place at the right time is an understatement. We are just lucky that he is a writer.

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Where it started

Michael Lewis is always excellent. I’m giving this five stars because it is very good, but I will say that his best was yet to come and also that this book was probably a lot more shocking when it first came out, just considering all that has happened on Wall Street since.

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Not his best work. Mildly entertaining. But not enough for me to finish the book

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Some sort of new age audio book

5 minutes in and I can’t stand the multiple voice narration, stupid sound effects. Hated the self promoting pitch for some other series/production before I’m even into the first chapter. The author seems to also be a word salad promoter as well. Stay far away from this “audio book”. If you like the noise of morning radio sport shows, you’ll love this. How do I get my credit back?

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I love Micheal Lewis but I could have skipped this one

I am a huge fan of Micheal Lewis and his later books as well as his podcast. I love the way he thinks about the world and challenges assumptions.

That being said, this book was one I could have skipped. I felt lost most of the time due to the revolving door of “characters” in the book that I couldn’t distinguish one from the other. I felt lost for the first half of the book just trying to understand who everyone was and why I should care about them and then just like that, they disappeared from the story. I honestly don’t know that I could tell you what the thesis of this book was other than, wallstreet was crazy in the 80s and a lot of people got rich.

The one plus was Micheal Lewis did a great job narrating.

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Riveting Story of the 1980s Financial Market!

Amazing story telling about a time of transition in the financial market! Wonderfully written and gripping from start to finish.

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  • Christer Brännström
  • 12-07-22

How could it all go so wrong?

Most important book for traders since "Reminiscences of a Stock Operator". Funny, educational, and you get to enjoy a slice of history that has kept repeating itself ever since.

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  • Peter Lawless
  • 09-14-22

what a dream

amazing.. reliving 25 years ago when I first read the book.. the reading by the author makes this amazing

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-27-22

Brilliant

So happy to have come across this brilliant book by Micheal Lewis and of life in Fixed Income in the 80s and one can see how it eventually culminated in the financial crisis.

On a personal note, so sorry to hear of the loss of his beloved Dixie. Listening to Playing to Win was heartbreaking.

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  • Jonathan Child
  • 02-14-22

Great storytelling

Liars poker is a classic business booking describing the investment banking world. This audio book is put together beautifully and has moments of real laughter and intrigue

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  • Mr
  • 02-13-22

Brilliant

An utterly fascinating look into the chaos that is Wall Street and just how it of control it really was. Even the birth of what would go on to become the 2008 financial crisis can be found here. Fun and engaging throughout as only Michael Lewis can.

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  • Dr. Nic Williams
  • 04-15-22

After 30 yrs we finally hear Lewis read his story

I’d read Michael Lewis’ Liars Poker many many years ago. Recently it turned up on Audible finally being read by the author. Whilst he’s 30 years older, he reads like the events only just happened to him. Great story well told.