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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,261 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Liss Narrator: Graeme Malcolm Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Amsterdam, 1659: On the world’s first commodities exchange, fortunes are won and lost in an instant. Miguel Lienzo, a sharp-witted trader in the city’s close-knit community of Portuguese Jews, knows this only too well. Once among the city’s most envied merchants, Miguel has suddenly lost everything. Now, impoverished and humiliated, living in his younger brother’s canal-flooded basement, Miguel must find a way to restore his wealth and reputation.

Miguel enters into a partnership with a seductive Dutchwoman who offers him one last chance at success—a daring plot to corner the market of an astonishing new commodity called “coffee.” To succeed, Miguel must risk everything he values and face a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing to see him ruined. Miguel will learn that among Amsterdam’s ruthless businessmen, betrayal lurks everywhere, and even friends hide secret agendas.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tami | 2/20/2014

    " The premise is great, but it's so. slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ht | 2/19/2014

    " david liss created a vivid and intriquing story of intrique set in the financial center of seventieth century amsterdam. unlike much of europe, the dutch welcomed jewish taders into this market, which according to the author's historical note, served as the birthplace of stock and commoditiy trading and surprising to me, the advent of the risky gambling on futures. the deciet and deception the various characters practice in their professional, religous and social lives kept the narrative moving. i particularly enjoyed when liss would be presented with the opportunity to create a bombastic turn of events, he would instead opt for a more subtle path, with less fireworks but more ethiical complexity. and like many reviewers i continually found myself longing for a cup of coffee, which at the time of the story, was only beginning to become widely known and enjoyed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Darlis | 2/4/2014

    " This just didn't grab my attention, so I stopped reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Camille | 2/3/2014

    " I found this book in a "book swap" shelf at a hotel in the Cook Islands. It is a well written novel set in Amsterdam in 1659 and the tale surrounds the introduction of coffee to this shipping port. This is a fun, light read - great for a vacation! "

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