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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: March 2003 ISBN: 9780739302071
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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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara VA | 1/29/2014

    " This was my first David Liss and I must say that I was intrigued by the idea of a novel about commodities trading. Add in coffee, the Inquisition, Amsterdam, the East India Company, the Portugese Jews, a mad Dutchman, intrigues and schemes every page and even woman's rights and you have a fine story. I would have enjoyed more of the coffee house lore and a more information about the Exchange and I would change to 5 stars! On to the next Liss! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/29/2014

    " This was a random book I picked up at the library for my trip to Colorado and I really enjoyed it. I was surprised at how long ago the "stock market" was utilized. I now want to read other books by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Obisbooks | 1/22/2014

    " Loved the historical detail, and enjoyed the end with all the "who's taking advantage of who" and the twists it took, but it took me a while to get into it and I wasn't really enjoying it, but the last 100 pages saved it for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 1/13/2014

    " I just finished this excellent historical novel. The book is set in the commodities markets of 17th century Amsterdam and features a hero who is a member of the Portuguese Jewish community there. I still don't understand the commodities market very well, but I feel like a learned a lot about Amsterdam of that era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hiedi | 1/9/2014

    " I really couldn't put this down. It wasn't my usual kind of book but I was living overseas and this was the only English book I found. The story is full of plot twists and all the characters are so closely entwined. Loved it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deborah Judah | 12/27/2013

    " I really did not enjoy this book as I found it lacking in substance and repetitive. I longed for the story to go deeper and for the characters to develop but it did not happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leannestaples | 12/9/2013

    " well done. The Coffee Trader weaves history into fiction. this is not a deep book and yet the story pulls you in and as soon as you think that you know which way things will unfold, the plot turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tia Jones | 12/8/2013

    " This is the first book I've read by Liss but it's abundantly apparent that he is wonderful writer. The story was not exactly my cup of joe (har har) and the whole commodities trading thing I found less than thrilling but the story telling was fantastic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christian | 11/30/2013

    " Enjoyed the history, but found the book boring. I read it as a book club title. So for that much, it was fun to learn about and discuss the early history of speculative markets, trade, and Amsterdam. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hermien | 10/8/2013

    " I enjoyed this intriguing historical novel set in 17th century Amsterdam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mad_Maudie | 9/7/2013

    " Wonderful plot and character development. Excellent novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheffy | 8/5/2013

    " I found this a fascinating look, not just at the 16th century Sephardic Jews exiled by the Inquisition living in Amsterdam, but also a interesting window on the birth of the stock market. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ram Kaushik | 6/26/2013

    " Double-dealing, skulduggery, and the stock market in 17th century Holland - what's not to like? Ripping good yarn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 3/8/2013

    " Well researched, fun for the depiction of old Amsterdam, and interesting for the glimpse into early market mechanisms. The plot is just a vehicle for all the history, and while it carries the story along, it is somewhat predictable. It is a quick read, and fine for the beach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 11/29/2012

    " I found it hard to get into at the beginning, but then once I did I couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nan | 10/31/2012

    " Not a likeable character in the book. The suspense was not suspenseful (if that makes sense) and the characters had no chemistry. Sad to say, but I finished it only because it's for a book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reginaldo Almeida | 8/17/2012

    " Great read. Very interesting the characterization of Old Amsterdam. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quinn | 6/21/2012

    " This was not my favorite book by David Liss but it was still a good book by one of my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 3/24/2012

    " Although nicely written and intricately plotted, I found many of the technical explanations of trading and the stock market confusing and unsatisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maya Ganguly | 12/25/2011

    " I have a weakness for historical fiction and enjoy David Liss as an author. He manages to create an exciting tale, but allow the reader to get into the understand the psyche of the historical characters without writing prose that feels like expose. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 11/24/2011

    " Slightly more interesting than you'd imagine a book about trading coffee would be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 10/24/2011

    " Fictional study of the infiltration of coffee into the Western world and a nice follow-up to Conspiracy of Paper. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elaienar | 6/18/2011

    " An interesting setup ruined by thoroughly uninteresting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 6/15/2011

    " I really like David Liss, I'm no financial guru but he somehow makes trading understandable and also interesting. There were a lot of twists and turns in this and the main character plays the fool throughout, but is generally likeable all the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 6/8/2011

    " Good book. Interesting how commodiites were traded in early 1600's in Amsterdam. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marybla | 5/21/2011

    " Early 17th century Holland had not yet embraced the true wonder of coffee, so the mystery and intrigue of this book revolving around the early days of market trade and coffee shares is interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 4/13/2011

    " The characters are flawed and not too likable. Interesting view of the early commodity exchanges. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lily | 4/6/2011

    " Truly enjoyed this introduction to the history of coffee and its introduction into Europe. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laurie | 3/23/2011

    " Sorry just did not like this book...coffee, stock market, and lies...just not my cup o'tea...haha "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gem | 3/11/2011

    " The historical setting of this book was interesting, but not something I was familiar with. I found that the plot kind of lagged until I got to the middle, and then it went too quickly. Otherwise, I thought the descriptions of a trader's life (including the ups and downs) were very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 2/12/2011

    " This story was different. My library had it listed as a mystery. However, it seemed more like a story of intrigue and deceit. Good guys that weren't all that good, and bad guys that turned out to be good.
    Maybe I shouldn't be surprised because it's a story about the world of trading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 2/11/2011

    " I liked A Conspiracy of Paper better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 1/29/2011

    " Since I love drinking coffee and lived in Amsterdam for two years, this book had my attention. It's fascinating to read of the origins of drinking coffee, since we think a cup has always been around. "

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About the Author
Author David Liss

David Liss is the author six novels, most recently The Devil’s Company. He has several bestselling novels, including, A Conspiracy of Paper, winner of the 2000 Edgar Award for Best First Novel, The Coffee Trader, A Spectacle of Corruption, The Ethical Assassin, and The Whiskey Rebels. In 2008, at the United Nations Convention against Corruption in Bali, Indonesia, he was named an Artist for Integrity by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. No one is really sure why he should receive this honor or what it means, but it very possibly makes him the Bono of historical fiction. David Liss’ novels have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and children.

About the Narrator

Graeme Malcolm is an actor and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. He has performed on Broadway as Pharaoh in Aida and as Sir Edward Ramsay in The King and I. His television appearances include Law & Order, Follow the River, and Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson (with Laurence Olivier). His film credits include A Further Gesture, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, and Reunion.