Opening Belle: A Novel Audiobook, by Maureen Sherry Play Audiobook Sample

Opening Belle: A Novel Audiobook

Opening Belle: A Novel Audiobook, by Maureen Sherry Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Julia Whelan Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: February 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781442397774

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

43

Longest Chapter Length:

43:07 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

35 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

14:25 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

2

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Publisher Description

A whip-smart and funny novel told by a former Wall Street insider who reveals what it’s like for a working woman to balance love, ambition, and family in a world of glamorous excess, outrageous risk-taking, and jaw-dropping sexism.

In 2008, Isabelle—a self-made, thirty-something Wall Street star—appears to have it all: an Upper West Side apartment, three healthy children, a handsome husband, and a high-powered job. But her reality is something else. Her trading desk work environment resembles a 1980s frat party, her husband feels employment is beneath him, and the bulk of childcare and homecare still falls in Belle’s already full lap.

Enter Henry, the former college fiancé she never quite got over; now a hedge fund mogul. He becomes her largest client, and Belle gets to see the life she might have had with him. While Henry campaigns to win Belle back, the sexually harassed women in her office take action to improve their working conditions, and recruit a wary Belle into a secret “glass ceiling club” whose goal is to mellow the cowboy banking culture and get equal pay for their work. All along, Belle can sense the financial markets heading toward their soon-to-be historic crash and that something has to give—and when it does, everything is going to change: her marriage, her career, her world and her need to keep her colleagues’ hands to themselves.

From Maureen Sherry, a prize winning writer, a former Managing Director on Wall Street (who never signed a nondisclosure agreement when she left), Opening Belle takes readers into the adrenaline-fueled chaos of a Wall Street trading desk, the lavish parties, the lunch-time rendezvous, and ultimately into the heart of a woman who finds it easier to cook up millions at work than dinner at home.

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“Wall Street women never talk because their silence has been bought. Not Maureen Sherry. She tells her story of a working mother’s battle against outrageous sexism and financial recklessness with laugh-out-loud insight and winning panache.”

— Allison Pearson, New York Times bestselling author 

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  • “Corporate sexism and the mortgage crisis are a laugh a minute…in this delightful comic novel, at least…So much fun, and educational too.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Rooting for our girl banker/mommy/wife Isabelle is not tough; she is so brilliantly breezy.”

    — Lucy Sykes, author of The Knockoff

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About Maureen Sherry

After twelve years on Wall Street, Maureen Sherry—formerly the youngest managing director at Bear Stearns and a Cornell graduate—switched gears to earn her Masters of Fine Arts at Columbia University to write and to tutor at inner-city schools. Walls Within Walls—her first book, a mystery for middle school audiences—has been awarded curriculum prizes by the states of Texas and Connecticut, and she was named one of the Best New Voices by the American Library Association. Maureen is also an active board member of numerous charities. But Maureen believes her biggest project is raising her four children with her husband, which never feels like a job at all.

About Julia Whelan

Julia Whelan is a novelist, screenwriter, lifelong actor, and multiple award-winning audiobook narrator. She graduated with a degree in English and creative writing from Middlebury College and Oxford University. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows.