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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (126 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Norb Vonnegut Narrator: Robert Fass Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781452670430
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Norb Vonnegut didn't realize how close he skirted to nonfiction when he was writing his spectacular debut Top Producer. Penned before tumultuous revelations and scandals rocked the financial world in late 2008, Vonnegut's novel depicts, with an insider's solid knowledge, the tricks that the industry's real top producers pull in their frenzied pursuit of billions. Now Vonnegut sets his electrifying follow-up in the high-rolling world of hedge funds, lending his seasoned perspective to a fresh, riveting financial thriller. Jimmy Cusack is the tough kid from a blue-collar neighborhood who made good on Wall Street. Well, almost. After a sterling start to his career, things have soured. His hedge fund has collapsed. The bank is foreclosing on his condominium. And his wife is three months pregnant. That's the good news. When Cusack takes a "must-have" job with Leeser Capital, a fund impervious to the capital market woes, his real troubles begin. Forget about Bernie Madoff or Gordon Gekko-there's a new villain on Wall Street, and his name is Cyrus Leeser. Vonnegut's unique insider's perspective and his intuitive, darkly humorous writing are once again on full display in this fast-talking suspense thriller. A timely and gripping read, The Gods of Greenwich will satisfy fans of both John Grisham and Liar's Poker. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Gods of Greenwich is a pure delight, racing relentlessly from the bedrooms of Manhattan to the boardrooms of Connecticut to the banks of Iceland. Bravo! Jeffrey Deaver, author of Edge

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 2/14/2014

    " I got the book because it was about hedge funds and shorting stock -- two concepts I've struggled to really understand. After reading the book, I do feel I've got a much better handle on hedge funds, why they are being blamed for the financial crisis of our day, and also agree with the need to put more checks and balances in place. The story line is pretty good and it was an enjoyable way to learn about this stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 2/9/2014

    " Couldn't put this one down. Simple and predictable but I liked the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg Ward | 1/12/2014

    " A fun and interesting summer thriller read that manages to combine hedge funds, Greenwich, CT lifestyles of the wealthy and infamous, and a good ole' fashioned mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miles | 1/8/2014

    " It's all about the money ! ! ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dick Reynolds | 12/24/2013

    " A fast paced read and full of snappy dialogue with some very clever observations about money and greed in the financial markets. On the down side, it was hard to care much about the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Thomson | 12/12/2013

    " An awfully-hard-to-put-down corker set in the fascinating world of Greenwich, Ct, hedge funds. Vonnegut's taut prose is laced with great insights, keen observations and wit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 12/2/2013

    " This is a fun thriller set among Hedge Fund managers during the financial crisis of 08, and featuring a female hitman. Great read for what is left of the summer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances Wilson | 11/21/2013

    " An exciting and fast read and hopefully more fiction that fact! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiruba Tuba | 10/11/2013

    " I got this through a first reads giveaway. I really don't care for "thriller" novels. Ironically, they either bore me or irritate me. Just not my thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 7/19/2013

    " I do not like finance, hedge funds bewilder me, but I could still enjoy this novel, not great but good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 5/13/2013

    " Yes, he is related to Kurt (4th cousins). Yes, I googled it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 4/8/2013

    " Fast paced and interesting. While this was a work of fiction, the description of the market meltdown of 2008 and what it must have really been like to live and work in Greenwich at that time was captivating. I enjoyed the overlap of story lines and how they came together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy Barber | 3/1/2013

    " Awesome book. I'm not very financially minded but was able to follow the book and was pretty proud of myself about that ;-) Very entertaining book. Love this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/1/2012

    " One of my new favorite authors... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 8/31/2012

    " Interesting read but needs a better ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 5/1/2012

    " I read another book by this author a few months ago and was entertained with his story telling talent. This book would appeal to anyone who enjoyed the movie Wall Street. I did think the ending felt rushed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy Montgomery | 4/21/2012

    " I really liked this book. It was not a literary masterpiece, but was an engaging read -- a mystery with the 2008 financial crisis as a backdrop -- and especially interesting having recently read Michael Lewis' (non-fiction) The Big Short about investment banking during the same period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis McMahon | 4/14/2012

    " Real good summer page turner. Just the tonic after reading a bunch of non-fiction related to the financial collapse, hedge funds etc. Having read about the 'real' thing, it enhanced my enjoyment of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger Smitter | 4/2/2012

    " This is a good read. It makes the language of Wall Street understandable. The plot moves along well. The characters are stereotypical but interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne Meyers | 12/6/2011

    " A great summer read! I couldn't put it down, had to race through it. Similar to summer read experiences of the past that were fabulous ""The Firm"" and ""Jurassic Park." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tess | 11/25/2011

    " Really good plot, but poor prose in places. Needs a good editor. His first book had a good plot, but was also let down by poor writing. This one is definitely an improvement and as I like his main character and love financial thrillers, I'll probably check out his third book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria | 7/21/2011

    " Predictable, too simple. Read it because I live in Greenwich and it was fun to read about familiar places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 4/29/2011

    " Change of pace from Michael Connelly. Well written and suspensful story about the dark side of the finance industry, hedge funds. Pleanty of detailed and little known information about how big time investment managers work. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 3/14/2011

    " Yes, he is related to Kurt (4th cousins). Yes, I googled it. "

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About the Author
Author Norb Vonnegut

Norb Vonnegut spent over two years at a money management firm in New York City, where he was a managing director responsible for equity and fixed income portfolios. He has also worked for Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management Division, Paine Webber, and Kidder, Peabody. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.

About the Narrator

Robert Fass is a veteran actor and twice winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has earned numerous Earphones Awards, including one for his narration of Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name, which was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Audiobooks of 2011. He has given voice to modern and classic fiction writers alike, including Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac Asimov, Jeffrey Deaver, and John Steinbeck, as well as to nonfiction works in history, memoir, health, journalism, and business.