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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (237 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexandra Lebenthal Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781400188420
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It’s the day after Labor Day, 2008, and the elite universe of New York’s Upper East Side is about to unravel along with the economy. Socialite Grigsby Somerset is barely aware of her changing world and has no idea her investment banker husband, Blake, is about to enter into a devil’s bargain with hedge fund owner John Cutter.

As autumn unfolds, Grigsby’s fairytale life starts to unwind. Street-smart Renee Parker has been hired as John’s executive assistant and is convinced that something is amiss with her new boss. Renee enlists her friend Sasha Silver, CEO of Silver Partners, to help her decipher what is happening. They soon discover that John is nearly ruined, except for the assets he is hiding in the Cayman Islands from his wife, Mimi, and has concocted with Blake a scheme to redeem himself.

This tale of expulsion from a modern-day Garden of Eden captures what happens when economic decline spells ruin for Manhattan’s pampered elite.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cher Untalan | 2/16/2014

    " Smart chick-lit. Not even sure you can call it that since it isn't stupid and petty. Loved this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa Kayden | 2/6/2014

    " This book started out okay but went to boring about halfway through. Made it to about page 200 and quit. I know i was probably supposed to root for Sasha and Renee, but neither was interesting enough to keep my attention. Not a fan of this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gabriela Lessa | 1/28/2014

    " I don't know if I was expecting way too much, but this book was a bit disappointing for me. The plot is great, for sure, and it kept me reading until the end. But the writing is not so polished, POVs change way too often and the dialogues feel quite unnatural most of the time. The economy part of it is great, but the personal stories lack appeal. It's nice and the premise is very interesting, but it's not amazing. I do think she has talent, though, and I still believe somewhere down the road her books could go from nice to amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobbie | 1/19/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this book - some interesting characters. I was disappointed with what seemed to be a hurried ending - like the author got tired of writing about the characters and just wrapped it up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Mattar | 1/17/2014

    " Good book...the end was a little rushed and a bit had to believe, but all in all very enjoyable!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kittykate | 1/14/2014

    " Delicious! Couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 1/12/2014

    " It was a fun book that gave me some insight into the lives of manhattan's wealthiest along with Insight into how trading works and why our economy is in such a sad place. Informative and fluffy. I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 10/19/2013

    " Terrible book but not so bad that I did not finish it. I think I just liked reading about wealthy women's life in NYC. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/17/2013

    " Silly little book. Perfect after reading 3 "heavies" in a row. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 9/26/2013

    " I loved this book! I only picked it up from the library because it was new and shiny. It was like a satirical spin on real housewives set against the financial crisis, only most of the women were really savy and smart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenelle | 9/10/2013

    " This book had a lot of potential. The plot is more complex than the typical chick lit. But the dialogue is stilted and corny. I wanted to really love this book, but it was just OK. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jo | 7/7/2013

    " Well, it was so bad it took me 11 months to finally get through it... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Holly | 7/3/2013

    " I find it difficult to sympathize with the ultra rich who lose most of their fortune by cheating others and are down to their last couple of million. I have less sympathy for their wives who are brainless bimbos that are truly clueless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 7/21/2012

    " A funny, fluffy beach read... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 6/26/2012

    " Passable attempt to create fiction out of our 2007 financial tailspin. The characterization too thin for me. The social satire a bit too heavy handed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 4/13/2012

    " One of the best books I've read recently! This is sort of in the chick lit genre, but also provides an interesting history of the 2008 economic crisis. It gives you a lot to think about with regards to what parts of our lifestyle may not be as necessary as we think they are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Wilson | 8/7/2011

    " More mind candy. Yet another novel about the financial collapse on Wall Street. I seem to be addicted to these. Find it hard to relate to the world of the rich and famous so it is like reading about a foreign country. Fun and fast. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/1/2011

    " boring but I finished it quickly. "

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

    " Good book...the end was a little rushed and a bit had to believe, but all in all very enjoyable!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 1/25/2011

    " This book started out okay but went to boring about halfway through. Made it to about page 200 and quit. I know i was probably supposed to root for Sasha and Renee, but neither was interesting enough to keep my attention. Not a fan of this one.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 1/24/2011

    " Terrible book but not so bad that I did not finish it. I think I just liked reading about wealthy women's life in NYC. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 1/14/2011

    " I loved this book! I only picked it up from the library because it was new and shiny. It was like a satirical spin on real housewives set against the financial crisis, only most of the women were really savy and smart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 10/2/2010

    " One of the best books I've read recently! This is sort of in the chick lit genre, but also provides an interesting history of the 2008 economic crisis. It gives you a lot to think about with regards to what parts of our lifestyle may not be as necessary as we think they are. "

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About the Author

Alexandra Lebenthal is the president and CEO of Lebenthal & Co. and its wealth management division, Alexandra & James, Inc. Her father is Jim Lebenthal, who made his name in municipal bonds. She also serves as a board member of the School of American Ballet and is involved with several other leading New York cultural institutions, including the Business Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Capital Campaign for the Museum of the City of New York, the American Museum of Natural History, and the New York Botanical Garden.

About the Narrator

Renée Raudman is an actor and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. She has performed on film, television, radio, and on stage and can also be heard in several video games and hundreds of television and radio voice-overs.