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3.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 5 3.63 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Norb Vonnegut Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781400183425
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In a world that moves as fast as finance does, top producers have to think three steps ahead and make snap decisions. Theirs is a blurred version of reality, one that conceals moves as much as it rewards the bold ones. All too easily, scams can be disguised as success, and plotting can be mistaken for killer instincts. And as Grove O’Rourke finds out, “Nothing obscures vulnerability like success. Nothing that is, except for friendships.”

But this book isn’t about stocks and bonds—it’s about people. It’s about Grove O’Rourke, top producer at the investment firm of Sachs, Kidder, and Carnegie, and about his best friend, Charlie Kelemen, whose spectacular murder is carried out in front of hundreds of horrified party-goers at the opening of the novel. It’s about Charlie’s widow, who comes to Grove for help after her husband’s death, even though she’s hiding a dark secret. And it’s about how money—vast sums of money—can cover up even the most glaring imperfections in relationships and fool everyone.

Well, almost everyone.

With the ease of someone who has lived in the world of top producers, Norb Vonnegut has crafted a sharp, dark thriller that will make you think—and then double-check your investments.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise | 1/15/2014

    " Some dialogues sounded authentic. I can see how some characters were inspired by people that the author worked with when he was a top producer himself at Morgan Stanley. The plot itself was rather unconvincing. "

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

    " Very solid effort and good summer reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/10/2014

    " Interesting NYC setting with stock market & investment insiders' viewpoints. But the people were so self-absorbed, not folks I'd want to spend time with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 1/4/2014

    " In the fast-moving world of finance, Norb Vonnegut is a great author. I really enjoyed his descriptive processes. Especially that of bed-suck (The bed just sucks you in) and the relationship of Grove O'Rourke and his pillows. Those two stick out to me, but the novel as a whole is very very good and I enjoyed it very much. The murder itself was pretty unique. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 12/24/2013

    " One of the better legal thrillers. Not as disposable as most of these books are, Vonnegut knows what he is talking about and delves deep into the world of finance and dark dealings that are entrapped within. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Losen | 12/23/2013

    " It was a very mysterious and interesting take on the world of Wall Street. There were I few parts that were a drag, but over all, a very thrilling book to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 12/18/2013

    " Decent well paced novel set in the finance world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 11/15/2013

    " This is a good, quick read. Nothing deep about it but if you're looking for pure entertainment then go for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 10/2/2013

    " Started out as a promising mystery that kind of petered out....no surprises but an easy enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 8/24/2013

    " Decent well paced novel set in the finance world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tommy | 6/11/2013

    " Well written and fast paced the way I like my novels. Norb knows his stuff. I really loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Hilen | 4/25/2013

    " Bought this because it was $4 at close out sale and it exceeded my expectations. Not having a financial background, some of the jargon was lost on me, but the plot was fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Prashant Singh | 3/21/2013

    " I liked this novel, it was a financial thriller in its truest sense. Although the story in itself isn't ground breaking, and entertaining for its "wall street" nature, but I am sure author is on the right track and his next book is going to be really awesome. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patt | 2/11/2013

    " Wanted to like it, but it's too slow for me. Way too much Wall Street jargon. Have moved on to Liar's Club between bouts of snow shoveling.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/10/2012

    " LOVED this book! Great thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julian Johnson | 11/6/2012

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this - something of a guilty pleasure, because its popcorn. Nonetheless, recommend it for anyone heading off on holidays and in need of a bit of suspense, glamour and escapism. Will watch out for his stuff in future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 11/4/2012

    " A Wall Street thriller. Interesting, seemed a little dated already because of the crash of the market this last year but the story line is intriguing and interesting. This is a murder mystery whodunit. A good beach or poolside ride. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 4/20/2012

    " New Author-interesting look into the mysteries of Wall Street, plus devious murder/mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arthur Kyriazis | 1/21/2012

    " OUtstanding first rate work. Recommended to all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 6/25/2011

    " This story was an interesting snapshot of Wall Street, its ruthlessness and fastpace. It is very current, with references to Bernie Madoff, etc. I do not usually like murder mysteries, and this murder was a bit over-the-top, but I did enjoy the book. It would make a great movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/16/2011

    " Loved this financial thriller - great insights into the business & witty too. "

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

    " I liked this novel, it was a financial thriller in its truest sense. Although the story in itself isn't ground breaking, and entertaining for its "wall street" nature, but I am sure author is on the right track and his next book is going to be really awesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 2/26/2011

    " Started out as a promising mystery that kind of petered out....no surprises but an easy enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 8/11/2010

    " This is a good, quick read. Nothing deep about it but if you're looking for pure entertainment then go for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julian | 6/24/2010

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this - something of a guilty pleasure, because its popcorn. Nonetheless, recommend it for anyone heading off on holidays and in need of a bit of suspense, glamour and escapism. Will watch out for his stuff in future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 5/10/2010

    " Very good, but the language was sometimes too mod / high tech for a 71 year old.A Wall Street thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 2/27/2010

    " New Author-interesting look into the mysteries of Wall Street, plus devious murder/mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/12/2010

    " This story was an interesting snapshot of Wall Street, its ruthlessness and fastpace. It is very current, with references to Bernie Madoff, etc. I do not usually like murder mysteries, and this murder was a bit over-the-top, but I did enjoy the book. It would make a great movie. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patt | 1/31/2010

    "
    Wanted to like it, but it's too slow for me. Way too much Wall Street jargon. Have moved on to Liar's Club between bouts of snow shoveling.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 7/21/2009

    " A Wall Street thriller. Interesting, seemed a little dated already because of the crash of the market this last year but the story line is intriguing and interesting. This is a murder mystery whodunit. A good beach or poolside ride. "

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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

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”