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I really am at the mercy of the paltry Price Park library audiobook section I think I have listened to all the good ones, so now I m reduced to books such as this which touts a hilarious romp through the dizzying world of NY investment banking or some such drivel The premise seems to be NY investment banks hire shallow preppies who are primarily interested in consumer goods if you have the right amount of panache it does not really matter if you are clueless as to basic spreadsheets, exc I really am at the mercy of the paltry Price Park library audiobook section I think I have listened to all the good ones, so now I m reduced to books such as this which touts a hilarious romp through the dizzying world of NY investment banking or some such drivel The premise seems to be NY investment banks hire shallow preppies who are primarily interested in consumer goods if you have the right amount of panache it does not really matter if you are clueless as to basic spreadsheets, exchange rates, whatever Some of the story lines made no sense, or seemed to be reaching for a jump the shark drama Drunken midgets Death by eggroll Retarded Rockefellers Flaming computers Flaming porn Pucci clad pirates Etc Sounds like I hated this book but no the audiobook reader, Kirby Heyborne was one of the best ones I ve encountered in my hilarious romp through Price Park library s audiobook section Heyborne nailed the voices for the cast of jaded preppies, foreign nationals and aging socialites, which made the book fun to listen to The book works better as a camp send up of a certain time and place in NY society and just seems ridiculous when the author attempts to conjure a meaning to any of it Hilarious Perfect for those of us who came out of college to a terrible job market a few years ago Love the characters and wild plot. Not quite what I expected, but nevertheless a somewhat entertaining book It readlike a biography made up of inter linking story lines that really didn t end up anywhere.I was a little disappointed with the ending, it seemed to finish quite odd and not really resolving anything at all.From the title and cover I would have picked the book as a business thriller in the mold of the Wall Street movies, but was sadly disappointed in that respects. Always looking for fiction that s light and easy to read, but not so mindless and trashy that it offends the intellect This one was entertaining, a good summer beach read except I read it back in the toum, AFTER the weekend on Lamu island A Gossip Girl esque account of life inside the big Wall Street financial firms. If Billions, The Wolf of Wall Street, and David Sedaris had a child, this would be it. didn t finish absolutely terrible. The ending didn t really make sense to me and I was left feeling like I wasted my afternoon reading this I wasn t sure how I was supposed to feel about the characters I found it difficult to respect Tommy as he was absolutely incompetent an investment banker and made no genuine effort to learn It wasn t clear why he should choose to become a doctor, since he did so badly in pre med And why in the world did his girlfriend Frances break down Sure, the boyfriend was sucked in by his job for da The ending didn t really make sense to me and I was left feeling like I wasted my afternoon reading this I wasn t sure how I was supposed to feel about the characters I found it difficult to respect Tommy as he was absolutely incompetent an investment banker and made no genuine effort to learn It wasn t clear why he should choose to become a doctor, since he did so badly in pre med And why in the world did his girlfriend Frances break down Sure, the boyfriend was sucked in by his job for days on end, but she had everything else going for her Roger was simply terrible he seemed to think of almost nothing but sex and sought to coast his way through life by relying on connections and taking credit for other people s work But I can believe that his type exists.The only thing I took away was some insight into the investment banking lifestyle and how it becomes so easy to get caught up in the pursuit of money The portrayal of the nouveau riche is also quite interesting people who have millions but struggle to be respected by the elite Because Singapore is a young country and therefore has less traditions etc , I think that it s easier for those who are crass but rich to break into the ranks of the elite And who says that the notion of royalty is dying The kings of the world are corporate bosses they can get employees to do all sorts of things like enrolling their child in kindergarten A great novel focusing on the wheeler dealer world of Wall street and the investment banking industry Tommy Quinn has recently graduated from Georgetown, originally an applicant for medical school he has somehow sort of stumbled through his father into the world of the financial market.Totally inept and blundering through a career he is totally unfit for his life is spiralling out of control trying to keep up with the affluent girlfriend and Ritzy and glamourous lifestyle that is a part of this A great novel focusing on the wheeler dealer world of Wall street and the investment banking industry Tommy Quinn has recently graduated from Georgetown, originally an applicant for medical school he has somehow sort of stumbled through his father into the world of the financial market.Totally inept and blundering through a career he is totally unfit for his life is spiralling out of control trying to keep up with the affluent girlfriend and Ritzy and glamourous lifestyle that is a part of this vocation he finds himself lying through his teeth to Frances amidst a mounting labyrinth of stress and deceit to hide his incapable acts at work.But his rich friends and co workers are faring no better and resort to booze, sex, drugs and other seedy vices to get through the hectic workdays.With his life unravelling and Frances hiding deep secrets at home Tom is in a big mess.Can he ever crawl out from beneath the mountain of problems he has stored up for himself Can he save his career and does he even want to Can he get things back on track with Frances or is everything a little too late Sarcastic, witty, sexy, glamourous and with oodles of greed and corruption this is a great read and gives one hell of an insight, though fictitious into the bad side of the banking and investment industry Although basically soap opera for the Ivy League Wall Street crowd, I found Vachon s writing definitely very entertaining, rather hip and satirical It s always fun to read about young Wall Street types, and that the author has been there lends the book some authority and credibility The culmination of events at the end of the novel were less than believable, as if all the drama accumulated up to that point could be wrapped up in 30 40 pages Still, at times very funny. ^READ EBOOK ☠ Mergers & Acquisitions ☆ Mergers Acquisitions is a very simple business Investment banks give advice to billion dollar companies buying other billion dollar companies, and they take around one half of one percent of the value of these multibillion dollar deals as a fee One half of one percent on a twenty billion dollar merger is one hundred million dollars, made in a period of a few months without ever risking a centTommy Quinn is a recent Georgetown grad who has just landed the job of his dreams as an investment banker at J S Spenser, and the perfect girl, Frances Sloan, the daughter of one of New York s oldest moneyed families As he travels from the most exclusive ball rooms of the Racquet and Tennis Club to the stuffiest boardrooms of J S Spenser, from the golf links of Piping Rock to the bedrooms of Park Avenue, and from the debauched yacht of a Mexican billionaire to the Ritalin strewn prep school dorm room of his younger brother, he finds that the job and the girl are not what they once seemedSet against the backdrop of money, lust, power, corruption, cynicism, energy, and excitement that is Wall Street, Dana Vachon s debut is suffused with an authenticity that only an author who lives in the world it portrays can provide With Mergers Acquisitions, he delivers a stylish and hilarious tale of the lives and loves of well to do young Manhattanites in their first year on Wall StreetSharp, fast paced, and bitingly witty, Mergers Acquisitions is a compulsively readable story of New York s young, ambitious, and wealthy that is destined to become one of the year s most buzzed about debuts