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A wryly comic, first-person debut novel offering a withering view of life on Wall Street from the perspective of an unhappy insider who is too hooked on the money to find a way out, even as his career is ruining his marriage and corroding his soul.

It’s 2005. Nick Farmer is a 35-year-old bond trader with Bear Stearns clearing seven figures a year. The novelty of a work-related nightlife centering on liquor, hookers, and cocaine has long since worn thin, though Nick remains keenly addicted to his annual bonus. But the lifestyle is taking a toll on his marriage and on him.

When a nerdy analyst approaches him with apocalyptic prognostications of where Bear’s high-flying mortgage-backed securities trading may lead, Nick is presented with the kind of ethical dilemma he’s spent a lifetime avoiding. Throw in a hot financial journalist who seems to be more interested in him than in the percolating financial armageddon and the prospect that his own wife may have found a new romantic interest of her own, and you have the recipe for Nick’s personal and professional implosion.

By turns hilarious and harrowing, Ghosts of Manhattan follows a winning but flawed character as he struggles to find the right path in a complicated urban heart of darkness.

©2012 Douglas Brunt (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Great Book

This book is very good. Plot is good. Character development is great and an outstanding reader performance makes this book a true winner.

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  • JoAnn
  • PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL, United States
  • 02-06-14

Loved this book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. The narrator was great--best I've ever heard. The main character was complex and interesting.

Which character – as performed by George Newbern – was your favorite?

Nick, of course.

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Loved this book

This is a great story, I could see each scene aa it was being.read. keep bringing the great stories.

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Thoroughly enjoyed!

Recommended to me by friends. I am glad I took the time to listen to this.

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  • ANGELA
  • Allen, TX, United States
  • 04-17-13

Too Light

Would you try another book from Douglas Brunt and/or George Newbern?

No

What could Douglas Brunt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Provide new insights about Wall Street..Funny yuppie conversations and insecurities were just not enough to define a plot.

What three words best describe George Newbern’s voice?

clear, pleasant, familiar

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ghosts of Manhattan?

NA-needed to add

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