• Golden Boy

  • A Murder Among the Manhattan Elite
  • By: John Glatt
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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Golden Boy

By: John Glatt
Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
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Publisher's Summary

By all accounts, Thomas Gilbert Jr. led a charmed life. The son of a wealthy hedge fund manager and a financier, he grew up surrounded by a loving family and all the luxury an Upper East Side childhood could provide: education at the elite Buckley School and Deerfield Academy, summers in a sprawling seaside mansion in the Hamptons. He was strikingly handsome, moving with ease through glittering social circles and following in his father's footsteps to Princeton. His friends saw him as a leader; his parents adored him.

But Tommy always felt different, and the cracks in his façade began to show. What started as quiet exhaustion turned into warning signs of OCD, increasing paranoia, and - most troubling - an indescribable, inexplicable hatred of his father. As his parents begged him to seek psychiatric help, Tommy pushed back by self-medicating with drugs and escalating violence. When a fire destroyed his recently estranged best friend's Hamptons home, Tommy was the prime suspect - but he was never charged. Just months later, he arrived at his parents' apartment, calmly asked his mother to leave, and shot his father point-blank in the head.

With exclusive access to sources close to Tommy, including his own mother, author John Glatt constructs the agonizing spiral of mental illness that led Thomas Gilbert Jr. to the ultimate unspeakable act.

©2021 John Glatt (P)2021 Tantor

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Great book. Tragic Story.

This case is incredibly sad, a person whose mental illness is overlooked because of his good looks and the appearance of financial stability. It's easy to blame the parents, and the parent-son relationship is codependent. Eventually, untreated mental illness and tragedy meet one afternoon.

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Disappointing to my Thinking

I purchased this audible story because it seemed like an interesting topic to me. I found the book sad and depressing however because rather than covering a story about a crafty, diabolical heir desirous of speeding up his inheritance … this is actually about a sick individual with so many diagnoses from medical sources that it did not seem fair (to my thinking) to write about all his medical issues. I did not take notes to record the many problems Tommy exhibited but included were mention of psychosis, OCD, severe paranoia (where he imagined the airport was contaminating him) and also a deranged belief his father (Tom, Sr.) was stealing his own son’s identity. Huh? If it interests you to see a mentally/emotionally handicapped (though high I.Q.) offspring try to cope in New York City with his living-allowance reduced to $200 per month by a wealthy parent, then this tale might interest you. But as for me, it seemed unkind to expose his private medical information and familial history of suicidal ideation in the family tree: Hasn’t Tom Gilbert, Jr. already struggled and suffered enough? This book was authored by a reporter and delivered to us like a miserable book report without much depth so I’m unable to recommend it. // P.S. I genuinely feel guilty after posting a negative review so to be honest, IF some info about this NYC court case which ensued —and the preamble too— is sought, then this might satisfy your curiosity.

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An Enabled Tragedy.

I belong to a Toughlove group in South Africa. This story is a classic enabling story. Parents who couldn't say no with tragic results.

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Like listening to a book report

I was compelled to finish because it is an interesting and tragic case but it missed the mark in terms of storytelling.

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The real moral of the story may be missed

Read lots of negative reviews but I wanted to read this because it was an intriguing tragedy. For people focused on the wealth and privilege of the Gilbert family, I believe this is a tale of what money cannot buy. In the richest country in the world, we are completely failing at mental healthcare. While the author rails against the New York criminal code, the tragic tale told here echoes across the country at every socioeconomic level. We need to do better. This was a well written narrative of a sad, sad case. I can't feel anything but sympathy for this family.

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Gossip Rag Novella

Let me begin by saying that this book was recommended by a family member (who shall remain blameless) and that person couldn’t put it down.

I did not have that same experience.

If you like Star magazine or Real Housewives of New Hampshire then this book is probably for you.

The fact that someone is already making a movie about these un-endearing aristocratic poseurs must mean there’s a healthy market for it.

Personally I found this collection of words about as intriguing as a dissertation on what happens to a full glass of water when left around a toddler too long.

The choice of narrator was an odd one. Not sure what the British accent was supposed to bring to the performance. Granted he didn’t have a whole lot to work with, but he also didn’t do anything to make me forget that. (As a side note, given the weight/thread of the female characters in this story, a female narrator might have been a better call)

As “real crime” goes this story’s focus was on the wrong criminal(s). You don’t blame The Monster, or a lack of social safety nets for the Doctors failings.

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It's Deppressing

I think the book is well written, it is just a very sad story. The Narrator did not enhance the book at all. I have listened to other books he has done and did an okay job. I think if they would have picked another narrator the book could have been better.

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Just O.K.

While the storyline was good the narrator sounded as if he was reading a term paper.