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Monkey Business

Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle
Narrated by: John Rolfe, Peter Troob
Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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They hit "The Street."

Forget what you've read, forget what you've heard, forget what you've been taught. Monkey Business pulls off Wall Street's suspenders and gives the listener the inside skinny on real life at an investment bank, where the promised land is always one more 20-hour workday and another lap dance away.

"The Street" hit back.

Fresh out of Wharton and Harvard business schools, John Rolfe and Peter Troob ran willingly into the open arms of investment bank giant Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. They had signed on as foot soldiers in a white-collar army of overworked and frustrated lemmings furiously trying to spin straw into gold. They escaped with the remnants of their sanity - and, ultimately, this book.

Uncensored, unsanitized, and uncut, it captures the chaotic essence of the Wall Street carnival and the outlandish personalities that make it all hum...and it will become the smartest, most entertaining investment you'll make this year.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2009 John Rolfe (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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What a mess!

This is not a good book. It is basically a step by step explanation of how investment banking works for dummies with a few funny stories of excess thrown in. Additionally, the prologue seems bizarre. Why? What does it have to do with the story?

Try The Buy Side by Turney Duff or Why I left Goldman Sachs by Greg Smith for a much better account of Wall Street and far more entertaining story.

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Amazingly pertinent

I work on Wall Street and got a great laugh from this book. It’s wildly accurate in terms of the life bankers lead and having the writers doing the narration add liveliness. There are a few odd narrations that sound like they were spliced in but overall very good.

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Loved It!

Very interesting look at 2 guys as Investment Banking Associates in the late 90s and early 2000s. Funny stories kept me laughing.

Last chapter brought some more recent updates from the print edition. Worth listening to.

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Interesting and well told, could have done w/less of the frat boy descriptions

The authors did a good job of explaining the investment banking world and the true nature of the job. However, constantly equating their experiences to sexual jokes got old. Obviously, the events and book predate #MeToo.

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