The Buy Side

A Wall Street Trader's Tale of Spectacular Excess
Narrated by: Turney Duff
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
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The Buy Side, by former Galleon Group trader Turney Duff, portrays an after-hours Wall Street culture where drugs and sex are rampant and billions in trading commissions flow to those who dangle the most enticements.

A remarkable writing debut, filled with indelible moments, The Buy Side shows as no book ever has the rewards – and dizzying temptations – of making a living on the Street.

Growing up in the 1980’s Turney Duff was your average kid from Kennebunk, Maine, eager to expand his horizons. After trying – and failing – to land a job as a journalist, he secured a trainee position at Morgan Stanley and got his first feel for the pecking order that exists in the trading pits. Those on the “buy side,” the traders who make large bets on whether a stock will rise or fall, are the “alphas” and those on the “sell side,” the brokers who handle their business, are eager to please.

How eager to please was brought home stunningly to Turney in 1999 when he arrived at the Galleon Group, a colossal hedge-fund management firm run by secretive founder Raj Rajaratnam. Finally in a position to trade on his own, Turney was encouraged to socialize with the sell side and siphon from his new broker friends as much information as possible. Soon he was not just vacuuming up valuable tips but also being lured into a variety of hedonistic pursuits. Naive enough to believe he could keep up the lifestyle without paying a price, he managed to keep an eye on his buy-and-sell charts and, meanwhile, pondered the strange goings on at Galleon, where tens of millions were being made each week in sometimes mysterious ways.

At his next positions, at Argus Partners and J.L. Berkowitz, Turney climbed to even higher heights – and, as it turned out, plummeted to even lower depths - as, by day, he solidified his reputation one of the Street’s most powerful healthcare traders, and by night, he blazed a path through the city’s nightclubs, showing off his social genius and voraciously inhaling any drug that would fill the void he felt inside.

A mesmerizingly immersive journey through Wall Street’s first millennial decade, and a poignant self-portrait by a young man who surely would have destroyed himself were it not for his decision to walk away from a seven-figure annual income, The Buy Side is one of the best coming-of-age-on-the-Street books ever written.

©2013 Turney Duff (P)2013 Random House
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Fascinating, honest tale of life on the "Street"

I took a risk on buying this book as I am completely illiterate in all things Wall Street. It paid off quite nicely because the author takes us through his journey on Wall Street from his own beginning as an painfully clueless intern. He explains the function of a Wall Street trader in a way that almost anyone can understand and I found it fascinating. He takes the reader with him as he moves up the ladder, becoming one of the biggest names on the Buy Side. While doing this, Duff seamlessly delves into the accompanying lifestyle of the trader-where more money can be made in one day than many people make in a decade. The excess is almost inevitable but it's the drugs that are Duff's final undoing. And eventually, his redoing. Ultimately, he sees the emptiness in all of it but not until he goes through his own version of hell. The beauty of this book is that you need not be a finance major to enjoy it, because the book is not about finance, or stocks, or trading at all. It's about our ever-increasing need to find something outside of ourselves to make us happy, and never finding it.

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Weekend listen

Great story! I probably got through it in one weekend. Duff is an excellent story teller. I could not stop listening.

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Great read.

Where does The Buy Side rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A little slow out of the gates, but content gets real juicy as the book progresses. A very open tale of his life full from the good to the bad. It's a good read.

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Wonderful book

Would you listen to The Buy Side again? Why?

Definitely - it's just a great story and very well written.

What other book might you compare The Buy Side to and why?

Straight to Hell.

Which character – as performed by Turney Duff – was your favorite?

Turney Duff and his buddy Turbo.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The author relapsing and almost ending up homeless was tough. I was rooting for him to straighten up his life and his relapse surprised me.

Any additional comments?

Funny, moving, and informative book. Very well written and author-performed books are always the best. This is no exception - loved every minute.

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Enthralling story

Would you listen to The Buy Side again? Why?

I would listen to this book again.

What did you like best about this story?

Duff paints a picture for the listener, I truly believe him even when he isn't quite sure what happened.

Which character – as performed by Turney Duff – was your favorite?

Raj.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A blow by blow account of the street's spectacular highs, and lows.

Any additional comments?

Don't quit during the opening preface. I had a strong urge to stop listening right off the bat however, after Duff 'warmed up' The Buy Side seemed to flow more naturally.

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Hooked

I felt like an addict listening to your book. It was so captivating and suspenseful; I ignored everyone and everything just to get to the next chapter. This was my 1st, of hopefully many books on audio.

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Excess Wall Street excess

Tourney's experiences climbing the Wall Street pecking order kept me wanting more. My favorite genre of book is Wall Street excess. This fit the bill.

And Tourney seemed to cross paths with all the who's who of Wall Street. Raj, Cramer...

But as the story entered the final third the attention given to his personal struggles (cocaine) was excessive. No doubt the author's drug problem were key to his downfall but in this kind of book I am looking for more Wall Street specific excess and less info about self driven coke and masturbation marathons.

Overall a good story. I'd buy again but would not endure after (spoiler alert)

He goes to rehab

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If I could return this because the author is a tool I would

I feel like a worse person for having listened to this book. I kept listening thinking I would find some redeeming quality about the author but that didn’t happen. I got the point loud and clear about his lifestyle and the fact he had an addiction. What I didn’t get was any empathy towards him and disliked him more and more as the book went on.

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Captivating Glance Into The World Of Wall Street..

I loved this book. Chapter by chapter a wild ride through the excessive life of a trader unfolded.

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A MUST READ!

A must read!
Love this book, so authentic and vivid.
One of the best books I’ve come across.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-21-18

Fascinating

Thoroughly interesting and insightful account of the rampant excess that was prevalent among some circles in Wall Street. A truly fascinating depiction of Turney’s life and career on the street, which highlighted how far one may go with soft-skills.

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  • C
  • 08-28-14

Understated but superb

Would you listen to The Buy Side again? Why?

No - I rarely listen to the same book twice.

What did you like best about this story?

The emphasis on the story and not the details of the excesses.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Actually, the prologue, which perfectly sums up what the whole book is about.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely

Any additional comments?

I expect the author could have revealed much more of the seedier side of his life, and no doubt some readers will wish he had. But the understated, matter of fact, nature of it all makes it all the more powerful and memorable.

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  • Carolyn Hinger
  • 02-15-20

Poorly performed, amateurish writing

While there is merit in the content of the story, the flatness of the writing and lacklustre storytelling is a disappointment. The writing style is choppy, often relying on sentences of three or four words that are descriptive and lacking of emotion. I would not recommend.

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  • Punam Madan Patel
  • 07-19-19

Interesting book

Well written and quite exciting at times but reader has a monotone voice. Still I enjoyed listening to the book and thought it was well worth it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-06-19

Great read

The start nearly put me off but glad I stuck through as the rest of the book was great. Really good story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-17-18

great in sight to the dark side of wall street

loved it. bares all about the dark side to to sucess stories of wall street.

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  • Marc
  • 06-01-18

Keep listening

Almost turned off at the start but so pleased I didn’t. Totally absorbing tale of highs lows then back again.

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  • Brucey boy
  • 01-28-18

Fantastic book!

Absolutely brilliant insight into the life of this man. Couldn’t wait to get in my
Car and listen to it!

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  • Dan
  • 05-03-16

gripping fast paced adventure of wall street

gripping fast paced adventure of wall street.
great story into the crazy world of the city traders

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  • G
  • 05-21-15

Great insight

Really enjoyed the journey and delivery. Entertaining all the way through, would recommend to anyone interested in the industry

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-20

Anyone would think...

..The author is a rep for Newport Cigarettes!
Fantastic, unbelievable recall for such textural details.