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Meltdown

By: Ben Elton
Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville
Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
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Summary

For amiable City trader Jimmy Corby, money was the new rock 'n' roll. His whole life was a party, adrenalin charged and cocaine fuelled. If he hadn't met Monica he would probably have ended up either dead or in rehab.

But Jimmy was as lucky in love as he was at betting on dodgy derivatives, so instead of burning out, his star just burned brighter than ever. Rich, pampered, and successful, Jimmy, Monica and their friends lived the dream, bringing up their children with an army of domestic helps.

But then it all came crashing down. And when the global financial crisis hit, Jimmy discovered that anyone can handle success. It's how you handle failure that really matters.

©2009 Ben Elton (P)2009 Random House Audiobooks

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Awesome

Loved it classic Elton keeps you thinking all the way to the end love all his books

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good read,

The narrator was ever so good, captured the characters really well, made this book essentally a really good listen for me. End didnt have the usual Ben Elton cruel twist, is still endearingly funny and not too far from reality. I kinda recognised the main protagonist Jimmy and his wife and resolved to like them despite their wildly lavish sometimes mindless approach to money. They kept me following. Jimmy was more self effacing as opposed to his school companions; I enjoyed the general cringyness and vulgar nature of some of the other characters yuppy behaviour. Could see real life comparison of the main character Jimmy working in the Stock Exchange and the corruption and manipulation of Banking and political sector.

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It's alright

I am a big fan of Ben Elton but this book was a little weak.

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  • Stephanie Whitelock
  • 30-08-11

Excellent

Highly enjoyable book brilliantly narrated. It's a shame it was abridged as I would have liked to hear the full novel but I loved every minute of this book and couldn't wait to start listening to it again. 5 stars.

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