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Summary

For amiable city trader Jimmy Corby, money was the new rock n' roll. His whole life was a party, adrenaline 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)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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Brilliantly written light relief

Loved it, a great Ben Elton novel. An amusing tale interwoven with reality and a solid moral compass.

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Funny And Thought Provoking..

Very cool analogy of the "New Labour/Old Tory" experiment of getting into bed with the financial sector during the late 90s and Noughties. Very cleverly told in continuing flashbacks between 90s and the late 2000s. Ben Elton tells the intertwining story of a group of university friends and their differing fortunes with his trademark humour. Great voice and character work from Paul Thornley. It was honestly a treat from start to finish with 'a lil bit of politics thrown in for good measure as Mr Elton might say during a stand up gig.

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Good Naration

I haven't read any of his stuff in a while, and while the narration was good I think I have just grown out of the long comic observations. Would have preferred it to be a little more fast moving

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Unmistakably Ben Elton

Political satire wrapped up in a great story. The Ben Elton comic genius comes through, mixed with the political rants that made him famous in the 1980's.

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Great book

i very much enjoyed the story, the journey, the differering points of view. Great read

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Not enough direction in the plot/story

Just a weak ass storyline, which is a shame because it started promising but didnt ever really go anywhere with the journey through reading it. It just merely ambled towards a rather lame ending that could of been written in 5 minutes on the loo! I usually love Elton, but this was average at best...boring at worse...

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A little too politically forced

This is the third Ben Elton book I have read and probably the weakest. The story keeps you engaged but it feels like Ben is trying to push home political points throughout which detracts From the story.

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Excellent Book

Excellent all round, really enjoyed this book, great story, great characters, Bem Elton at his finest. Paul Thornleys narration is, as always, brilliant. Thoroughly recommend.

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Lessons in life and people

Loved listening to this one, indeed I finished it in a week. Interesting characters and a good plot with a few twists and turns along the way. We'll worth your time.

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loved it

I love the intertwined story lines and how relevant the storylines are to things that actually happened in real life eg. credit crunch etc

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Slow

could not finish it. loved Ben Eltons other books but this was slow and boring.