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Meltdown

By: Ben Elton
Narrated by: Paul Thornley
Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)

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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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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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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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terrible. anti capitalist propaganda piece

terrible. ediius and dull. not at all funny champagne socialist hypocrisy masquerading as a story

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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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outstanding

loved the story, real warmth and heart despite the topic (finance!?). Very well read narration. Can't praise this enough.

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Super funny book.. A must read

Well I loved this book, as I worked in the same arena as book took place and the same era as well, I could identify
with that mentality of the characters... If you like this book, watch the film "Wolf of Wall street" same era,
had me on the floor laughing as well...

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Great story

if you like ben elton then you'll definitely like this tale. some very amusing parts. loved the way all the smallest details became relevant later in the story

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Good story but doesn't beat High Society.

I liked this book, the narrator made it come alive for me and the story line kept me listening.
No where near as good as my favourite by Ben Elton which is High Society. The only one of his that comes close to that is This Other Eden.
He does have a great way of adding surprises, shocking the read with an unexpected twist.

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not good

sorry to say but this is not the best. sounded off the top of his head.

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  • Ben Nolan
  • 22-12-19

Slow

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