Cityboy

  • by Geraint Anderson
  • Narrated by Tom Hollander
  • 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A no-holds-barred, warts-and-all account of life in London's financial heartland. 'Who is Cityboy? He's every brash, suited, FT-carrying idiot who ever pushed past you on the tube. He's the egotistical buffoon who loudly brags about how much cash he's made on the market at otherwise pleasant dinner parties. He's the greedy, ruthless wanker whose actions are helping turn this world into the shit-hole it's rapidly becoming. For one period in my life, he was me.' In this no-holds-barred, warts-and-all account of life in London's financial heartland, Cityboy breaks the Square Mile's code of silence in his own inimitable style, revealing explosive secrets, tricks of the trade and the corrupt, murky underbelly at the heart of life in the city. Drawing on his experience as a young analyst in a major investment bank, the six-figure bonuses, monstrous egos, and the everyday culture of verbal and substance abuse that fuels the world's money markets is brutally exposed as Cityboy describes his ascent up the hierarchy of this intensely competitive and morally dubious industry, and how it almost cost him his sanity.

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Funny & Brusque!!

I'm not a big fan of pretentious books and it can normally take me hours of searching to find a story I can risk buying. It's unfortunate but my particular taste demands realism, intelligence and practical simplicity. I absolutely LOVE this audio book and can recommend it highly. This guy is a keen observer and a wonderful communicator because many of the things I found hilarious are inseparable from life in the square mile.

This work is clever, humble, insightful and quippy. I love the main character and the straightforward manner the author has used to give it to you straight. The narrator is fantastic and adds to the story by genuinely enjoying the whole tale. Buy this audio book and cancel anything scheduled for 3 plus hours because you WILL NOT pause it.

Also; I laughed so loudly that my neighbours want to buy it too.

Criticism? Well I?d say that the book could have done with more detail.... what it was like to have a new Porsche? Where did he live? Who did he deal with outside work and the city? How did his family deal with his success and the changes in him? How did he himself ?feel? on the roller coaster ride upward? More about his rivalry with Hugo and his golfing skills after the drubbing? Detail about the changes from snot nosed kid to successful Stock broking Powerhouse, The evolving relationship with his brother..... What did his family ACTUALLY say about the changes in him?

In all I loved it and listened to the whole thing in one sitting whilst rewinding periodically to catch the bits I laughed through. I?ll revisit it time and again; and look forward to more from this author.

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- jonathan jordan-july

Simply the best Audiobook i have ever listened to

outstanding!!
exceptionally interesting giving a highly insightful firsthand view into the grim world of the square mile.
Andersons voice is simply the cherry on the cake, hilarious, witty and informative.
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- Jack

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-01-2009
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK