Mergers & Acquisitions

  • by Dana Vachon
  • Narrated by Kirby Heyborne
  • 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Tommy Quinn has just landed the job of his dreams as an investment banker at J. S. Spenser, as well as the perfect girl, Frances Sloan, the daughter of one of New York's oldest moneyed families. As he travels from the most exclusive ballrooms to the stuffiest boardrooms, from the golf links to the bedrooms of Park Avenue - and from the debauched yacht of a Mexican billionaire to the Ritalin-strewn dorm room of his younger brother - he finds that the job and the girl are not what they once seemed. Set against the backdrop of money, lust, power, corruption, cynicism, energy, and excitement that is Wall Street, Dana Vachon's debut is suffused with an authenticity that only an author who lives in that world can provide. With Mergers & Acquisitions, he delivers a stylish and hilarious tale of the lives and loves of well-to-do young Manhattanites in their first year on Wall Street. Sharp, fast-paced, and bitingly witty, Mergers & Acquisitions is a compulsively listenable story of New York's young, ambitious, and wealthy that is destined to become one of the year's most buzzed-about debuts.

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What the Critics Say

"Dana Vachon exposes the carnal and financial lusts of his generation's privileged and ambitious as few others have in recent years. And he knows his Ferragamos from his Dolce & Gabbanas, which is refreshing for a guy." (Candace Bushnell)
"I've always maintained that what we know as 'the 80s' never really ended, and Mergers & Acquisitions proves the point in spades. A Bright Lights, Big City for the generation born around the time that Bright Lights, Big City came out, Mergers & Acquisitions is a coming-of-age novel with a very nice balance of heartfelt insight and acid satire - including one of the funniest jerks I've ever encountered (in fiction)." (Kurt Andersen)

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Stupid and unbelievable

Satire should be based on characters and situations that are exaggerations of plausible situations. This book isn't satire, it is childish fantasy. As I listened that was the main impression - the writing and situations are juvenile. One of the worst books I have purchase, if not the worst. Total waste of time.
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- Kent M. Erickson

As shallow as his characters

If you are looking for a fast paced book about the world of finance... look elsewhere. If you are looking for a book that tries to show how shallow and unlikable the privledged are and then becomes that very goal itself, this is the book for you. Mergers and Acquisitions tries to be a cross between John Irving and Richard Heller, creating one "outrageous" character and scenario after another to try to entertain and shock the reader. Instead, you plow through a maze of forgettable and unlikable characters who you hope will become more interesting, but never do. If you feel like quitting on this book when you are about 1/2 through, but feel like you need to stick with it because it might all pull together in the end and be worth the time invested in listening to the book, go ahead and quit. It doesn't and it isn't.
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- Gary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-27-2007
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio