Money to Burn

  • by James Grippando
  • Narrated by Jonathan Davis
  • 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this timely stand-alone thriller ripped from the headlines, New York Times best-selling author James Grippando, whom the Wall Street Journal calls “a writer to watch,” explores a world in which the destruction of financial institutions and the people who run them can occur in a matter of hours-perhaps even minutes.
At 31, Michael Cantella is a rising star at Wall Street’s premier investment bank, Saxton Silvers. Everything is going according to plan until Ivy Layton, the love of his life, vanishes on their honeymoon in the Bahamas. Fast-forward four years. It’s the eve of his 35th birthday, and Michael is still on track: successful career, beautiful new wife, piles of money. Reveling in his good fortune, Michael logs in to his computer, enters his password, and pulls up his biggest investment account: Zero balance. He tries another, and another. All of them zero. Someone has wiped him out. His only clue is a new e-mail message: Just as planned. xo xo.
With these three words Michael’s life as he knows it is liquidated, along with his investment portfolio. Saxton Silvers is suddenly on the brink of bankruptcy, and he’s the leading suspect in its ruin. Michael is left alone, framed, and facing divorce, with undercover FBI agents afoot, spyware on his computer, and mysterious e-mails from a “JBU.” Embroiled in corporate espionage, he’s desperate to clear his name and realizes that several signs point to his first wife, Ivy, as a key player. But what if Ivy has come back from the dead, only to visit on Michael a fate worse than death?
With echoes of The Firm, James Grippando’s newest thriller takes readers to the inner circle of Wall Street, illustrating the very real dangers of what Warren Buffett called “financial weapons of mass destruction."

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Audible Editor Reviews

When Michael Cantella, superstar investment banker, becomes the victim of identity theft, it sets in motion a series of events that ultimately exposes shady dealings in the world of high finance and brings it crumbling down. Narrator Jonathan Davis delivers a performance that is full of tense excitement that complements the story's fast-paced action. Characters come to life through subtle changes in Davis's voice. A weakness is that long pauses at the close of chapters bring one out of the moment. However, Grippando's action-packed story and Davis's consistent narration quickly re-engage the listener.

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Home run James!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would highly recommend this book! I kept me spellbound from beginning to end. I couldn't wait to get in my car to see what would happen next.


What other book might you compare Money to Burn to and why?

I might compare it to "The Partner" by John Grisham It had that "cat and mouse" thing going.


Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

I always hear Jack Swytek's voice when I hear Jonathan Davis so I guess in this book I like Andy


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When you think you have nothing to lose.....


Any additional comments?

I think this book was different than other James Grippando books. I LOVED it. He just keeps me interested ALWAYS. Another home run!

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- Janise

Good listen from beginning to the end!

What did you love best about Money to Burn?

I don't love anything about a book. I like it and this is a good one. The characters were balanced and this book had an ending that was consistent with the entire story. He did not have to resort to a long explanation of facts not presented earlier in the book in order to make the ending work. Although the ending was not predictable, it was logical. Good job.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Money to Burn?

The frustration factor on the hero's cooperation in the destruction of his own reputation.


Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my second listen to Jonathan Davis and I like his performances. I will include him in my searches for a good listen.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, but long enough to enjoy over several days - and I could stop listening for a day and remember the story line when I picked it up again - It takes a solid story line to permit a break in the listen without confusing the characters when started again. Didn't have to rewind this to get back into the story.


Any additional comments?

The book includes references to and information about the way our financial institutions work - I hope he writes additional stories that include wall street and securities industries

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- Rachel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-23-2010
  • Publisher: HarperAudio