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Publisher's Summary

“Buzzy and enthralling… A glorious novel about empires and erasures, husbands and wives, staggering fortunes and unspeakable misery…Fun as hell to read.” —Oprah Daily

"A genre-bending, time-skipping story about New York City’s elite in the roaring ’20s and Great Depression."—Vanity Fair

“A riveting story of class, capitalism, and greed.” —Esquire

"Captivating."—NPR

"Exhilarating.” —New York Times

An unparalleled novel about money, power, intimacy, and perception

Even through the roar and effervescence of the 1920s, everyone in New York has heard of Benjamin and Helen Rask. He is a legendary Wall Street tycoon; she is the daughter of eccentric aristocrats. Together, they have risen to the very top of a world of seemingly endless wealth—all as a decade of excess and speculation draws to an end. But at what cost have they acquired their immense fortune? This is the mystery at the center of Bonds, a successful 1937 novel that all of New York seems to have read. Yet there are other versions of this tale of privilege and deceit.    

Hernan Diaz’s TRUST elegantly puts these competing narratives into conversation with one another—and in tension with the perspective of one woman bent on disentangling fact from fiction. The result is a novel that spans over a century and becomes more exhilarating with each new revelation.    

At once an immersive story and a brilliant literary puzzle, TRUST engages the listener in a quest for the truth while confronting the deceptions that often live at the heart of personal relationships, the reality-warping force of capital, and the ease with which power can manipulate facts.

©2022 Hernan Diaz (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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  • tpritch
  • 2022-05-21

Long buildup to tepid ending

As others have pointed out, this novel is in four sections, representing four perspectives on the same events. Each narrator tailored the recounting to his own benefit, and the author wrote each in a different style. Beyond illustrating human vanity, I didn’t find a deeper meaning, nor did the story become more captivating — simply a rehashing, without resolution. Writing is very good; narration is very good (I recognized Audm voices); but no plot carries this home.

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  • jack sherman
  • 2022-05-10

Excellent!

this complex story--told from 3 or 4 perspectives--reveals much about capitalism in the 1900s---and how money flows to the top. there is much wisdom here--about a robber baron (fictional)--and how he sees himself--vs. how he was--well--I will not give the surprise away!
as usual--E. Ballerini (my #1 favorite reader) does a fine job reading the first lengthy chapter. listened to it on an 8-hour drive yesterday. this is a very "literary" book. reminds me of Faulkner in its multi-perspective approach. a powerful story of "the American Century."

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  • murphyp
  • 2022-06-15

Great narrators. Great story

Very interesting concept in how the different sections tied together. Great to see a fictional take on certain aspects of capitalism. Allows more room to play with the ideas mostly found in nonfiction books

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  • G. Griffith
  • 2022-05-26

A must read.

Brilliant concept and the merging of the stories is flawless. The author is a gifted wordsmith.

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  • Glenn
  • 2022-05-22

Engrossing but be careful who you trust

The secrets behind the fortunes of a mega-rich financier unfold in a set of 4 documents (books, journals) that report the same events from different vantages and with different levels of fabrication versus candor. The pieces come together in a richly satisfying way. Each section is read by a different narrator; all are effective in bringing the book to life.

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  • R D...
  • 2022-05-08

THE FRIENDLESS ECONOMIST

An economist-financier survives the crash of 1929. Blocked by his ego, he is a loner in all affairs.

I found Trust to be a wordy, complicated read/listen for the message it sends.
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  • Lynn Lord
  • 2022-06-19

Outstanding

I did a combination of reading and listening to this book. I really appreciate having audible with me as I move through my busy life. This book is complex, interesting, and I couldn’t put it down!! What a great ending!

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  • Danzer
  • 2022-06-13

not as revolutionary as reviewers claimed

But it's well-written and well-performed. And I loved the Edith Wharton milieu of rich Manhattanites.

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  • Bebe Guill
  • 2022-06-13

Intense

Immersive and beautifully performed. Read In the Distance first and glad to have had that introduction to Diaz, but not necessary to have read that to enjoy this one.

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  • SusanV
  • 2022-05-23

Hard Time Due to Audio Format

I got confused due the number of ways the story was told. About 4 stories, related yet unrelated. Different characters that fit together, yet not. This type of book makes better sense to read than listen to.

A great deal of it is around the stock markets of late 19th century and 20th century through the 1929 crash. I'm rather burned out on markets which explains a large part of my low interest.