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Straight to Hell

True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals
Written by: John LeFevre
Narrated by: Scott Aiello
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Business & Money, Careers
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Some chick asked me what I would do with 10 million bucks. I told her I'd wonder where the rest of my money went." (@GSElevator)

Over the past three years, the notorious @GSElevator Twitter feed has offered a hilarious, shamelessly voyeuristic look into the real world of international finance. Hundreds of thousands followed the account, Goldman Sachs launched an internal investigation, and when the true identity of the man behind it all was revealed, it created a national media sensation - but that's only part of the story.

Where @GSElevator captured the essence of the banking elite with curated jokes and submissions overheard by readers, Straight to Hell adds John LeFevre's own story - an unapologetic and darkly funny account of a career as a globe-conquering investment banker spanning New York, London, and Hong Kong. Straight to Hell pulls back the curtain on a world that is both hated and envied, taking listeners from the trading floors and roadshows to private planes and after-hours overindulgence. Full of shocking lawlessness, boyish antics, and win-at-all-costs schemes, this is the definitive take on the deviant, dysfunctional, and absolutely excessive world of finance.

©2015 John LeFevre. (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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awesome book!

greatly enjoyed. Had to pull over at one point as I was laughing so hard! would highly recommend. #Audilbe1

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  • shanekofoed
  • 2015-08-30

If you like the Twitter account you'll love this

I think the people that left negative reviews haven't read / followed the Twitter account. Definitely worth the time if you are looking for entertainment. Super funny and the narrator did a great job.

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  • Amber
  • 2015-07-21

Love it!!!

Fabulous book!! I work in public accounting and have investment banker friends as well - so this book made a lot of sense. Honest and hilarious with small patches of compassion. If you work in the financial word and enjoy humor and wit, this is a perfect book. Even my husband, who is not in the finance industry, thoroughly enjoyed it!! Must read! The narrator reads it accordingly!

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  • Wayne
  • 2015-08-11

Timberwolf of Wallstreet

If you could sum up Straight to Hell in three words, what would they be?

"I chose poorly" In my attempts to find a career path when I was younger, I believe I would have been a great broker! This sounded WAY to fun and WAY to addicting!

Who was your favorite character and why?

John, his perception of each situation was fantastic! I could literally see into every situation like I was there as well.

Which scene was your favorite?

Even though I was not able to get the whole story, the scene where he owned a car for less than a week was fantastic. I really wanna know what happen to the car and how the dealer found it!! LOL

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

I was able to in 2 settings.

Any additional comments?

Great read! If I were more familiar with his trade I would have been a little more in the know but overall great book! The stories were fantastic!!

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  • kara-karina
  • 2015-08-06

Unimpressed

I've been postponing this review for a few weeks already. I just don't like writing negative reviews, full stop. I never have enough to say. In a nutshell: while there are a few funny moments, this book has no substance.


I went along with it because it was on audio and it was easy to switch off, but my experience was less than satisfactory. And it had nothing to do with the narrator, who did a very good job.


First of all, for a memoir there are hardly any timelines, and mostly it reads like a collection of crazy stories from the author's past in Hong Kong. Not only it's a non-linear plot, it's mostly repeated fluff: dirty deals, waste of corporate expenses on stupid high end drinks and food in the restaurants, pranks in the style of private school boys and lots and lots of coke and women.


The style is sardonic, condescending, misogynistic and really tiring. You don't really get anything substantial from the main character's life or his personality, there is no sense of his co-workers or anything beyond the topics I mentioned above. I giggled in few places, but other than that I was unimpressed.


Listen at your own peril.

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  • John Fazio & Assunta Fazio
  • 2016-04-07

Hilarious!

Would you listen to Straight to Hell again? Why?

This is the best audio book I have ever listened to. It is so funny and I can't stop listening to it.

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  • denis mandok
  • 2015-11-25

audio5+++

that scotish accent or what was totally cracked me up. fot me best performance of any audoobook

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  • L. N.
  • 2015-11-17

Crude, Rude, Lewd -- and Hilarious

Each of us has had the experience of laughing at tasteless jokes and off-color stories that ought to horrify us. We sometimes laugh at things that go beyond tasteless. This audio book is a seven-plus-hour tasteless joke that made me smirk, giggle, and at times burst out loud laughing. The title claims "True Tales ..." but I suspect more than a few of the stories are embellished. Yet, I firmly believe there's a grain of truth in every one of them. You can't make this stuff up. The truth truly is stranger than fiction.

Investment-banker-turned-author John LeFevre is a petulant, narcissistic, misogynistic asshole given to occasional displays of kindness. What he lacks in moral character, though, he more than makes up for in keen intelligence and wit. And to his credit, he laughs as loudly at himself as he does other people. LeFevre raises rude humor to an art form.

The audiobook reader, Scott Aiello, nails it -- convincingly plays the role of prep-school brat with a case of arrested development who never grows up but grows old enough to get a real job playing Monopoly. Play it with Other People's Money. Scott Aiello PERFORMS this book, not just narrates it. Outstanding performance.

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  • 2015-07-18

Much better as a Twitter handle

I found @GSelevator tweets hilarious and liked the premise behind how/why the author started the account. The book gives more details away about the frat life of investment banking. It's an entertaining collection of stories up until about halfway through when you find yourself saying alright I've heard enough! Information overload! These are all the stories from your buddy who drinks too much and winds up in comical, but mostly stupid situations. Yeah, it's pretty much what you expected. I just didn't expect to be so thrilled for the book to end. His one liners are great though..

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  • phillip l brown
  • 2019-07-17

Hilarious !

Could not stop laughing , Love the GS elevator Tweets at the start of each chapter. I have listened to over a thousand books on audio and this is one of the top 5 funnest over the top Wall Street books ever ! Narration is great , this is a go back and listen to book every year , gets better as the you go along too. Enjoy Guys, this book is not for your wife or girlfriend to listen to either, if they do , you might be relaxing for a night or two over in Sofa City !

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  • Ryan Lackey
  • 2016-06-16

Entertaining and thankfully no longer as accurate

Originating from the "GS Elevator" tweets (which were hilarious), this is a book-length accounts of "typical banker behavior", particularly among top-tier banks in Asia. Having lived in Hong Kong a bit (although on a much lower budget), there was some nostalgia here.

What wasn't reflected in the book, but what seems really interesting, is how the most ambitious people actually left big banks for small hedge funds/prop trading/etc., or tech entrepreneurship, after 2009. Fortunately most of these people conform to new social norms in their new environments, so bad banker behavior hasn't followed them.

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