• Straight to Hell

  • True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals
  • By: John LeFevre
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,286 ratings)

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Straight to Hell

By: John LeFevre
Narrated by: Scott Aiello
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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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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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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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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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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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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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No redemption- DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME!

If you are wanting to hear a story about redemption this is not it. The title says it all and the author is quite proud of all conquests and deeds that lead him and investment bankers straight to hell. I found mild amusement in the tweets at the beginning of each chapter but not nearly enough for the mind numbing stories that make me feel sorry for the author who sees no bigger point to life than getting high and whatever strokes his ego. Even though I listened to this while driving across the country with hours of ample time, I found no redeeming points in this and skipped past numerous chapters in the second half. A wasted listen and a wasted life.

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A case study in narcissism and psychopathy

John LeFevre seems to have no remorse as he uses people as a means to an end, abuses substances, and judges his coworkers based on their physical attractiveness. He tells only the stories that make him look good. There is no turn-around with rehab and counseling at the end.

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Frat party

This is a disappointing book. Sophomoric, idiotic, and pathetic. Has the literary value of a poor re-write of Animal House (the movie). The only way this could have been a best-seller, was if the author bought a large quantity of books himself.

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Tucker Max, Wall Street Edition

Would you try another book from John LeFevre and/or Scott Aiello?

I found the book entertaining, but I was expecting a lot more from the story. The book basically follows Tucker Max's fratire style, but instead of college stories he's in finance.

Would you be willing to try another book from John LeFevre? Why or why not?

I doubt it, the basic outline of every story is, John gets drunk, does something rude and or obnoxious, shows that he has a lot of money, and then passes out. There really isn't a whole lot of depth to any of the stories. Also, it seems like a lot of these tales may be hyperbole or outright lies.

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Funny as hell!

Sure hope this book is just the first in line from John LeFerve! I'm definitely going to re-listen it.

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