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Memoir Audiobook Review: Straight to Hell by John Lefevre

Straight to Hell by John Lefevre

Audiocopy thanks to Audible US

Synopsis from Goodreads
"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.

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 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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Я всё откладывала эту рецензию в последние несколько недель, так как я не люблю писать негативные отзывы в общем. Мне всегда трудно найти что сказать кроме пары предложений. Если коротко: да, было несколько смешных моментов, но в остальном эта книга - пустышка. В ней нет содержания.

Я дослушала её до конца только из-за того, что с аудио книгой отключиться от содержания довольно легко, и дело было не в рассказчике, к которому у меня не было никаких претензий.

Из-за того, что содержание не линейное, слушается эта книга как коллекция сумасшедших историй, произошедших во время работы автора в Гонконге. Не ожидайте какой-либо глубины. Прямо в Ад - это бесконечное повторение грязных сделок, жуткого растрачивания корпоративных расходов на супер дорогие напитки и еду, шуточек в стиле мальчишек из частных школ, шлюх и конечно кокаина, кокаина и ещё кокаина.

Главный герой оставляет впечатление сардоничного, смотрящего на всех свысока мизогиниста, но корме этого о его личности сказать что-то очень сложно. Не ожидайте описания чего-либо помимо вышеуказанных тем, от чего очень устаёшь.Хоть я и посмеялась в нескольких местах, впечатлена я не была.

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