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Bad Blood

Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
5 out of 5 stars (933 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times best seller.

Winner of the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2018.

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from its charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers.

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup 'unicorn' promised to revolutionise the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes' worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: the technology didn't work.

In Bad Blood, John Carreyrou tells the riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.

Now to be adapted into a film, with Jennifer Lawrence to star.

©2018 John Carreyrou (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic Reviews

"Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Carreyrou presents meticulously researched, clearly written evidence of the fraud perpetrated by business wunderkind Elizabeth Holmes. The former CEO of the once-renowned Silicon Valley startup, Theranos, bilked investors of millions and potentially risked the lives of patients around the world with a groundbreaking diagnostic product that did not work reliably. Will Damron is the perfect choice as narrator. His precisely articulated style makes the entire effort sound as if it is a cloak-and-dagger spy novel." (AudioFile)

"Chilling...Reads like a West Coast version of All the President’s Men." (New York Times Book Review)  

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  • Jen
  • 07-10-2018

I wanted to stay home from work just to listen!

This is one of the best books I've bought from Audible. I couldn't stop listening and I know I'll listen to it again.

The story is compelling. We all know what happened to Theranos, but knowing how it will end doesn't harm the story - the writer still keeps you wanting to hear more.

The reader was fine, good - just not great. I gave the reader 4 stars. There was nothing really wrong with the reading, I just didn't love the performance or find it an awesome reading.

I would (and have) recommended this book to everyone!

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Captivating - unbelievable that this is a true story

This book is apparently being made into a movie which would be a hit.

I had not heard of the company prior to listening and was enthralled. A thoroughly well researched book with plenty of detail.

You know it's a good book when you take the long way to work and drive below the speed limit while listening!

Elizabeth Holmes must be admired for her ability to sell her vision to people at all levels of the social and political hierarchy. However the negative traits and acts of continued deception detailed in this book are astonishing. This book will not win her many friends and make her future challenging and if all true will be deserved.

Thoroughly recommended as a captivating listen that will have you driving below the speed limit.

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Amazing true story

This one of the best non fiction Audible books I have had. The author makes the science easy to understand and the story of how this young woman managed to hoodwink a lot of people who should have known better is fascinating. If you are interested in massive financial fraud, or even in true crime, you will enjoy this book.

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Amazing journalism

The best audio book I’ve been fortunate to listen too. The sheer evil audaciousness of Holmes and Theranous are really something to behold. The persistence of Carreyrou is to be admired also.

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This is why journalism matters

Such an incredible account. I’d love to hear the other side of this story but not sure that will be forthcoming.

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An in-depth investigation presented masterfully

Carreyrou lays out the immense and complicated story of Theranos with great clarity and insight. The book is very well performed; at times it has the suspenseful tone of a spy thriller and is just as exciting. This story went far deeper than I could have imagined with an extraordinary cast of characters that I know I will be returning to.

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A great true story

A beautifully written and read true story. It takes you from the beginning to the end step by step. I really enjoyed it.

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Thrilling

Superbly written and very well narrated. An awesome thriller, mind blowing story backed with facts. Gave me shivers.

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  • Sophie
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • 20-06-2019

Completely fascinating

I couldn’t not stop listening. Jaw dropping exposé, well written and well read. Absolutely fascinating.

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Journalism at it's absolute finest!

Exceptional book flawlessly researched balanced and gripping. A primer on how not to do business. Quite possibly one of the best case studies for the importance of free press.

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  • Shako
  • 23-06-2019

Unputdowable

Excellent narrative, super flow and an amazing real life story to boot. How someone can still hoodwink season geriatrics for so long!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-06-2019

Good book

A little slow to start but riveting near the end. Thank you to the author for exposing the ruthless tactics of the company and the shocking behavior of the attorneys. The whistle blowers deserve a special mention and praise. Well done to all who brought an end to her lies.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-05-2019

A Real Life Allegory of Our Time

BAD BLOOD crystallises how the so-called 'seven deadly sins' have permeated all aspects of modern society, business and media culture, and our appetite for quick fame, riches and ease - even in something as small as providing blood samples for a potentially life-saving test - have abberated our sense of right from wrong. The author's ability to emote the tension and anxt felt by the many real life characters in this real life drama, and to paint a vivid image of a self-indulgent, sociopathic Holmes herself was outstanding, as was the narration. Excellent.

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  • Manoj
  • 29-05-2019

Worth for start up and investors

Many watchouts and learnings relating to leadership whether you are an entrepreneur or investor.. also re emphasises the importance to rigorous processes from FDA, EMA type authorities. (Eg Can also now relate the downsides of Boeing being politically stronger than FAA).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-05-2019

such a captivating story, unbelievable!

I couldn't stop listening to this audio book. it's stranger than fiction. Well read, although voice a bit more theatrical han I prefer.

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  • Kyle Walker
  • 18-05-2019

wonderfully gripping.

absolutely loved it...couldn't stop listening. fastest book I've completed ever. keen to see the trial outcome now.

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  • Dave Still
  • 12-05-2019

Gripping story

I found "Bad Blood" as compelling as the best of John Grisham's legal thrillers, but it's all real.

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  • Ritchie Grijaldo
  • 07-05-2019

Excellent and highly engaging!

It's like peeking into the mind of Hitler and understanding what makes him tick, so you can discern another potential Hitler and (a) if you can, help that person avoid that same path of destruction or (b) if beyond redemption, to run away from a potential Hitler when you still can and not be part of his curses and eternal judgement because, as SS men have defended themselves: "we are just doing our job, we have a family to feed, and don't want court martial".

Another surprising observation about readers of this book: the reaction to the seriousness of this event and its accompanying consequences seem to depend on the perception of gravity of a certain transgression against another man, and how serious other's lives are being valued. Some sees it as a very bright red flag that must be avoided at all cost, while others consider it a "challenge" to be even more "crafty".

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  • ReaderWriterLoverofWords
  • 11-04-2019

Intriguing, thrilling, and down right jawdropping

I couldn't stop listening. An in-depth look at such a chaotic attempt at creation, and such an extraordinary attempt to deny it all.

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  • LuckyFish
  • 30-03-2019

riveting

loved every moment of this saga of whistleblower vs big money and medical fraud. well worth a listen. Kudos to journalists like JC and sources who have the guts to expose wrong at great personal cost.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-08-2018

Brilliant

Very well written/spoken. Really interesting book and well worth the read, could not put it down

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  • Dr J
  • 09-01-2019

might be the best book I've read in a decade

this is one of those books that will be talked about for a generation. quite simply a masterpiece.

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  • Laura
  • 19-06-2019

Boring, Repetitive and Uninteresting

I seem to have been listening to a different book than everyone else. I started interested, but as each persons story was unveiled... it basically repeated the chapter before with a slightly different bad thing. I found the timeline really hard to follow, and would have much preferred a shorter & more succinct tale which gave annocdotes from different people at the correct point of the timeline. There were only so many references to her all black outfit, love of Steve Jobs & low voice I could take before I stopped caring. Tl;dr

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-2019

The things we do to for "success"

So how far would you go to get what you want?
This is a great story for those interested in fraudsters & seeing how the once mightly can fall.
Youll learn how those with power can influence for the worst & how focusing on "success" can affect peoples lives.
The problem I had with the book was its repetition in some areas to the extent I felt I was being hoodwinked as a reader, in the same way the victims were being hoodwinked by the company in question.
Still worth a read, because of the characterisation & affect it had on people. Alos makes you question your own values. Wouldn't surprise me if a film comes from it.

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  • Customer7
  • 31-01-2019

Excellent book

Excellent book. Incredible achievement of the author, who with help of Tyler Schulz and a few other key people together uncovered the con job did by Elisabeth Holmes. A great read but also a great favour to the humanity - they have almost certainly saved lives.

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  • Christopher Dalton
  • 15-12-2018

chilling story of ambition and public wishfulness

this was a terrific book, and cautionary tale about our gullibility and confirmation bias. The importance of upholding rigor in journalism is borne out in this very well written account of the Theranos scandal. many people who should have known and acted with more circumspection are revealed to have few scruples, while the serious character flaws and judgment of Elizabeth Holmes is draw-droppingly retold. one is left with the impression, however, that despite all this, she probably still doesn't get it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-09-2018

Like a thriller!

It was my first audible experience and I think this book was a great choice to start that. The book is very well written. It was a gripping story, maybe being a true story made it very interesting. It was well narrated as well. Overall it was a good book.
p.s. I'm really proud of that Tyler kid! Also great ethics by the journalist..

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  • Poyntonian
  • 23-08-2018

amazing listen

really enjoyed this, it's an amazing story. the book is so well written it plays out like a Jason Borne film (first three!) . highly recommend

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  • D. Seals
  • 23-06-2019

Highly recommended

Highly recommended kept me Intrested throughout gripping and insighful may listen to again why not

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  • Lucy Harbor
  • 21-06-2019

Repetitive

I appreciate the effort and accuracy that has gone into the details. However, I found each individuals story very repetitive; an employee starts to understand somethings wrong, they question it, get fired or leave then get bullied into not saying anything. Not for me I’m afraid.