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Bad Blood

Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
5 out of 5 stars (289 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's 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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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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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 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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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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Great Read!

What an incredible story that needed to be told! A very engaging read from the beginning to the end- the accounts portrayed are so inconceivable it's hard to believe it's all true!

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Started looking for long drives to hear more

A classic story of inflated egos where people believed their own lies and bullied the Cassandra's and dissenting voices, the respected leaders that the community trusted to provide oversight and assurance got so caught up in the prestige and power generated by hype that they didn't ask even the most basic of questions - sadly a story that gets played out again and again in organisations large and small.

I enjoyed this cautionary tale and started looking for excuses to go for long drives ...

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Wow, what a book!

The book was well written, with great detail explained with ease. I was put on to this book from My faviourte murder podcast, and am so glad that I listened to it.

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Couldn’t stop listening!!!

What a story! Listened to it every moment I could - perfectly written and narrated. John did a fantastic job capturing what was something surreal.

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A breath-taking journey.

I now wonder what would Theranos be now, were it not for this investigation. Amazing story telling of a company that was almost too big to fail.

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Riveting!

Great story on what not to do, and also on how far people would go for power.

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  • Greg
  • 08-12-2018

Trust no one

This is simply incredible. One can trust no one after reading this book. I hope she gets a long jail sentence to make her contemplate her wicked ways.
I take my hat off for all the souls who did not buckle to help the truth to be revealed. Thank you for a stunning book.

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  • Jack
  • 30-11-2018

Thoroughly informative and enjoyable

It is isn't often that a business failure book can be truly called engrossing. It has everything. success, failure, sex, fraud, spies and some allegations of me too

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  • Helen
  • 11-11-2018

Amazing book

A masterfully put together exposé, building up to an inevitable climax, while thoroughly entertaining. Well done to all the brave people who spoke up to make this happen and Carreyrou who doggedly tracked them down and told their stories. Wonderful narration, I was hooked to the very end.

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  • Jose Leonel Boa
  • 22-10-2018

Excelente livro!

Li pela primeira vez sobre o livro no site do Bill Gates (Gates Notes) e fiquei curioso. Apôs ouvir os primeiros capítulos não consegui mais parar. Em um domingo cheguei a estar 3 horas seguidas a ouvir o livro. Antes havia lido o livro First Things First, de Stephen Covey, um livro que fala sobre princípios e moral. Foi um choque ler um livro com um contexto completamente diferente: Uma vilã digna das novelas mexicanas! Adorei o livro e aprendi muito sobre Silicon Valley.

Mas algo na Elisabeth Holmes também me impressionou e inspirou, a sua dedicação ao trabalho (Workaholic). Outro detalhe é o que em Moçambique chamamos "escovas", os bajuladores, deu para notar que realmente eles se dão facilmente bem, enquanto os sinceros e honestos são facilmente despedidos.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-10-2018

Bloody Fantastic

Great story, well told and performed. One of those all to rare books that you just can’t put down, and a good insight into how intelligent people can delude themselves and others, and lose their own moral compass in the name of doing something valuable for their fellowman (think Lance Armstrong)

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  • Dillon Jearey
  • 17-10-2018

Insane that this is a true story

Well written, factual story that could easily be a movie. I cannot believe the power that some people have over others.

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  • Mureithi
  • 04-10-2018

Thoroughly Enjoyed Reading

The story is very well researched, structured and narrated. Horrifying the length human beings are willing to go to hide the truth and deceive others.

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  • Michael S.
  • 30-09-2018

couldn't stop listening

I wasn't aware of the Theranos scandal. I might've heard the name of the company and assumed it's just another Silicon Valley start-up that over promised. The truth is they have done way worse! Amazing work done by the author to uncover what was going on and told in great clearity. I couldn't stop listening to this book.

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  • Nouvation
  • 30-08-2018

Mind-blowing!

Hard to believe if it were fiction. The central character is a gift that never stops giving. Kudos to Carreyrou and the brave ex-employees that took this dangerous company to task.

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  • Ricki Vinci
  • 28-08-2018

Such an awesome read

Just finished listening to this book and loved it so much! I couldn’t put it down!

As a qualified Medical Scientist and Chartered Accountant, I loved that I could understand this book from both camps. I was in total disbelief that the fabrication went on as long as it did before the fraud was discovered. I found myself screaming at times “NOoooooooo” when the poor quality control testing was described.... I was literally on edge! The accountant in me couldn’t believe the mass negligence from a Corporate Governance perspective! Where was the Board????!!! And how could do many investors get so duped!!! Where was the due diligence!

I highly recommend this to anyone that has a keen interest in healthcare and enjoys understanding some of the things some companies and CEOs will go to in order to create smoke screens. Also a great read if you have an interest in understanding what poor corporate governance looks like!!!!

John Carreyrou is a very gifted writer and storyteller!!!!

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-2018

What a story.

It's going to make an incredible movie. Hard to believe it was allowed to go on for so long.

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  • MB
  • 04-12-2018

Fascinating

An excellent book that I have enjoyed to the fullest. Led me to exploring more about some of the characters and following the Theranos stories to date.

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  • IKhadar
  • 03-12-2018

The first audio book I actually finished

This story is so well told. It’s definitely a binge-listening type of situation. I can’t wait to see a movie.
Thank you, John, for making this story so fascinating, for your astonishing story telling skills.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-11-2018

absolute thriller and thoroughly entertaining

shocking what happened, interesting to think how much of this goes on. interesting themes of bootstrapping credibility, person with most money wins legal battles, and obsession with icons like Jobs

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  • Anvay
  • 22-11-2018

Engaging thriller

Amazing book. Runs like a thriller movie.
Once you start, you cannot stop.
Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-11-2018

Compelling

One of the Listens of the year. Brilliantly written (and performed) insight into the Fake It Till You Make it culture of Silicon Valley. Few come out of it well. Compelling.