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Bad Blood

Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
5 out of 5 stars (708 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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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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  • 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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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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WOW

A huge educational read that you can't put down. Amazing detail. Unbelievable investigative effort.

Will leave you speechless.

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Riveting story!

Extraordinary story of manipulation and fraud. I’d love to get my hands on the sequel, what happens next in the courts and Elizabeth Holmes’ life?

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Excellent.

Well worth a listen. A fascinating portrait of a sociopath. Good performance and not too long.

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Absolutely loved this!

Put off listening to this “business book” for a while. I didn’t think I would be content listening to about 11-12 hours of one company’s misgivings. HOWEVER I WAS SO WRONG. This is an unbelievable story that plays like a business crime thriller set amongst Silicon Valley. Featuring threats, private investigators, deaths, and fraud, cunning and manipulation at the highest levels, its one hell of a ride!

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Greatest take down ever

I loved this book. It's a deliciously slow burn that builds into an amazing crescendo and ultimately, the most satisfying take down I have ever read.

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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
  • 09-03-2019

The very first book I listened in Audible

Brilliant book and epic story. I can't wait for the movie version. I just don't understand how can investors trust a university dropout? Unlike computer science, which is under evolution, fundamental sciences take long time to establish a knowledge system and make a breakthrough.

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  • Rakesh Babu G R
  • 04-03-2019

Brilliant book

Brilliant writing. brilliant narration. I only hope that The ranks doesn't come after me for this review

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-2019

loved it!

I really admire author's courage and persistence to write this book despite many giant obstacles.

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  • Philip t
  • 16-02-2019

Great story, unbelievable to the end!

The truth is astonishing and the story superbly told; this is a must read for business people and entrepreneurs alike.

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  • C Whitfield
  • 22-01-2019

Another billion dollar whale.....

Great audio book. coming from a scientific background the book had a good mix of business insight and scientific method. Again though it looks like the bad players are not punished and the public are left in this case at risk.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-01-2019

Gripping<br />

listened to the audiobook. really enjoyed this and crystalized the whole Theranos saga. gripping and inciteful.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-01-2019

Exceptional writing, and wow what a story!!<br />

Even without any knowledge in the field, the author managed to keep it simple enough to follow.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-2019

I couldn't put it down

Epic story, easy to read and gripping end-to-end. Probably my favourite book from the last year.

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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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  • 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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  • Mr D Mohan
  • 18-04-2019

Fantastic

Fantastic! Couldn’t stop listening. A well deserved 5 stars. You won’t be disappointed. D M

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  • Ruairi
  • 17-04-2019

Exceptional read

Really get drawn into the story that is at times incredulous and maddening at times

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  • Annjana
  • 15-04-2019

Gripping and well captured

Loved the detail with which John has captured the journey of Theranos and bringing to light characters (Elizabeth, Sunny and the investors) and the faith and belief in Silicon Valley startups. One thing that was interesting is the fact that a lot of investors and companies invested in the ‘fomo’ or ‘what if I miss out’ factor rather than the value of the company’s products.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-2019

Wow... Utterly mesmerising

Loved the narration, the story is told so clearly and maintains your interest fantastically well. Definitely the best book I've listened to /read this year