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Bad Blood

Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
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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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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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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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Incredible story told with great skill

The story is so crazy and twisted that it's hard to believe it's true. The tale is a strong reminder of the easily people can be led down the proverbial garden path. Even when those people should know much better.

A compellingly written book that you won't want to put down until you finish.

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Amazing

A tale of greed and deception. The media and venture captal funds sooooo wanted a female Steve Jobs that they looked past all the signs of fraud and deception. outstanding journalism.

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Brilliant. Don't think about it, download it.

This is a must-listen for anyone who has worked in tech or a startup. There are so many "AH-HA" moments where you realise that there are people like this in every workplace. Brilliant listen -- my book of 2018.

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Takes some getting into but worth it.

You will need to be patient early as the scene is set. An intriguing story.

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A must read

A surprise choice of genre for me...but...it was brilliant...not a dull word,very well narrated. recommend

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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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  • 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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  • Yann
  • 06-01-2019

Captivating

I couldn’t put my phone down... Great book, well read. Amazed by how gullible people can be.

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  • 30-12-2018

captivating

this was a nailbiting, anxious, stressful day as I listened aghast as this story unfolded. brilliant narration. the whole way through I was thinking that you just couldn't make this story up.

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  • Tim
  • 21-12-2018

An unbelievable story told perfectly

this book is fantastic. One of the best company bio/deal stories ever. Ranks with Barbarians at the Gate as a must read

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  • 匿名
  • 20-12-2018

It was a thriller!

Lots of lessons learnt. It was amazing and the writer did an amazing job as well.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Julia Locatelli
  • 15-01-2019

You have to listen to believe this story.

I binged it in 3 days. The reader is really great. the account is compelling although quite technical at times. Good explanations of biotech processes for people that know nothing about lab work. A great audiobook I will probably listen to again.

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  • london grl
  • 15-01-2019

Great book

Riveting story about a silicone valley scandal which is gripping at every turn. True life journalistic style.

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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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  • AR Mijinyawa
  • 06-01-2019

Absolute engaging and thrilling read

Thanks to Bill Gates for bringing this to attention. This was a perfect listen to end 2018 and start 2019. A thrilling story of ambition, intelligence, charm, charisma and deceit. The author did an outstanding job of building the story from start to finish. How childhood experiences and tendencies can play out in adulthood. Elizabeth Holmes held so much promise but does not appear to have had the moral anchor to temper her unrestrained ambition. The story also recognises the crucial role of ethics and morals in safeguarding our collective wellbeing. Kudos to the brave former Theranos employees who not only challenged and spoke out against the company's malpractices, but were brave enough to face down the ruthless legal prowess of capitalism.
There's also a case for reflecting on the type of company we keep - especially when we are in a position of power or authority. We generally underestimate the influence people can have on us. I still can't understand how all those (respected) board members did not see through the lies - could this be due to the 'superstar' phenomenon where everyone is reluctant to question the star emploee out of unfounded respect or fear of looking stupid?
Lastly and despite America's numerous contradictions as a society, it is impressive how the systems of checks and balances can hold people to account and minimize the negative impact on society from unscrupulous interests.
In the age of increasing scrutiny on corporate governance, transparency, ethics and trust, this book is a must read/listen for all of us - to remind us that achieving our ambitions must not come at all costs.

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  • Jiaxi Yang
  • 04-01-2019

truly amazing story

amazing story! I can't stop once I started to listen. almost feels like a thriller yet a true story! I have to say I quite admire Murdoch for dismissing Holmes's request to quash the investigation from the Journal he owned even he has already invested 100m

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  • RP
  • 03-01-2019

Brilliant and fascinating

Brilliant and fascinating book. Engaging story and deep journalism. Reads like a detective but is based on sad reality on what happened. Highly recommended!

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  • Nicos
  • 01-01-2019

Fascinating story. Could have been shorter.

Fascinating story of the fall of Holmes and theranos. The story was written in a factual journalistic prose, with little interpretation or speculation as to the underlying causes of the events unfolding (except for the concluding remarks, where the author gives his interpretation). The first chapters were slow with too much superfluous information. The last chapters, where Carreyrou describes his investigation were the most interesting. Worth listening to.