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The Woman Who Fooled the World

Narrated by: James Saunders
Length: 10 hrs
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Belle Gibson convinced the world she had healed herself from terminal brain cancer with a healthy diet. She built a global business based upon her claims. There was just one problem: she'd never had cancer.

In 2015, journalists uncovered the truth: this hero of the wellness world, with over 200,000 followers, international book deals and a best-selling smartphone app, was a fraud. She had lied about having cancer - to her family and friends, to her business partners and publishers, and to the hundreds of thousands of people, including genuine cancer survivors, who were inspired by her Instagram posts.

Written by the same multiaward-winning journalists who uncovered the details of Gibson's lies, The Woman Who Fooled the World tracks the 23-year-old's rise to fame and fall from grace. Told through interviews with the people who know her best, it unravels the mystery and motivation behind this deception and follows the public reaction to a scandal that made headlines around the world.

The Woman Who Fooled the World explores the lure of alternative cancer treatments, the cottage industry flourishing behind the wellness and 'clean eating' movements and the power of social media. It documents the devastating impact this con had on Gibson's fans and on people suffering from cancer. Ultimately, it answers not just how but why Gibson was able to fool so many.

©2017 Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
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Such a well researched book

The story in itself is riveting but it's so well written and performed that it's easily one of the best books on the decade. You won't be putting it down!

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A bit sexist

The parts where it examines the whole food scam are interesting. Unfortunately the authors have expanded their scope to try and take on the entire world of non main stream health, which they sort of conflate into one big scam targeted at women.

Obviously there are scammers in the wellness world and you need to use your judgment. But also mainstream medicine practice is decades behind medical research. So there are many science based health interventions which are just not known by your average old fashioned GP. I see an integrated medicine doctor and he is 100% more helpful than any of my former mainstream GPs.

And there is also a very legitimate reason why mainstream medicine is more popular with men and alternative with women. Because mainstem medicine suffers from very real issues with bias against women and a lack of research based on female patients (or even female lab animals). Having two clueless male reporters attacking women for giving up on mainstream medicine, without acknowledging the very real issues women have with trying to get help from mainstream medicine, is just not a good look.

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Fabulous

I knew this story...so I started listening to it thinking it would be more of what I already knew
I was so wrong!!!
This is a must listen
So much detail
So well presented
So much more I now know about this infamous person
I haven’t finished it yet but highly recommend to all

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Wow.. what a story!

Astonishing eye-opening story! Gripped from beginning to end. Very well researched and presented case. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend this !

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An amazing examination of a health scammer

This book carefully details the incredible story of Belle Gibson. It is a frank examination of the shocking ramifications of her claims to have cured her own brain cancer through diet and lifestyle via social media. The account exposes the multiple deficiency’s in verifying her extraordinary claims. Gibson never had cancer and when she was exposed, the fallout and damage was profound. A sobering read.

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Enjoyed every chapter!

I would actually recommend this book to everyone! Young an old. For all those interested in the psychology side of things, ie narcissism and borderline etc, this book gives great gratification through out. Finally holding a narcissist accountable and catching them out. It’s great to finally check mate one. Very enjoyable.

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Amazing Read

First off - loved the narrator! His voice and relevant tone changes really made this story enjoyable.
The Belle Gibson story was always intriguing, but this book delved into hidden nooks and crannies that you wouldn't think to research yourself, bringing to light some incredible information never included in online articles. Nick and Beau have done an amazing job. The real life anecdotes from other's journeys was great too. It broke up the story but with relevance and without detracting from it.
Honestly disappointed it ended! Will definitely be keeping this in my Audio library, and will be buying the hard copy asap.

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Me likey

I enjoyed this book, a tiny bit of padding around the edges, but I was really interested about the Brych Milan aspect and the real cancer sufferers stories.

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Interesting but repetitive

I had heard about this story but only in passing so it was interesting to her an in depth analysis. This book is well researched & the narration is easy to listen to. However the authors repeat themselves a lot through the chapters. It’s as though they ran out of information to flesh out the book.

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Fascinating look behind the curtain of Belle Gibso

A thorough and well put together story of not just Belle Gibson but the way social media affects the credibility if reporting these days (not to mention the lack of credibility many high profile social media gurus actually don't have..).

I never followed the story or knew much about it until listening to this book and it certainly opened my eyes to the wishy washy, non substance bearing that a high social media profile can impact on perspectives.

Absolutely recommend this book. A great social studies case.

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  • 20-10-2018

Not a feel good story, but glad it was brought to

A very well balanced and well written book. they could have made her out to be a supreme villain, but they seem to a balance that with her mental health issues.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-07-2018

Too long and muddled

Is this a book about cancer, journalism or Belle Gibson? The first half is excellent when covering the Belle Gibson life story but devolves into a ramble in the second half.

A lot of it feels like “filler” and the book could easily have been 4 hours shorter.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-03-2018

informative & food for thought

an engaging piece of writing, beautiful descriptions which enables the reader to fully appreciate the gravity of the deception. an important piece of work indeed.