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The Woman Who Fooled the World

Narrated by: James Saunders
Length: 10 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (151 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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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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Fascinating and in-depth look a con-woman

Loved this book, couldn't stop listening. Belle Gibson is a monster with no insight but really interesting hearing about her family.
Can't believe no one checked her story was true!
Highy recommend this book.

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THIS CHICK IS NUTS!!!

This book is so detailed and surprisingly, so packed with info, its fantastic! Considering how little ACTUAL TRUTH that there is out there regarding Belle, this book digs everything up. It's so, so juicy. The author has interviewed other cancer patients to illustrate how little Belle actually understood cancer and how it works. Dr's are spoken with, Belles partner speaks, ex's too, childhood friends, friends from her teens, Belles parents talk, Belles Grandmother also. The insight into Belles book deal is fascinating, as is Belle's relationship with "higher up's" at Apple & the details of Belle's incredible partnership with Apple is captivating! This book is so well written and on top of that, the performance of the narrator of this book was excellent, he did a fantastic job, keeping you intrigued from start to end and the reading was executed perfectly!
I strongly recommend this book! If you think you know the story? If you think that you have followed closely via media? I you think you know this stuff?... you don't! If you are interested in this train wreck that is Belle Gibson then do yourself a favour and grab this book now!

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Very informative

Enjoyed it and found it interesting.
Well narrated and I also recommend it for anyone

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Fascinating

A thorough and thought provoking account of all the aspects leading this deception to become possible. I found it really interesting. The narration is great.

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Fascinating

Fascinating but a bit too much filler on ancillary aspects of social media, other people with cancer, etc.

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Engaging story although very sad

Would you consider the audio edition of The Woman Who Fooled the World to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version

What does James Saunders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narration brings a lot of personality to the telling of the story, he was very easy to listen to and narrated well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many moments in the book that were incredibly moving given the nature of the storyline. I felt extraordinarily sad for Belle, her lack of insight into her actions were difficult to listen to. The stories of those who live/have lived with brain cancer are particularly touching

Any additional comments?

A very well written book, I enjoyed the entire book. The narrator made it particularly enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Leo Saumure
  • 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.