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Bad Blood

Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
5 out of 5 stars (867 ratings)
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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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Brilliant

Very well written/spoken. Really interesting book and well worth the read, could not put it down

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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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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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book is just startup gossip, he said she said.

prevailing question is why anyone would trust a spoilt 20 year old with their millions

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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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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
  • London, UK
  • 09-01-19

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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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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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
  • 03-01-19

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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  • C Whitfield
  • 22-01-19

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
  • 22-01-19

Gripping<br />

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-01-19

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
  • 09-01-19

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
  • 06-01-19

Captivating

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

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  • Samantha
  • 30-12-18

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
  • 21-12-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-12-18

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
  • 08-12-18

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
  • 30-11-18

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