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Bad Blood

Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
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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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Brilliant

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

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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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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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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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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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The things we do to for "success"

So how far would you go to get what you want?
This is a great story for those interested in fraudsters & seeing how the once mightly can fall.
Youll learn how those with power can influence for the worst & how focusing on "success" can affect peoples lives.
The problem I had with the book was its repetition in some areas to the extent I felt I was being hoodwinked as a reader, in the same way the victims were being hoodwinked by the company in question.
Still worth a read, because of the characterisation & affect it had on people. Alos makes you question your own values. Wouldn't surprise me if a film comes from it.

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A fantastic read

An intriguing story with excellent narration that will leave you wondering if the events described in the book truly happened for real.

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Interesting Read - Action packed thriller

It's an interesting read, I enjoyed every bit. There are lots of lesson to learn from it.

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enthralling

a life story



has to be heard to be believed.......fake it till you make it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-20

Fascinating

Fascinating how Elizabeth Holmes and her second hand man, Balwani managed to manipulate her Investors, the Board, her employees and use scare tactics on her ex-employees to prevent them from disclosing anything. Highly highly recommended

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  • K Martin
  • 18-05-20

Riveting, reliable

Reminder of what proper investigative journalism entails: training, ethics, perseverance, time, experience, editorial oversight, thoroughness. Plus fabulous storytelling, great writing.

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  • Prashanth
  • 26-04-20

Incredible listen

What a story. There are scores of documentaries and videos about this scandal out there and this book just takes the cake.

Probably the only investigate journalists that outed the criminal CEO, this book is a first hand account of how Holmes started fooling Silicon Valley and scores of distinguished individuals.

It’s un-put-down-able and yet scary to see how easily one individual can play with the lives of people and play with millions of dollars of money.

A must listen.

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  • Anas
  • 19-04-20

Brilliant examination of how start ups can go very wrong

Very well researched and written account, with strong delivery/performance by Will. Highly recommend to any aspiring entrepreneur.

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  • Xavier Lauvergeon
  • 03-03-20

Stranger than fiction

Gripping exploration of the Theranos fraudsters, their willing enablers, the lone voices who blew the whistle on them, and the lives of the people they have damaged along the way.

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  • Seren
  • 21-02-20

eye opener

loved it. could not stop listening. john extensively researched and wrote the story very well

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  • harmony
  • 03-01-20

it gets better towards the end

the first half is a bit boring given it is based on second hand resources. love the part about what the whistle blower went through at the end. Holmes might truly believe that theranos is the future and got lost in the fame and reputation it brought her, forgetting advancement, especially scientific one requires tears and sweat.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-19

Gripping!

You will not believe this story! Well written, well read. Would recommend. Makes a great gift.

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  • N. R. M. Mosehle
  • 10-10-19

Riveting!

I don’t often write a review but this deserves a special mention. Great investigative work and great writing! The narrator draws you in. Fantastic piece of work! Not much to say about the protagonist!

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  • Simon Morrish
  • 06-10-19

Thanks to the author

grateful he uncovered scale of deception when he did, before more lives were put in danger