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Bad Blood

Written by: John Carreyrou
Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)
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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' 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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A great book.. A must read. Well read by will damr

Great book, absolutely stunning. you just can't stop listening to it. Well read by will damon.

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Maximum justice for those who suffered

After going through this extraordinary story, I am convinced that the two principal protagonists have to be made examples of by the regulatory authorities.

Nothing short of a minimum of 20 years in prison, no bail, and no possibility of parole, plus a life-long ban from holding any executive office, private or public, would do justice to the incredible harm deliberately perpetrated by this pair of lying, scheming, ruthless, vengeful, and sociopathic individuals.

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Absolutely amazing book

Totally gripping right till the end. You have to listen to it. You will just not want to put it down as Bill Gates mentioned. It’s sad what happens in Silicon Valley but hey at least she didn’t get away with it.

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A gripping tale of deceit and greed...

When I had first heard of Elizabeth Holmes some 7-8 years back and she was building Theranos, she instantly became my hero. Here was a young #entrepreneur creating radical breakthroughs and building something of high value to mankind. Her personal commitment to building a company literally single-handedly was the stuff stories were made of! And then one day, it all collapsed!

There is no way you are going to put this book down. It is a well-researched and gripping account of how the truth was indeed stranger than fiction. We live in the golden age of entrepreneurship, and despite all guidance and funding available, a large majority of #startups fail. But what would you call when the founder herself is sell-bent on building a sham startup and instead of systematically building something of meaningful and lasting value, she is creating a dark #culture of deep secrecy, extreme intimidation and coercion, and the business model is simply based on outright fraud? And what were the investors and most importantly, the board, doing? With the kind of high-profile political connections, the board only seemed too happy to oblige! Hopefully it will serve a key lessons at least for some time to come...!

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Off to a great start with this book this year

Being my second audio book I didn't hope to finish this book so fast. The book is amazing and the narrative is mind blowing. I definitely didn't keep it down. I would recommend this to budding entrepreneurs as well as regular readers to grasp the world of silicon valley and it's hidden secrets.

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Impressive research..

was impressed with the research the journalist has put in. but remarks on 'Indian' were too shallow.. was he even Indian?

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Eye Opening...Blood boiling read...

Opens your eyes to what can happen in a startup, or any other company for that matter, just by the actions of one or two individuals in power.

The books starts off like a fiction thriller and then moves onto its actual form of investigative non-fiction report. Keep you hooked from the start, and dare I say, keeps your blood boiling (pun intended.)

One little disappointment is that we don't really get to understand what drove Holmes to do all the cheating and lying and fraud when she started out with the goal to change a very important aspect of our lives for the good. Can't really blame the book for that though...

A MUST READ for anyone working in the tech industry and beyond.

Narration by Will Damron was perfect fo the book.

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An (audio) book I couldn't put down

Loved the book! One of the best reads in long time. The author has done intensive research into the contents. The flow of the narrative is perfect as well.

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I couldn't keep it down

it's brilliant. don't miss it. one of the finest I have read. it seems like a fictional masterpiece, though it's real.

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mind blowing. reads like a novel

really amazingly book. keeps u on the edge and reads like a suspense novel. Gives you a glimpse of what greed for fame and riches can force people to do. what shocks me the most is that even with the existence of such clear serious warning signs , it took so many years for the fraud to be exposed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-05-19

such a captivating story, unbelievable!

I couldn't stop listening to this audio book. it's stranger than fiction. Well read, although voice a bit more theatrical han I prefer.

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  • Kyle Walker
  • 18-05-19

wonderfully gripping.

absolutely loved it...couldn't stop listening. fastest book I've completed ever. keen to see the trial outcome now.

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  • Dave Still
  • 12-05-19

Gripping story

I found "Bad Blood" as compelling as the best of John Grisham's legal thrillers, but it's all real.

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  • Ritchie Grijaldo
  • 07-05-19

Excellent and highly engaging!

It's like peeking into the mind of Hitler and understanding what makes him tick, so you can discern another potential Hitler and (a) if you can, help that person avoid that same path of destruction or (b) if beyond redemption, to run away from a potential Hitler when you still can and not be part of his curses and eternal judgement because, as SS men have defended themselves: "we are just doing our job, we have a family to feed, and don't want court martial".

Another surprising observation about readers of this book: the reaction to the seriousness of this event and its accompanying consequences seem to depend on the perception of gravity of a certain transgression against another man, and how serious other's lives are being valued. Some sees it as a very bright red flag that must be avoided at all cost, while others consider it a "challenge" to be even more "crafty".

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  • ReaderWriterLoverofWords
  • 11-04-19

Intriguing, thrilling, and down right jawdropping

I couldn't stop listening. An in-depth look at such a chaotic attempt at creation, and such an extraordinary attempt to deny it all.

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  • LuckyFish
  • 30-03-19

riveting

loved every moment of this saga of whistleblower vs big money and medical fraud. well worth a listen. Kudos to journalists like JC and sources who have the guts to expose wrong at great personal cost.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-19

The very first book I listened in Audible

Brilliant book and epic story. I can't wait for the movie version. I just don't understand how can investors trust a university dropout? Unlike computer science, which is under evolution, fundamental sciences take long time to establish a knowledge system and make a breakthrough.

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  • Rakesh Babu G R
  • 04-03-19

Brilliant book

Brilliant writing. brilliant narration. I only hope that The ranks doesn't come after me for this review

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-19

loved it!

I really admire author's courage and persistence to write this book despite many giant obstacles.

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  • Philip t
  • 16-02-19

Great story, unbelievable to the end!

The truth is astonishing and the story superbly told; this is a must read for business people and entrepreneurs alike.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-08-18

Brilliant

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

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-05-19

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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  • Customer7
  • 31-01-19

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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  • Christopher Dalton
  • Oxford, UK
  • 15-12-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-09-18

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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  • Macclesfield
  • 23-08-18

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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  • AM
  • 25-05-19

Great listening

This book is a credit to both the author and all the contributors. Will recommend.

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  • Cian
  • 24-05-19

Superb

Superb journalism translated into a page turning business biography; couldn't put it down. Highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-05-19

Really enjoyed it!

Fantastic investigative journalism, very well written book. Can't believe the things that were happening in Theranos

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  • Glenn Gillan
  • 29-06-18

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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  • Jen
  • 07-10-18

I wanted to stay home from work just to listen!

This is one of the best books I've bought from Audible. I couldn't stop listening and I know I'll listen to it again.

The story is compelling. We all know what happened to Theranos, but knowing how it will end doesn't harm the story - the writer still keeps you wanting to hear more.

The reader was fine, good - just not great. I gave the reader 4 stars. There was nothing really wrong with the reading, I just didn't love the performance or find it an awesome reading.

I would (and have) recommended this book to everyone!

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  • Vanessa Young
  • 23-09-18

Amazing true story

This one of the best non fiction Audible books I have had. The author makes the science easy to understand and the story of how this young woman managed to hoodwink a lot of people who should have known better is fascinating. If you are interested in massive financial fraud, or even in true crime, you will enjoy this book.

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  • Adam Webb
  • 09-06-18

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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  • MR P HAYES-ST CLAIR
  • 15-08-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-18

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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  • Rhetta
  • 25-05-19

couldn't stop listening

very interesting I didn't know anything about this story until a few months ago when I heard about it on a podcast and then my friend recommended the book. definitely recommend it. didn't want to stop listening. well written and pieced together in a way that keeps your engaged the whole way through.

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  • NAS
  • 20-05-19

Exceptional!

A great book! Engaging and enthralling from the start! The breadth of the poor behaviour was mind-blowing. Very well read too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-05-19

Technical but fasinating

Well researched but too technical to call a thriller. Excellent fearless reporting of individuals and the power selling 'dreams.

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  • lr
  • 17-05-19

A must listen.

If you made it up you'd have a best selling novel on your hands. unbelievable stuff.