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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 (234 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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super book!

i am not into non fiction usually but this was a page turner. must read!

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Astounding! A cautionary tale for Entrepreneurs!

One of the best real-life based, suspenseful, nail biting thriller that I’ve listened to in a while! I couldn’t stop till I got to the end. The book shows the dark side of ambition. When your goal consumes you to such an extent that you stop bothering about the means to achieve it, the decisions you take can harm someone else. And in this story the medical technology touched the lives of so many people and would have impacted many more if this charade had continued for long. It’s interesting to note the ways by which some very influential and powerful people were manipulated for so many years, by a few.

Hats off to the investigative journalism by John Carreyrou that brought this shocking tale to light! We should appreciate the grit and resolve of the author and the management at the journal who didn’t succumb to the pressure from various quarters. Excellent narration by Will Damron. A must listen for anyone who is interested in technology and business!

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with great details comes way too many characters

The only thing that bugged me, was the sheer number of characters in this story. I understand It's common for a non fiction work and an almost accurate one. Still I wished instead of using the names, the author used some unique traits to refers those hundreds of characters, who had a little to do with the main story.

other than that, the performer should've used a bigger range of gamut of tones while delivering dialogues of a main character. since we depend on those cues in a audio book to guess who's speaking, unless explicitly mentioned.

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Great account of the silicon valley

A well-narrated story, keeps you hooked and wanting to know more. What's more that it gives you a full account of what went down with Theranos, how people can be gullible and how taking a stance can help millions of others.

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A thriller that goes on to create an epic.

Absolutely loved the story and the narration. The story was evenly paced and climaxed well, though the profusion of names seems confusing sometimes.
A recommended listen.

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Brilliant insight into not just Theranos, but Wall Street as a whole.

Great piece of investigative journalism from John Carreyrou. Directly or otherwise, he has surely impacted the lives of thousands, potentially millions of people, in a positive way. The book just reaffirms the fact that with a compelling narrative, even if it’s false and a certain obsession, is all you need for millions of people to believe in you.

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Unputdownable

An out and out thriller, which goes to show even the most learned people are equally gullible as the man on the steer and that if something is too good to be true, it most likely is.

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Simply Awesome

Once you get hooked to this story, it’s difficult to put it down . Well narrated and extremely engaging

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Great book!

My first time listening to the audio book on audible. production and narration of the highest quality. truly enjoyed the book as well, incredibly written with some great insights and personal accounts of employees at theranos.

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An honest account of events worthy of a movie.

A well organised, nicely sequenced, account of events that, jolted the silicon valley, and also to a great extent, the whole culture of startups, and people's approach and opinion towards them.
The neutral stand the author takes al along is laudable. Even portraying himself as one of the many characters, which helped beautifully articulate the transition of opinions as the events unfolded.

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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

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  • Elizabeth
  • 04-09-19

Addictive

Couldn’t stop listening to this audiobook. I had no idea of the full story behind the company and it is unbelievable what happened. It is almost like a thriller / suspense in parts.

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  • Kenea
  • 01-09-19

Strong story telling!

Still cannot believe this actually happened!
Excellent story telling, I am still shocked at the world we live in!

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  • P.D.TZEREFOS
  • 22-08-19

excellent

the story is captivating, the narrator excellent. it reminded me of the Enron unbelievable story. highly recommend

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  • Micah J. Hall
  • 21-08-19

Gripping

Absolutely gripping account of an incredible story - basically a company with two boxes of junk medical devices became worth $9bn while incredibly seasoned investors threw in their money and no one noticed.
Yet another corporate story of people just not asking the right questions and the use of powerful lawyers to shut up whistleblowers and sceptics. But a REALLY well told one.

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  • Bradley Shaw
  • 05-07-19

Wow - what a story

Unbelievable to understand how bad this scandal was from the inside out. Incredible insights unbelievable deceptions. And such massive valuations. Truly shows how hype can take over sense in startup valuations.

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  • Annabell
  • 29-06-19

Gripping!

I started the book and haven’t been able to put it down. Both shocked and amazed by how she was able to dupe so many people for so long. A fantastic read.

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  • Shako
  • 23-06-19

Unputdowable

Excellent narrative, super flow and an amazing real life story to boot. How someone can still hoodwink season geriatrics for so long!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-06-19

Good book

A little slow to start but riveting near the end. Thank you to the author for exposing the ruthless tactics of the company and the shocking behavior of the attorneys. The whistle blowers deserve a special mention and praise. Well done to all who brought an end to her lies.

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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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  • 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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  • Poyntonian
  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-11-19

Cannot believe this is a true story!

Really great listen - lots of people involved but great account of what was a crazy story in Silicon Valley - definitely recommend

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  • Stephen
  • 12-11-19

Probably the best book I've read all year

Incredibly fascinating story, although rather concerning as well. Very well written and the narrator is good too. If you're into technology, engineering, entrepreneurship etc then this will be a great book to read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-19

Excellent

Gripping story and a real insight into how different companies can be run with fear and intimidation- this obviously the case at Theranos which ultimately contributed to its demise.

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  • Kathleen
  • 28-07-19

You will never want to stop listening to this masterpiece.

This was one of the most amazing and addictive books I have ever read or listened to and to top it off, it was true. Everyone should listen to this book to realize what can go on in the corporate world and what lies can be told. Also what support can be given to a liar by some of the world’s biggest names.

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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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  • chris cole
  • 14-11-19

Bad blood

If the writer thinks this is a medical thriller he is sadly mistaken. It is more like a bad record of a company run by a nutter and a badly portrayed one at that. I rarely give up on a book but this is the exception after reading about 50% I give up!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-19

amazing

loved this story such and excellent peice of long journalism how the mighty can fall

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  • Michael S
  • 31-10-19

Couldn't Put it Down

Fascinating account. Literally the first audio book that I couldn't put down. I ended up finishing it with headpones, late at night with the household asleep around me. The dysfunctional world it describes so vividly is like a collision between a crime thriller, the preposterous cubicle land of "Dilbert" and an episode of "NCIS".

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-19

so dramatic it could be sold as fiction

it's hard to believe this actually happened. Amazing journalism, I would recommend this book to anyone in the investment or entrepreneurial space.

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  • Chelsea
  • 21-10-19

Wow!!! detailed story!

I still feel like Elizabeth and Sunny didn't get what they really deserved, but thankful this testing is no longer available. We put our trust into the medical world and for them to disregard people like this.....disgusting!

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  • Clifford W Kennedy
  • 20-10-19

I kept circling the block just to keep listening

I wasn't familiar with the story before I hit play but, was truly amazed by this story and alarmed too. Great writing and narration too.