Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

Version: Unabridged
Author: John Carreyrou
Narrator: Will Damron
Genres: Business & Economics, Finance
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: May 2019
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER •  NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: NPR, The New York Times Book Review, Time, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post • The McKinsey Business Book of the Year
 
The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes—now the subject of the HBO documentary The Inventor—by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.

“The story is even crazier than I expected, and I found myself unable to put it down once I started. This book has everything: elaborate scams, corporate intrigue, magazine cover stories, ruined family relationships, and the demise of a company once valued at nearly $10 billion.” —Bill Gates

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 revolutionize 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.

A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.

Reviews (17)

Written by Brian A. on October 1st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This real story is just, unbelievable, and this book perfectly illustrated every key point that made this company a 2 bit flea circus. Great narrator as well. If you own a business especially a manufacture business you can wince every time this company fucks up which’s is every 2 mins. Read this book you won’t be sorry!

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Written by Bruce M. on August 30th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Interesting how really smart people can be conned. I hope American Greed does a show on this. I hope Elizabeth Holmes goes to prison, I read she has been charged &/or indicted

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Written by Anonymous on June 26th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Couldn't stop listening. HIghly recommended!

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Written by Matt A. on May 20th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Amazing! One of the most comprehensively researched books I’ve read or heard lately and given all the secrecies around the subjected company I feel that the author really needs recognition, money well spent. I highly recommend this book.

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Written by Melodie M. on May 12th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very interesting how dishonesty lying and fraud are so rampant in business and our present political arena. Book was well read.

Written by Caprice M. on March 31st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Well done and thoughtful. Loved every single second of this book.

Written by Anonymous on March 26th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book is outstanding! I had no idea about how deep the fraud went. Holmes is a sociopath. She lied until the bitter end. She belongs in JAIL.

Written by Jade H. on March 2nd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It didn’t feel like a story as much as a legal deposition. The narrator’s voice being so monotone didn’t help either.

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Written by Anna S. on February 19th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

SO GOOD

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Written by Daniel V. on January 22nd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Well documented and researched. Sociopaths are among us. This book follows the lengths that someone would go for money, fame and power. Sad. Great read, great narration. Well done.