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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

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Will Damron

11 Hours 37 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

May 2018

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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.

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  • Marian K.

    I was sorry when the book ended. I was enthralled and fascinated by this true story. I want more! Well researched, well done!!!

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  • Anonymous

    enjoyed 11 hours 37 mins and 1 second of the book

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  • Nicki R.

    You won’t believe this story! Really well investigated and laid out.

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  • Jade H.

    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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  • Anna S.

    SO GOOD

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  • Daniel V.

    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.

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  • Ben W.

    Outstanding book and investigation. Amazing how many powerful people were fooled and continued to believe even after the lies became clear. This person should be in jail simply for never bothering to apologize to all the people she hurt or to admit once that she was wrong.

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  • Denis K.

    This is the best book I've listened to its brilliantly written and plays like a movie in your head. The way he details everything is outstanding!! . I Hope this guy writes more books like this he is gifted at putting what happened in to the written word .the narrator did a great job too

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  • Lynn O.

    Very well written but not a multitask book. There are many parts and characters. Had to back up a lot. Family.

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  • Lynn T.

    This is definitely one of those books I could not stop listening to. Carreyou revealed secrets at such a fast and frightening pace at the same time it makes for a really great thriller investigation. I just want to keep absorbing the juicy information. Absolutely loved it.

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