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  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,949
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    5 out of 5 stars 19,958
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,917

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “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 fund-raising 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking story of a meteoric rise and fall

  • By Jeff Koeppen on 08-14-18

Very captivating story about Theranos

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Reviewed: 04-02-19

Another frightening story about how corporate greed is not punished like it should be when you have friends in high places. Very well written.

  • Brewing Up a Business

  • Adventures in Beer from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Revised and Updated
  • By: Sam Calagione
  • Narrated by: Kris Koscheski
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

Starting with nothing more than a home brewing kit, Sam Calagione turned his entrepreneurial dream into a foamy reality in the form of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, one of America's best and fastest-growing craft breweries. In this newly updated Second Edition, Calagione offers a deeper real-world look at entrepreneurship and what it takes to operate and grow a successful business. In several new chapters, he discusses Dogfish's most innovative marketing ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book about starting a brewery

  • By William Schooley on 01-07-13

Interesting but repetitive

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-19

An interesting book from a beer pioneer from the east coast. A bit repetitive throughout but still valuable info to one whom might consider treading waters in the brewing business.

  • Five Presidents

  • My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford
  • By: Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112

Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his 17 years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era - the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard M. Nixon.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but....

  • By Papa Charlie on 07-09-17

Amazing story with precise details

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-19

A very detailed recollection from a longtime real life hero and dedicated secret service agent. An absolutely amazing insiders story about a very pivotal period in American history.