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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 10,520
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,541
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,523

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' worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By Jaccred on 05-29-18

Oh no, how will the next listen ever match this?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

The biggest superlative goes to the author whose meticulous research always seemed to answer the next question I had in mind. His ability to make complex matters of science and even government regulation not only understandable but interesting as well as essential to the “plot” that really does unfold like a novel. This true story could not have been surpassed by fiction. I also thank the author for breaking a story that literally saved lives.

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,699

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

Implausible, Relentless, Well-executed Suspense

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-16

The scenario is virtually impossible to believe, and yet right off the bat it achieves buy-in and docile cooperation with the past/present development of the story. And the end is worth sticking around for, even though at times the suspense becomes so suffocating that you have to get away from it.

  • Beautiful Boy

  • A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction
  • By: David Sheff
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128

David Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view, a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.

Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs, the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another, too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gripping Story

  • By Bev K. on 05-06-10

Should be required reading in English class

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-09

The parent of this tragic drug addict happens to be a professional writer, so he did the only thing, in the end, that he felt would make any difference: he wrote down the whole story. Any parent would benefit from his experience, but more importantly if the youths were to read this harrowing account they would learn more than just that meth kills (which they naturally thinks applies to those other than themselves); they would learn that the parents really do care and are not just a bunch of irrelevant has-beens. Oh, and so much more. It's all here, including deep but succinct research into exactly how meth kills, scientifically speaking. In the end, can the parent explain WHY his kid? No, but there are some conclusions reached that can point the way for parents challenged by realities of our times.

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  • The Taking

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Ari Meyers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 543

On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly and Neil Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. It has haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now they rise to find a luminous silvery downpour drenching their small California mountain town. A strange scent hangs faintly in the air, and the young couple cannot shake the sense of something wrong.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The book may be good, but how can we tell?

  • By Don Pearsall on 06-23-04

sci fi for Koontz fans

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-07

It takes a Dean Koontz to put across this oozy tale of apocalypse by alien invasion - or is it? Certainly many die, but maybe they deserve it, and maybe there's somebody making the decisions whom we'll come to respect and thank. But, unlike a Koontz murder thriller, there is no way to to be sure of one's hypothesis.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • American Fascists

  • The Christian Right and the War on America
  • By: Chris Hedges, Eunice Wong
  • Narrated by: Chris Hedges, Eunice Wong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other televangelists first spoke of the United States being a Christian nation that would build a global Christian empire, it was hard to take such hyperbolic rhetoric seriously. Today, such language no longer sounds like hyperbole but poses, instead, a very real threat to our freedoms and our way of life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still rings frighteningly true 10 years later.

  • By Adrian on 07-19-17

Values in the time of Falwell

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-07

At first it sounds like this is going to be too intellectual for the "theater" of audio. But the authors are only setting the stage by defining their terms, so that the illustrations they provide of the cynical intentions of the "Christian" right will resonate with why it is such an insidious threat to our real values. This book was so informative for those of us who have come to fear Christian fundamentalism but have never really been to the "churches" that are behind the movement. By going to the "meetin's" and reporting back from the sincere and misguided trenches of the evangelicals, the authors have done us a great service in validating our strong suspicion that it's all just a great big conspiratorial power grab by those who really believe they're saving people by making them their pawns.

23 of 32 people found this review helpful