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Conor Dougherty

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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
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    5 out of 5 stars 15,815
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    5 out of 5 stars 14,337
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    5 out of 5 stars 14,319

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 Eugene on 05-29-18

Amazing tale, well told

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Reviewed: 12-30-18

This is one of the best business books ever and just a great book period. It peels back the Silicon Valley hype machine and exposes fraud at a staggering scale. It also is a great inside look at how investigative journalism really works and how PR henchman and thug lawyers from who are ostensibly professional people from elite schools will lie and threaten and drive honest, heroic people into bankruptcy, all in service of their highly unethical clients. I should also note it’s a page turner and fascinating portrait of someone who may well be a sociopath. I listened to this book with my wife on two long drives, from SF to LA and back, and the time just flew by.

  • Strangers Drowning

  • Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help
  • By: Larissa MacFarquhar
  • Narrated by: Larissa MacFarquhar
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
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    4 out of 5 stars 106

What does it mean to devote yourself wholly to helping others? In Strangers Drowning, Larissa MacFarquhar seeks out people living lives of extreme ethical commitment and tells their deeply intimate stories: their stubborn integrity and their compromises; their bravery and their recklessness; their joys and defeats and wrenching dilemmas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen!

  • By Melissa House on 03-17-16

So Good.

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Reviewed: 08-25-16

An amazing look and not just extraordinary people but the nature of humanity and our mind. I can't recommend it enough.

  • Wheelmen

  • Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever
  • By: Reed Albergotti, Vanessa O'Connell
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624

The first in-depth look at Lance Armstrong's doping scandal, the phenomenal business success built on the back of fraud, and the greatest conspiracy in the history of sports. Lance Armstrong won a record-smashing seven Tours de France after staring down cancer, and in the process became an international symbol of resilience and courage. In a sport constantly dogged by blood-doping scandals, he seemed above the fray. Then, in January 2013, the legend imploded. He admitted doping during the Tours and, in an interview with Oprah, described his "mythic, perfect story" as "one big lie."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed and balanced account

  • By Gabriel on 11-19-13

Not about the bike

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Reviewed: 04-07-16

I don't care about cycling but I loved this deeply reported and well written book. The scale of the conspiracy and the way the story takes down not just Lance but sports and American culture makes this book about more than just bikes and athletes. A great story and a great piece of investigative journalism.