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Publisher's Summary

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar start-up, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.

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 tests 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 $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: the technology didn’t work.

For years, Holmes had been misleading investors, FDA officials, and her own employees. When Carreyrou, working at the Wall Street Journal, got a tip from a former Theranos employee and started asking questions, both Carreyrou and the Journal were threatened with lawsuits. Undaunted, the newspaper ran the first of dozens of Theranos’ articles in late 2015. By early 2017, the company’s value was zero, and Holmes faced potential legal action from the government and her investors.

In Bad Blood John Carreyrou tells the story of Theranos and encourages us to consider the possible repercussions of our blind faith in a small group of brilliant individuals.

Now to be adapted into a film, with Jennifer Lawrence to star.

©2018 John Carreyrou (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Excellent summary of the Theranos story

I am coming to realise that I enjoy train wrecks unfolding. Enron, Blackberry, the global financial crisis and now Theranos. If it's well told and there are intricacies, a good writer can make anything seems sinister and grab ones attention.

This is such a title, and on the surface there clearly was things going wrong, with fraud established in court. However Carryrou goes to the human element and touches on the events in one coherent stream, but from.so many angles.

Could not stop listening. Incredible story, fantastically told.

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  • carlo salizzoni
  • 06-23-18

Interesting and insightful account

Well written and documented account of a long story of deception. Lots can be learned on what NOT to do... to create something great.

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  • Peter Benson
  • 06-21-18

Quite the story

Some story indeed - an easy and enjoyable listen. Amazed at how suceptible bright people can be when spun an passionate and lofty story!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-18

Best book I've read this year!

Amazing book and riveting story telling! investigative journalism at its finest. I would highly recommend Bad Blood.

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  • Vincent
  • 06-10-18

Great book. Unbelievable story

This is an incredible story. One that should warn everyone about the effects they have on hyping businesses up that don’t live up to expectation.

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  • Alex
  • 06-07-18

Totally absorbing

Great from start to finish and I finished this in two days as I couldn't stop listening.

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  • vf
  • 06-06-18

Carreyrou rules!

Wonderful gutsy book! In awe of the courage of his sources and his own doggedness.

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  • Charles
  • 06-04-18

I listened to the entire book in 2 days!

Well narrated and well written it is a compelling read for anyone interested in the tech world.

Gives both an in-depth analysis of the events leading up to the downfall of Theranos but also the crazy genius of it's founder to be able to build a company worth over $10Bn on top of lies and misdirections.

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  • alistair
  • 06-04-18

Great book <br />

Great book would listen to more by the author and the reader 5 star s

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  • valoscope
  • 06-22-18

Holy moly!

What an exposé! It's incredible that this isn't fiction. Can't wait for the movie version.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-19-18

Brilliant

The author is so across his subject that he has been able to focus on detailing one of the most compelling tales of fraud in modern memory

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  • Adam Webb
  • 06-09-18

Amazing journalism

The best audio book I’ve been fortunate to listen too. The sheer evil audaciousness of Holmes and Theranous are really something to behold. The persistence of Carreyrou is to be admired also.