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Bad Blood

Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
Sprecher: Will Damron
Spieldauer: 11 Std. und 37 Min.
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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 start-up 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 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. A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.

©2018 John Carreyrou (P)2018 Random House Audio

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"[A] chilling, third-person narrative of how Holmes came up with a fantastic idea that made her, for a while, the most successful woman entrepreneur in Silicon valley.... Prizewinning Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou tells [this story] virtually to perfection.... [His] description of Holmes as a manic leader who turned coolly hostile when challenged is ripe material for a psychologist.... His recounting of his efforts to track down sources - many of whom were being intimidated by Theranos’s bullying lawyer, David Boies - reads like a West Coast version of All the President's Men." (Roger Lowenstein, The New York Times Book Review

"Carreyrou blends lucid descriptions of Theranos’s technology and its failures with a vivid portrait of its toxic culture and its supporters’ delusional boosterism. The result is a bracing cautionary tale about visionary entrepreneurship gone very wrong." (Publishers Weekly)

"Eye-opening.... A vivid, cinematic portrayal of serpentine Silicon Valley corruption.... A deep investigative report on the sensationalistic downfall of multibillion-dollar Silicon Valley biotech startup Theranos. Basing his findings on hundreds of interviews with people inside and outside the company, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal reporter Carreyrou rigorously examines the seamy details behind the demise of Theranos and its creator, Elizabeth Holmes.... [Carreyrou] brilliantly captures the interpersonal melodrama, hidden agendas, gross misrepresentations, nepotism, and a host of delusions and lies that further fractured the company’s reputation and halted its rise." (Kirkus

"Crime thriller authors have nothing on Carreyrou's exquisite sense of suspenseful pacing and multifaceted character development in this riveting, read-in-one-sitting tour de force.... Carreyrou's commitment to unraveling Holmes' crimes was literally of life-saving value." (Booklist, starred review)

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great book, more like a crime novel

interesting topic, well written. one of the books I finished fastest. read more like a crime novel while being factual (I hope ;)

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Die Wirklichkeit - spannender als jeder Roman

Ein wirklich fesselndes Buch. Man weiß zwar, wie die Sache am Ende ausgeht, aber der der Autor schafft es daraus ein wirklich spannendes Sachbuch zu machen.

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Enthralling Experience, Important Implications

A multifaceted package, combining a story that puts fictional thrillers to shame with an insight into the cronyist inner workings of the Silicon Valley elites. The colorful rooster of characters gives an insight how various personalities interact with the main cast of cold-hearted fraudsters and greedy enablers. Detailed reconstructions of events show how the various institutions and their internal power dynamics shape the flow of events. John Carreyrou has woven all of it into a seamless, perfectly executed narrative. Unconditional recommendation!

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Enjoyed it!!

Great story written in a delightful way by the author. It clearly explains one of the biggest problem in the startup universe.

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Unbelievable. Very well written

John Carreyrou does an very nice job in telling the story. Technically also sound. Will Damron managed to read in a ver suitable way.

After doing some research, I think that some interesting details would ve further added to the story

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Super thrilling for a non-fiction book

I listened to that book during my roadtrip in West US and loved it. Driving didn't feel long and exhausting. When I finished it and ended up in California, I even had to go to Palo Alto and "feel" this place. Besides that I started searching for more information on that topic and all the news which I haven't heard of out of Germany. Can't wait for the movie to be released.

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Unglaublich

, dass es eine wahre Geschichte ist. Hat Spaß gemacht die Hintergründe und persönlichen Geschichten einem Teil der Betroffenen zu hören. Spannend auch wenn man das Ende schon kennt :)

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shocking revelations whats possible in startup

great book and great narration.
it is quite shocking what people do to themselves and to others even in prestigious and high-end jobs.
the business world allows mad people because they might change the world, however often they are just mad people who don't change the world.
if others believe them and give them authority, then it becomes dangerous, especially if the area of application is health.

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Shaking to the core

This story reminded me of a russian saying: we wanted to do our best, but the outcome was as always.. definitely an intense read

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Spannend von Anfang an bis zum Ende

Sehr sehr gute Story die spannend geschrieben wurde. Das Hörbuch habe ich innerhalb einer Woche komplett durchgehört. Sprecher auch toll.