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Book Review

Thicker than Water

 

Written by: Tyler Shultz
Narrated by: Tyler Shultz
Genres: True Life | Memoirs
Published: 4th of August, 2020
Length: 3 Hours 37 Minutes

 

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From the hero whistleblower of the infamous Theranos scam, Thicker than Water is a look at never-before-revealed details behind closed doors at the company, revealing a cautionary tale of corporate bullying, gaslighting, ego, and wealth run amok in Silicon Valley.

Tyler Shultz had been in the workforce for less than a year when he emailed Elizabeth Holmes, his employer and the CEO and founder of Theranos, with concerns that the company’s lab practices were faulty, ignored quality control, and were potentially dangerous to patients. The COO fired back with a dismissive and insulting email, to which Tyler replied: "Consider this my two weeks’ notice."

From there, his life spun out of control at the hand of Elizabeth, her team of high-powered lawyers, and the patriarch of Tyler’s own family, George Shultz—one of America’s most prominent statesmen, who sat among the top of the Theranos Board of Directors. And yet, Tyler forged on. To protect his own conscience, the honor and reputation of his grandfather, and the health of patients worldwide.

Thicker than Water is Tyler’s as-told-to story—a harrowing and heartbreaking roller coaster of biomedical drama, family intrigue, and redemption—that will ultimately make you feel as though you are at a dinner party, seated next to a brilliant friend with one hell of a story.

 

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Reviewed: 2020-08-16

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Compelling Listening as Told By The Whistle-blower Himself
I'd not heard of Theranos nor the scandal that surrounded it before seeing this first-hand account pop up in my monthly free Audible Original offerings. I skimmed past it at first, not thinking much of it, but curiosity got the better of me and I went back and grabbed a copy.

Tyler Shultz blew the whistle on a very dodgy company, and like most whistle-blowers (it seems) these days he copped the short end of the stick for doing so. Like something out a movie, the company brought along their army of high-priced lawyers to shut him up and discredit him.

Shultz though wasn't one to be pushed around so easily. Growing up around figures like Kissinger, Gorbachev, Rice, Bush... to name drop a few (which, he does quite readily)... I figure would give anyone the chutzpah to stand up to this next-level corporate bullying.

I've always disliked the word "whistle-blower" as it seems like such a negative way to describe heroes like Shultz. People who are prepared to stand up and call out bullshit and criminal behaviour where they see it. I wish we had a better term for it.

Stories like this should inspire others, should the need ever arise, to find the moral fortitude and sheer tyranny of will required to hold people like Elizabeth Holmes publicly accountable.

Audio quality was top-notch, of course. Produced by Audible's own label "Audible Originals LLC" you'd expect nothing less.

 

 

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