I admit that was unfamiliar with Malcolm Gladwell before hearing about this book. Since downloading it, I've listened to it 3-4 times. One reason is that each chapter is a story in itself. I can clean the kitchen or take my dog for a walk and complete a story without stopping the narrative (plus I catch something new each time I listen). But the genius of Gladwell is his way of making the ordinary or mundane completely fascinating. I never would have imagined I would be amazed by the story of ketchup, but I was. He is brilliant at taking seemingly straight forward issues like the Challenger disaster or Enron or pit bulls and making one think differently. That is where it is genius. It makes one think. I certainly never would have thought the story of Ron Popeil or the history of women's hair dye would be interesting. Instead, I found these stories utterly fascinating.
Who needs fiction when real life is so damned interesting? This book tells stories, some decades long in the making, that bring to life the impacts humans and their choices and capabilities have on the course of all kinds of social and scientific history. I actually stopped listening to NPR in the car until I'd finished it...!
However this one was not so great. I would leave it at that, but apparently audible wants me to input more text before I can submit a review. Gladwell's usual statistical data was more opinionated and less focused this time. Random thoughts by Gladwell would have been a reasonable title.
This is a great book, on par with all Gladwell's other works. I found the very last few chapters to be the most interesting and applicable for my personal taste (small business owner), but the entire book was wonderful. Easy and enjoyable to listen to while at the same time very informative and eye-opening.
Just great. Every story in this book is worthy of discussing with friends and further curiousity. Another win for Gladwell.
This Author NEVER disappoints! Such a fantastic perspective on many different points of view. There are just so many ways of looking at things, and this writer always gives you a new way of analysing what you've observed! DON'T PASS THIS UP!!
No real conclussions are ever drawn. Just a collection of stories. He is overly interested in women's issues: Menstruation, Breast Cancer even Hair Dye. His voice is very creepy too. I didn't enjoy Blink either because he just keeps tell the same story over and over again in different examples but never makes a point or draw any conclusion. You come away with nothing asking "So What? What's your point?"
Nice glimpse into the mind of Gladwell not quite as powerful as his other books Tipping point , Outliers , blink but an excellent compilation of his work I never had the chance to hear/read when it was published in the new yorker.
I am the first to admit that the majority of Malcolm's work is "over my head", but that does not stop me from thoroughly enjoying all of his audio books. His use of language and his voice makes him my favorite author and narrator. And every topic makes me pause and think about what is being said. I hope that the future will bring more of his works to the Audible collection.