fun read, touches on several themes like bias and generalizations expanded in other future works
If you're hungry for more Gladwell, this collection delivers. Diverse topics, but only MG can compare mammograms to Scudbusters, and the NFL draft to teacher improvement. I really enjoyed it.
Use the Audible App to listen at 1.5 times the normal playback speed. This is very easy to comprehend at that speed, and you get 50% more information per minute.
At this point, I would recommend the BOOK to my friends, but not the audiobook. The editing on this particular recording leaves a lot to be desired. There is random music in the middle of some articles that does not seem to contribute to the overall story telling - like it was to be used to bridge the gap between points, but failed miserably. There are also very noticeable editing errors and entire portions of speaking dialog missing - seems like perhaps a sentence or two.
The range of topics keeps me entertained and continue to challenge my own perspective and understanding of long established assumptions.
Yes - I have enjoyed several of his books previously, which influenced my purchase of this title.
Challenging the Norm
I really enjoy listening to Malcolm Gladwell's content as his perspective typically challenges the norm and always proposes "The other side of the story."
Absolutely. A journey through - that which we did not have to personally experience yet receive the benefits of.
Mr. Gladwell has 5 masterpieces at Audible. Hope you will enjoy and benefit from all.
At issue, this book has no uniting theme, its a random collection of interesting stories. Likely leftover research from this other amazing books.
Consuming Safety, the stories around how people 'consume' or adjust their behaviors when new safety technologies are implemented. Example, anti-lock brakes in one sample did not reduce accidents as the drivers with them drove more aggressively.
Yes, just not worth a second listen, unlike his other books which are worth listening to at least twice.
This is typical Gladwell. It is an eclectic collection of stories on a variety of topics. In the typical Gladwell style, it will leave you entertained, educated, and pondering topics you didn't know were so darn interesting.
Avid reader and audiobook listener. Grew up on books on cassettes and a sony walkman. My dad introduced me to books on tapes when I was 12
Malcolm Gladwell always brings a whole new look at how we perceive things in life. I always enjoy his books and What the Dog Saw doesn't disappoint. Looking at life from this perspective, how you carry yourself and how you are perceived. Its a new and refreshing look at life in the way Gladwell always does.
If you like his books, but find his writing to be a little (or a lot) repetitive, the short form of the stories in this books will fix that right up.
This was a totally mesmerizing listen - each of the essays in this book is so engagingly written, and Malcolm Gladwell gives a great delivery as well. Anyone who enjoys reading creative non fiction or literary journalism (think: Harper's, The Atlantic, The Walrus, and of course The New Yorker) should definitely check this one out. I thought Gladwell was overhyped, but have really been impressed and would definitely recommend this.
Gladwell really gives you food for thought - everything from why there's only one kind of ketchup (vs. umpteen mustards) to how hair dye commercials have played a role in modern feminism, to late bloomers in the art world...all tackled very creatively and drawing parallels between very diverse segments of society. Also each of the essays are about 45 mins in length - a nice digestible size for car trips.. and a good conversation piece after they're done!
There were many indepth nonfiction articles in this books, some very fascinating when the truth was exposed; however, I felt they were a little too wordy. I picked the ones that interested me and skimmed the others.
Not applicable because each chapter is a different research article.
The article on the hair color empire and the one on birth control were my favorite articles. I also found the one on the Challenger explosion and the Enron fiasco very revealing.
I think I would have enjoyed this more to read an article periodically for its facts and explanation instead of reading the book cover-to-cover.