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.
Second only to himself. One of the great minds of this century. Check out the Tipping Point, Outliers and this is certainly a perfect place to start to see the variety of subjects he touches on with such wonderful insight.
The Tipping Point. Freakenomics would be great examples.
He wrote it, he read it, he is able to provide the alliteration where it is intended. From his great mind to my ears.
Tough to stop. But the chapters change topics and it provides you an out.
I really enjoyed the insights about the differences between solving puzzles and mysteries. It was really interesting. I really enjoy how Gladwell thinks and links problem families together.
I like to listen to Gladwell, and find that him reading it as the author makes the words seem more natural, because they are natural for him. Some Authors just aren't good actors, but Gladwell isn't acting. He's telling the story of his own education on a topic or family of problems to a friend - or in this case thousands of frends.
Good writing, good thinking and insightful.
Incredibly interesting stories of human nature
Great coverage, contrast and prose
The Clairol advertising woman
ThR teaching module
Gladwell's is a spectacular narrator!
I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Outliers and Tipping Point were fascinating to me. I found my mind wandering while listening to What the Dog Saw. Of course the topics that appeal are a matter of personal taste. You might prioritize these three books differently.
Gladwell has a wonderful voice, and he reads his material beautifully.