My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
I had heard about this book a while back and had decided I didn't want to read it. There was some controversy about it. Then while going through the listings on Audible I ran across it and didn't recognize it. So I read the treatment and decided it might be interesting. It wasn't till I was immersed in the book that I remembered the controversy about it. But I am VERY glad I listened. What a great book. Very well done and read. It cleared a lot of stuff up for me. My work is almost entirely based on how quickly I judge things - basically R&D work and it has to be done in a fraction of the time that would be given in a normal situation. What a great look at what the mind goes through in making decisions. Things are not Black and White, but varying degrees of grey.
I really enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell's "The Tipping Point" but was disappointed by this book. For starters, the ideas presented in here aren't new to me. I've heard other, better pieces about inuitative thinking and his reasoning falls down a little as he stretches the handful of ancedotes to the breaking point. I would have prefered more qualification and discussion of exception along the lines of "Inutiative thinking doesn't work in these circumstances."
On the positive note, Malcolm Gladwell did a good job as his own narrator.
Gladwell has such a great way of telling a story and breaking it down. I love that he narrates his own books. This book challenges your thinking about the way you think. It makes you understand how really good or bad your judgment can be in certain situations. It also challenges commonly held beliefs. As usual a great read from Malcomb Gladwell.
I really liked the other Gladwell book I'd listened to (Outliers), so I thought I'd like Blink, too. But I found it to be rather shallow and lacking much beyond just citing some famous social science studies. His conclusions are either obvious and basic or sweeping and grandiose. The points raised were worth thinking about, but ultimately it was just an OK way to pass the time.
Malcolm Gladwell's analysis of human intuition is eye-opening and truly fascinating. One of the best books I have ever read - or listened to. Not to be missed.
I started listening to this book, and I was thinking 'Yeah, but....' and 'Yeah, but...' I agreed, in part, with what he said, but knew there were exceptions. It turned out that the later part of the book went into just those issues I had in great detail. All in all, it made short work of a drive home from Florida. I definitely would recommend it.
The book isn't entirely perfect. It rambles almost off topic a little. But even still, I learned a lot and would consider giving it as a gift.
Snap judgments greatly influence the quality of our decision making and our ability to process information in a way that helps. I learned a lot from this one. This was also very engaging the whole way through
I really don't see how this book got such high ratings. I thought the author was scattered and mediocre in his writing skills. The subject became boring and the research went back and forth contradicting itself. I got so little from this book I cannot recommend it.
An effusive monologue fortified with contrived oversimplifications does not make something factual or profound. In the end - I am right back where I started - only slightly chagrined for expecting to have gleaned some cogent insight regarding the recent advances in cognitive science in exchange for time invested.
Granted, he's a deft writer. However, if you've had a college level introduction to psychology - you will struggle holding back natural questions that one would assume he would address in the succeeding piffle - but no. Consequently, your "bovine excreta detector" will(or should) remain illuminated throughout the entire listen.