What I really like about Malcom Gladwell's books (Tipping Point, Outliers, Blink) is that he uses real-life stories to illustrate his points. The stories are not only relevant but also interesting and fascinating. This book helps you better understand why you are able to make good snap judgements with almost no information as well as why we sometimes make very bad snap judgements. Some of the information in this book overlaps a little with the book "How We decide" which is another good book to listen to. Two thumbs up for Blink.
I loved The Tipping Point and Outliers, but this book has failed to live up to what I had hoped for. It does spend a lot of time talking about how different people or groups make decisions and what they look for to help make those quick judgements, but the delivery is entirely too long-winded. The audio version is also extremely difficult because the author who does the narration uses a very monotone voice and could easily put you to sleep. Great idea and concept, but not good delivery.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
What a fantastic and challenging read. This book really makes you stop and think about....how you think and what you think.
Gladwell is such a wonderful story teller, he takes such detailed and dry topics and presents them in interesting anecdotal fashion that you want to listen to more about...well sociology and human behavior? I am so glad he is the narrator for the audio versions of his books. Many of the topics he presents are born out through first hand observations.
We all make snap judgements everyday. This book provides insite into what's going on in those few seconds.
I enjoyed this book and its ideas of "blink". It seemed like a very interesting topic but I always felt like I was waiting for information that would truly convince me about "blink" moments.
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.