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.
I agree with many others that have said this book was a bait and switch. I felt I was sold something that could help me learn whether or not I was making good quick decisions, if not - how could I improve. Instead I have been listening to very sketchy conclusions about marriage, tennis, and sculptures. I am somewhat insulted by thin slicing theory and the fact that I purchased this book at all.
I really enjoyed listening to Blink. Malcolm Gladwell reads it in a wonderful tone and it's almost like listening to him tell you the story in person (or at a conference). The insights into intuition found in the book are wonderful - and explained thoroughly well - my only issue is that he doesn't provide any real conclusions, you have to come up with your own. That would be fine except there really are some great "next steps" that many people might be looking for as a way to improve their "intuition" and so in that sense, this book is lacking. But if you want to hear great stories about how it works (but have to figure out on your own how to really do it), this book is wonderful.