Interesting read (listen), full of factoids. But I learned nothing that would allow me to apply this to my own life. Self improvement was my goal.
Apparently if you're well versed in a given field of study or occupation you may have the ability to (in the blink of an eye) evaluate a situation or object and come to a useful and correct conclusion instantly. That is unless you make a mistake and draw the wrong conclusion based on your prejudices acquired over the years.
Uh huh, so what's the point?
The comparisons made to Freakonomics don't work for me. "Freak" concentrates more on numbers and the conclusions drawn have (to me) more of the ring of truth. Blink doesn't seem to really have a unified message.
There are a few interesting details in the book but it is thin on content overall and I didn't take much away from it.
This was really a fascinating book, but I would recommend getting the print version if you have the time to read it. Malcom Gladwell did some really good research and writes a good book, I just think the audio version would have been more appealing if he had gotten someone else to read it. The narration is a bit whiny and overdone. I would have given it 5 stars with a different narrator.
This is a book for those who are once again looking for fortune cookie answers on how to deal with life. It is filled with contradictions that are packaged as stunning revelations. Arrogant, unintelligent and trite Pop Psychology.
This book is so engrossing that my 13 year old was begging me to let her listen. She cleaned the kitchen with me so that she could continue listening to it!
The author has a wonderful way of spinning a story based on fairly dry material. It is a mind opening experience listening to this book.
This book is well researched and interesting, but it is not as good as "The Tipping Point," also by Gladwell. "Blink" is more of a collection of research rather than a unified argument.