The book got off to a very strong start, which continued until the final couple of hours. At that point, the discussion about Northern Ireland and medical research destroyed the arc of the story.
Malcolm Gladwell does it again. like all of his previous books David and Goliath has been well researched using stories most of us haven't heard or considered before now. I enjoy the way Gladwell takes his reader on a roller-coaster ride of altering conclusions. After listening I purchased the hardcover as soon as I could as the author gives graphs, diagrams and photos to enhance the experience.
Trust me, you wont stop talking to friends and family about this book. Galdwell delivered in his narration as well.
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I utterly enjoy a great narrator and will try to listen to books that have one.
His performance was great. Malcolm Gladwell keeps the reader wanting more. The story was great and hope to read more from him.
So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.
I love the way Gladwell examines something we've traditionally taken at face value, and then breaks it down to reveal a different truth once all the facts (or extensive research) are laid on the table. It is such a pleasure to listen to all his books. I constantly find myself thinking, "Wow, I never thought of it like that!"
This book is a fun, informational, and easy listen, but if for no other reason you have to read this book so you won't feel left out when your friends, business associates, other authors, pastors, etc. make references to something Gladwell wrote. He has to be one of the most quoted present day authors, and for good reason.
Believer in what you can't see
Inspirational story telling
The story that stood out the most was about the straight A student that went to Brown University and couldn't pass a class, and instead of finding another solution, change her major to something else completely different and gave up her dream in science.
I love his voice. It is clear and easy to listen to.
No, there is a lot to absorb, so listen to it in steps is advisable.
I first heard Malcolm Gladwell's performance through the audiobook "Blink," that talks about how we view each other and situations, and how we can be completely wrong.
Malcolm Gladwell typically provides highly interesting insights and food for thought challenging popular perceptions. The best example in this book is the title story of David and Goliath. He shows quite persuasively that David was no innocent shepherd boy, but a highly skilled variant of a well-known military fighter of his time: the “slinger” who attacked his opponent from a distance with well-directed and lethal stones from a slingshot. He caught Goliath by surprise, but his weapon and role were not that great a surprise.
That said, Mr. Gladwell does make a couple of claims in this book that in my mind were not well-founded. The first related to the supposed strategic mistakes made by the British Army in Northern Ireland in the early 1970’s in trying to bring peace to that troubled region. The second is his claim that the California “Three Strikes” law eventually proved harmful to the state. I think the Northern Ireland conclusion is overdrawn. Yes, the British made many mistakes in that peacekeeping role. However, I do not believe they were the strategic dunderheads that Mr. Gladwell suggests they were. They had a very difficult problem, with IRA terrorists on one side and extremist Ulster “orangemen” on the other. In the case of the California “Three Strikes” law, I live in California. I voted for Three Strikes and believe it has played an important role in bringing down California crime rates. Has it been too severe in particular cases? Yes. Does it have room for improvement? Also yes. But has it been a mistake overall? I think not and respectfully disagree with Mr. Gladwell on his conclusion.
Say something about yourself!
This is the first of Malcolm Gladwell's books that I read and I cannot wait to read his others.
In "David and Goliath", Gladwell combines an interesting narrative with equally interesting research to dispel conventional wisdom, ranging from our love of small classrooms, Ivy League schools and the idea that disadvantages and adversity are things to avoid.
I truly enjoyed the chapter which tells the story of a dedicated college student who chose to enroll in an Ivy League school over a state school because of the former's prestige. As a result, the student turned out to be a discouraged small fish in a big pond who did not follow through with her plans and dreams. This story resonated with me because as a recent college grad, I was able to relate to the common misconception that what we must pursue at all times is the finest and most prestigious institutions, when in reality, these may not necessarily be a good fit for everyone. Through a multitude of stories, Gladwell shows that what we most perceive to be disadvantages may be our biggest advantages, and vice versa.
I was consumed by the intriguing stories, the research, and the way that I would put the book down and reflect on my own situations and see everything from a different perspective.
Years ago I purchased Tipping Point and even though its a highly praised book, I couldn't get through it. And I read mostly nonfiction books. I've recently acquired a commute to work and because of that, I've started listening to audiobooks. Nonetheless, I decided to try this book because after seeing his Ted talks, I really do enjoy the stories Malcolm Gladwell tells. I'm not sure if its because he's reading it himself, or if its because the book is really that much better, but I seriously could not put it down. So much so, that I went on extended road trips and extra hikes on the weekend just so I could keep listening.
I think I just really enjoyed the devil's advocate of it all. Gladwell doesn't provide every fact, but he does provide additional ones beyond the common narrative that allow you to hear about something from an alternate perspective. Its compelling, there are cliffhangers, and the stories move quickly.
I would highly recommend this audiobook.
The book was very interesting and stimulating. I found the chapter about the desirable difficulty very good.
Husband, father, building contractor, inventor and audio book lover.
Malcolm Gladwell is a genius. He looks at life from a different angle and gives us the ability to do the same. Good is bad. Weak is strong. Last is first. Believe it. Don't think that blond hair and blues eyes is the E-ticket. Listen to this book and you will know, you have a better chance than you thought.