Yes, this book is in line with all the author's other books. Completely non-convential in thinking, insightful, and makes you think about how we process strengths and weaknesses.
This book is very similar to Outliers in that it throws upside down the notion that some people are better than others in work, life, sports, etc.
He always reads his material well. This audiobook is of the same quality as his other ones.
I could have easily listened to this in one sitting.
Great book for those who think they are an underdog. This book helps people understand that their perceived weakness is actually a strength and vice versa.
I would recommend this book and every other book Malcolm Gladwell has ever written.
They are all good. I have recommended all of his books to friends and family
Make no mistake, this book borrows heavily from Robert Greene. However, while Greene glorifies manipulation, politics and lack of morality in general, this books presents these in a better, lighter way.
In other words it is how to wage warfare in life if you are the underdog when the odds are against in your favor. The last part of the book inclines heavily towards behavioral economics. Some parts are interesting, some not so much. Some simply explain how counter-intuitive systems works but do not provide a real alternative to the problem. You are left with picking the least evil, as there is no real good.
If you've read "48 Laws of Power" or "The Prince", this book will not teach you new things, apart from a history lesson in segregation and the 13 year Irish war.
There were many of them but one in particular was being a Big fish living in a small pond.
It's Okay not to follow life by the book; doing unorthodox actions will also do the job, as long as it makes sense.
He seems to spend too much time focused on movements in history where an underdog perservered, maybe too much time on this. The general premise that the identification of weaknesses in your giant can be a opening for your success is clear; however, the stories used to communicate this point I did not find helpful nor inspiring.
This is my first review and I have listened to many audible books. The stories of David, especially David and Goliath have been favorites of mine since I was a young boy. However, the author in my opinion fails to use illustrations and real life stories that I found to be helpful regarding the giants I face. No I may not listen to his work again.
It didn't realy spark any emotion, I found it disappointing.
Maybe the author should consider using stories that are more relavent to the day to day giants people face, or face at work, etc. There are only a few incredible people like Martin Luther King in this world, but many more of us who still have to battle giants on smaller issues than racism in America in the 1960s. For the first time, I stopped listening to a book, this book. Not what I expected at all.
Hacking my commute one audiobook at a time...
The stories of people with learning disabilities and how they overcame those difficulties to rise to the top of their chosen careers.
The bombing of London was very interesting.
Jay Freirich's story was very moving.
I sometimes wonder if the author thought about the concept first and then found a story to validate his line of thinking. Shouldn't it be the other way around ? i.e., Looking at stories and finding patterns. The stories are great but I cant help wondering.
The narration was okay. The subject material was anecdotal and not consistent with the theme.
As or I would have suggested the author make the stories more relevant to the subject matter.
I listen to a book a day just about. I am 49, I love mystery, thriller, true crime. G.Guidall best reader for me.
I am not sure what I expected, to be honest. I am please with this book and will listen to it again at some point. Some great examples in this book and does make you think or rethink on life issues.
The fact that Malcolm reads his own books, gives the listener a better understanding of his meaning and makes the books main points hit home.
All in Chapter 4: The Theory of Desirable Difficulty
I am a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell's work, but was immensely let down by this book. Approximately 50% of the book I had already read in various New Yorker articles and the like that Gladwell had written over about 10 years, and here he simply tried to jam them all together with a realistic interpretation of David and Goliath at the beginning to try and make them all gel. If you're new to Gladwell, certainly look to his earlier works like Blink, Tipping Point, and Outliers which all have interesting tidbits that you can apply to your life and business. This on the other hand didn't flow or form any ideas in my head that weren't of the most plain variety.