Speak well to any one overcoming difficulties in life, not pollyannic at all.
Chapter about dyslexia.
Provides confirmation on life experiences that would have been lost otherwise.
i don't think it could be scripted as a motion picture. It seems more conceptual than literal.
The book lives up to the tittle.
I would recommend this audio book for anyone looking for a light, thought provoking listen. It isn’t long at 7 hours and is perfect for listening to on the commute to work or while running errands. I really enjoy the tid-bits of information that I pick up from Malcolm Gladwell’s books. He gives so many examples to support the points that he makes. While I don’t find all of them personally stimulating, there are always a few that leave an impression. In “David and Goliath,” I found his anecdotes regarding “big fish, little pond” theory made me reflect on my own life and my choice to be a small fish in a big pond. (Two examples I found especially interesting: a discouraged student at a top-tier university and Monet in the late nineteenth century Parisian art scene).
Also, this book isn’t about the traditional underdog overcoming all odds and beating the ‘giant.’ It is more focused on the premise that so-called underdogs or those who are disadvantaged react and adapt to their situations. Through this adaptation they develop strengths that help them rise above and achieve success later in life.
No, this is a book you can listen to in multiple sittings, on your commute, in the gym, or while running errands.
Robert Patrick Lewis
As an author who narrated my own first work, I love to hear an author who does the same. As the person who created the story, they are the only one's who can truly capture the nuances, emotions and meanings of each syllable, and Gladwell take the cake on this one.
I can only compare this to other Gladwell books, because of this extremely unique perspective, storytelling and research. I would put this one more on the level of "Blink," my favorite until this.
As a father, the stories of the parents whose daughters were murdered.
I actually teared up several times, especially hearing about the murdered children.
The narration by the author is distracting.Higher a professional please. Don Leslie could have made this epic. As it is, I can't even get through one pass.
Speed over size
David's victory over Goliath was not surprising result. David had competitive advantage in the battle from the beginning. People tend to see the size more than the real competitive advantage.
Did not read the print version.
The book is very empowering.
I liked concept of the advantages of disadvantages.
When he discussed the influence of disadvantages in the classroom.
It was my first Gladwell's book. I would rate it higher but it grows a little tedious in the end. The initial topics that are covered are some of the best I have heard, especially the one about the students who feel like a small fish in a big pond. The second part feels a bit desperate from the initial narrative. Nonetheless a clear and fresh perspective.
Not his narration, lol. He is very dry and that makes it tough to get through what I might refer to the statistical portion of the book- but it is well worth it.
Gladwell writes from the educational perspective. He wants us to know that thinking differently is not bad- it is productive and we should treat those that do not think like us as a possible learning tool.
yes, I would. My schedule is such that I rarely have time to read an actual book or one on my Kindle- commuting is my time to enjoy books.
The proper take on David and Goliath and the real lesson that we need to revisit the way we see our influences.