One of the most interesting and inspiring books I've read in some time.
How Gladwell was able to show how an "underdog" like David or a person in the modern world has an opportunity to utilize one's disadvantages to achieve some pretty remarkable things when one is able to persevere and compensate for those disadvantages.
The doctor who was able to come up with an effective treatment for childhood leukemia in spite of many detractors in the medical profession who did their best to discourage his efforts.
No. I needed some time to process the concepts Gladwell was presenting.
For anyone who feels like or is in close relationship with an "underdog," this is a must read.
Its written well.
his sited examples and loose. Felt like the book was thrown together.
This is my favorite recommendation of all the books I read in 2013
Gladwell's other book, Outliers. (My favorite until this one)
I have read all of his publications. Many more than once. Id say this was his best.
Many moments movd me. One in particular was the big fish in a small pond analysis of our collegiate system.
My only whish is that Gladwell write faster so I could have more of his work to read and listen to.
Putting together words in sequence to convey the intended meeting is art...and when the narrator hits the pauses and inflections, science!
I might prefer the print edition to be able to back and forth between "lessons" to make connections and to review. It is easy to forget some of a lesson when you listen days apart. Mr. Gladwell does a decent job of jogging your memory throughout, but each person's need for a refresher is an individual one.
What is best is that Mr. Gladwell peels back layers to expose ideas and elements I missed and would otherwise miss in a surficial inspection. His research, as always, is pretty incredible. He is obviously a well-read and deep-thinking person. He is an asset to us all.
The exposition of David vs. Goliath was my favorite. He really pulled me in with his take on that confrontation. It clearly illustrated his point that sometimes what we see as an advantage is a disadvantage, and vice versa.
It made me think. It will be a reminder for me to turn things over and think about them from the other perspective. It will also force me to recast what I view as disadvantages.
I preferred Outliers, but I still liked this book very much.
I enjoy audio books and blogging.
The introduction was good. I liked the stories the least.
The most interesting aspect was that the underdog can win. The least interesting was that I could not identify with the underdogs portrayed. They were larger than life, either doctors, or severely neglected, victims.
It was discouraging. Examples were too dramatic.
I was the wrong reader for this book. I was expecting more specific ideas. The right reader would probably enjoy this book a lot.
As usual Gladwell has intriguing stories to tell us which are most likely worth the listen by themselves. But like in Outliers his conclusions and tie ins just don't make any sense to me. Put simply I don't get the David vs. Goliath premise throughout most of this book.
Also find his reading style off putting and bordering arrogant.
Fascinating content. Inspiring at times. Good narration by the author.
Great voice. A little over-dramatic at times, but still a pleasure to listen to.
Some of the material is a bit too much of a stretch to believe and thus creates doubt about the validity of the rest of the material. Sometimes it sounds as though he has really skewed his perspective to make reality fit his book, rather than the other way around. Even so, it's great food for thought, but should not be confused with the truth of any particular topic he explores.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
This was uplifting to me. It explains a totally different look at life an what seems to be a disadvantage that could be a benefit. I like the change in perspective from what some would consider common knowledge. Great job.
Not so much repetition. I believe the insight is very superficial. It does not spark my curiosity.
The argument seams repetitive and lacks substance.
The narration is fine.