I didn't get very far into this audio, because the sentence structures and character tangles are far too complicated for passive listening. Since the failure of this audiobook, I've made it a policy to read (from an actual book!) classics and texts that may have lots of footnotes/etc. I can't recommend this as an audiobook, and cannot comment on the story itself as I have yet to read it.
The information in the book is fascinating -- it's incredible how much our circumstances determine our successes and how relatively little our so-called "innate talents" or "drive" do. That being said, I feel that Gladwell could have given more rounded history and perhaps more encouragement to those of us who haven't been doing X activity since age 5. Gladwell also isn't very good at inflecting his voice when he quotes others in the reading, making it difficult on occasion to tell when he's quoting. Towards the end he also gets a bit singsong-y. Overall very worth the listen.
I can't tell you anything about this story, because about five minutes in, I refused to listen any further. This narrator sounds like the biggest pr-ck in the world: super smarmy, full of himself, with an irritating inflection pattern. I didn't want my introduction to Balzac to be colored by so terrible a narrator. If I could return this, I would since I know with certainty that I won't be listening to it any more than the very little I have already. Don't waste your money.
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