Malcolm Gladwell sees the world through the eyes of an objective observer. He takes nothing at face value and in this book, he takes us behind the scenes of some well known, and unknown underdog stories.
The fun thing about this book is that for most people the title would simply be a symbol of the little guy who doesn't stand a chance against some unbeatable giant, but Gladwell sees this classic story from an entirely different perspective. He shows us that *David* was clearly the superior fighter. He breaks it down so clearly that you see that Goliath simply didn't have a chance.
Once he establishes this fundamental shift in perspective, he then dives into a series of stories of people who succeed not in spite of their adversities... but because of them.
As always, Galdwell doesn't just base his positions on his own opinion, but based upon intensive research. For example, in a study of the greatest leaders of all time, he made a list of all of the people in the Encyclopedia Britannica who had more than two columns written about them. He then researched every name in the list to determine the percentage of them who lost a parent at a young age and was able to demonstrate that a disproportionate number of great leaders had indeed been from shattered families.
I was particularly interested in his research in education, where he demonstrated solid reasons why emphasis on smaller class sizes and affirmative action were off target, and why aiming for Ivy League schools isn't always in the best interest of the student.
Above all, Malcolm Gladwell has delivered another classic book that simply makes you think outside the box. In this particular book, he also makes it easier for you to look adversity in the eye and say... "thanks".
Yes. And I have already listened twice. It's a classic.
It reminds me of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer because they share themes of life in the south through the eyes of a child.
I listened to it the day it was released, and finished it the following morning. That night, I started over again.
I'm so happy this was finally released on audio. From what I understand it was recorded in 2006, but it took until 2014 to finally make it available.
Atticus Finch is a great role model of a man who fights for what is right, regardless of what other people think.
When somebody attempts to continue in the footsteps of a deceased author, there are often challenges to either stay too close to the original, or to take the series to places that don't fit the original spirit. Thankfully Eoin Colfer has found a great mix of old and new premises re-capture the essence of Douglas Adams's classic trilogy (in 5 parts).
While some of the writing style is clearly different, it's not distracting enough to seem out of place. Colfer has his own voice, and his own sense of humor so his take on Hitchhiker is refreshing.
I'm a huge fan of the series, so I look forward to seeing the series continue.
The pace of the story was perfect. Within minutes the engine of the story was in full motion and we are immediately immersed in the premise. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep your interest.
Yes. There were some great emotional moments.
I literally had zero expectations for this book. To be honest, I didn't even remember pre-ordering it. When I looked on my email in the morning, I saw a notification that my pre-order was available to download. It's been a while since ordering it, so I didn't even remember when or why I ordered it.
Rather than look up the summary, I just started to just listen to it and by then end of the day... I finished it. I couldn't stop. The story grabbed me from the start and I simply had to keep listening at every opportunity I could get.
The premise of the story was simple. An old couple answers the door to find a moving truck ready to take everything they own to their new home. He wasn't expecting them until the next day, but as a senior citizen, he assumed it was his mistake and lets them pack up everything they own into the truck. The next day, the "real" moving crew shows up...
I'm very happy that this book faithfully follows the original book, not the movie.
Although the original was written nearly 40 years ago, the story picks up right after the original and it quickly fills in the gaps to move to present day, leaving the reader with just enough of the past to tie everything into a nice little package.
Those who read The Shining will enjoy the references to the original, but the story itself is self-contained, so you don't necessarily need to read the original to enjoy it.
I've read The Shining several times so far. Oddly, I've never seen the movie version, but from what I know, although it's a great film, it's not a good adaptation of the book.
Good clean fun.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy is the only book that comes to mind because they both explore the comedic potential in things like Quantum Mechanics.
While both stories are completely insane, the real science behind them sounds equally insane to people outside the scientific community.
The main character... Emperor Mollusk. His delivery is priceless.
I loved the fact that there were not only interesting bits of trivia, but plenty of common facts that will actually make me a more savvy shopper at the supermarket.
There were quite a few things I've learned such as simply knowing the basics of salt...Sea Salt, Kosher, Table and sodium free salts.
I think this would be a great start for a series of similar practical science such as "What Einstein told his... Housekeeper, gardener, etc.
I'm open minded. It would depend on the book.
This is not a bad book, but the reason for the low score is because I feel that the author was trying too hard to degrade the classic book that inspired it, "Who Moved My Cheese?".
In "Who Moved my Cheese?", a group of mice in a maze become upset when the cheese they loved so much was no longer where they expected it. Some waited and waited for the cheese to come back... others quickly moved on to look for more... and another waited at first, but soon realized he should move on too.
The simple message in this fable is that life changes, the cheese will move, and you have to accept it and do something about it.
This book takes another approach... Why are you in the maze in the first place? Why not break through the maze... or climb out of it? It essentially extends the core message from a 2D universe to a 3D universe that extends above or outside the maze.
While these are good points, the book tries too hard to put down the original book for not spelling this out, meanwhile the point of the first book was not HOW the mice will find what they need, but WHY they should take action.
In the original, the bottom line was that they had to do something so they looked elsewhere in the maze. Because it's a simple fable, the message is very clear and they stay within the 2D maze.
Just because there exists an ability to break through the maze or look outside the maze doesn't change the core message of the original... if you can't find what you are looking for, be prepared to do something about it.
There is no reason to repeatedly point out that there were other things the mice in the original could do. The main message was to just do something and not sit there waiting for the cheese to come back.
If I took the same approach as this book does, I could write yet another fable where my mice do something new like ride around in roller skates or make their own cheese, but it would not improve on the original premise. Do something.
Yes. And I have, because it's full of great information.
"Delivering Happiness" from Tony Hsieh and "Good to Great" from Jim Collins.
While the book is full of time saving advice, the key takeaway for me is that the focus on company culture, because in spite of Paul's efforts to trim a 2 seconds here and there, he spends more than an hour each day NOT building products, but building better people, who in turn become more efficient at build better products.
His philosophy reminds me of the old story of the lumberjack who entered a contest to see how fast he could cut down a tree. Everyone was half way through before he even started, yet he won the race. He was sharpening his axe.
I have listened to over 450 audiobooks, including some that were way too long to get to the point. Paul delivers his message without wasting any words, so the book itself is a great example of efficiency.
Even though the chapters and the book itself are short, he makes it a point to summarize each chapter to make sure the key points stand out. This underscores the message and insures you absorbed it.
Lastly, this is not a Harvard Business School textbook on the merits of bean counting. Paul Akers lives and breathes this lifestyle and his magnetic personality comes through with flying colors.
If you've never seen or heard Paul Akers in action, check out some of his videos online. His energy is contagious.
Zig Ziglar is one of the all-time best motivational speakers because of his dynamic personality and his deep rooted values.
This particular audiobook is a great example of Zig in action. He doesn't focus on complicated "Get it Done" strategies or systems. Instead, he simply uses common sense ideas and he illustrates them with captivating stories and his one-of-a-kind delivery.
He reminds us to that the first step in getting things done is setting specific goals and for those who have a hard time doing that, perhaps your first goal is to give him a listen. Once you do, you'll want to explore some of his other books, such as "See You at the Top".
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