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Blink | [Malcolm Gladwell]

Blink

Intuition is not some magical property that arises unbidden from the depths of our mind. It is a product of long hours and intelligent design, of meaningful work environments, and particular rules and principles. This audiobook shows us how we can hone our instinctive ability to know in an instant, helping us to bring out the best in our thinking and become better decision-makers in our homes, offices, and in everyday life.
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Intuition is not some magical property that arises unbidden from the depths of our mind. It is a product of long hours and intelligent design, of meaningful work environments, and particular rules and principles. This audiobook shows us how we can hone our instinctive ability to know in an instant, helping us to bring out the best in our thinking and become better decision-makers in our homes, offices, and in everyday life. Just as he did with his revolutionary theory of the tipping point, Gladwell reveals how the power of blink could fundamentally transform our relationships - the way we consume, create and communicate, how we run our businesses, and even our societies. You'll never think about thinking in the same way again.

©2005 Malcolm Gladwell; (P)2005 Hachette Audio

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"Brilliant." (Observer)
"Astonishing." (Daily Mail)
"Compelling." (Evening Standard)

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    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 02-14-13
    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 02-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good but flawed"

    This is the third Malcolm Gladwell book I have listened to (or read), and like the other two, it is really interesting, but just a little bit unconvincing in parts. He is a brilliant storyteller, drawing you in with interesting anecdotes about a man who can pick winning horses by observing their body language and a rogue soldier who outwits the entire US army in a war game scenario. But towards the end of the book his argument loses its way.

    As the book progresses he gradually builds a convincing theory about how our minds are adept at making accurate instantaneous judgements and how, in many cases, the more information we are given the less likely we are to judge well.

    But then he starts to make some slightly dubious claims and even to contradict himself somewhat. He tells the story of 4 policemen who kill an African American in a bad neighbourhood at night because they think he has a gun. He says that the stress of the situation gives them ‘temporary autism’ which robs them of their normal powers to make ‘blink’ judgements. But you just don’t need this theory to explain why they misjudged the situation. It was dark, and the inability of the men to detect the innocence and terror on the victim’s face could be explained by this alone.

    Later on he describes another policeman, who had received training in controlling this kind of panic reaction in dangerous and stressful situations, and because of this training, when faced with an armed youngster, he waited a little longer and gathered more information and decided not to shoot. But this contradicts the main idea of the book, which is that we make better decisions when we allow our intuition to do it in a blink.

    So, by the end of the book, you have been entertained and have also been persuaded that humans often make better judgements when they ‘thin slice’, i.e. they make quick unconscious decisions based on very limited information. But, in my opinion, he tries to over-elaborate his theory in the later chapters, and I felt myself disagreeing with him, which spoilt the book a bit.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Peter HamptonAustralia 02-07-07
    Peter HamptonAustralia 02-07-07
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    "Blink"

    Very perceptive book and a good sequel to Tipping Point. I am currently on my second way through it and enjoy the open approach that has been taken.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Omar USA 03-28-12
    Omar USA 03-28-12 Member Since 2011

    “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein

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    "Amazingly written and read."

    If you happened to like any of Malcolm Gladwell's books, you will surely like this one. For me , it is even better than the previous ones. I think negative reviews might have been influenced by exceedingly high expectations.

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    "Eye opener"

    Excellent and inspiring book - of the matter of intuition as well as actual issues concerning us all - such as police shootings or effective markting of products.
    A minor but unusual and very nice detail: this audiobook is actually modified slightly from the written edition, so it consistently makes sense to a listener as oposed to a reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Greg North Melbourne, Australia 10-11-12
    Greg North Melbourne, Australia 10-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Gladwell tells excellent stories to back theories"

    I loved how Gladwell explains how much information we can gather in a blink of an eye. He goes on to show his findings through research and stories.

    I feel wiser and love re-quoting the stories to other people.

    Great audio - and well read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    F. M. Texas 01-07-13
    F. M. Texas 01-07-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Great Read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good book, gives you insight into how the subconscious works.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blink?

    The war game of 2002 scenario was interesting.


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    Great to hear the author in an audiobook.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bronwyn Balwyn East, Australia 06-11-12
    Bronwyn Balwyn East, Australia 06-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Rich with observation"

    This text should be on the university reading lists in all faculties. Its applications and insights are without borders.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dolf pretoria, South Africa 06-07-12
    Dolf pretoria, South Africa 06-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Stunning but Gladwel spoilt us with Outliers"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Blink to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the fact that it is author read gives it a feel of authenticity. I don't have to judge emphasis or pronunciation (not a native English speaker)


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The book confronts one with everyday realities which is presented from a new perspective.


    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Gladwell – was your favorite?

    He does himself rather convincingly :-)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It held my attention, but not to the point where I could not pause. I liked it - binding enough to hold me yet autonomous enough in its coherence that the interruptions inevitable in my life did not significantly detract from the value even though I can only listen for ~40 minutes at a time


    Any additional comments?

    Outliers spoiled it for us as this is somewhat less wow but by any other standard it is great. Sometimes I got the feeling the point was belabored as it was already stated yet only paraphrased later, but there were also times when the extra angle added more insight.
    All n all a valuable listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Gauteng, South Africa 04-23-12
    Brenda Gauteng, South Africa 04-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Malcolm Gladwell Rocks!"
    Would you listen to Blink again? Why?

    Absolutely. It's great to re-read/listen to good books to refresh your memory.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Malcolm Gladwell thoroughly covers the material and his narration is just perfect.


    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Gladwell – was your favorite?

    Malcolm Gladwell!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the section on body language and Paul Eckman's work.


    Any additional comments?

    As always, Malcolm Gladwell entertains and inspires! The world would not be the same without him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Melbourne, Australia 02-29-12
    Rob Melbourne, Australia 02-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Concept"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Great performance by Malcolm, excellently read and a different and intriguing concept


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blink?

    Chapters 5 & 6 stood out for me and really tied the book together with great studies on Coca cola, Pepsi, The Amadou Diallo shooting and musician 'Kenna'


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The case study of Amadou Diallo was excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a Life changer but a solid concept and idea that does help you consciously change your bad thinking habits.. Recommended but not a MUST HAVE for me.

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  • Jane
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    6/20/07
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    "Enjoyable, but goes in an unexpected direction"

    I enjoyed listening to this. Gladwell interweaves gripping stories with interesting psychological information very effectively. Like another reviewer, however, I was a bit surprised with the direction this took. It started out being about the powers of the unconscious and how experts can make very complicated judgements almost instantaneously. It seemed to promise to tell the reader how to harness the power of the unconsious. But then it swerved much more into exploring how snap judgements can be bad, and ended up being about the nature of prejudice. This was very interesting (possibly more interesting than the direction it had been heading in), but definitely a bit unexpected.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Ewan
    Kidderminster, United Kingdom
    2/16/07
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    "Not quite what I expected"

    Enjoyed lisening to the various stories but kept hearing myself say - and your point is?

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • judith
    canary wharf, United Kingdom
    7/18/11
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    "Gadfly-Gladwell"

    Mr Gladwell has collected an interesting set of anecdotes loosely connected to short time spans and pulls them together without much logic or structure and with many internal contradictions. Sometimes experts are people who have analysed their topic (e.g. food) so that they have access to their sub-conscious whereas non-experts flounder around with holistic impressions, sometimes experts have such finely tuned intuitions that they can instantly say that, for example, a statue is fake, but they have no access to the (highly trained) sub-conscious that tells them this. Ignore pedants like me, Mr Gladwell's amiable muddle-through will provide entertainment and food for thought (especially about prejudice) for any reader.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lewis
    Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
    6/5/08
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    "Brilliant!"

    I love this kind of book. If you are even mildly interested in why people do what they do, this book is another must (as well as Predictably Irrational*). It's all in plain English, and it's all fascinating.

    I would recommend this book. In fact, I have to many friends.

    Get it!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • c
    london, United Kingdom
    7/14/11
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    "Awful"

    Opportunist crap. This guy doesn't have any theory, ideas, nothing. He just wanted to make money with this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    7/27/09
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    "Brain shift"

    This book really makes you rethink how you think.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Simon Pegg
    12/4/06
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    "Fascinating and Compelling"

    Excellent. I am sure I will listen to this again and again.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander
    Great Dunham, United Kingdom
    9/3/14
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    "not really sure this went where it was going..."
    Would you try another book written by Malcolm Gladwell or narrated by Malcolm Gladwell?

    Malcolm books are all way interesting and follow a journey and story of how he got there, but more so than other I think this lost its way a little, may be on a second listen I will get more from it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Malcolm Gladwell? Why or why not?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue Bayliss
    London, England United Kingdom
    5/29/14
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    "Excellent book"

    I must admit to liking Malcolm Gladwell's books. It's been a while since I read this but I enjoyed listening to it.

    This is a great book, very interesting concepts and very well presented.

    Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chus
    UK
    2/26/14
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    "Great insight about how our minds work"
    What made the experience of listening to Blink the most enjoyable?

    Surprising account about how our perception of the world and thinking are interconnected in ways we are not aware. How our 'guts' can be either our most powerful ally or worst enemy when making decisions or judgements in our lives.
    Really liked Malcolm's reading too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Surprising account about how our perception of the world and thinking are interconnected in ways we are not aware. How our 'guts' can be either our most powerful ally or worst enemy when making decisions or judgements in our lives.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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