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What the Dog Saw Audiobook

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures Audiobook

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Publisher's Summary

Over the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has become the most gifted and influential journalist in America. In The New Yorker, his writings are such must-reads that the magazine charges advertisers significantly more money for ads that run within his articles. With his number-one best sellers, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, he has reached millions of readers. And now the very best and most famous of his New Yorker pieces are collected in a brilliant and provocative anthology.

Among the pieces: his investigation into why there are so many different kinds of mustard but only one kind of ketchup; a surprising assessment of what makes for a safer automobile; a look at how we hire when we can't tell who's right for the job; an examination of machine built to predict hit movies; the reasons why homelessness might be easier to solve than manage; his famous profile of inventor and entrepreneur Ron Popeil; a look at why employers love personality tests; a dissection of Ivy League admissions and who gets in; the saga of the quest to invent the perfect cookie; and a look at hair dye and the hidden history of postwar America.

For the millions of Malcolm Gladwell fans, this anthology is like a greatest hits compilation-a mix tape from America's alpha mind.

©2009 Malcolm Gladwell; (P)2009 Hachette

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    Bruno CT 10-13-13
    Bruno CT 10-13-13 Member Since 2016

    Avid reader and audiobook listener. Grew up on books on cassettes and a sony walkman. My dad introduced me to books on tapes when I was 12

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Malcolm Gladwell always brings a whole new look at how we perceive things in life. I always enjoy his books and What the Dog Saw doesn't disappoint. Looking at life from this perspective, how you carry yourself and how you are perceived. Its a new and refreshing look at life in the way Gladwell always does.


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    Maryam MERRITT ISLAND, FL, United States 07-29-13
    Maryam MERRITT ISLAND, FL, United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "If you like Gladwell, you will like this more..."

    If you like his books, but find his writing to be a little (or a lot) repetitive, the short form of the stories in this books will fix that right up.

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    Lindsay Windsor, Ontario, Canada 05-22-13
    Lindsay Windsor, Ontario, Canada 05-22-13
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    "Utterly absorbing!"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a totally mesmerizing listen - each of the essays in this book is so engagingly written, and Malcolm Gladwell gives a great delivery as well. Anyone who enjoys reading creative non fiction or literary journalism (think: Harper's, The Atlantic, The Walrus, and of course The New Yorker) should definitely check this one out. I thought Gladwell was overhyped, but have really been impressed and would definitely recommend this.

    Gladwell really gives you food for thought - everything from why there's only one kind of ketchup (vs. umpteen mustards) to how hair dye commercials have played a role in modern feminism, to late bloomers in the art world...all tackled very creatively and drawing parallels between very diverse segments of society. Also each of the essays are about 45 mins in length - a nice digestible size for car trips.. and a good conversation piece after they're done!

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    C. Smith Southeast 04-02-13
    C. Smith Southeast 04-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting but wordy."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    There were many indepth nonfiction articles in this books, some very fascinating when the truth was exposed; however, I felt they were a little too wordy. I picked the ones that interested me and skimmed the others.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not applicable because each chapter is a different research article.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The article on the hair color empire and the one on birth control were my favorite articles. I also found the one on the Challenger explosion and the Enron fiasco very revealing.


    Could you see What the Dog Saw being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I would have enjoyed this more to read an article periodically for its facts and explanation instead of reading the book cover-to-cover.

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    Robert North York, Ontario, Canada 03-03-13
    Robert North York, Ontario, Canada 03-03-13
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    Where does What the Dog Saw rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Second only to himself. One of the great minds of this century. Check out the Tipping Point, Outliers and this is certainly a perfect place to start to see the variety of subjects he touches on with such wonderful insight.


    What other book might you compare What the Dog Saw to and why?

    The Tipping Point. Freakenomics would be great examples.


    What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He wrote it, he read it, he is able to provide the alliteration where it is intended. From his great mind to my ears.


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

    Tough to stop. But the chapters change topics and it provides you an out.


    Any additional comments?

    Get it.

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    Benjamin 02-25-13
    Benjamin 02-25-13
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    Would you consider the audio edition of What the Dog Saw to be better than the print version?

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    What was one of the most memorable moments of What the Dog Saw?

    I really enjoyed the insights about the differences between solving puzzles and mysteries. It was really interesting. I really enjoy how Gladwell thinks and links problem families together.


    What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like to listen to Gladwell, and find that him reading it as the author makes the words seem more natural, because they are natural for him. Some Authors just aren't good actors, but Gladwell isn't acting. He's telling the story of his own education on a topic or family of problems to a friend - or in this case thousands of frends.


    Any additional comments?

    Good writing, good thinking and insightful.

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    Steven Houston, TX, United States 02-20-13
    Steven Houston, TX, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent insight!"
    What did you love best about What the Dog Saw?

    Incredibly interesting stories of human nature


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great coverage, contrast and prose


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

    The Clairol advertising woman


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

    ThR teaching module


    Any additional comments?

    Gladwell's is a spectacular narrator!

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    laurie 02-08-13
    laurie 02-08-13

    I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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    "Not as Amazing as Outliers and Tipping Point"

    Outliers and Tipping Point were fascinating to me. I found my mind wandering while listening to What the Dog Saw. Of course the topics that appeal are a matter of personal taste. You might prioritize these three books differently.

    Gladwell has a wonderful voice, and he reads his material beautifully.

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    L. Dicken St. Joe, MI United States 01-08-13
    L. Dicken St. Joe, MI United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Malcolm is the BEST"
    Would you consider the audio edition of What the Dog Saw to be better than the print version?

    Yes for there are short stories so you can stop and start easily.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gladwell's writing is amazing he can make any subject matter interesting. He takes the dullest subjects and somehow transforms them into interesting topics of discussion in his short stories.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Equally as great as the others.


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    Wael Riyadh 12-29-12
    Wael Riyadh 12-29-12 Member Since 2012

    Curious, love philosophy, reading, polictics, social and Islam. فضولي ، أحب الفلسفة ، القراءة ، السياسة ، علوم الاجتماع ، والاسلام ex-Microsoft, ex-KFUPM (SWE).

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    "enjoyed the book and it opened new door for research"
    Would you consider the audio edition of What the Dog Saw to be better than the print version?

    The beauty about this audio book is that it is narrated by Malcolm Gladwell himself. So he gives the chance to tell what he wanted in his own way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The articles are nice and they answer difficult questions like what the dog saw, what interviews can tell us (the new boy network) and rewarding talents and companies with star systems (the talent myth).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In summary, I've enjoyed the book and it opened new door for me to research. Also, it is noted that the questions that Malcolm is asking are very similar to those questions in the Freakonomics to which Malcolm refer to many times.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book. However, it doesn't have a property of single book because it is a series of articles. Its not worth buying the hardcopy. I've listened to the Audio book in audible and and it was worthwhile.

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