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Blink Audiobook
Blink
Written by: 
Malcolm Gladwell
Narrated by: 
Malcolm Gladwell
Blink Audiobook

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

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Publisher's Summary

In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work, in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?

In Blink we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance. Here, too, are great failures of "blink": the election of Warren Harding; "New Coke"; and the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police. Blink reveals that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of "thin-slicing", filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology and displaying all of the brilliance that made The Tipping Point a classic, Blink changes the way you understand every decision you make. Never again will you think about thinking the same way.

Don't miss any of Malcolm Gladwell's books, articles, and interviews.

©2005 Malcolm Gladwell; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Quill Award Nominee

"Entertaining and illuminating." (Publishers Weekly)
"Gladwell's groundbreaking explication of a key aspect of human nature is enlightening, provocative, and great fun to read." (Booklist)

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    Brittany Chandler, AZ, United States 04-16-12
    Brittany Chandler, AZ, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating"

    This book is very interesting and ties everything together nicely. Gladwell mentions many pieces of scientific research. I listen to these at work and I found myself running to tell my coworker something exciting the book just described quite often. Overall a very good book. I recommend it.

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    Margit D. Morawietz Albuquerque, NM United States 04-08-12
    Margit D. Morawietz Albuquerque, NM United States 04-08-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Spend 3 minutes more & keep from getting sued"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Blink to be better than the print version?

    I like audiobooks now better than written books, because i can do things while listening. My iPod is small and I can keep it in my bra, while digging in the garden, sweeping the floor or doing dishes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blink?

    When I realized that this is a book that presents cutting edge research data in an interesting and approachable style and which I can use in my work and life to quote from and sound smart.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where they say that even if people listen to word salads of only seconds length, people can get the gist... hmm maybe I should get my PHD


    What???s the most interesting tidbit you???ve picked up from this book?

    I have to listen to the book again to tell you


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    Samaresh Alpharetta, GA, United States 03-26-12
    Samaresh Alpharetta, GA, United States 03-26-12

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    "Insightful and eye-opener"
    What did you love best about Blink?

    I loved the great flow and narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is something that I had intuition about, but never thought that it had any scientific basis.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene of police killing at NY was my favorite


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nope. I was glued to the book. Finished as early as I could.


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    Blake Toronto, ON, Canada 03-26-12
    Blake Toronto, ON, Canada 03-26-12
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    If you could sum up Blink in three words, what would they be?

    Concise, incisive, illuminating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gladwell weaves several stories to illuminate his ideas about how we make decisions, and the strengths and weaknesses inherent in that.


    Any additional comments?

    Malcolm Gladwell writes about ideas, individuals, and cultural sensibilities that affect and impact us all. Blink is a collection of these, all sharing a common thread. He won't change the way you think so much as he will change the way you see.

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    Grace Azul 03-19-12
    Grace Azul 03-19-12

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    "Another great Malcolm Gladwell book!"

    I enjoy all of Malcolm Gladwell's books and this one did not disappoint. Once in a while I like a good fictional read, but I prefer nonfiction. I learn so much from his books and am amazed at the wealth of information he is able to gather. In each chapter, he relates another incident to illustrate his message of the power of what a person can notice and act on in the blink of an eye. Then he weaves the stories together as he goes along to further elucidate his point. I was particularly intrigued by his stories of police officers and what they must react to in the blink of an eye in order to safeguard life. I admire their work and the difficult decisions they must make even more because of Malcolm Gladwell's description of how the senses perceive depending on one's heart rate. Fascinating! I would read/listen to it again.

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    Thomas A. Morgan GROVE CITY, OH, United States 03-19-12
    Thomas A. Morgan GROVE CITY, OH, United States 03-19-12
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm always fascinated by psychology and enjoy understanding myself and my fellow man in greater detail. Blink made a major change in my method of thinking. I crave more data and information and believe with sufficient data, I can analyze and solve any problem. Blink made me consider that often, I need virtually no data at all to surmise a situation and respond to it properly and efficiently. This was the first Malcolm Gladwell book I have enjoyed, and I will look forward to learning much more from his other book offerings.

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    Tracy 03-13-12
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    "Fascinating stuff!"
    If you could sum up Blink in three words, what would they be?

    Thought provoking, engaging


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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

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

    Although engrossing enough to do so, this book has natural 'breaks' that makes it suitable for multiple sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    Seems like a teenager could get sucked in and find themself interested. I had already read - and kept! - the book. Now I have something really good to listen to the next time I find myself on a road trip. I have Mr. Gladwell's other books, too. Good stuff!

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    roxann Olathe, KS, United States 03-11-12
    roxann Olathe, KS, United States 03-11-12

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    "I liked it okay."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not sure. I was a little disappointed. I was hoping for more practical applications and a little less about probability.


    What other book might you compare Blink to and why?

    It was a lot like The Drunkard's Walk, but I would recommend Blink over The Drunkard's Walk.


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

    Not sure.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No reaction.


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    Brent 03-05-12
    Brent 03-05-12

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    "Just fine..."

    Took an interesting essay and turned it into a book. It is not bad... just fine.

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    Ken METAIRIE, LA, United States 03-05-12
    Ken METAIRIE, LA, United States 03-05-12

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    "Fascinating non-fiction"

    Blink was an ideal choice for an audio book. Although it presents a central theme—the exploration of thought before consciousness of thought—the episodes of the book are virtually discrete. The reader encounters an ancient item of sculpture that tests well, but that a handful of experts know at a glance is a copy; gamblers who know, before they can say why, that one deck of cards rather than another contains bad news; a fireman who senses that the conflagration he is sent to extinguish is not in the kitchen, as it appears to be, but rather hidden in the basement; a psychologist who predicts with near perfect accuracy on the basis of mere minutes of overheard conversation at the next table, that the marriage between the speakers will not survive. I don’t recall a book that, so often, imparted so many ideas that I had either not thought of or had thought of inaccurately.

    Which isn’t to say that I believed everything I read. In isolated instances, I wondered if all relevant causes of a given phenomenon had been explored; yet, for the most part, I enjoyed lots of how-about-that moments.

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