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David and Goliath Audiobook

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, October 2013 - Get ready to have your view of the world turned upside down. Malcolm Gladwell - best-selling author of Blink, The Tipping Point, and Outliers - returns to present new ways of looking at why being among the advantaged is not always advantageous. David & Goliath explores the \"art of battling giants\" through the personal accounts of underdogs and misfits whose wild success stories are often falsely considered flukes. This is not a sentimental celebration of good things happening to good people. In true Gladwellian fashion, the real reasons behind so many pull-from-behind wins are completely unexpected. And if you've ever heard any of the author's many speaking engagements you know to expect a lively listening experience with Gladwell narrating the book himself. —Tricia, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Non-Fiction, 2014

Malcolm Gladwell, the number-one best-selling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw, offers his most provocative - and dazzling - book yet.

Three thousand years ago, on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn't have won.

Or should he have?

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms - all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.

In the tradition of Gladwell's previous best sellers, David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think about the world around us.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Malcolm Gladwell (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Jen Montreal. Canada 03-23-16
    Jen Montreal. Canada 03-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. As a sociologist, I love listening to Gladwell's books. I often reference the studies citied in his work, but on a different level, his books are inspiring, funny, informative and well researched.


    What other book might you compare David and Goliath to and why?

    Outliers by the same author. I love how Gladwell provides a wide variety of examples that span across history.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were no scenes, since it's non-fiction, but there are countless examples that illustrate his point.


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

    I wouldn't say extreme, but I had to bookmark several sections in order to reference the studies cited in order to help facilitate my own work!


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant author!

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    Melissa 03-16-16
    Melissa 03-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    Great history lesson. A book every American should read. I thought it was excellent how Gladwell framed these stories in the context of the tale of David and Goliath. I have a much different view of the underdog and how one can use one's "disadvantages as advantages." Highly recommend.

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    David Locke 03-15-16
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I definitely would, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in motivation or that stoicism is a great outlook on life. This book teaches lessons using examples from the old story of David and Goliath to examples from different CEOs who have had to face adversities in their life which have helped them to become better suited later on in life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the message that this book conveyed and Malcolm Gladwell did a wonderful job authoring this book.


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

    I have read his books but this was the only one that I listened to, it compares to the full experience of reading the books, he is a great author.


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

    I didn't have an extreme reaction, however, it was not an emotional book so much as it was very interesting.


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    Patrick San Bernardino, CA, United States 03-04-16
    Patrick San Bernardino, CA, United States 03-04-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Gladwell does it again!"

    I wasn't overly excited when this book came out because the last one I listened to (What the dog saw) was quite a disappointment.

    Well good news...this book was nothing like that. I was glued and listened to this book faster than A weekend of of binge watching House of Cards.

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    loved every minute of it. this book gives you a new insight on how to view problem December for you and/or disabilities.

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    Linda Stevens 02-29-16 Member Since 2017
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    Malcolm is not only a great story teller but a master of life and the various ways it can be interpreted

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    Amazon Customer 02-26-16
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    I will share the book with all you have a love for deep thinking. excellent!

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    Sergio 02-25-16
    Sergio 02-25-16
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    "Interesante y con contenido "

    Es un libro que te ayuda a ver las ventajas de las situaciones difíciles. Los underdogs y los que vienen de abajo

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    Harry A. Krabbe 02-18-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Another great hit"

    love the studies and support TG he author offers to support his thesis. kept my attention and offered some perspective on suffering.

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    TW 02-11-16
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    Really enjoyed it. Great story telling and memorably told. I highly recommend it. You'll gasp and shed a tear while being amazed at the comparisons and similarities in major historical figures.

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