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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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    Heidi 08-09-15
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    Only thing better than a Malcolm Gladwell book is having him read it to you!

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    Francis L. Virginia, USA 08-07-15
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    I am yet to find a bad book from Malcolm Gladwell. This book is excellent; the concepts are simply explained yet well elaborated and documented.

    The only issue with this book is the same than for any Malcolm Gladwell book ... is that it has to stop

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    Teresa 08-04-15
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    "Another good one"

    Love listening to Malcolm's books. So thought provoking and interesting.

    Made me really think about what is going on around me.

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    P. Dugue Ottawa, On, Ca 08-01-15
    P. Dugue Ottawa, On, Ca 08-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very moving and enlightening"

    Really really good book about the power of the weak and less fortunate. Made me stop and think, and that's what I love about really good books.

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    Miriam 08-01-15
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    "A Bit Too Dramatic"

    Not sure what the purpose of this narrative is supposed to be. Am I supposed to be encouraged by it? Am I supposed to finish with new found knowledge? Am I supposed to feel hopeful if I'm an underdog or does Gladwell's words serve as a warning to me if I possess power? Lastly, I found the staccato-like narration distracting and unenjoyable. I've read three other books by this author a while back, yet l do not remember being dissatisfied with them.

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    Jay Lappen 07-31-15
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    "Another amazing book"

    Not sure if it's his best since I loved Outliers, but I'd recommend it to everyone.

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    A. Evans Richmond, VA 07-29-15
    A. Evans Richmond, VA 07-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another fine book from Mr Gladwell!"

    A great book - compelling insights; thought-provoking and helpful. So many intriguing topics encourage reflection and discussion.

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    Ryan 07-28-15
    Ryan 07-28-15
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    "Underdogs do make a difference."

    Great book. Some of the chapters and wording can get a little confusing. Author does a great job of setting you up with historical background for understanding.

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    Accesswiz 07-28-15
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    It's a nice book but to me looks like got lost in the middle of the chapter. Worth listening once

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    Paal Skjetne Trondheim Norway 07-24-15
    Paal Skjetne Trondheim Norway 07-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Some valuable insights but"

    … some of it was kind of "obvious" to someone grown up on scandinavian social democratic tradition.

    The examples are good and illustrative.

    The analysis of the Biblical story of David and Goliath was the most interesting in my view.

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