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David and Goliath Audiobook
David and Goliath
Written by: 
Malcolm Gladwell
Narrated by: 
Malcolm Gladwell
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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    Mariceleste Grant Orange, CA United States 05-06-15
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    "Another great book by Gladwell!"

    The only thing better than reading a Gladwell book is listening to Malcolm Gladwell read a Gladwell book. Definitely a five star read and reading.

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    whatmamasaysgoes 05-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Thank you!"

    I deeply appreciate the way Gladwell weaves storytelling and research together. In his hands heartbreak and a closer, longer look at humanity reveal unexpected truth. These are practical revelations I will immediately apply. Very well read! Will listen again certain to learn more.

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    Mastiff Enthusiast Colorado Springs, CO United States 05-02-15
    Mastiff Enthusiast Colorado Springs, CO United States 05-02-15 Member Since 2014

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    "as usual, excellent thought provoking"

    I love all of Malcolm Gladwell's writing. this again made me really think and ponder how we can easily underestimate the underdog.

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    TAMIKA 05-02-15
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    "AMAZING! INSPIRING! EYE OPENING!"

    The book blew me away! It alsohelped me see how normal I am in my thinking. At the same time, I see insecurities and faults in our life as stepping stones, not tomb stones.

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    Quijote 05-01-15
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    "Too many assertions"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Gladwell's other books seem to be based on facts rather than looking for facts to support a narrative.


    Has David and Goliath turned you off from other books in this genre?

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    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    As in his other books, he tells the story with conviction. He is easy to listen to.


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    "Very nice research"

    Very nice work by Malcolm. Specially the part which relates to choosing schools and universities and related success.
    Keep it up Malcolm!

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    Elyse 04-25-15
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    good listen. I'm a "David" in life and it puts things in a different perception- which I'm all about.

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    "Stunning and provocative"

    Love creative ideas for finding big fish in smaller pond opportunities. The ending stories about forgiveness over harsh justice are inspiring.

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    "Predictably Outstanding"
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    When you buy a Gladwell book, you start with some pretty high expectations. And, as usual, I think he delivers another outstanding volume with David and Goliath. If you don't learn something, you're just not trying real hard! Strongly recommend this one...

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    Big fan of Mr. Gladwell and yet again another fantastic book subtracted one star due to the religious references which could have been toned down. Overall great book

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    "Loved it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of David and Goliath to be better than the print version?

    I love the way Gladwell tells stories and induces theories from the stories. I don't always agree with his theories - they sound convincing but they're just theories - but I love the way he communicates and makes me think.

    I really good listen.


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