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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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    Chris 02-12-15
    Chris 02-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "heavy on violence. not well woven. "

    The threads of David and Goliath are not as impressively interwoven as his other books. He is a great story teller, but there are too many violent and depressing stories in this one.

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    Micael 02-09-15
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    Nice book. Amazing stories. Maybe he could have explored how start ups beat traditional companies. Anyway, he does that with people, diseases, societies and nations.

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    Jocelyn 02-08-15
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    "Not as strong as Gladwell's previous work..."

    The anecdotes dragged on for quite a while. This could have been either a long podcast or this length of book with more substantial evidence.

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    Pedro Mello 02-05-15
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    "Great Read!"

    Easy to listen to and very interesting! Gets you thinking, at times lost in the story but Gladwell works to get you back on track.

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    Cassandra Anderson 02-04-15
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    I listen to this book through audible. The author narrated his own work, and that lend credibility to the read. The book captured my attention and I found excuses to drive simply to listen to the book further. The collection of facts and interesting stories where captivating. The only criticism I have regarding the book is that it lacked a summary at the end tying everything back to The original story of David and Goliath, and how underdogs actually defeat their Giants.

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    "I love how he makes you think differently"

    I love how he makes you think more critically about everything. This book is also very inspiring and uplifting. Thanks again Malcolm

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    "great book!!!"

    collection of stories told in a way that is memorable. Truly one of the best!!!

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    Maddoc 01-25-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Another slam dunk"

    Love all his books. This was also great. Highly recommended to anyone interesting in seeing the world from a different perspective.

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    "Victory is not in might. It is in perception"

    Some may think that David's victory over Goliath was in the stones. That is incorrect.

    As much as anything else it was in how he perceived the giant.

    We all face giants... HOW we see them determines ahether or not we overcome them.

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    "very uplifting, inspiring"
    What made the experience of listening to David and Goliath the most enjoyable?

    Speak well to any one overcoming difficulties in life, not pollyannic at all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Chapter about dyslexia.


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

    Provides confirmation on life experiences that would have been lost otherwise.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    i don't think it could be scripted as a motion picture. It seems more conceptual than literal.


    Any additional comments?

    The book lives up to the tittle.

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    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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