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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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    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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    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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    Raymond California 04-19-15
    Raymond California 04-19-15 Member Since 2015

    I love to read all kinds of books and use audible very often!

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    "Great Book! Malcolm Galdwell does it agian!"

    This book deserves all the praise it has and continues to receive. Gladwell is by far my favorite author and once again proves his dominence in his writings!

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    This book was written very well and was easy to understand. The narrator spoke a bit to quiet in my opinion though.

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    A. Srinivas 04-17-15
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    "Gladwell's best work yet! "

    I can't wait for his next book to come out. I've listened to several chapters of this book multiple times. Also, I love his narration--many great authors can't pull it off, but he does!

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    James 04-15-15
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    "Not as good as Outliers or Tipping Point"

    maybe I'm being overly critical but after listening to some of his other books, which are spectacular I found myself underwhelmed by this book. a few less takeaways than his other books and I had no idea I was nearly at the end of it until I started hearing the credits. still a good listen though.

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    Gladwell is losing a bit of his touch. I didn't feel the strength of previous works and often recurs too much to the detail of the emotional part of the stories he uses as examples.

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    I have listened to this book twice now. It is simply sensational. Read it. Do not question whether you should. You should.

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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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