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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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    Robert P. Lewis Los Angeles, CA 01-09-15
    Robert P. Lewis Los Angeles, CA 01-09-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Malcolm outdoes himself on this one"
    What made the experience of listening to David and Goliath the most enjoyable?

    As an author who narrated my own first work, I love to hear an author who does the same. As the person who created the story, they are the only one's who can truly capture the nuances, emotions and meanings of each syllable, and Gladwell take the cake on this one.


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

    I can only compare this to other Gladwell books, because of this extremely unique perspective, storytelling and research. I would put this one more on the level of "Blink," my favorite until this.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    As a father, the stories of the parents whose daughters were murdered.


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

    I actually teared up several times, especially hearing about the murdered children.


    Any additional comments?

    Kudos.

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    HANG S CHAY Pittsburgh, PA USA 01-05-15
    HANG S CHAY Pittsburgh, PA USA 01-05-15
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    If you could sum up David and Goliath in three words, what would they be?

    Speed over size


    What was one of the most memorable moments of David and Goliath?

    David's victory over Goliath was not surprising result. David had competitive advantage in the battle from the beginning. People tend to see the size more than the real competitive advantage.


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    Elizabeth Perkins 01-01-15

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

    Did not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is very empowering.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked concept of the advantages of disadvantages.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he discussed the influence of disadvantages in the classroom.


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    satya 12-31-14
    satya 12-31-14 Member Since 2016
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    It was my first Gladwell's book. I would rate it higher but it grows a little tedious in the end. The initial topics that are covered are some of the best I have heard, especially the one about the students who feel like a small fish in a big pond. The second part feels a bit desperate from the initial narrative. Nonetheless a clear and fresh perspective.

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    Voltaire 12-12-14
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    What made the experience of listening to David and Goliath the most enjoyable?

    Not his narration, lol. He is very dry and that makes it tough to get through what I might refer to the statistical portion of the book- but it is well worth it.


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

    Gladwell writes from the educational perspective. He wants us to know that thinking differently is not bad- it is productive and we should treat those that do not think like us as a possible learning tool.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Malcolm Gladwell?

    yes, I would. My schedule is such that I rarely have time to read an actual book or one on my Kindle- commuting is my time to enjoy books.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The proper take on David and Goliath and the real lesson that we need to revisit the way we see our influences.


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    Toni 11-09-14
    Toni 11-09-14
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    Would you consider the audio edition of David and Goliath to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book. It really puts some things into perspective. Things you believe are advantages may not be and things you believe are disadvantages may not be.

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    Clare 11-07-14
    Clare 11-07-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Insightful and inspiring"

    As an entrepreneur, I was drawn to this book professionally and personally. Each chapter provided new insight as to the value of taking new perspective. Cheers to those willing to step out of line, stand up to the bullies and overcome societal 'defects' and overcome them with success. Gladwell does it again!

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    Catherine S. Read Fairfax, VA USA 11-01-14
    Catherine S. Read Fairfax, VA USA 11-01-14 Member Since 2010

    A digital media consultant and business strategist. I'm a lifelong lover of books in all forms.

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    Would you listen to David and Goliath again? Why?

    Yes. The examples, case studies and concepts are powerful reminders of how shifting our perspective (or paradigm) can make us see the forces affecting an outcome in an entirely different way. Life is about perspective and what we see depends on where we are standing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Malcolm Gladwell does a wonderful job narrating his own books. He brought to life the words of the people whose stories he told.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    He brought a very important subtext to the bombing of London during World War II that I had not previously heard.


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

    Life through the lens of disadvantage as a strength.


    Any additional comments?

    A very important book in seeing beyond the obvious to the unseen and unconsidered factors that shape people and outcomes.

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    Jay WICHITA, KS, United States 10-06-14
    Jay WICHITA, KS, United States 10-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    I love Malcolm's books and this one is just as good as the rest. I always learn a lot from reading his books. Make's you think

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    Phillip C. Cantrell Brentwood, TN 10-06-14
    Phillip C. Cantrell Brentwood, TN 10-06-14 Member Since 2014

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I have always been an advid reader of Gladwell and believe that his other works are required reading for any business person. While the premise is good, the book is way too long and digresses from the subject matter so often that I found myself fast forwarding through parts that just made no sense to me. And it pains me to admit that I was disappointed.


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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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