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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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    Single Dad 04-17-14
    Single Dad 04-17-14
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    What made the experience of listening to David and Goliath the most enjoyable?

    It was a powerful lesson in un-conventional thinking. Not "out of the box" but somewhere so far from the box the box isn't visible. This book, although probably not meant to be, should be required reading for every teacher in the World. I'll definitely put a copy in my kids hands when they are a little older, like 12 or 13? Wish I could get the staff and faculty at my kids school to cover this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Damn near all of them. But that wife in the last story - she stands out in characters not just in this book, but in the World. Biblical proportions.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Outliars. And this one was just as compelling. I'm addicted, give me more!


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

    I cried repeatedly, but it was an emotional grab. Some of the stories, and the actions of the characters just blew me away. I couldn't get over thinking how normal these people were, yet doing super human abnormal acts, not of strength or performance, but of character.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read - read - re-read - re-read again. This one will get worn out.

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    Eric 04-14-14
    Eric 04-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting but repetitive"
    Would you consider the audio edition of David and Goliath to be better than the print version?

    I would guess they are equal but I have not read the print version.


    If you’ve listened to books by Malcolm Gladwell before, how does this one compare?

    I have read 5 Galdwell books and this falls dead smack in the middle. Below Outliers and Tipping Point, but much better than Blink and What The Dog Saw.


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

    The first third of the book was the most interesting, then it became derivative.


    Any additional comments?

    This comes across as a negative review, that is not my intent. I enjoyed the book very much. Falls in my top 5 books for 2013, just not as good as previous works by Galdwell. .

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    S. Audette 04-08-14
    S. Audette 04-08-14
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    If you’ve listened to books by Malcolm Gladwell before, how does this one compare?

    I've listened to all if Gladwell's books. His performance is always soothing and enjoyable, if a little dry. I love his slant on the topics he tackles and leave every good with a head full of questions to change the way I look at the world (at least for a little while).

    I just didn't find David and Goliath as strong has his other books. Good but not great.
    His other books left me feeling empowered simply by having a better understanding of the machinery of our mind. I didn't walk away from David and Goliath with tools that made me feel ready to change anything.


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    Nathan North San Jose, CA, US 03-20-14
    Nathan North San Jose, CA, US 03-20-14 Member Since 2014

    @natesrandomisms Believer (27yrs), Husband (15yrs), Dad (3yrs), Son (35yrs), Broken neck survivor.

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    Where does David and Goliath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top ten.....


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

    The Trust Edge - This is the next audio book you should buy.


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

    When the author reads the book, you can feel the heart and passion of the author.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I would listen to it in stages.


    Any additional comments?

    BUY IT!

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    Felipe Escarra 03-18-14
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    What did you love best about David and Goliath?

    Excellent Read. One of the best books I have listened to. Excellent beginning to end. Highly recommned.


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

    Highlights many positive experiences that many would find challenging.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, actually, a book that I will probably listen to again at a later time.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent. A must read. Will continue to highly recommend to friends and family.

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    Joel Dunwoody, GA, United States 03-14-14
    Joel Dunwoody, GA, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2006
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    If you could sum up David and Goliath in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting educational book


    Would you recommend David and Goliath to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, a lot of interesting facts


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

    He is fine but I am not sure he brought anything more than anyone else


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could have done that, but I didn't.


    Any additional comments?

    This is definitely worth listening to.

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    Paige Woodruff CT 03-14-14
    Paige Woodruff CT 03-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Gladwell's Best Yet"
    Would you listen to David and Goliath again? Why?

    There aren't many books that I would read or listen to more than once however I would listen to this book a second time. The facts that Gladwell pulls out are a fascinating twist to old ideas.


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    Gladwell has improved his performance with this book. It is very interesting to hear to author's inflection in the narration--you can clearly hear is emphasis in a few spots in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that every parent should read this book, it will likely help shape your thinking about where you child attends school and why.

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    jeffrey 03-13-14
    jeffrey 03-13-14 Member Since 2014

    Father of three with no time to actually read, but also a former history teacher and current attorney with a long commute-I love audiobooks.

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    What made the experience of listening to David and Goliath the most enjoyable?

    it's typical Gladwell, if you like his other stuff you'll like this


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

    Anything by Gladwell, also Freakonomics...


    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Gladwell – was your favorite?

    n/a


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

    it makes you think!!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth it

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    Angie Mattson Stegall 03-08-14
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    What made the experience of listening to David and Goliath the most enjoyable?

    I'm not sure what I was expecting with this audiobook, but it was fascinating. Gladwell's stories are rich and interesting and his voice is very pleasant to listen to.


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

    I think I loved all of the stories about turning your supposed "challenge" into a positive. I was especially intrigued hearing about people with dyslexia and who it actually helped them in business.


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    Robert MORAGA, CA, United States 03-07-14
    Robert MORAGA, CA, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Over-simplification mixed with hyperbole"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes - central tenets of the books were really interesting and Gladwell is a great storyteller.


    Would you recommend David and Goliath to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes - with reservations.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope.


    Do you think David and Goliath needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope - not much more to the argument.


    Any additional comments?

    As with his other books, Gladwell grossly over-generalizes to get his point across and he usually doesn't need to. His points are throughout-provoking in and of themselves.

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