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David and Goliath Audiobook

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

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.
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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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    Jan 05-29-15
    Jan 05-29-15 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    I enjoy Malcolm Gladwell's books, always an interesting take on topics and proves his point with story after story. This gets a 4 from me only because it was only 7 hours long and I wasn't satiated. I had to turn around and read it again the next day. Can I just point out that there is a small PDF file next to the book in the library. It contains a easy to find picture that you will want to see... look at it before you listen to the book and then go back and look at it again afterward... you will see two different pictures.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    lm Irmo, SC, United States 10-05-13
    lm Irmo, SC, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome!"
    Would you listen to David and Goliath again? Why?

    Yes--Gladwell gets better with every book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how he presents his information.


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

    Best one yet.


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

    Probably wouldn't make a film--not that kind of book. Sorry, man.


    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    W Perry Hall 02-10-14 Member Since 2015

    “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” Steinbeck

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    "Seemingly ad hoc stories to prove unrelated point"

    I listened to this audiobook a few months ago right after it came out. I was disappointed, but thought perhaps I had set my expectations too high so I waited until now to rate it.

    In my opinion, this is a real drop-off from Gladwell's previous books. A few of his anecdotes like the one relating to schooling, seemed a real stretch on the book's theme of David v. Goliath. I still love his work, his methodology and his contribution to American letters. No one can sustain the type of quality found in his previous books. This appears to be a blip on the radar, although from the reviews many people think this is just as good. I'm glad they do; it just happens that I don't.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna Chicago, IL, United States 11-21-13
    Joanna Chicago, IL, United States 11-21-13 Member Since 2015

    Traveler. Artist. Dreamer.

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    "David... you naughty, naughty boy."

    I find myself bringing this up at work, at a coffee shop with friends, getting a massage, & nearly any leisurely conversation I have. The contents of this book simply rolls off my tongue and I can't stop myself - yeah, Tipping Point style. Breaking unspoken rules? How devilishly delicious! This book leaves you questioning everything you "know" about rules, advantages, & disadvantages. I absolutely love it!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jocelyn Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 10-22-13
    Jocelyn Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 10-22-13
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    "Gladwell doesn't disappoint"
    What made the experience of listening to David and Goliath the most enjoyable?

    Malcolm Gladwell provides clear analysis of a very human and fascinating issue. Explores the issue of winners and losers considers situations then the "little" man wins against what seem to be "insurmountable odds."


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

    It expands on themes discussed in Blink. I was interested in the number of successful people who suffered loss or great difficulties when they were young.


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

    He is clear and perfectly understandable. He tell a great story for each of the scenarios he provides. He is able to explore the research behind the issues without ever being dull or pedantic.


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

    I did read it in one sitting. I plan to go back a read it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Just fabulous.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol LOWELL, IN, United States 10-14-13
    Carol LOWELL, IN, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    Select stories from the Old Testament/Torah have been written and re-written for children for decades. The biblical story of David and Goliath is as well-known as Jonah and the fish. The application of the underdog overcoming all odds to beat the giant has been repeated and applied to one person suing Proctor & Gamble and winning, a 60 year old woman swimming from Cuba to Florida, and to a small cadre of soldiers winning independence from a powerful mother country. Stories such as these surround us, and yet, we are always amazed and we always want to read the story again.

    The physiological/physical examination of Goliath’s acromegaly and pituitary macroadenoma has been noted in previous publications. It is the case of innocent childhood bravado up against a physically impaired adult coming together in an unexpected way, a fresh approach, that results in a new conclusion. The same surprise at results is recorded by Gladwell as he examines the easily believed study that shows smaller class size results in better performing students to be false and more money doesn’t result in more happiness. Let’s just fire the bad teachers and accept that money can’t really buy happiness.

    I have read all of Malcom Gladwell’s books. This one is the dullest of all. Nothing new has been revealed. No reasons are given to be excited at saying you have read this book. He has researched this extensively, well, maybe too much, to arrive at conclusions that are not profound. His dull, nearly monotone voice is empty of enthusiasm and is “music” to sleep by. If you have read Blink! The Outliers, or The Tipping Point, you must read this one to hear what I mean.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 10-09-13
    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 10-09-13 Member Since 2015

    So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.

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    "Things aren't always as they seem"

    I love the way Gladwell examines something we've traditionally taken at face value, and then breaks it down to reveal a different truth once all the facts (or extensive research) are laid on the table. It is such a pleasure to listen to all his books. I constantly find myself thinking, "Wow, I never thought of it like that!"

    This book is a fun, informational, and easy listen, but if for no other reason you have to read this book so you won't feel left out when your friends, business associates, other authors, pastors, etc. make references to something Gladwell wrote. He has to be one of the most quoted present day authors, and for good reason.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Smith 10-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Already Started it for my Second Time"

    As per usual, Gladwell delivers fascinating information and an excellent performance. He shows that no matter your industry, we should all be story tellers. Tell a story to make a point and it's a point that will be remembered.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 10-05-13
    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

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    "Good for the underdogs"

    I like Malcolm Gladwell's books and read them all. I was very anxious about David and Goliath, which I thought would be better than Outliers, but that was not the case. The script is just like the others, full of stories that try to emphasize the author's point of view. In the audible version, Malcolm's soft voice is as a lullaby and combines well with the text. I would give five stars as an overall, but when he returns with the same Civil Rights Movement as he did in Tipping Point, he lost it. But don't get me wrong, David and Goliath it is a good book, especially for the underdogs and misfits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vicente Sacramento, CA, United States 10-03-13
    Vicente Sacramento, CA, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy passionate narrators. Great content is also a good thing.

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    "Great as always."
    What did you love best about David and Goliath?

    His performance was great. Malcolm Gladwell keeps the reader wanting more. The story was great and hope to read more from him.


    10 of 15 people found this review helpful

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