We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
David and Goliath Audiobook

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

Regular Price:$30.79
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (12105 )
5 star
 (7059)
4 star
 (3567)
3 star
 (1169)
2 star
 (223)
1 star
 (87)
Overall
4.4 (10604 )
5 star
 (6170)
4 star
 (2982)
3 star
 (1134)
2 star
 (237)
1 star
 (81)
Story
4.6 (10600 )
5 star
 (6933)
4 star
 (2773)
3 star
 (734)
2 star
 (115)
1 star
 (45)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Sarah Hanna 10-17-16
    Sarah Hanna 10-17-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    38
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Talented Writer"

    This book is extremely well written and performed, but was simply not what I expected. The author seems to drift back and forth between different qualities of underdogs while seeming to suggest that abandoning moral true north for the accomplishment of a goal is a golden standard to be emulated. This author is obviously well read and articulate, but the mix of messages left myself as a reader a little bewildered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    RAE United States 10-10-16
    RAE United States 10-10-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    68
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    63
    58
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "ughhh not my chose , because it related to school"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    no, because reading this book was only good for school, so no i would not


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Randive because he and his girls basketball team are underdogs.


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

    yes and again very boring , because it was school related.


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

    ya it was and very boring


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Christan 10-08-16
    Christan 10-08-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Yet again amazing"

    I love how Gladwell writes. I have listened to every one of his books this month because I couldn't get enough. Great book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 09-30-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "exploring the power of adversity"

    Occasionally, individual suffering leads to the. strength to minimize the suffering of others. These instances come, not by chance, but because of lifetimes, and at times centuries, of preparation so subtle it is nearly impossible to recognize immense power in the moment of its use.
    Perhaps this is an argument for the problem of suffering that seems at the heart of conflict between the atheist and the believer. Does God allow suffering in order to prepare salvation for others.
    Gladwell always helps me be more willing to see things differently. His reframing of situations always opens my heart and mind to new possibilities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nikolaus Gruswitz 09-30-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I love all Malcolm Gladwell's books."

    This one is especially good. As someone who is dyslexic I highly identified with his descriptions of how tough it can be. I love the way he tells stories and also gives the statistics and studies. It's gripping and fascinating and like all of Gladwell's books it will leave you with new perspectives with which to view the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joe Rinaldi 09-24-16
    Joe Rinaldi 09-24-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "My Least Favorite Gladwell Book"

    I am very much a fan of all his books. However, this is definitely my least favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    T. James Japan 09-19-16
    T. James Japan 09-19-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "excellent"

    thought provoking and reflective.

    moves one to question what is a strength and what is a weakness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    L. Poteet 09-12-16
    L. Poteet 09-12-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    42
    25
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Title Doesn't Seem to Fit Content"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    As a big fan of Malcom Gladwell, I was really looking forward to reading this one, but have to say I was pretty disappointed with it. A few chapters are very interesting but overall, the thought behind the concept of a David and Goliath theme was all over the place.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was fine. Malcolm has a great speaking voice.


    Any additional comments?

    While I learned some new historical facts and stories I hadn't heard before, I felt the chapters and flow of the book was disjointed and didn't seem to connect with the overall theme of what the story of David and Goliath is all about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ewout 09-11-16
    Ewout 09-11-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I'm thankfull for the read"

    I gained essential insight on disadvantages in general.
    I'm really happy to have read this book. I will keep its wisdom in mind, and I would recommend it to everyone who wants some insight on the matter, while listening to these incredible stories following the one about David and Goliath.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 09-07-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "solid book"

    amazing stories. loved how they all tied back in to the main theme. kinda just ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.