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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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    Stories and analogies are interesting. Got off subject in the middle and kind of lost me for the remainder of the book of the book

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    loved every moment, for anyone struggling to embrace unexpected change in their life when unjust.

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    I really enjoy that Malcolm Gladwell reads his own works! I feel that he can be much more expressive of actual content than someone else reading his work for him. A great boom, with very interesting content.

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    "Changed My Perspective"

    The first 10 minutes changed my perspective on history. The last 10 minutes changed my views of today. Great book.

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    I find Gladwell to be on of the most thought provoking writes publishing today. His ability to weave stories from interesting research and data is excellent. This book is another example of his excellent products, well worth the read.

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    this book was very informative and interesting in the way it was written. the stories are very readable.

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    Amazing book, masterfully chosen and articulated compilation of stories. I would recommend it to anyone.

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    cool cat 05-23-16
    cool cat 05-23-16 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy historical fiction, sci-fi, self improvement, but I am open to all genres. Well written and thoughtfully crafted, that' s all I ask.

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    Interesting stories and studies but author connects the examples with his points in a somewhat weak manner. I happen to enjoy case studies and anecdotal stories so the book entertained and informed. Did it inspire? Maybe. Perhaps a better underscoring of the strength through weakness/ perspective could have driven the great examples home . Still, an interesting book.

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    I loved it. So interesting. A couple f-bomb quotes, so be careful if listening with kiddos near.

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    "enlightening as always."

    beautifully describes a balance of the human condition. cycles of pain and despair followed by enlightening purpose and direction. I hope for a future where these lessons can be passed on only within the mind and no longer necessary to be endured.

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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.<br/><br/>I really good listen.


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