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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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    chandrakumar bangalore 11-22-15
    chandrakumar bangalore 11-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "good anectodes and nice idea. narration was okay"

    good story. like his thoughts. some seem repetitive when compared to other books but this is worth the listen

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    Jeff Rodgers 11-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    What did you like best about David and Goliath? What did you like least?

    I loved Tipping Point and Outliers. I could not even finish this one. I found the subject matter boring... either I've heard the story before, or I didn't care about the story being told.


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

    Not nearly as enjoyable as Tipping Point and Outliers.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was fine.


    Could you see David and Goliath being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm still a Gladwell fan, and I will purchase most anything he writes.

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    dboone 11-13-15
    dboone 11-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Exceptional"

    Very well thought out and performed. I really enjoyed the rich descriptions of the people and places. Book was sad at times, but I believe helped me to understand my own risk aversion in situations not nearly as trying as those described. Also leaves you wondering and hoping that we could all be courageous in times of need and struggle.

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    Max 11-12-15
    Max 11-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    I had heard this book was AMAZING but I was a little disappointed. I have listed to his "Outliers" and loved that hit didn't really like this all that much.

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    Todd R Fredricks 11-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    Where does David and Goliath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    David and Goliath is one of the better books that I have read. It ties in beautifully with other works by Gladwell such as the tipping point and begs to illustrate the need for individual, outside the box thinking when faced with dogma and the cliched referred too Chinese description of insanity; Doing the same thing over again expecting a different result.


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

    Frankly that David's defeat of Goliath was not a miracle because of a sling and stone against a giant, no, that was simply physics as wonderfully described by Gladwell, the miracle was the inspiration that a smaller, lighter, insignificant shepherd would understand that with agility and skill he could take down the dogmatic mechanism of his day that decisively settled battles.This book is one that every soldier, civilian professional and every politician needs to read. It begs for simple solutions and the obvious when faced with complexity and social structures that continue to fail but are promoted by only those with vested interests.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again David's battle against Goliath but I would also say that the story of J Freireich and Emil Frei working against the "smartest people in the room" to actually cure childhood leukemia was touching to the point of tears. I am a medical educator and I am sucked by the dogma that pervades our society when novel ideas and bold thinking are introduced. The entrenched bureaucracies of modern American medicine have not yielded better care but only more costly methods. The story of Freireich and Frei is a call to arms for every conscientious American physician to stand their ground for simplicity and sanity in the face of corporate crazies and politicians who promise the world but end up hurting people in with their avarice.


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

    No, on my way to work and on cross campus walks for research collaboration.


    Any additional comments?

    Gladwell is such a good story teller. His soft-spoken voice and emotion in reading are both easy to listen too and appropriately measured. He is an American James Burke and his research is solid and his conclusions clear. He is a gift to America from our Canadian neighbors and we are the better for his work.

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    Matthew S Canada 10-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    This book causes you to think outside the box. It causes you to reflect on why we do or think what normal is and our desire to fit within the normal parameter.

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    Gustavo Smidt Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Argentina 09-01-15
    Gustavo Smidt Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Argentina 09-01-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Proves a point with emotional stories"

    Gladwell is a great story teller. He proves his point with stories that will make you cry, while still being backed by data.

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    Kimberly Weinstein 08-30-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting book, helpful info"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator made the book almost unbearable to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be extremely helpful if you included the meal plan in the pdf. It's a pain to have to write it down seperately.

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    Heidi 08-09-15
    Heidi 08-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Superb!"

    Only thing better than a Malcolm Gladwell book is having him read it to you!

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    Francis L. Virginia, USA 08-07-15
    Francis L. Virginia, USA 08-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Exceptional ... As always"

    I am yet to find a bad book from Malcolm Gladwell. This book is excellent; the concepts are simply explained yet well elaborated and documented.

    The only issue with this book is the same than for any Malcolm Gladwell book ... is that it has to stop

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    "Stunning insights"

    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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    "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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