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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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    encouraging, insightful, &.educational Malcolm investigates the sources of courage and progress by following the lives of people who have had great impacts and accomplished great feats

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    Gladwell's use of factual stories captured my attention. I appreciate the way he presents the human condition from so many different perspectives.

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    sankar 12-28-15
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    "It is always a pleasure to hear Malcolm"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely yes. He has the sheer brilliance and vast knowledge to argue many of the concepts in this book. Malcolm is brilliant in what he does


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

    CRT ( cognitive relative thinking)


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

    Underdog


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    "Excellent Book! This One Is A Reader!"

    I liked this book a whole lot! The beginning of it starts off a little strange and sounds religious, but then that changes and the book goes into the spiritual direction completely. A great book for inspiration and learning about how societies before us reacted through difficult circumstances. I got to learn how a lot of violent and controlling super powers from the past actually had their tactics backfire on them in the long run. Simply amazing!

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    "Awesome read, worth every penny. Do not miss it!"

    Great stories about great people, great yet seemingly common and ordinary people who achieved the unespected thanks to being "small" and had gone thorough great difficulties.

    This book is a must read.

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    Vittorio Calabrese CELEBRATION, FL, US 12-11-15
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    "Gladwell greatness"

    This is another great book by Malcolm Gladwell. I did not enjoy it as much as some of his other books but it was a great book. I found some of the stories absolutely in line with other works of his but there were a few that were a little slow for what I become used to from Malcolm. A definite must read!

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    Amazon Customer New York, United States 12-07-15
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    "great book, excellent reading"

    very interesting, and very well read by the author. I'm glad the performance was as good as it was because I really wanted to hear this book and not have to abandon it due to unbearable reading!

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    K. Winter 12-03-15
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    "Long-winded, lacking substance"

    First couple chapters are good but after that it's a series of long-winded stories that could be told in a paragraph instead of a book chapter. I've read some of the author's other books, this one is not up to par with the others.

    It's as if he had an idea that could be explained and proven in 30 pages (first our or two on the audible version) and then he decided that he needed extra content to make up a full book.

    If you're a history Buff you might enjoy it just for the history lesson. However if your looking for a book full of substance, look elsewhere or read the cliff notes.

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    Clay 11-22-15
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    "Excellent book"

    Great content. The book went a little long. First three quarters was eye opening, interesting and entertaining. Began to repeat itself afterwards.

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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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    "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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    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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