Reviews for David and Goliath : Underdogs, Misfits, and The Art of Battling Giants

AudioFile Reviews 2013 November
Gladwell has long proven to be a capable narrator of his own books, and this production reflects his continued success. The work posits that personal obstacles may not always be detrimental--that they can, in fact, help some people outperform others. Gladwell steeps his research in interconnected anecdotes that require a good deal of storytelling, a structure that works well for audio. His vocal delivery commands the attention of listeners through tone, pacing, and well-placed pauses. At times, his delivery feels so natural and conversational that listeners can almost feel his presence in the room. L.E. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine

Library Journal Reviews 2013 November #1

Gladwell's (Blink) new title, he tells us, is "a book about what happens when ordinary people confront giants." Fans of the author's work will recognize the format from his previous books--an exploration of a central theory through a striking collection of anecdotes. Gladwell relates the stories of a variety of vivid, interesting "underdog" characters, and the book succeeds best when read for the pleasure of these tales. Readers looking for rigorous proof of Gladwell's claims about the advantages of disadvantage are less likely to find what they're looking for than are those interested in the author's entertaining storytelling. Gladwell himself is the reader and, aside from some his awkward narration of a few quotes, does a fine job of keeping his text engaging. VERDICT Gladwell's books are always thought-provoking and much talked about. This latest, while not as persuasive as some of his other works, is likely to be no different.--Heather Malcolm, Bow, WA

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