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  • David and Goliath

  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

David and Goliath is the dazzling and provocative new book from Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw. Why do underdogs succeed so much more than we expect? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a scintillating and surprising journey through the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Gladwell gold

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-06-2018

Typical Gladwell gold

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-06-2018

As with all of Gladwell's books, he manages to take eye-opening, counter-intuitive scientific data, and weave it into a narrative that's so compelling you become totally absorbed in it.

Off the top of my head, I can't think of any other author who is such a masterful story-teller that their non-fiction books feel like novels that you can get lost in. Every book he writes contains ground breaking insights and wisdom that can totally change the way you see the world, but his writing is so superb that sometimes you don't even realise you're learning.

His narration is also among the very best I've found, and after 2 years using audible I've heard many. I usually prefer books narrated by the author, because nobody understands the tone and inflection the writing is intended to convey better than they do. Having said that, not all authors are great speakers, and some can be... Lacklustre. Malcolm Gladwell is the polar opposite, he's an engaging speaker who captures your attention, and keeps it. I have ADHD and often find myself tuning out and having to skip back repeatedly, but Gladwell's narration is so engaging I can easily pay attention for hours at a time.

David and Goliath is also one of his better books, in my opinion. It may just be that the subject matter is more interesting to me than some others, but I would say "Blink" is the only Gladwell book that's made a bigger difference to how I think. Highly recommend!

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  • Spark

  • The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
  • By: John J. Ratey
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very educational

  • By wallis rose on 14-04-2019

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-10-2017

I have ADHD, and I've been told a thousand times that exercise is hugely important in my management strategy, but no matter how many times I was told this by doctors, psychologists and other specialists, I never paid much heed. So many doctors give general recommendations as a matter of routine, I'm used to ignoring a lot of them. But knowing the exact reasons WHY it's so important, especially with the scientific explanations, has made me actually take it seriously. This book totally changed the way I view exercise, and it's become a non-negotiable priority for me.

The only negative for me is that when delving into the actual science, explanations of biochemistry and stuff, it was hard to keep up with all the terminology at times - names of neurotransmitters, all their respective functions etc. This is inherent with the subject matter in the audio format though - the science can't be explained without using the correct terms, but when listening you can't slow down for the more complex parts. Some books I've given up going and bought the kindle version instead because they were way too dense for audio, but this one isn't that bad, and overall is quite engaging and easy enough to take in.