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M South Shields, United Kingdom Member Since 2010
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  • "Unconvincing"

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    What disappointed you about David and Goliath?

    The book seemed to lack evidence or explanation of how people had overcome their problems to make a success of their lives. It was very unhelpful.


    What was most disappointing about Malcolm Gladwell’s story?

    The anti-British tone of the sections about Northern Ireland. A complex history and community is simplified to be nonsensical extent. Patronizing and simplistic.


    What three words best describe Malcolm Gladwell’s performance?

    Unscientific. Patronizing. Simplistic.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from David and Goliath?

    The beginning, middle and the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Can I have my money back?

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    David and Goliath

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
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    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.

    James says: "Swing and a miss"
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    "Content is great but not as audio"

    Overall

    There are some very interesting bits and pieces in this but it is definitely a book that is better as a book. I am not sure if this lends its self to the audio book format due to the complexity of some of the content.

  • Yes! 50 Secrets from the Science of Persuasion

    "2 stars .."

    Overall

    It promises great things but I can honestly say that it didn't deliver for me. I am sure that there are many people that love this book but it just didn't go into enough depth for my taste. If you are struggling to use your credits then it's worth a look, but I would be a little disappointed if I had paid for it.

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P. Collins Galashiels, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
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  • "A harrowing story"

    1 of 1 helpful votes

    I have recently visited the Antarctic so wanted a book that gave me not just historical background but a "feel" for the atmosphere. This tale is very sympathetically read by David Horovitch. From the very first the description of life on the ship and just the logistical problems of getting there with sufficient provisions, dogs and ponies is made poignant by the knowledge that nobody returns. The account of the first storm will always stay with me - it is a haunting, harrowing tale of heroism that no-one today would undertake because we have too many health and safety rules. It is a reminder of the true meaning of heroism.



    I gave it 4 stars not 5 simply because it is abridged.

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    Scott's Last Expedition: The Journals of Robert Scott

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    • Narrated By David Horovitch
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    Captain Robert Scott's final journey to the South Pole has been called one of history's greatest tales of adventure. And his journals are among the most dramatic and moving documents in the English language. Sensitively read by David Horovitch, this new audio adaptation starts in 1910 as Scott's ship, the Terra Nova, sets sail from New Zealand. Then in vivid, conversational style details the dangerous journey through the ice to Antarctica, the winter hibernation in 24-hour darkness, and the final journey to and from the Pole.

    P. Collins says: "A harrowing story"

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UNABRIDGED) by Cathy Glass Narrated by Denica Fairman

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