©2005 Malcolm Gladwell; (P)2005 Hachette Audio
"Malcolm Gladwell goes deep into the reliability of hunches, instinct and instant, apparently irrational understandings. It appears that they are all aspects of an important survival mechanism, the one that makes us jump the right way when we stumble jay-walking as a lorry hurtles towards us. Full of fascinating theories about how science can be duped more often than our unsonscious minds can, Gladwell ranges from art fakes and gambling to marriages in jeopady and job interviews. I was instantly convinced." (The Times)
"Astonishing." (Daily Mail)
"Compelling." (Evening Standard)
"Enjoyable, but goes in an unexpected direction"
I enjoyed listening to this. Gladwell interweaves gripping stories with interesting psychological information very effectively. Like another reviewer, however, I was a bit surprised with the direction this took. It started out being about the powers of the unconscious and how experts can make very complicated judgements almost instantaneously. It seemed to promise to tell the reader how to harness the power of the unconsious. But then it swerved much more into exploring how snap judgements can be bad, and ended up being about the nature of prejudice. This was very interesting (possibly more interesting than the direction it had been heading in), but definitely a bit unexpected.
I love this kind of book. If you are even mildly interested in why people do what they do, this book is another must (as well as Predictably Irrational*). It's all in plain English, and it's all fascinating.
I would recommend this book. In fact, I have to many friends.
"Not quite what I expected"
Enjoyed lisening to the various stories but kept hearing myself say - and your point is?
Opportunist crap. This guy doesn't have any theory, ideas, nothing. He just wanted to make money with this.
This book really makes you rethink how you think.
"Fascinating and Compelling"
Excellent. I am sure I will listen to this again and again.
"Very interesting topic and great naration"
Having previously listened to and enjoyed Outliers I decided to give this a go and was not disappointed. The topic was very interesting I particularly enjoyed the examples given. The story of how Korean airlines manged to change the safety record I thought was very cool. Like the previous audio book I found Gladwell's narration to be spot on.
"Thinking about a better title"
Quite a useful and thoughtful listen on the whole. I am glad that I took the time to hear the whole thing. I guess I was not convinced by the title though. I kind of thought it would be more of a lesson on enhanced thought, which had some sort of NLP blink thing slanted into it. But is was a series of generally linked anecdotes, most of which were quite interesting and entertaining, so not so difficult to take in.
I liked the military man who messed up the war game by not playing by their rules. Glad someone in the US military had some capability to think out of the box! So - really did not learn anything unexpected or especially new - but it was a good listed and well read.
"Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell"
This book is both intriguing and full of contradictions. Just when you think you've got a handle on it, Gladwell turns everything upside down. The research he quotes is absolutely fascinating and has, in many ways, changed the way I see the world. Very informative. I would not hesitate to recommend.
"An Eye Opener"
Malcolm Gladwell has moved, adjusted and trained my way of thinking in this epoch making book. His voice adds an authenticity to the contents of this book. Blink was an eye opener. WOW!
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