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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

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Malcolm Gladwell

7 Hours 44 Minutes

Hachette Book Group USA

April 2006

Audio Book Summary

From the #1 bestselling author of The Bomber Mafia, the landmark book that has revolutionized the way we understand leadership and decision making. In his breakthrough bestseller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant--in the blink of an eye--that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work--in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others? In Blink we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance. Here, too, are great failures of "blink": the election of Warren Harding; "New Coke"; and the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police. Blink reveals that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of "thin-slicing"--filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

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    Such a great book.

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    Light, easy to hear, interesting content

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  • Anonymous

    Very insightful and interesting read.

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  • Shoku K.

    Eye opening book. Highly recommended!

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  • Gabriella S.

    Will be listening to this a second time for sure. Enjoyed Gladwell’s research and interpretation using examples. Very interesting indeed. Always thought the tv show “Tell Me Lies” w Tim Roth was a bit far fetched, but I had to rethink that opinion after hearing about Dr. Ekman’s body of research. Fascinating.

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  • Heidi B

    exceptional insights. Will listen again!

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  • Jordan B

    Excellent. Insightful and well researched. I always love his books.

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  • Carmen Victoria U

    Thank you Malcom Gladwell for writing this outstanding book and for narrating them with your own voice. Awesome!!!

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  • Derek van Deursen

    Love Malcolm Gladwells ability to mesh research findings with useful and palatable topics. Another great read!

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  • Don Clady

    I liked it, but this audio does skip and I had to stop listening when they were talking about Coke.

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