Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, reinvents the audiobook in this immersive production of TALKING TO STRANGERS, a powerful examination of our interactions with people we don't know.
How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn't true?
While tackling these questions, Malcolm Gladwell was not solely writing a book for the page. He was also producing for the ear. In the audiobook version of Talking to Strangers, you'll hear the voices of people he interviewed--scientists, criminologists, military psychologists. Court transcripts are brought to life with re-enactments. You actually hear the contentious arrest of Sandra Bland by the side of the road in Texas. As Gladwell revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, and the suicide of Sylvia Plath, you hear directly from many of the players in these real-life tragedies. There's even a theme song - Janelle Monae's "Hell You Talmbout."
Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.
The audiobook edition of Talking to Strangers was an instant #1 bestseller, and was one of the most pre-ordered audiobooks in history. It seamlessly marries audiobooks and podcasts, creating a completely new and real listening experience.
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Refresh & relevant
Clear and crisp perspective. Very smart and thought provoking. He is well articulated and is easy to follow along. He uses plenty of recent historical examples, which makes it great to follow along.
A masterful descend into the particular
Although Gladwell doesn’t address it in macro, the premise of this book is about asking the question “and”. What if we hold the officer responsible **and** taught police how to talk to strangers? What if we "taught men how to respect women" **and** "...how to drink less". In a true Socratic fashion Gladwell sows more doubt than answers going case study by case study to show the uncomfortable complexities of dealing with strangers. He brings to the forefront the intrinsic costs we all have bear for our decisions regarding it.
I love the audiobook, while not as production heavy as Revisionist History, it makes the book and easier listen by separating the narrators voice from the subjects and littering bits of context throughout the story.
Love this audiobook. Thank you.