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    Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the number-one New York Times best seller 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 number-one best seller, 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.   

    ©2019 Malcolm Gladwell (P)2019 Hachette Audio

    Kritikerstimmen

    "Malcolm Gladwell is a fabulous narrator of his latest book... His pleasing tone, phrasing palette, and exceptional skill with dramatic pauses all sound natural, yet add sparkling energy to his writing." (AudioFile Magazine)

    "Talking to Strangers is a must-read...I love this book.... Reading it will actually change not just how you see strangers, but how you look at yourself, the news - the world.... Reading this book changed me." (Oprah Winfrey, O, The Oprah Magazine)

    "Gladwell has again delivered a compelling, conversation-starting read.... At a time when the world feels intractably polarized, a book examining the varying ways we misinterpret or fail to communicate with one another could not feel more necessary.... With a mix of reporting, research and a deft narrative hand, Gladwell illuminates these examples with the page-turning urgency of a paperback thriller." (Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times)

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    This book won't help you talk to strangers

    Unless you are a CIA officer on the way to talk to an intelligence agent.

    Despite the title and description, the book is about how bad people are at detecting lies during interrogation, crime investigations, and so on. There's nothing about a normal person trying to talk to strangers.

    The author also gets to some ridiculous conclusions:
    - On average, AI is better than judges on deciding bails. That means for him you shouldn't interview for jobs face-to-face. Just scan the resume.
    - Many high-profile criminals were avoiding prosecution for years. He thinks it's not because they used their power and money, but because everyone around them was naively blind, since "people are just bad at detecting lies".

    90% of the book are famous stories of police injustice, intelligence screw-ups and so on. I guess author just picked a bunch of stories that fit his ideas and packaged them as "new" work.

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    The book has nothing to do with the title

    I wanted to give the book 1 star it deserves but found Sylvia Plath's story actually interesting. Otherwise, the book should not have been called Talking to Strangers.

    There is nothing in it if you actually want to learn about the topic of talking to strangers. In fact, there is, but only if you regularly talk to murderers, sexual abusers, child molesters, spies, hitlers, and so on.

    Gladwell reads story after story until you are bored to death, and think, "oh no, not another story, please." Then he endlessly goes like, "Right? Wrong! Right? Wrong!" And all these details, like "her breast was half-naked," or shower scenes. What does it have to do with talking to strangers in normal life is a mystery to me.

    I was listening to this audiobook on my morning walks in the woods, and I regret it, I should have been more listening to the birds instead of Gladwell.

    I would recommend this book NOT.

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    it is not even a book, just a podcast

    this here is not even a book. it is just a podcast. I don't know how come the author made this as a book. it is the worst book I ever heard or read in my life

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    Excellent as always.

    While not as deeply counterintuitive as some of his other books, the author was once again true to his style. I think this book is especially important today, because it goes against the reductionist good/bad grain of todays public discourse. Strangers have reasons for acting the way they do which are every bit as complex and nuanced as our own. We can help ourselves and society at large by recognizing this depth and appreciating it in analyzing our interactions with strangers.

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    Content correlation to title: <30%

    After reading other books from Malcom such as the Outliers, I’m incredibly disappointed with this book. The stories in the book are at best interesting but not really relevant to title nor topic. He spends hours talking about youth drinking, suicidal methods and what have you without making effort to link it to topic. I did listen to this to the end because I was really confused but curious to see how he would try to connect the dots. Never happened!

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    Title nothing like the book. Waste of time!

    the title is nothing like the book! it is too political too. waste of time!

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    Misleading title

    I was betrayed like the people in the book. That book doesn't help me in anyway to increase my interaction with other people.

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    There could have been a better title

    The book could have been titled something like „False assumptions“ or „Defaulting the truth“. I was listening to an amount of examples of human interactions that were examined in detail. People make assumptions and that (mis)lead their actions. Therefor - this is what I understood from the book - the overall explanation lies often in defaulting the truth. So what do you learn? This is up to you. Maybe don’t trust easily strangers or maybe always considering that your assumptions aren’t true.

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    Great story, but mediocre ending

    disappointung ending, no real Tipps or tasks to learn how to do it right. I would wish that in the ending

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    best audiobook ever

    The way this book is presented changes audiobook so much to the better, it's like a good podcast