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Talking to Strangers

What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know
Sprecher: Malcolm Gladwell
Spieldauer: 8 Std. und 42 Min.
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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

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"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)

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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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Incredibly insightful

An amazing collection of insights into the matches and mismatches of the human interactions. Thought provoking and extremely useful. The narration by the author, enriched with segments of actual audio from some of the persons involved and dramatized segments of others is brilliant.

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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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More important than ever

This audiobook really helps to understand what is wrong with the current model of policing and why without taking the easy route of villifying either "just some bad apples" or even "all cobs". We have all heard of the SYSTEMIC problems, and here I finally learned what one of them is and how we could fix it.

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In der Kürze liegt die Würze

Insgesamt ist das Hörbuch zum Wiederholen der psych. Erkenntnisse ganz in Ordnung. Ich persönlich halte von Hinzuziehung von Statistiken gar nichts, da ja schon die Auswahl der Kandidaten subjektiv ist. Der Autor selbst Psychologie, hat fast alle seine Thesen auf Statistiken berufen. Definitiv ein Minuspunkt. Außer im Kapitel 90, wo er sein Bruder als Beispiel heranzieht. Das Hörbuch ist für mich persönlich zu lang und wirkt dann langweilig. Als würde man in der Uni einer zu wissenschaftlich gehaltenen Vorlesung beiwohnen. Für mich jedenfalls so der Eindruck. Lieber Kürzer, weniger Statistik (BS) und to the point

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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.