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Talking to Strangers

What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know
Lu par : Malcolm Gladwell
Durée : 8 h et 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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important

this is such an important book for our times. we cannot begin to heal if we can't understand the challenges of simply listening to one another.

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Deceiving title

A boring succession of random stories meant to prove a single point : everybody lies. Not what I expected.

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If this is the future of audiobooks, beam me up Scotty !

Amazing audio production of an excellent book. Gives a lot to think about, as always with Gladwell’s production, and the incredible delivery quality makes it entertaining as nothing else. Kudos Pushkin Industries !

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  • Jim
  • 11/09/2019

Enjoyable listen with some facts incorrect

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook.

I take issue with some of the passages in the section where he writes about me. I’m James Mitchell, the person who interrogated 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM). Some of what Gladwell writes confounds elements of different instances into unrelated events. These are factually incorrect, He could have cleared these up had he bothered to talk to me before he went to final print, but he didn’t. I won’t address those here.

More importantly, Gladwell implies that Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EITs) were (1) used to pressure KSM into “confessing” to attacks; and (2), that efforts to question KSM about future attacks were marred because KSM was being subjected to EITs when he provided information that the CIA used to disrupt plots and capture or kill terrorists still at large. But, those two things are inaccurate. I know it makes for a better story, but that’s just not what happened.

EITs were never used to pressure KSM to “confess” to anything…period…full stop. And, EITs were not—let me repeat— not being applied when KSM provided information that helped CIA prevent a second wave of 9/11 style catastrophic attacks on the West coast or aided in the capture terrorists still at large. I explain all this in my book (Enhanced Interrogation) which can be found on audible.

Finally, Gladwell makes much of KSM confessing in open court to a large variety of attacks and plots (including 9/11 and killing Daniel Pearl). Gladwell seems to be saying that KSM confessed to these things because, years after their brief use, the EITs compelled him to confess to things he didn’t actually do. To be clear, we did not discuss many of the things on KSM’s confessed list during his interrogations and debriefings. My guess is that if KSM confessed to crimes he didn’t commit, then it was to imbed his true crimes in a list of bogus plots in order to cast doubt on his confession later, should he need to or simply to mess with court proceedings. It is not necessary to evoke the boogie man of cognitive impairment to explain KSMs duplicitous behavior.

Readers interested in exploring this topic further should read the SSCI Minority Report dated June 20, 2014. That's the minority report, not the majority report.

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  • Jenny
  • 11/09/2019

A new era in audio books...and maybe in relating to others

I am ruined forever on all the usual audiobooks. This was utterly fabulously produced, and now I shall expect all audiobooks to sound like fascinating podcasts ;) Ha! Really though, Malcolm has dramatically raised the bar on audiobooks.

Second, I just had a conversation in which my husband and I were talking about how complex people are....that sometimes things are not as they’d first seem. True to form, Malcolm sweeps us into a story about one thing, and then suddenly it is about something totally unexpected yet profoundly relevant in helping us see and understand the story (and characters in it) at hand.

This book has moved me toward working to hold a more gracious posture in my interactions with others and myself without sacrificing wisdom. I cannot forget the three interlocking realities he explores in this book: default to truth, the illusion of transparency, and coupling. If everyone in America could sit quietly with this information and truly consider it, we may perhaps create a kinder—and wiser— society. I’m recommending this to everyone. Although, some content is not intended for young ears. Parents be aware if you’re listening in the car with kiddos in the back.

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  • Michael
  • 14/09/2019

This is a "should read"… Thought-provoking

I've been a member of audible since two months after its creation. This is only the second review I have ever posted with a library size numbering in the thousands and countless other books that I have returned; now I'll tell you why I am posting.

I have always enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell's books so I was a bit apprehensive because I had read a few notable book reviewers reviews on this most recent publication. Therefore my mindset going into the book was cautious tending towards a negative perspective.

I almost stopped reading after the first few chapters as I really could not buy into the perspective and underlying assumptions being posited. Nonetheless, I could not dismiss them out of hand and given Mr. Gladwell has been, for the most part, in his writing apolitical I pressed forward and glad I did.

By the time I ended the book I can say this, regardless of your political bend this should leave you with some thought-provoking questions about society, our governmental structures, and how we view one another. The sophomoric approaches pontificated by politicians offering some law that will resolve all things is "magical thinking". The currents social drumbeat to see others outside your circles ['strangers' as defined by Mr. Gladwell] as threats and believe we can discern their intentions and motivations better than they can themselves are factual states of being in our time.

'If you don't agree with me therefore you must be evil' mindset is not helping any of us to understand another. Given the thought-provoking postulates of this book I wonder if we would come together as a nation if faced with, God forbid, another 9/11 event as we once did just a short few years ago.

I hope you take the time to read the book. If you do decide to read the book I hope you'll set aside your own presuppositions and hear out Mr. Gladwell. I don't endorse all he has put forward but I applaud him for identifying and articulating clearly a problem we all face.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23/09/2019

Deeply disappointing

I started listening to MG years ago and found his books to be insightful, considerate and fair minded. The last book I listened to was a little disappointing because there were a few instances in which the continuity of his logical analysis was broken. This book just got worse. Maybe it is because I’ve listened to volumes more nonfiction since those first books or because I’ve now spent many years in scientific studies myself or because of formal instruction in literature review, and if I went back the same inconsistencies would be there in past books. Perhaps his analysis of a topic has gotten worse, I don’t know. In this book he tends to establish some premise (several times) that governs the interactions of strangers, citing researchers, landmark studies, and field experts, then he applies the premise unevenly to the topic, or even one sidedly. Moreover he applies landmark experimental findings to situations that they were never meant to define, this is logical fallacy. Experiments are highly specific, they are designed to test small ideas and eliminate as many confounding factors as possible, they cannot be so broadly applied. It’s dishonest and creates false conclusions or at very least un-validated conclusions. This book is rife with misapplied science and one sided or unbalanced applications of concepts.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17/09/2019

OK, but feels like it never gets to the point.

I bought this book thinking it was more like a how to guide in dealing with strangers, tips / techniques, etc.

The book is really a bunch of case studies spanning the last century. I kept waiting for a conclusion or a final chapter tying all the ideas presented throughout the book together but I feel like that never came.

It was still an interesting book and I don’t feel like I wasted my time, just really not what I was expecting.

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  • AzWarrior
  • 24/09/2019

Confusing? and unfulfilling

Author accurately states we have a severe problem with communication in our society as it relates to verbal and non verbal interpretation
or misinterpretation however this book was like watching reruns of CNN, I didn’t really learn anything I didn’t already know, author acknowledges we as a society have trouble communicating with each other or strangers as he puts it but he fails to offer any resolutions?... he also doesn’t take into account of blands demeanor and challenging verbiage she used which contributed to her demise.

I agree police use questionable tactics to justify traffic stops but we all need to figure out how to demonstrate decency and respect to one another when we interact with each other, strangers or not and defuse situations before they can escalate to deadly incidents.

I found the book depressing and didn’t get much out of it other than a reminder of how many evil and disgusting people that live among us and not to trust anyone! strangers and especially people in positions of authority or status.

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  • Jackie
  • 13/09/2019

Good, Not Great

This book is full of fascinating and interesting cases, studies, and analyses, bookended by two ridiculous chapters. Mr. Gladwell spent a great deal of time developing theories and arguments, only to fall short of tying them together to prove his point. This is unfortunate. I was left disappointed with the lack of coherence between the meat of the book and the support for his thesis. Worth the read/listen for everything in the middle, but don’t expect that information to relate to the conclusion.

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  • Noname
  • 16/10/2019

Interesting Structure-Bad Content

title says it all. The unique structure of the audio book is interesting; however, the content of this book is terrible. Doesn't seem to identify what strangers really are..at all. Not a very cohesive story.


Perhaps a warning about the graphic nature of this book would be helpful for some viewers. It was pretty disturbing to listen to some of the details discussed.

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  • jai
  • 24/10/2019

I used to be a Gladwell fan...

What was that?! It was missing sooo much content - it even missed the obvious conclusions. Gladwell over-simplified most topics and the outcome almost ruins his credibility. This book wasn’t worth the wait. But because his past books were so good, he gets one last shot for redemption for me. I hope his next book is well researched and fully supports his premise

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  • Lacie
  • 17/10/2019

There needs to be a warning about the content

I am so utterly disappointed with this book. I have thoroughly enjoyed the other Malcolm Gladwell books that I have read. however, this one crossed a line. I was not expecting to hear in such graphic detail about some of the testimonies in child molestation and rape cases. Why is there a description of a full-grown man inserting himself into a young boy?! how did that serve this book? I felt like this was more about shock factor and less about content. There could have been other ways to get to the fairly weak points he makes in this book.

I really wish I could have exchanged this book. It was so graphic and disturbing I could barely get through the parts that I did. Not at all what I was expecting. I was so caught off guard.

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  • Andreas S.
  • 05/10/2019

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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  • Christoph Loy
  • 11/12/2019

Interviewees hardly understandable

Some of the interviewees are hardly understandable at all. Would have been much better to reread the interviews.

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  • Annuminas
  • 30/11/2019

Food for thought

Nice format and well read, similar to his podcast.

Very compelling histories supporting his points. Good food for thought...

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 11/11/2019

Many nice stories about strangers, but no specific

I liked the performance with actors voices and tapes. But it didn't give me an idea how to talk with strangers.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 09/11/2019

Engaging read, though cryptic message

I don't feel I have understood much of the main topic, but it is a lovely listen all the way through.

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  • CrazyCoconut
  • 26/10/2019

Das Konzept von Coupling

Sehr interessant und aufschlussreich.
Der Zusammenhang von Ort auf Verhaltenmuster wird erklärt und noch mehr. Die Beispiele sind leider durchgehend düster und im Bereich der Kriminalität angesiedelt

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30/09/2019

the standard all audio books should live up to

very captivating. informative and resourceful. narrated wonderfully. outstanding quality. highly recommend it. Gladwell's work is brilliant, as always .

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  • Bene
  • London, UK
  • 25/09/2019

I never wanted the book to finish

This is one of the best books I have ever read. I never wanted it to be over and wanted to keep on listening. It is eye opening that what we thought we knew may not be so. With this book I have learnt to look at others whether I know them well or not differently. This is a must read as well learn to tolerate and understand each other. Thank you Malcolm for this book.

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