Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Version: Unabridged
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Narrator: Author
Genres: Business & Economics
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Published In: January 2005
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours
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In his landmark 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.

Reviews (100)

Worth it!

Written by Anonymous on March 14th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 4/5

If you like knowing the why of things, this book gives it to you, with easy to understand terminology and real-life examples that will make you think about yourself and those you know. I was only sad it was not longer!

The audiobook equivalent of Istar

Written by Anonymous on November 12th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This was a complete waste of time. The majority of the program was disconnected stories from the author. Don't waste your time

blink - awesome!

Written by Anonymous on August 24th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book. Easy to listen to...stories were interesting...learned something new.

Gladwell isn't to be missed

Written by Anonymous on June 16th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I first discovered this author via the book Outliers which is spectacular but Blink is also one not to be missed! His method of using explicit examples to illustrate a point is great. He really opens your eyes to your own unconscious.


Written by Anonymous on August 13th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I found this book/cd very interesting. The material was fascinating and presented in a thorough yet not too long of a fashion. I really liked that the author read his own material and he has a great voice.

Good "Read"

Written by Anonymous on August 8th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I found this very interesting and am actually thinking about how to apply this in the workplace as a team building activity.


Written by Deb K from Whitestown, IN on May 11th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Only a few salient points made sprinkled among the 7 CDs - parts were quite boring as the author digressed into tangents. Particularly disliked the parts about facial gestures and musculature (and I have a medical background) since it did not add any value.


Written by PAReader on March 25th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

There's a certain irony in the fact that this book is about making nearly-instantaneous judgments and that the author makes his otherwise-interesting point through endless, tedious, tiresome, did-I-mention-endless examples. Mr. Gladwell's editors should have thin-sliced his content.

An OK read

Written by Greg from Sugar Land, TX on January 12th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

After listening to the Outliers I went back to listen to Blink. It was interesting but not close to as good as the Outliers. For some reason I was expecting take home value and was disappointed.

Very good read...

Written by Jyde on December 31st, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Everybody "thin slice"'s a survival attributes passed to us from generations to generation. By default, we don't pay attention to it's potency. What makes this book remarkable is how Malcolm articulately explains Why we need to GREATLY pay attention to it and the consequences ( good or bad )the potent power of thin slicing Of course Now i pay more attention when i thin slice A good book indeed...

Author Details

Author Details

Gladwell, Malcolm

Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker. He was formerly a business and science reporter at the Washington Post.