What’s it about? Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer with The New Yorker magazine since 1996. What the Dog Saw is a compilation of the very best and most famous of Gladwell’s essays for the magazine. Gladwell’s curiosity leads him to explore the following subjects: why there are so many different kinds of mustard but only one kind of ketchup; how we hire when we can’t tell who’s right for the job; the reasons why homelessness might be easier to solve than manage; why employers love personality tests; how Ivy League admissions work; the saga of the quest to invent the perfect cookie; and hair dye and the hidden history of postwar America.
Is the narrator any good? Malcolm Gladwell is excellent reading his own book.
The verdict? Fans of Malcolm Gladwell will enjoy What the Dog Saw. As always the man has an amazing ability to make the mundane interesting. That being said, the audio book isn’t quite as powerful as his previous works (The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers), so if you have never listened to Gladwell before I recommend you start with them.