I recommend this for anyone with children. This is a real eye open. The author is clear, distinct and gives great examples. The examples converge to give a scientific like explanation. I think this is Malcolm’s best work. I listened to the Tipping point which was also great but Outliers was much more interesting. The audio quality was acceptable.
I read this after reading Talent is Overrated. Gladwell agrees that a person needs 10,000 hours of practice to be great, and examines the circumstances that allow intensive practice to happen. It's not all hard work - luck plays a huge role.
Outliers really goes beyond explaining those that excel above everyone else, like Bill Gates and the Beatles. It also explains why some fail, such as pilots and co-pilots following cultural practices rather than safe communication techniques. And, finally it explains how all of us arrive with birth gifts from our past that influence our journey. A great read.
juan @ belarga
I'm still in shock to realize that I've used 10.000 hours in something I didn't want to!! There's a lesson in every story that Mr. Gladwell shares and if you are a parent trying to define success for your child this is the book to have: you'll learn that it depends on many factors being you (the parent) a key factor!
This is good. This is easy to listen to, well narrated. But good information which makes a lot of sense. I recommend all Audible listeners to definitely include this on their lists.
"Outliers - the story of success" is worth your while! This is what a popular discussion of science (in the sociology/psychology field) should be like. It is entertaining, as well as challenging conventional wisdom. Well written, and energetically read by the author himself. I especially enjoyed the references to the work of the Dutch researcher Hofstede on culture.
This makes makes you look at things a different way. The messages it makes with its backup stories are a must for anyone who wants to get ahead and who want their kids to succeed. This was my first audiobook and I found very easy to listen to and I could come back to it a week later and still pick up easily where I left off. The messages stuck with me. If all audiobooks are like this then I am hooked.
I plan to have my 18 year old listen to this book it underpins everything we tell our kids about hardwork and Perseverance
Malcolm Gladwell's third book is another masterpiece. It is engaging, entertaining, and educational. It's funny to think about the number of people that would have seen me laughing and talking ("really? wow..") out loud while I was running... luckily I listening to most of it while running country roads :)