One of the best non-fiction books I've read in a long time!
Learning about why so many Chinese people are so good at math
His voice is very soothing and calming
That most successful people had most things lined up for them to become successful.
Malcolm Gladwell does an excellent job of narrating his own book, and the result is a very compelling and interesting story that is easy to listen to. He argues that extreme successes should be attributed to factors out of our control; everything from the month or year you are born, to your ethnicity can have far- reaching effects that manifest in "outliers". Gladwell sheds light on everyday truths in a new light and draws connections that most people would never have made before.
Very interesting book and well read. I always enjoy it when the author reads their own book--I really feel like it adds something to the experience.
This is an extremely engaging book about how our environment influences who we become. The thesis is unique and contrary to most of the self-improvement books you see out there. Reading this book will certainly give you a new perspective on how you look at industry leaders, athletes, and other outliers in the world. I would encourage anyone who likes Gladwell's other books or similarly data driven books like Freakenomics to listen to this book.
Unexpected, Thoughtful, Provocative
Gladwell's research made his explanation for the achievement of in individuals at the top of the pyramid very compelling.
My favorite was how he included his own mother as a final example.
debunking the myth of superman
This book confirmed what I knew subconsciously for a very long time. Success is build from the culture we live in and the history of our time.
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I listened to it in one sitting!
I loved this book! I would encourage everyone to read it
His narration is fantastic. The way he looks at life in statistics is fascinating. It makes you realize that people end up the way they are because of the circumstances throughout their whole lives. People don't end up successful or as failures purely based on their talents or lack there of. Malcom will make you look at people and success in a different light, which is a good thing. It is eye opening.
Yes, it is captivating and will fascinate you.
It is well worth listening to. I will listen to all of his books after this.
College teacher & non-profit communicator. Audio books turn mundane tasks like driving and gardening into productive learning sessions!
Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favorite writers; in my opinion, he's one of the most innovative thinkers of our time. I loved The Tipping Point and Blink, so was thrilled to happen across this book. It's been out since 2008, so why did it take me so long to find it? This is a "it's never too late" book.
Malcolm deconstructs the success of recognizable and obscure personalities and cultures to understand why they were able to achieve incredible success. His research found that success stories are complex, having to do not only with talent, but timing, philosophical influences, cultural history and other factors. It's too simplistic, says Gladwell, that pulling yourself up by your bootstraps (a well known American saying) is enough to achieve great things. Life is much more complex.If you like to understand how the world works while why some people change the world while others never seem to make a mark, you MUST READ this book! I think it's one of the best books I've ever read.
Gladwell is an awesome reader. I tend to like books that are read by the author--if they're good! Some books lend themselves to audio better than others; this is a wonderful fit!
I listened to it in the car while on vacation and loved it. Was kind of sad to get to my destination before finishing it, but had something to look forward to for the trip home!
I am going to listen to Outliers again with my wife. It's so interesting and well narrated that I'd enjoy listening to it another time.
I can't think of a comparable audio book. I really like the narrators style.
Oh..it was the author... I didn't realize. It would explain why he seemed to have an intimate understanding of the material and it was presented in a relaxed yet interested manner.
The first chapter of the book. I won't spoil it, but it set up the rest of the book for me.
Buy, buy, buy. Listen to the sample. The best 7 hours I've spent in the car thus far.