This author just keeps the interest coming...love it when the information seems to fall into place and simply makes sense. Enjoyed the examples he gives on smoking. Lots of Ah Ha moments with this one.
I'm a fan of Gladwell, but found this pretty repetitive and boring to be honest. (I haven't even finished it yet, can't bring myself to!)
Great concepts but they could be expressed in a more concise and compelling way. Found the book to be too long-winded for my tastes.
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This book contained some very interesting examples of epidemics and provided mainly anecdotal evidence for how the tipping could be reached. The author presents some interesting insights into human behavior. I was left uncertain as to how to apply his ideas. Nonetheless, it is a good read and very interesting.
This is the first time I've done this, but I purchased both the paperback and unabridged audiobook. The audiobook was for doiong cardio at the gym, and the paperback was for the local coffee shop. Both were great. One thing that stood out about the audiobook was that it was read by the author. I found this really added to the value of the audiobook as Gladwell tells his stories very well.
I enjoyed "The Tipping Point" more than "Blink," if you're trying to decide which to do first, but both were very enjoyable.
As I listened the time flew by. I think a lot of his conclusions are subjective to opinion, but a great listen non the less. He is a fantastic writer and I would recomend this book to anyone.
If you are fan of Gladwell, this book is more of the same: great stories distilled from studies by random social scientists. If you are looking for a first book of his to listen to, I would recommend 'Outliers' instead--it is more coheisive and an all around more compelling book. One thing about this version of the Tipping Point was the weird musical interludes at the end of each chapter--I have never heard anything quite as tacky in other Audible books. Some producer made a bad call on that one.
- Excellent main topic
- Good arguments and insights
- Interesting stories and examples
- Too long and not down-to-the-point
- Could have been cut by 30%
- Examples sometimes stand alone without a clear relevance to the main argument
- The author goes too much into details instead of keeping in mind the main message
An interesting listen, but an abridged version would be a lot better.
The case studies and examples cited by Gladwell are fascinating in and among themselves. When combined with Gladwell's narration and the conclusions presented, they become part of a great book with lessons that can be applied every day.
There are countless events, from the mundane to the extreme, for which the causes can be hard to determine. The Tipping Point gives some compelling arguments and ways at which to look at situation to better understand how the right "little" factors can be the cause of something big -- sometimes very counter-intuitively.
Great listen -- highly recommended!
A decent book with interesting ideas on the anatomy of fads and ideas, but not a lot on what to do with those ideas. I think Gladwell's later books, Blink and Outlier, are better.
After Outliers and Blink, I went searching for more of Gladwell's work and while this wasn't quite as earth shattering to me as the others, it was very good. In a nutshell, there are certain elements to any mania, fad or other 'thought epidemic' and he clearly details the types of people (e.g. 'connectors', 'mavens', 'persuaders') and the circumstances present when these things take off.