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 love learning, teaching, and exploring!
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
An Audible FANATIC, brazilian writer, father of two and also a doctor. My passions are neuroscience and fiction, but I don't stop there.
Malcolm Gladwell's book are very alike- full of stories behind a theory. This one is about the tipping point, something that can turn the luck of something/ someone around, and he tries to explain how we could achieve it.
Very good book. In my opinion, is 5 stars, the level of Outliers, and better than Blink.
Worth the read!
Interesting examples of how new ideas become widespread. Good topics for dinner conversation. Not much science.
I loved Outliers by this author, so I wanted to try another of his books and chose this. It’s not as fascinating or entertaining, but it has interesting ideas. There is not much science. It’s more about suggestions and musings about why things happen. These are anecdotal stories which happen to fit his theories. It’s psychology and sociology about what makes people do things and how a new idea becomes widespread. His examples include Hush Puppies (shoes) becoming popular, syphilis epidemic growing, reduced crime in New York City, suicide spreading, and the influential ride of Paul Revere. He defines three types of people involved in this “influencing process.” He also talks about a few other subjects, for example 150 being the maximum number of people for a community that allows them to get along well with each other. He talks about normal well balanced guys who became cruel and sadistic when they were assigned to be prison guards.
I was particularly interested in how a book by an obscure author took off and became a best seller. I was disappointed that he only talked about it briefly. I wish he would have spent more time on how books become popular. He spoke about one book, “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” by Rebecca Wells. San Francisco has a large number of female book clubs. A few of them read this book and encouraged daughters and others to read it. These book club members started doing social activities with each other that they hadn’t done before which were motivated by events in the book. Gladwell thinks part of the success was due to Wells being an actress. She was entertaining when she performed readings at book stores. But I wonder about that because she wrote an earlier book titled “Little Altars Everywhere” which did not take off the way Ya-Ya did. I assume she did readings for that as well, but Gladwell didn’t talk about why one succeeded and the other did not.
I had another question. The author showed specific things being done in New York City in the 1990s that significantly reduced crime. That was fascinating, but it reminded me of another book “Freakonomics.” The Freakonomics authors state that crime was reduced “across the country” in the 1990s. They suggest a reason being abortion was legalized in the early 1970s and fewer unwanted babies were born in environments which produce more criminals, who would have been at a key criminal age in the 1990s.
As the author spoke about various subjects, he would refer to his examples (Hush Puppies, Paul Revere, etc.) over and over again throughout the book. At times it was repetitive. He could have just stated “for example Hush Puppies,” but he would say several sentences about Hush Puppies each time he referred to it, and those sentences had been said before.
Narrator: The author narrated Malcolm Gladwell this book. His manner and voice were good.
Genre: Psychology & Sociology Nonfiction.
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!