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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference | [Malcolm Gladwell]

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Like the best social dynamics professor you never had, Malcolm Gladwell deconstructs a wide range of phenomena (from the reduction of crime in New York to the rise of Sesame Street) to deliver a fascinating understanding of how "social epidemics" spread. And while author/narrators are often a mixed blessing, Gladwell is so friendly and well-paced that I was actually disappointed when The Tipping Point was over. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

Featuring a new afterword.

Why did crime in New York drop in the mid-90s? Why is teenage smoking out of control? Why are television shows like Sesame Street good at teaching kids how to read?

In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

Gladwell uncovers the personality types who are natural pollinators of new ideas and trends. He analyzes fashion trends, smoking, children's television, direct mail and the early days of the American Revolution for clues about making ideas infectious.

The Tipping Point is an intellectual adventure story with an infectious enthusiasm for the power and joy of new ideas. Most of all, it is a road map to change, with a profoundly hopeful message: that one imaginative person applying a well-placed lever can move the world.

©2007 Malcolm Gladwell; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Gladwell, a New Yorker staff writer, offers an incisive and piquant theory of social dynamics that is bound to provoke a paradigm shift in our understanding of mass behavioral change." (Booklist)
"Hip and hopeful, The Tipping Point is like the idea it describes: concise, elegant, but packed with social power. A book for anyone who cares about how society works and how we can make it better." (George Stephanopoulos)

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    Jarret Chicago Il 12-24-12
    Jarret Chicago Il 12-24-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A wonderful glimpse into the world of trends."
    What made the experience of listening to The Tipping Point the most enjoyable?

    Gladwell does a great job reading his work. This author is passionate and thought provoking in his words, tone and vocal pitch.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the deep research and time he put into this work. The mass amount of data and interviews really bring the stories to life.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    While "Tipping Point" is a wonderful work, when compared to the entire Gladwell collection it fares "just OK". With that said, he is a tremendous author and a wonderful contributor. I just find it hard to rank this book as high as "Blink" and "Outliers".


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    Thundersinspring Boston, MA, United States 12-24-12
    Thundersinspring Boston, MA, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Big Bird Gets Boring, But the Book is Beneficial"

    I enjoyed Outliers so decided to try this title.

    PERFORMANCE. Gladwell's performance was sometimes tedious. He pauses just a bit too long between sentences, and even some words. Without the stilted pace, it could have been read in about 25% less time. Sometimes I felt like tearing out my hair, because my brain wanted to process faster, but it kept having to wait...

    STORY. First of all, this is NOT a self-help book. The book is about epidemics, and how they begin and are given speed. Examples would be new products that 'catch on', as well as crime, disease, etc.

    As far as the content, at times you may lose the connection between the material and the central theme of the book. No section more clearly demonstrates this than when Gladwell talks about Sesame Street. It just goes on and on and I'm like 'Why doing we keep talking about Big Bird again?'

    Notwithstanding, there are many interesting ideas (I understand the concepts are not new) but presented in a captivating manner. The book had my mind really engaged and excited about it's ideas and concepts on how to start an epidemic. I would recommend reading the book if you are interested at all in how something unknown may become a popular trend.

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    Linda Leeper 12-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Food for thought"

    Things keep happening in the world which make me think about the theories in this book. The most recent shootings of children in Connecticut may be traced back to the Tipping point of the Columbine High School shootings. I am not a sociologist so can't approach the book from a professional level but it was entertaining and thought provoking.

    You will never think about Hush Puppies the same way.

    I need to listen to it once more.

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    J. Nicodemus 12-12-12
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    "Another Malcolm Gladwell success"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. Malcolm Gladwell is an entertaining speaker with a message about human behavior.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    i liked the chapter on Mavens, Connectors and Salesman. It made me look at the people around me (and myself) to see how we all fit together


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes. Outliers and many interviews


    Any additional comments?

    parts of the chapters get a little wordy for me. but, i love the way he weaves the anecdotes with the facts to create something you want to listen to again.

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    Mike McLeod 11-13-12
    Mike McLeod 11-13-12
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    "Another wonderful book by Malcolm Gladwell"
    What made the experience of listening to The Tipping Point the most enjoyable?

    Malcolm Gladwell himself reading and presenting the material.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No but it made me think. Long and hard. I plan to listen to it again soon.


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    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 10-25-12
    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 10-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not his best, but ok."

    In my opinion, Gladwell's best book by far is "Outliers". Followed by "Blink". This book comes in third, but it's better than "What the Dog Saw", which is his worst.

    If you haven't read Outliers or Blink, read them first.

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    Erin Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-03-12
    Erin Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-03-12
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    "Inspriational book"
    Where does The Tipping Point rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first audiobook. I'm impressed. I'll definitely be buying more audiobooks for my commute.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It's informative and inspirational.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but I like the conversational tone.


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    Ben TEMPE, AZ, United States 09-24-12
    Ben TEMPE, AZ, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Makes You Think"
    What did you love best about The Tipping Point?

    I always like a book that makes you think outside the box.


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    Cool hearing it from the author himself.


    Any additional comments?

    Read Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers after this, loved it even more.

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    peter warwick, RI, United States 08-20-12
    peter warwick, RI, United States 08-20-12
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    "Had some good nuggets but WAYYYY to much minutia"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Overall, I would probably not recommend this book, however, I would not say that I wasted my time listening to it. It had some nice insights, but it came up short on suggestions for taking action on the information. It also did a poor job of making salient connections between the various "tipping point" events. Finally, Malcolm got into way to much minutia at points (eg- reading MANY names from the phone book). As a positive, the author/narrator was very pleasing/soothing to listen to.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The broken windows theory


    Was The Tipping Point worth the listening time?

    Marginally


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    Emilio WASECA, MN, United States 08-15-12
    Emilio WASECA, MN, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "very good"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes well spent because it affect everyone


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tipping Point?

    what level are you? what kind of leader are we?


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    yes


    Could you see The Tipping Point being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    movie?yes !


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