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The Tipping Point Audiobook
The Tipping Point
Written by: 
Malcolm Gladwell
Narrated by: 
Malcolm Gladwell
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The Tipping Point Audiobook

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

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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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    Amazon Customer San Antonio, TX 05-27-15
    Amazon Customer San Antonio, TX 05-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting but suffers"

    A lot of work went into this book, but it suffers from the author speaking as an outsider looking in. The subject is about contagious ideas that spread faster than expected. This is an emotional phenomenon, yet the book disects it as if it were not. I much preferred Gladwell's TED talk on David and Goliath.

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    Kimberly Jenkins Harmans, MD United States 05-24-15
    Kimberly Jenkins Harmans, MD United States 05-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Changes how you think!!!"

    I love this book! I couldn't stop telling people about it... And now, I desperately want to apply the things I've learned... I'm looking for an idea to "tip."

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    George Valencia Jr. 05-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Exceptional"

    Great insight into a fact based phenomenon that may influence or inform several areas of interest.

    Gladwell himself is becoming known as a maven of sorts.

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    Mary Kucek 05-15-15
    Mary Kucek 05-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Makes you think..."

    Great book that gets you thinking, but boy is he long winded in certain chapters.

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    Jon Minneapolis, MN, United States 05-14-15
    Jon Minneapolis, MN, United States 05-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Love him!"

    Fantastically well thought-out. Malcolm really knows how to take a subject and intertwine stories, in order to deliver a piece a wisdom. Already read two, and can't wait to read more of his books.

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    Mack 05-04-15
    Mack 05-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Illuminating"

    Very rich and insightful. Has many practical application in starting up a business. At first thought the narrator could have been better but the more you listen the more perfect his tone is.

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    "Fantastic"

    Great style, awesome stories to serve as examples of a very thought provoking theory. Would recommend to anybody that likes Mr Gladwell's other books.

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    david 05-01-15
    david 05-01-15 Member Since 2014

    Reader of wisdom, constantly hungry to improve.

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    the tipping point is a concept that will change the way you look at everything

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    Miss Mary Mac Wilkes Barre, PA 04-24-15
    Miss Mary Mac Wilkes Barre, PA 04-24-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Loved it !"

    I like hearing Malcolm Gladwell read his own work. There's an ease to his performance not found in other audio books. The material is thought provoking and instantly applicable to everyday interactions. Really enjoyed the tipping point !

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    Cesar Ghisilieri Photography 04-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "mind blowing"

    Even 15 years later this book is very applicable. Defiantly changes the way I approach solving problems in my life. Also makes me way more frustrated with conservatives and religious groups. They all NEED to listen/read this!

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  • Neil
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    5/27/09
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    "Surprising - but maybe not!"

    Gladwell the maverick gives us his take on the spread of ideas, urban myths, and "sticky" advertising.
    I found it hard to get out of the car when this was playing, and wanting to go for a drive just so that i could indulge myself a little more with this exquisite book.

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  • Roger
    Southwick, West Sussex, United Kingdom
    2/16/09
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    "The tipping point is great"

    Try his videos on 'TED' if you want a free intro to him. It doesnt get to marketing really, until the end. To me thats fine as I prefer the idea of viral ideas than how to make people buy stuff.

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