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Outliers: The Story of Success | [Malcolm Gladwell]

Outliers: The Story of Success

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.
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In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.

©2008 Malcom Gladwell; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

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    Amazon Customer BOISE, ID, United States 08-19-13
    Amazon Customer BOISE, ID, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Even better that Tipping Point or Blink"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marlene San Jose, CA, United States 08-18-13
    Marlene San Jose, CA, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Should Be Required Reading"
    If you could sum up Outliers in three words, what would they be?

    Unexpected, Thoughtful, Provocative


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Gladwell's research made his explanation for the achievement of in individuals at the top of the pyramid very compelling.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite was how he included his own mother as a final example.


    If you could give Outliers a new subtitle, what would it be?

    debunking the myth of superman


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SIMON SAYS Dallas, TX United States 08-11-13
    SIMON SAYS Dallas, TX United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2012

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    "A most ready for all."
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Taylor NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, United States 08-06-13
    Taylor NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Practical and Encouraging"
    If you could sum up Outliers in three words, what would they be?

    Get This Book!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it in one sitting!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book! I would encourage everyone to read it

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Commerce Township, MI, United States 07-25-13
    Sean Commerce Township, MI, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Probably one of my favorite books of all-time!"
    What made the experience of listening to Outliers the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it is captivating and will fascinate you.


    Any additional comments?

    It is well worth listening to. I will listen to all of his books after this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dr Deb Colorado, United States 07-18-13
    Dr Deb Colorado, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2012

    College teacher & non-profit communicator. Audio books turn mundane tasks like driving and gardening into productive learning sessions!

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    "A MUST READ if you like to understand things"
    What made the experience of listening to Outliers the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Smith Rozelle, NSW, AU 07-09-13
    Ben Smith Rozelle, NSW, AU 07-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Seriously good book for driving."
    Would you listen to Outliers again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Outliers to and why?

    I can't think of a comparable audio book. I really like the narrators style.


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The first chapter of the book. I won't spoil it, but it set up the rest of the book for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy, buy, buy. Listen to the sample. The best 7 hours I've spent in the car thus far.

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    Hugh Bruxelles, Belgium 07-03-13
    Hugh Bruxelles, Belgium 07-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating"

    A fascinating insight into what contributed to making people like the Beatles, Bill Gates, and disadvantaged school kids at a particular school successful, and thus a helpful guide to what can make me successful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Lee California 06-30-13
    J. Lee California 06-30-13 Member Since 2009

    Husband, father, building contractor, inventor and audio book lover.

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    "Eye Opening!"

    It is amazing that most of us think we know the story of success and it's components. In this book, Mr. Gladwell, looking from a different perspective, shines a whole new light on the process. From hockey to billionaires, His theory posits that it takes more than skill or a genius mind to find the pinnacle of success. Timing and opportunity seem to play a larger role than we may have suspected. As I listened though, the truth seems to be quite clear. It takes a lot of things to line up just right to make a world changing individual. This is a great wake up call for parents, teachers, coaches or anybody else that might be in a position to guide, train or support a young aspirant in any field or endeavor. Are we missing out of 50% of the worlds talent? Listen to this book and decide for yourself. It is time well spent.

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    Kev NAPLES, FL, United States 06-22-13
    Kev NAPLES, FL, United States 06-22-13
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to friends.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outliers?

    This book was a culmination of moments. Every chapter had its interesting discovery.


    What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You hear the words that way the Author intended. Audio books read by the Author instill the feelings that belong to the words.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book was definitely one that you did not want to stop listening too. As previously stated, that next chapter held further discovery that was worth getting to.


    Any additional comments?

    I will have to admit, I was somewhat skeptical when first purchasing this book. I was not familiar with Malcolm Gladwell or his work. My skepticism was also the motivation for my purchase. I wanted to hear from someone I was unfamiliar with, a new perspective if you wish. I found this book captivating and intriguing. Mr. Gladwell put a spin on success that was honest and forthcoming. If you are looking for rah-rah or "secrets", this book is not for you. If you are looking for honesty and discovery, I highly recommend this book! Happy Reading! And of course: Thank You Malcolm Gladwell for a job well done.

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  • Dawn
    Worcester Park, United Kingdom
    5/20/10
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    "Riveting - enjoyed it much more than the paperback"

    Malcolm Gladwell is a terrific writer; he's also an experienced and effective presenter. So when he's reading his own material it's a compelling package and I was totally hooked.
    He's dug up some fascinating statistics to back up his overall hypothesis: when someone is exceptional at something it's not just a case of luck or hard work.
    IT millionaires all born in the same 3-year period; high performers who all put in more than 10,000 hours of practice; entrepreneurs whose experience of being immigrants influenced who they knew and what they did - and many more fascinating examples.
    I'll definitely be listening to this again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • judith
    canary wharf, United Kingdom
    8/4/12
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    "Just so stories"

    Mr Gladwell has a nice voice and is a natural storyteller, but unfortunately he cannot think straight for an extended period (such as a book). He contradicts himself: at one point, to succeed you need the 'right', well connected, parents (high IQ elementary kids) at another point the key to success (for New York lawyers in the 1970s) is to be born on the wrong side of the tracks (jewish immigrant). He has extraordinarily low standards of 'proof': having demonstrated that certain successes (Steve Jobs, Bill Gates etc.) got lucky breaks, he then breezily states, 'Now we have shown that circumstances are actually more important than raw talent'. I find this very irritating. The main thesis seems to be 'you need luck as well as talent'. Duh?? Is that a thesis or a statement of the bloody obvious? The three stars is because, despite all this, Outliers is quite listenable. It is so low powered and well read that you never need to hit the repeat button, which is handy if your hands are muddy (as mine usually are when I'm audioing).

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Enfield, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "I never thought about it that way..."

    As a teacher I have spent years praising kids for being smart, then, however,they rely on that to wing the exams. now I praise them for the amount of hard work they do to achieve their goals and they do better.

    Inspiring book, well read, and it has application outside its covers.

    Mark from Enfield

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Walter Rothon
    London , United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Interesting, engaging and very informative"

    If you've read Freakonomics, then you'll love this. Malcolm Gladwell delves deep into the reasons and circumstances around what makes some people more successful than others. The people and groups he highlights will surprise you - but more so you'll be amazed at what things had to align for them to reach that point of success. Easy to listen to, simply stated but very engaging it was hard to pause while listening on my commute to work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. O. Fatona
    Kent ,UK
    11/3/12
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    "Fantastic!"

    I am really pleased I read this book. My mindset is changing & my vision has no limits.



    Thanks to Sam Adeyemi (I hope to meet one day soon) for recommending this book.



    A GOOD READ!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    GlasgowUnited Kingdom
    11/3/09
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    "Great listen"

    Fascinating book with lovely insights into the development of so-called Outliers. Well read by the author. If the subject matter piques your interest, it is worth the time listening.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Aaseem
    Ickenham, United Kingdom
    6/29/13
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    "Success through hard work"
    Where does Outliers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The book is worth listening to even though its conclusions are obvious to those who understand (or try to understand) human psychology. But the book has plenty of surprises to keep you entertained. I learnt alot about myself as well as others around me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story telling and examples.


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

    This is much better than Tipping point


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    DUNDEE, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Great narration and interesting subjsect"

    I have listened to or read a number of books which cover similar topics and found this to be an excellent listen. This was the first time I listened to anything from Malcolm Gladwell and I found it a very easy listen and an interesting subject. I particularly like audio books which are narrated by the author of the books as they are able to emphasis the parts which they intended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidde
    Amstelveen, Netherlands
    4/13/13
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    "Very interesting read"

    Some Non-Fiction books which include research can be somewhat boring, I need to make sure I don't loose attention with these books, but not with this one (at least not until the last chapter). There's a lot of storytelling in this book which gives new insights into what makes humans successful. I would recommend this book to anyone who's interested in becoming successful... and who isnt?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Athula
    Abingdon, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "An outlier in itself"

    This is a fascinating book and in some ways an outlier in itself. I was hooked and could not turn off from listening to it (at least the Part-I of it). I think Part-II is a little bit more of the fillers and he has run out of things to say and continue with the rant (althouh occasionally you will find some useful things). But the first part is gold and I was so impressed and bought the kindle edition and gave it to my teenage son (hopefully who might have realized it is much better to be an outlier than the norm). The audio book is really nice, read at a phase thinking about the listner. Highly recommend to anybody who is interested in becoming "unusual" (given that norm today -- especially in 2013, is to become a failure -- look at the Euroland and Eurpoe in general), and would like to know what it might have taken some outliers to be successful (the forgotten norm in the not too distant past).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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