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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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    Brent Gilbert, AZ, United States 05-07-10
    Brent Gilbert, AZ, United States 05-07-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Enlightening"

    I was enthralled from the start. This is the 3rd book of Gladwell's that I've heard and probably my favorite. It gave me a greater sense of how success is really achieved and what I might do to enhance my chances of success and that of my children.
    I think it was very inspiring and insightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dara Burlington, VT, USA 04-18-10
    Dara Burlington, VT, USA 04-18-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Outliers"

    An interesting perspective about success. A must read for anyone who is goal-driven and has aspirations to become "successful".

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    Alex Ellis 03-14-10
    Alex Ellis 03-14-10
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    "Interesting & insightful."

    Very goood. Gladwell has a way of not only writing in an interesting way, but also reading it in an audio. This book is very easy to listen to, and it is very insightful. I'll probably never look at success quite the same way again. I'm glad I listened to this!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Hollister, CA, USA 03-13-10
    David Hollister, CA, USA 03-13-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Engaging"

    This, Gladwell's third book, was the first I experienced... my response, I immediately bought the first two (The Tipping Point and Blink) and will buy his latest very soon. This is well written, easy to understand, interesting, engaging, and useful. I loved it and find myself telling people about it alot.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Al Oceanside, CA, USA 03-09-10
    Al Oceanside, CA, USA 03-09-10
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    "Fascinating"

    Better than Tipping Point and Freakonomics because Gladwell is able to tie shorter vignettes into a larger theme.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron L. M. Goodwin Apple Valley, CA USA 03-01-10
    Aaron L. M. Goodwin Apple Valley, CA USA 03-01-10 Listener Since 2010

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    "Eye-Opener"

    A definite paradigm-changer, Outliers is an excellently read, and well-written study on just what makes success.

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    Donald Braman 02-23-10

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    "great"

    Wish there were more!

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    02-21-10
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    "Inspiring"

    I found this book extremely interesting - about how success is earned and not just for the fortunate few. Once I had stopped listening, I couldn't wait to pick up on it again.
    In some parts, the author does go on a little, but on the whole very inspiring.

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    lindamarie Palo Alto, CA 02-19-10
    lindamarie Palo Alto, CA 02-19-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Fascinating listen..."

    While the theory entertained in this book may not be totally well backed in science, it makes sense and makes for an entertaining book. Perhaps most interesting is the epilogue that explains why the author wrote the book. Learning something about Gladwell and his background was fascinating.

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    Kevin Wishart, QLD, Australia 01-31-10
    Kevin Wishart, QLD, Australia 01-31-10
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    "Insightful and interesting!"

    Malcolm does well in this book. He looks at the conventional wisdom of success and challenges is using well researched historical and current examples. Definitely worth a listen

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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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Judy Corstjens
    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).

    12 of 13 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

    4 of 4 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.

    2 of 2 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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Darren - UK
    4/15/15
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    "Essential reading."

    A fascinating and thought-provoking book, with some excellent insights into human nature, and what goes into making great people great.

    The narrator and the quality of the recording were very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Swinford , Eire
    4/2/15
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    "Very interesting and engaging."
    Where does Outliers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its right up there in top 10


    What other book might you compare Outliers to, and why?

    This is my first book related to the nature vs nurture debate and therefore I have no recommendations to make.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The interview with the Author was particularly interesting


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

    Not really.


    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
  • Alexander
    Great Dunham, United Kingdom
    2/2/14
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    "round in circle"
    What did you like best about Outliers? What did you like least?

    Never seem to get to the real point of the book in any concise way.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Never seem to get to the real point and title of the book in any concise way.


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

    no


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    no it would not work.. good documentary thou


    Any additional comments?

    seem like self centred philosophy for his life rather than a completely thought through work. Some very interesting sections about how chance plays so much of a role in life, and why some people do better in certain fields, but can't real say that as well rounded Englishman I feel any way enlightened by this book. If I lived in a bubble, may be...

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Chad
    Warrington, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    9/3/09
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    "Almost right on the money"

    So far the best Audiobook I have read. As an entreprenuer myself, I was interested to hear this take on success. Very interesting but doesn't recognise that successful people "don't let opportunities pass" and that this is just as important as his other points. Read it though, it is good.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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