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Outliers Audiobook

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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    Lorena Whitby, ON, Canada 10-28-10
    Lorena Whitby, ON, Canada 10-28-10
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    "stimulating & thought provoking"

    I really enjoyed the book. I loved all of Malcom's books, I think he's brilliant. I found Malcom's thesis very compelling and his theories struck a chord with me, solid logic.
    There were about two chapters that I drifted off on, but overall, it was very interesting and kept me wanting to listen to more.
    I recommend this audiobook

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    David Hurley Silicon Valley / Capitola, CA 10-25-10
    David Hurley Silicon Valley / Capitola, CA 10-25-10 Member Since 2010

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    "I like listening to Gladwell"

    Of course the content is compelling, but I really like Gladwell's reading of it as well.

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    Dean Irvine, CA, United States 10-04-10
    Dean Irvine, CA, United States 10-04-10
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    "Amazing author with an way of looking at the world"

    What an amazing book. I could go on for quite a while about how interesting and inspiring this book is for all of those who look at the world an see themselves as outliers in one way or another. It helps you fully understand the importance you society, your family, your friends, and your opportunities have on the accomplishments in your life. Inspires you to take advantage of any and every opportunity that comes your way.

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    E. Smakman Netherlands 09-13-10
    E. Smakman Netherlands 09-13-10 Member Since 2007
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    "No secret of success, but good ideas!"

    This is a very nice book to listen to, with many eye-openers that I feel like looking deeper into. Gladwell brushes the surface on many concepts, but connects them in a seemingly logical way.

    The basic premises is that extremely successful people are not born that way, but are the result of circumstance also, helped by opportunity. There is no claim that intelligence or hard working does not help (it does), but that no matter how smart you are and how hard you work, you still require the opportunity to shine. This Gladwell shows in many examples from the icehockey league of Canada (good players born in Jan-Mar), to Silicon Valley giants (many born around 1955), to takeover lawyers (Jews born in the 30's).

    Main drawback in my opinion is that there are many types of opportunity that can either be helpful or a hindrance. In this way, the book better dispels the nature vs nurture discussion than that it provides a complete answer on ' how to become successful'. The individual examples are really breathtaking at times: what can you do about being a good parent (you either care or you don't), how can you be really good at something (practice well and diligently for 10.000 hours/10 years), hard work doesn't hurt you, the trouble with historic & cultural legacy (plane crashes, aggressiveness, rice paddy culture vs rotational crops). Too much to mention, but easy to read.

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    MM 07-05-10
    MM 07-05-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Fascinating"

    This was an excellent book and an entertaining listen. He does a great job of pulling us in with stories. I plan to listen again very soon.

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    Joel Mesa, AZ, United States 06-17-10
    Joel Mesa, AZ, United States 06-17-10
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    "Always good"

    This guy is one of the best writers out there. I have read all of his books and I always learn something. Get this book!

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    I loved listening to this book, was entertained the whole way and amazed by some of the topics covered in it. However, after doing a bit more research found that not everything in it was quite right. Even if there is some errors in it, I still rate Outliers quite highly because it did change the way I look at a lot of things.

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    Anne Norwich, VT, USA 06-01-10
    Anne Norwich, VT, USA 06-01-10
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    "Another Winner!"

    Another winner for Malcolm Gladwell. A life changer and a small seed of knowledge that continues to impact my everyday world.

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    Matt 06-01-10
    Matt 06-01-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Gets you thinking"

    This book was amazing. As soon as I started listening, the way I thought about things and the world started to change. I began noticing patterns in things that I hadn't ever noticed before. I highly recommend this book to get your mind thinking out of the box.

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    Susan Glen Ellyn, IL, USA 05-23-10
    Susan Glen Ellyn, IL, USA 05-23-10
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    "Great book, great narrator"

    This was my first introduction to audio books and now I am spoiled! This is not only an interesting and compelling book but the narration was excellent -- it reads almost like a mystery in a way, even though it's not -- you are always wanting to find out what's around the corner.

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