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Outliers Audiobook

Outliers: The Story of Success

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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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    Aniket Vast United States 02-03-12
    Aniket Vast United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A great way to understand the influence of culture"

    Culture, Society, Upbringing, Parents play a vital role in a person's character and the development of the genius. This book explains it beautifully, with lots of real stories. The stories themselves are very sticky. If you are thinking that a genius is 'only' a product of cultural influence, then you have read too much into it; from the book's perspective it is merely saying that a genius is 'also' a product of such influence.

    Very good reading, excellent narration by the author. The chapters on plane crashes, hockey players and Chinese rice growers were very interesting.

    The only part that i did not like was the extra interview with the author at the end. I think the book is a great package from beginning to end, the interview kind of spoiled it a little.

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    Brian Golden, CO, United States 01-31-12
    Brian Golden, CO, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book on performance for society"
    Would you listen to Outliers again? Why?

    Yes, I enjoy this type of book that questions conventional wisdom on success.


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    It is a topic that is important to him and he makes it very personal at the end.


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    Albert Aurora, ON, Canada 01-30-12
    Albert Aurora, ON, Canada 01-30-12
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    "Outliers"
    What did you love best about Outliers?

    Having the authors own experience shared and making the link to his own success. I a sure Mr. Gladwell is helping the reader realize the impact of 10,000 hours.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outliers?

    How time lines can and do mean so much. The next time you sing happy birthday to someone you may be in the presence of greatness .


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    Every word spoken had content and a relationship
    to an action. Well done.


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

    His ability to see the gift of how we are all connected to each other, and community does and always will be there to shape us directly or indirectly. We are truly part of a bigger picture and it is our gift to be able to see it. Mr. Gladwell clearly makes the reader reflect on our own success.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book spoken by a great writer sharing a great experience.

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    Lawrence Quezon City, Philippines 01-19-12
    Lawrence Quezon City, Philippines 01-19-12
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    "Good listen"
    What did you love best about Outliers?

    The authoritative analysis of success stories, which would otherwise appear as random events.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chris Langhan- an interesting case study. Proves that natural ability can only do so much.


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    Amazon Customer Columbia, SC, United States 01-18-12
    Amazon Customer Columbia, SC, United States 01-18-12
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    "Now I Want to Read It for Myself"

    Gladwell presents interesting and compelling evidence to support his thesis that the only extraordinary thing about extraordinary people is their extraordinarily good luck to be in the right place at the right time to become the best at what they love.

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    Chris SAN JOSE, CA, United States 01-15-12
    Chris SAN JOSE, CA, United States 01-15-12
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    "Gladwell continues to keep us captured"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I read Outliers after Gladwell's previously published The Tipping Point and found many of the talking points & examples similar among the two books. I can recommend either as a fascinating read that pushes us to look deeper into trends or reasoning behind abnormalities in data; however taking on both books may be redundant. Gladwell's masterful storytelling and capturing information points makes this difficult to put down, and sparks conversation among those whom have read it.

    Recommending Outliers -- The Story of Success.


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    Robert United States 01-06-12
    Robert United States 01-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Well researched, well read, great perspective."

    Couldn't be more pleased with this book. The topics are all fascinating, and you end up learning far more about the factors which determine success than you knew existed. Malcolm presents the information in a way that's easy to digest in audiobook form. Considering listening to it again...

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    Pat catskill, NY, United States 01-05-12
    Pat catskill, NY, United States 01-05-12
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    "Outliers is an outlier"

    Gladwell is a talented communicator and his style makes the book easy to follow and totally engaging. I was worried that the broad spectrum of "outlier" topics and people of interest would make it difficult to somehow draw similarities and commonalities between them. Once I was well into the first chapter, I realized this was not going to be the case.

    Gladwell is careful not to stray the reader too far off the main spine of this story, which acts to connect each of his subjects together through a handful of common threads and recurring themes. The reader can easily get wrapped up in any one of the handful of outlier examples, but then Gladwell skillfully corrals the reader back to the main backbone of the book, which further drives his themes home to the reader.

    Outliers offers an intriguing perspective on people, events and cultures that we think we know so well. The book provides an "out of the box" way of looking at success and how our own cultural backgrounds, upbringing and luck affect our future in a direct way. Read this book.

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    Joanna Chicago, IL, United States 01-03-12
    Joanna Chicago, IL, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2015

    Traveler. Artist. Dreamer.

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    "it was just ok"
    Any additional comments?

    It was interesting, but I just feel that there is something missing. I feel let down that everything boils down to time of birth and constant practice. I really don't feel that it is 100% fool proof plan and that is the end of the story. Yes, deliberate practice is essential to become great and anyone can learn anything if they want to. But I believe in other factors, like having a belief in something, etc...

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    Thomas Libertyville, IL, United States 12-29-11
    Thomas Libertyville, IL, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Things are not as they seem"
    What did you love best about Outliers?

    Malcolm Gladwell is the real-life Sherlock Holmes. He makes it obvious that what we notice at first glance is never the whole story.


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

    This only made me want to hear more of Malcolm Gladwell.


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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.

    8 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

    7 of 7 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).

    15 of 18 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    4 of 6 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
  • Mrs H Clawson
    8/19/16
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    "Interesting but examples & explanation too lengthy"

    A really interesting perspective on exceptional achievement. Some of the examples given were too long which became a bit tedious which made it hard not to drift off and lose concentration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver Gajtanski
    Ireland
    8/11/16
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    "Loved It"

    I loved the book. It is great to hear other people's success stories and is really thrilling to listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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