Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.
©2008 Malcom Gladwell; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
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.
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!
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.
Aaron L. M. Goodwin
A definite paradigm-changer, Outliers is an excellently read, and well-written study on just what makes success.
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.
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.
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
"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.
"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).
"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
"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.
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.
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.
"Very interesting and engaging."
Its right up there in top 10
This is my first book related to the nature vs nurture debate and therefore I have no recommendations to make.
The interview with the Author was particularly interesting
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!
"round in circle"
Never seem to get to the real point of the book in any concise way.
Never seem to get to the real point and title of the book in any concise way.
no it would not work.. good documentary thou
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...
"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.
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