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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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    Ripley Nox MidWest 09-09-09
    Ripley Nox MidWest 09-09-09 Member Since 2013
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    "great listen for a long drive"

    Interesting and provocative, this work has the usual preface to each chapter consisting of a small story- individual or localized situation- and then broadens the perspective of the time, the place, and the mental attitudes of the people involved. The insights on heart disease were particularly interesting, as well as the differing parenting methods and how some kids get lost in the cracks and some excel. Things you know are true, but have a new light shed on them. Every teacher and parent should read this book.

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    Kenneth Glenville, NC, United States 09-08-09
    Kenneth Glenville, NC, United States 09-08-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Yeah but..."

    Yes opportunity is important. No very successful person I know says any different. I have never heard any very successful person say "I got here because I am great". They have always said "I just happened to be in the right place at the right time".
    The point is they were willing to work hard when that opportunity opened. How many other kids at Bill Gate's school decided to bury themselves in that computer lab? They were all the same age, had the same opportunity, and many were probably as smart but Bill put in the hours.
    This was very interesting but the conclusions the writer tries to make are weak. Several times the writer claims America's love affair with the strong individualist is misguided. He is wrong. Bill G didn't get there because he was the most popular kid in school - he was a strong individualist geek who found the computer room much more interesting than the politics of what ever else was going on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vladi 09-05-09
    Vladi 09-05-09
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    "Must read for young adults, parents and teachers"

    This book discusses what made the Beatles, & Bill Gates, the significance of IQ and what made Chris Langen one of the worlds highest IQ's a farmer in the midwest. This book also discusses why most Hockey players and Baseball players are born in a 8 month period. I'm still listening to the book but recommend it to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carlos Freeport, NY, USA 09-05-09
    Carlos Freeport, NY, USA 09-05-09 Member Since 2015
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    "This audiobook is outstanding! it's an outlier!"

    Once I started listening to it I could not stop. It gave me some explainations I wondered and neaded. I normally listen to my audio player when I am walking. Sometimes listen to music sometimes to audiobooks. But when I stated this one I just wanted to walk all the time with this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Greenville, NC, USA 09-01-09
    Brian Greenville, NC, USA 09-01-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Awsome Insight"

    Malcolm has an knack for seeing things from a fresh perspective. He helps his readers to step back and see the bigger picture.

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    08-30-09
    08-30-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Outliers"

    SImply awesome. I recommend you also watch his interview at the 92st. YMCA on Youtube. Together I got even more out of the book.

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    Joshua San Diego, CA, USA 08-28-09
    Joshua San Diego, CA, USA 08-28-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Really interesting and fun"

    I loves this book, I found it to be wonderfully written and extremely insightful. Beyond the academic aspect, it was just plain entertaining.

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    Sibyl White 08-25-09
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    "Simply the Best"

    This is simply the best and most insightful book of its type that I have read or listened to. It has profound implications, especially the section on education. The interview with the author after the book is equally interesting and worthwhile. Read it, listen to it, think about it.

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    Marcio Sao PauloBrazil 08-25-09
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    Excellent Book !

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    Anthony Commack, NY, United States 08-23-09
    Anthony Commack, NY, United States 08-23-09 Member Since 2013
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    "HARD WORK COUNTS TOO"

    Great book. Reminds me of a song titled “things that make you go umm.” My only criticism: the author places too much emphasis on opportunity and not enough on the subjects taking advantage of this opportunity through hard work. The author makes a blanket conclusion that Bill Gates was the only teen to have the opportunity to program computers all the time and thus had an opportunity like no other. Well how does the author know this? Could there have been other teens with a similar opportunity but were lazy and unwilling to work as hard as Mr. Gates? To me the secret is opportunity (which sometimes you can’t control) + hard work (which you can control). Fun book. I can’t wait to read the others written by this author.

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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
  • ReadingFan
    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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