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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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    Jeffery P. Lorig O'Neill, NE 11-25-11
    Jeffery P. Lorig O'Neill, NE 11-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Think Again"

    This book will make you think again about stories of success. If you're in the business of education or coaching, this book will change the way you approach the process.

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    Barry Lake City, FL, United States 11-25-11
    Barry Lake City, FL, United States 11-25-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Explaination for Success"

    I found this book a great explanation for the factors outside of one's control that have set them up for great success but completely lacks information or credence about the things those same people did that they did control that gave them chance to take those factors and make them work in their favor. Things we all should do to give us a chance to take the sum total influences of our own life and to direct them to our own Outlier experience. Otherwise this information is a bit depressing. Good for them but what does it do for me.

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    Theresa Armstrong 11-23-11
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    "Are you an Outlier, special, talented or just lazy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outliers to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely, you can hear the sections and point the Author makes that might have otherwise been obscure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outliers?

    The rice farmers in China. No man who gets up before the sun fails to make his family wealthy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The visual scene of the textile industry in the 1920s. Families working together, doing everything to make a business work.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book and the premise was well written and persuasive. The idea that kids born the first three months of the year have a natural advantage and then get more attention that leads to developing that advantage into a skill is acceptable. I didn't like the contstant leap from culture to professions to historical examples that continue to validate the point that success or talent is a simple formula. There seemed to be a part of insistience rather than convincing me. Great information and fantastic analysis.

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    Melonie United States 11-22-11
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    "A smart book for smart people"

    It makes you think and question all of the assumptions around common beliefs from running a business to how we raise our children. Blending statistics with stories reveals our current world under a new light. It's wonderful and a must read.

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    Paige 11-13-11
    Paige 11-13-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Good read"

    This book has an interesting premise (that extreme success is not as random as it might first appear), and develops well.

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    Ted Western Massachusetts, United States 11-11-11
    Ted Western Massachusetts, United States 11-11-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Wow"

    I cannot say enough about this book. First, the stories are engaging and the logical thought process by the author and his arguments are very convincing. I find myself thinking of the book while watching the news on a daily basis! This book is that applicable to the real world. You start realizing how people became successful and you quickly realize characteristics that make people unsuccessful. All in all, a fascinating experience.

    Also, Gladwell's narration of his own book is superb. I wouldn't want anyone else as the narrator. His passion for the subjects is second to none. I listened to the book while traveling, and it made the journey amazingly enjoyable.

    I will now listen to his 3 other audiobooks. I'm looking forward to it.

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    lily GLENDALE, AZ, United States 11-08-11
    lily GLENDALE, AZ, United States 11-08-11 Member Since 2015
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    I really enjoyed listening to Malcolm Gladwell. He is a hell of a story teller. I recommend this audiobook.

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    mimi USA 10-21-11
    mimi USA 10-21-11
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    What did you love best about Outliers?

    it is so interesting! makes you think all the way through


    What did you like best about this story?

    i like how i feel : this make so much sense


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the part about how hard work matters. even motzart couldnt do without it


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes!


    Any additional comments?

    listen to it!!

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    Mikki CHANDLER, AZ, United States 10-08-11
    Mikki CHANDLER, AZ, United States 10-08-11
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    "My first listen!"

    Absolutely fabulous! For a First listen I couldn't put my ipod down! Even while I was at work! An absolute great book all around!

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    Victor New York, NY, United States 10-05-11
    Victor New York, NY, United States 10-05-11
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    "Always Good"

    Malcolm Gladwell bounces back with Outliers. I loved Tipping Point and disappointed by Blink, but find this book worth the time, thought, and information.

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