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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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    Peter Sacramento, CA, United States 03-26-12
    Peter Sacramento, CA, United States 03-26-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Excellent...Could not get enough"
    What made the experience of listening to Outliers the most enjoyable?

    If Malcolm Gladwell doesn't continue writing; he has a carrer in the Audible world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outliers?

    Take advantage of opportunities.


    What???s the most interesting tidbit you???ve picked up from this book?

    Opportunities and 10,000 hours of work mean so much in your success.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Tryon, NC, US 03-12-12
    Amazon Customer Tryon, NC, US 03-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Astounding information, well presented"
    If you could sum up Outliers in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, enlightening & thought provoking. It changed my understanding of why some people are successful and why some are not.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting results of studies.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Studies of intelligence and success were interesting.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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    Any additional comments?

    .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Klare Monroe, NY, United States 03-12-12
    Klare Monroe, NY, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Keep thinking about this book"
    If you could sum up Outliers in three words, what would they be?

    Very interesting listen. I keep thinking about his findings concerning amount of work needed to become an expert in your field. It needs to be a passion.


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    S Gilbert, AZ, United States 03-12-12
    S Gilbert, AZ, United States 03-12-12
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    "So interesting!"
    What made the experience of listening to Outliers the most enjoyable?

    Mr. Gladwell's voice is so easy to listen to. He emphasizes his words where they should be emphasized. Plus he has done a lot of research and I can tell he cares about his work.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I found the Bill Gates story to be most compelling. It is neat to think about how all these people were in the right place at the right time.


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

    This was the best of the 3 books, based on topic. The 10 stories he tells are amazing. So well thought-out and so enlightening.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The


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    Amazon Customer CHICAGO, IL, United States 03-05-12
    Amazon Customer CHICAGO, IL, United States 03-05-12
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    "Great Book that makes you think"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Outliners really made me think. It contained some solid theories with lots of supporting evidence.


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

    This was my first Malcolm Gladwell book and I think the performance was great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Louisville, KY, United States 02-22-12
    Matt Louisville, KY, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Stood up to all the great reviews!"
    What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Malcolm narrates this book in a tone and excellent voice that I believe only the author could bring to the table. I listen to a few books a month and I have my favorites but it's apparent that Malcolm is passionate about this body of work. I would listen to him narrate something again as he really helps you understand what he's describing in this very informative book.


    Any additional comments?

    If 1 person suggested I pick up this book in truth it was more like 15 folks. Whether it was at a cocktail party, work function, social event, etc - if someone of a unique success came up in discussion, people would refer to Outliers. Very seldom does a book stand up to all that hype but in this case it was well placed! I'll read this one again for sure and suggest it my friends who aren't already reading it.

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    Luís São Paulo, Brazil 02-16-12
    Luís São Paulo, Brazil 02-16-12
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    "Found myself wanting to get stuck in traffic"
    Where does Outliers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's the best one I've listened and made me start looking for other books of the same style


    What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His intonation is specially important for you to focus on the important ideas of the book, which could go unnoticed in case I was reading it myself


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book. You will find yourself trying to relate everyone you know to the ideas presented here by Gladwell

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    Ryan Champaign, IL, United States 02-06-12
    Ryan Champaign, IL, United States 02-06-12
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    "Great Book!"

    Gladwell does and excellent job of taking percieved "Outliers" and drawing connections and patterns that make the reader understand opportunity & legacy plan key roles in determining outcomes. He challenges the reader to not simply accept "Innate Talent" as the viable reasons for truely exceptional results.

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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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  • 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).

    16 of 19 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
  • Project Manager
    9/10/16
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    "A good read."

    I think the main takeaway from this book would be that I'd be more inclined to look past the person and more into their background when understanding their success.
    There are some generalisations in the book that I wouldn't necessarily agree with but I think the author acknowledges that in the book.
    Even the most successful people are not that extraordinary. They just received the right opportunities, were born into the right circumstances and got the right amount of luck etc.
    Imagine if there was a snooker table or a piano in your home. You would have a better chance of becoming good at that compared to if it wasn't in your home to begin with - right?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rashpal
    9/3/16
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    "Eye opening"

    All of a sudden you will realise that the most successful people in the world didn't become that way just because they worked hard and were extremely talented. There's more to it than that, a lot more. The month you were born, your culture, ancestors, friends, circumstances along with hard work and determination is how they became successful. This book is incredible, Gladwell is incredible. And he'll tell you how he became incredible. Unmissable, a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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