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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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    Aaron Batilo 02-05-15
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    "Really makes you think"

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. It really make you think about what it takes to be successful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    s roger 02-03-15
    s roger 02-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    Galdwell's best work. A read for every parent who wants their child to succeed. Thank you mr glad well. Nvhhxx

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. Wong 01-31-15
    P. Wong 01-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent read"

    As usual, Malcolm Gladwell does not disappoint with his out of the box ideas about the human condition. Great insights and thought provoking ideas about why someone becomes successful and how circumstance, cultural legacy and chance play a part. I loved it and have more thinking to do on how to transfer some of these lessons on to my own children.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandeep Singh 01-30-15
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    "Brilliant listen!"

    I had purchased the kindle version but got too busy. I bought the audible one and finished it over the daily commute to work.

    Excellent analysis of successful people/outliers on what caused them to be as successful as they are. Hard work alone won't cut it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hilary Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-29-15
    Hilary Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    Would you listen to Outliers again? Why?

    Yes there was so many great bits in it - I am sure I would get more the second time around


    What did you like best about this story?

    Examination of speech and language in the black box recorder of plane crashes


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    I have listened to all Malcolm Gladwell's books and each one is just as interesting and compelling as the last. His voice and delivery are perfectly matched to his words


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

    The influence of cultural heritage in our behaviour - you know its there but I have never heard it explained in this way - the flight crash analysis was an eye opener.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James 01-27-15
    James 01-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating"

    Puts success in perspective and makes you realize that people are truly products of their environment. I really loved it.

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    Amazon Customer 01-25-15
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    "Beautifully Prepared & Presented Food for Thought"
    Would you listen to Outliers again? Why?

    I intend to listen to Outliers several more times -- I enjoyed it so much the first time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gladwell offers such a comfortable perspective for insights that are new to me.


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

    The author reads his words well consistently, even the parts I know I'd skim quickly if I were reading it to myself.


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

    I could listen to Outliers from beginning to end if I were traveling.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    darell BELTON, TX, United States 01-23-15
    darell BELTON, TX, United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Eye opener"

    This is probably the most eye opening book I have ever had the pleasure of Listening or reading!!! Thank you for writing this book

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    J. Johnson Atlanta, GA United States 01-22-15
    J. Johnson Atlanta, GA United States 01-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating..."

    Malcolm Gladwell in his research makes us realize the super successful worked hard but they also had some amazing lucky breaks.

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    Alfred 01-21-15
    Alfred 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    a little stressful..Exploited all that I have not done and need to do to ensure mu children's success

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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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