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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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    NYC Chris BRONX, NY, United States 12-22-10
    NYC Chris BRONX, NY, United States 12-22-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Perspective based upon how you grew up"

    I enjoyed this book greatly, It answered the question - Is it just that people have all the money and then find a great idea? What's so much different than an "urban" kid vs a "privileged" kid. One part of the equation is exposure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Z 12-06-10
    Michelle Z 12-06-10

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    "A Must Listen!!!! Somewhat disturbing yet..."

    Somewhat disturbing yet can be encouraging...Disturbing because the logic for success can be SO OUT OF OUR CONTROL yet encouraging because our choices can still effect our ability to take advantage of the coming unknowns. Well read, riveting, I dare say...You must be driven to know "the why" in order to appreciate this. Speaks of many well-known people and situations many can relate to.

    Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob lewisville, NC, United States 11-28-10
    Bob lewisville, NC, United States 11-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "should not have put it off so long"

    I had resisted this book for a long time, having some difficulty with the premises as represented in reviews and critiques. When i finally listened, I was floored. This is an incredible book that will challenge your preconceptions. There is no higher praise to be given.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ghassan 11-20-10
    Ghassan 11-20-10
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    "One of the best books ever"

    This book is an undiscovered gem! I highly recommend it for any one who wishes to get some serious insight on how successful people became successful with intriguing stories from real life that are capturing to the last word

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    linda hardwick 10-31-10
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    "Thought-provoking"

    I don't normally read non-fiction, but I found this book really captured my imagination and got me thinking. I would say that Gladwell is one of the prominent thought-shapers of our time, and his ideas will hold your interest, even if you chose to disagree with them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorena Whitby, ON, Canada 10-28-10
    Lorena Whitby, ON, Canada 10-28-10
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    "stimulating & thought provoking"

    I really enjoyed the book. I loved all of Malcom's books, I think he's brilliant. I found Malcom's thesis very compelling and his theories struck a chord with me, solid logic.
    There were about two chapters that I drifted off on, but overall, it was very interesting and kept me wanting to listen to more.
    I recommend this audiobook

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Hurley Silicon Valley / Capitola, CA 10-25-10
    David Hurley Silicon Valley / Capitola, CA 10-25-10 Member Since 2010

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    "I like listening to Gladwell"

    Of course the content is compelling, but I really like Gladwell's reading of it as well.

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    Dean Irvine, CA, United States 10-04-10
    Dean Irvine, CA, United States 10-04-10
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    "Amazing author with an way of looking at the world"

    What an amazing book. I could go on for quite a while about how interesting and inspiring this book is for all of those who look at the world an see themselves as outliers in one way or another. It helps you fully understand the importance you society, your family, your friends, and your opportunities have on the accomplishments in your life. Inspires you to take advantage of any and every opportunity that comes your way.

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    E. Smakman Netherlands 09-13-10
    E. Smakman Netherlands 09-13-10 Member Since 2007
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    "No secret of success, but good ideas!"

    This is a very nice book to listen to, with many eye-openers that I feel like looking deeper into. Gladwell brushes the surface on many concepts, but connects them in a seemingly logical way.

    The basic premises is that extremely successful people are not born that way, but are the result of circumstance also, helped by opportunity. There is no claim that intelligence or hard working does not help (it does), but that no matter how smart you are and how hard you work, you still require the opportunity to shine. This Gladwell shows in many examples from the icehockey league of Canada (good players born in Jan-Mar), to Silicon Valley giants (many born around 1955), to takeover lawyers (Jews born in the 30's).

    Main drawback in my opinion is that there are many types of opportunity that can either be helpful or a hindrance. In this way, the book better dispels the nature vs nurture discussion than that it provides a complete answer on ' how to become successful'. The individual examples are really breathtaking at times: what can you do about being a good parent (you either care or you don't), how can you be really good at something (practice well and diligently for 10.000 hours/10 years), hard work doesn't hurt you, the trouble with historic & cultural legacy (plane crashes, aggressiveness, rice paddy culture vs rotational crops). Too much to mention, but easy to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MM 07-05-10
    MM 07-05-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Fascinating"

    This was an excellent book and an entertaining listen. He does a great job of pulling us in with stories. I plan to listen again very soon.

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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).

    15 of 18 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
  • Lauren
    6/24/16
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    "Great flow and really enjoyable"

    The story telling and path Malcolm takes the listener down is really interesting and engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Durao
    uk
    6/18/16
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    "Fantastic explanation ot ingredients for success"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great content and very well narrated. A clear insight into success and analysis of the recipe and ingredients for success. Showing how personal success is not an egocentered thing and how many different variables are involved. It's a complicated recipe and Malcolm Gladwell manages to illustrate so many aspects influencing it. Highly recommended!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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