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Outliers Audiobook

Outliers: The Story of Success

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Kristen Woods 06-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Engaging stories"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The author kept me engaged through sharing his message through wonderful stories. Frequent bookmarking!

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    Victor 06-05-15
    Victor 06-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book..remarkable!!"

    This book narrates a theory of success unlike no other. It provides the reader with research-based data, and real life anecdotes that keeps the reader interested and intrigued about what lies ahead!!

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    Jose 06-03-15
    Jose 06-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!"

    Unique insights on how we think of achievements and success. Engaging. Malcolm Gladwell breaks down his supporting points using captivating real life stories.

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    Chad Denick 05-31-15
    Chad Denick 05-31-15
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    "Amazing and fascinating!"

    An amazingly informative and articulate explanation of why I will never achieve success at the highest level.

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    Chris D. Rhode Island 05-30-15
    Chris D. Rhode Island 05-30-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Garbage. I wish I had saved my money."

    A predetermined, narrow, oversimplified conclusion is reached by the author. All success is simply due to someone getting a lucky break. He concludes there is nothing extraordinary about it. They just had lucky breaks by enjoying the right opportunities.

    Surely having, finding, creating or seizing opportunities is part of the success equation, but the author focuses in on it as the book's central message in an apparent attempt to promote his own social and political ideology.

    I found this book truly disappointing as there was a golden opportunity for the author to provide fair insight and analysis into successful outliers. What makes them tick, what traits and characteristics are common or unique to these individuals. Why some succeed with the opportunities they're presented with or persevere to overcome the obstacles that get in their way. Instead, he squandered this opportunity and limited his focus to a narrow part of the equation. The part that is furthest from an individuals control. In summary, it's a selective effort to chalk up virtually all success to lucky breaks.

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    Lorna Boyd 05-28-15
    Lorna Boyd 05-28-15
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    "fascinating information well-told"
    What made the experience of listening to Outliers the most enjoyable?

    this opened my mind to a new set of considerations about people's accomplishments & successes. couldn't put it down.


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    A 05-28-15
    A 05-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book"

    Always good to be reminded that there's an explanation for everything.

    Great story and very good voice to listen to.

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    Luis 05-27-15
    Luis 05-27-15
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    "Very thought provoking"

    This book really shines light on the stigmas of success and how it can redirect our attention to the background of those who are seen as elite. Good book, made alot of sense.

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    Lisa R Smith 05-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent nonfiction"

    I loved Malcolm's style of writing. His use of stories kept this book interesting, fast paced, and relevant. His choice of examples illustrated his premise well. I also thoroughly enjoyed his narration.

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    Jason T. Allison 05-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Tremendously Informative"
    Where does Outliers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd say this is the best non-history book I've listened to since I've been on Audible.com. Worth every penny.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The amount of information conveyed in a tight, efficient narrative.


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    As the writer, he seemed passionate and knowledgeable about the material.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All the moments where the author makes his claim about what led to the success of each subject, the moments when the claims become clear to the reader, are all great moments.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read/listen.

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