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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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    Mark Chambers Monument, CO 12-07-11
    Mark Chambers Monument, CO 12-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Malcolm Gladwell writes (and reads) a great book"
    What did you love best about Outliers?

    I have been using bits of Tipping Point for years. This book is just as fascinating and jam packed with information.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the 10,000 hours, but even more interesting is the math observations throughout the world. Great stuff.


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    Ann 12-06-11
    Ann 12-06-11
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    "Life Happens"
    Would you listen to Outliers again? Why?

    I have listened to Outliers three times and learned something new each time. I am an educator and have always observed that unique circumstances often changes lives. While Gladwell has chosen to focus on positive events it is also valid to note that sometimes negative consequences happen because of unique circumstances. This book has huge implications for how we educate our children. Every educator should read this book.


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    Jon Seattle, WA, United States 12-02-11
    Jon Seattle, WA, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating..."
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    Very interesting listen. Gives a unique perspective the 'successful' and the true story of that success. I found it very easy to listen and follow. The narrators performance isn't perfect, a little staccato at times, but by the end I found it to be as enjoyable to listen to the reader as I did actually pay attention to the content. I highly recommend it to all.

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    Suzette PALATINE, IL, United States 11-30-11
    Suzette PALATINE, IL, United States 11-30-11
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    "The more you know..."

    Malcolm Gladwell's books are always informative and entertaining. He writes for the average person — not the academic, but you always learn.

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    Jon WI, United States 11-29-11
    Jon WI, United States 11-29-11
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    "Wonderful New Way to Think!"

    Outliers: The Story of Success will completely change the way that you think about hard work and the benefits that come from hard work. Additionally, it was an excellent way to analyze some of the more confusing patterns that have existed throughout history. Malcolm Gladwell does a tremendous job of providing multiple pieces of evidence to support his various claims. As a history teacher, I found the history of the different time periods and cultures to be fascinating, as well as the implications for education and sociological studies.

    In addition to high quality subject matter, it was wonderful to have Gladwell read the himself. It seems that sometimes when the author is not also doing the performance, some of the ideas get lost in translation. Having Gladwell read himself allows him to call your attention to ideas that are truly profound and really invite you to step inside of his mind. Listening go this book was like listening to an excellent professor animatedly give a lecture about something he truly is passionate about. I truly enjoyed the experience and look forward to listening again to dig out any nuggets of wisdom that were missed the first time.

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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
    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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  • 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
  • Mrs H Clawson
    8/19/16
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    "Interesting but examples & explanation too lengthy"

    A really interesting perspective on exceptional achievement. Some of the examples given were too long which became a bit tedious which made it hard not to drift off and lose concentration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver Gajtanski
    Ireland
    8/11/16
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    "Loved It"

    I loved the book. It is great to hear other people's success stories and is really thrilling to listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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