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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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    Glenn Calgary, Alberta, Canada 06-10-09
    Glenn Calgary, Alberta, Canada 06-10-09 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read for parents"

    This makes makes you look at things a different way. The messages it makes with its backup stories are a must for anyone who wants to get ahead and who want their kids to succeed. This was my first audiobook and I found very easy to listen to and I could come back to it a week later and still pick up easily where I left off. The messages stuck with me. If all audiobooks are like this then I am hooked.

    I plan to have my 18 year old listen to this book it underpins everything we tell our kids about hardwork and Perseverance

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Fargo, ND, USA 06-06-09
    Chris Fargo, ND, USA 06-06-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Entertaining and Educational"

    Malcolm Gladwell's third book is another masterpiece. It is engaging, entertaining, and educational. It's funny to think about the number of people that would have seen me laughing and talking ("really? wow..") out loud while I was running... luckily I listening to most of it while running country roads :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Indianapolis, IN, United States 05-31-09
    Teresa Indianapolis, IN, United States 05-31-09 Member Since 2014

    As a person with dyslexia, audio books give me the opportunity to "read" wonderful books that I would otherwise miss. Thank you for this fabulous service.

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    "Highly recommend"

    If you've ever wondered how Bill Gates became the success that he is or why Asian kids score so well on math tests, this is the book for you. The author presents well thought out and well researched reasons for why some people are successful and some are not. I have recommended this book to many and I have added the author to my list of "dream dinner party companions."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    pplinux Katy, TX, US 05-17-09
    pplinux Katy, TX, US 05-17-09 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read"

    A great insight into how both hard work and luck play an important role in success. I strongly recommended for any future parent that wants his kid to gain an advantage over other kids and therefore be more successful

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    Alison Manville, NJ, USA 05-04-09
    Alison Manville, NJ, USA 05-04-09
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    "An Intriguing Read...."

    This book covers intersting social factors that may determine successful individuals. The author makes you think about culture, educational achievement, and hard work in a new way. As it is an entertaining read, the applied economic theories are a bit stretched. Overall, I would recommend Outliers but, follow it up with a book written by a true economist.

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    DSH 05-04-09
    DSH 05-04-09
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    "Well worth the time"

    The content has slight biases but they do not detract from the viability of the analysis. There never appears to be an agenda to find demons or victims -- just reasonable explanations. The ideas were very eye-opening.

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    Jason 04-28-09
    Jason 04-28-09
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    "It helped me understand how I got to be who I am."

    My family is from Scotland and Germany and we are a family of engineers. Because all my family are raised and taught that science and measurement are real.

    I think this way because of the family I came from and how I was raised. I solve problems this way because my family is based more in science than faith. How can you measure faith? Or God?

    Wonderful good full of insights and should be given to teachers everywhere.

    Jason

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    Eric D. Barstad Minnetonka, MN 04-20-09
    Eric D. Barstad Minnetonka, MN 04-20-09 Member Since 2010

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    Highly recommend it!

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    Ben amarillo, TX, USA 04-13-09
    Ben amarillo, TX, USA 04-13-09
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    "Good but not great"

    Tipping Point and Blink were a much better read then this latest effort from Gladwell. Still, I enjoy his incredible research!

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    Paul Tomasch 03-12-09 Member Since 2007
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    very interesting book. I did not want to stop listening to it. Completely different than what i read before. a must read for everyone.

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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).

    11 of 12 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
  • 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
  • Sam
    3/6/15
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    "Very interesting and excellently told"

    I enjoyed the book and the way the story is told! I thoroughly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AA
    UK
    2/22/15
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    "Interesting and well narrated."
    If you could sum up Outliers in three words, what would they be?

    That's a stupid question.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    NA.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No but it is inspiring.


    Any additional comments?

    A fascinating book that makes the case that success and genius is 99% hard work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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