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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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    Peter Sacramento, CA, United States 03-26-12
    Peter Sacramento, CA, United States 03-26-12 Listener Since 2009
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    What made the experience of listening to Outliers the most enjoyable?

    If Malcolm Gladwell doesn't continue writing; he has a carrer in the Audible world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outliers?

    Take advantage of opportunities.


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

    Opportunities and 10,000 hours of work mean so much in your success.


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    Amazon Customer Tryon, NC, US 03-12-12
    Amazon Customer Tryon, NC, US 03-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Astounding information, well presented"
    If you could sum up Outliers in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, enlightening & thought provoking. It changed my understanding of why some people are successful and why some are not.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting results of studies.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Studies of intelligence and success were interesting.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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    Any additional comments?

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    Klare Monroe, NY, United States 03-12-12
    Klare Monroe, NY, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Keep thinking about this book"
    If you could sum up Outliers in three words, what would they be?

    Very interesting listen. I keep thinking about his findings concerning amount of work needed to become an expert in your field. It needs to be a passion.


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    S Gilbert, AZ, United States 03-12-12
    S Gilbert, AZ, United States 03-12-12
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    "So interesting!"
    What made the experience of listening to Outliers the most enjoyable?

    Mr. Gladwell's voice is so easy to listen to. He emphasizes his words where they should be emphasized. Plus he has done a lot of research and I can tell he cares about his work.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I found the Bill Gates story to be most compelling. It is neat to think about how all these people were in the right place at the right time.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the best of the 3 books, based on topic. The 10 stories he tells are amazing. So well thought-out and so enlightening.


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

    The


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    Amazon Customer CHICAGO, IL, United States 03-05-12
    Amazon Customer CHICAGO, IL, United States 03-05-12
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    "Great Book that makes you think"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Outliners really made me think. It contained some solid theories with lots of supporting evidence.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first Malcolm Gladwell book and I think the performance was great.


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    Matt Louisville, KY, United States 02-22-12
    Matt Louisville, KY, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Stood up to all the great reviews!"
    What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Malcolm narrates this book in a tone and excellent voice that I believe only the author could bring to the table. I listen to a few books a month and I have my favorites but it's apparent that Malcolm is passionate about this body of work. I would listen to him narrate something again as he really helps you understand what he's describing in this very informative book.


    Any additional comments?

    If 1 person suggested I pick up this book in truth it was more like 15 folks. Whether it was at a cocktail party, work function, social event, etc - if someone of a unique success came up in discussion, people would refer to Outliers. Very seldom does a book stand up to all that hype but in this case it was well placed! I'll read this one again for sure and suggest it my friends who aren't already reading it.

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    Luís São Paulo, Brazil 02-16-12
    Luís São Paulo, Brazil 02-16-12
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    "Found myself wanting to get stuck in traffic"
    Where does Outliers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's the best one I've listened and made me start looking for other books of the same style


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

    His intonation is specially important for you to focus on the important ideas of the book, which could go unnoticed in case I was reading it myself


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book. You will find yourself trying to relate everyone you know to the ideas presented here by Gladwell

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    Ryan Champaign, IL, United States 02-06-12
    Ryan Champaign, IL, United States 02-06-12
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    "Great Book!"

    Gladwell does and excellent job of taking percieved "Outliers" and drawing connections and patterns that make the reader understand opportunity & legacy plan key roles in determining outcomes. He challenges the reader to not simply accept "Innate Talent" as the viable reasons for truely exceptional results.

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    Aniket Vast United States 02-03-12
    Aniket Vast United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A great way to understand the influence of culture"

    Culture, Society, Upbringing, Parents play a vital role in a person's character and the development of the genius. This book explains it beautifully, with lots of real stories. The stories themselves are very sticky. If you are thinking that a genius is 'only' a product of cultural influence, then you have read too much into it; from the book's perspective it is merely saying that a genius is 'also' a product of such influence.

    Very good reading, excellent narration by the author. The chapters on plane crashes, hockey players and Chinese rice growers were very interesting.

    The only part that i did not like was the extra interview with the author at the end. I think the book is a great package from beginning to end, the interview kind of spoiled it a little.

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    Brian Golden, CO, United States 01-31-12
    Brian Golden, CO, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book on performance for society"
    Would you listen to Outliers again? Why?

    Yes, I enjoy this type of book that questions conventional wisdom on success.


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    It is a topic that is important to him and he makes it very personal at the end.


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