Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.
©2008 Malcom Gladwell; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
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
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 :)
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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).
"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
"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.
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.
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!
"round in circle"
Never seem to get to the real point of the book in any concise way.
Never seem to get to the real point and title of the book in any concise way.
no it would not work.. good documentary thou
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...
"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.
"Very interesting and excellently told"
I enjoyed the book and the way the story is told! I thoroughly recommend it!
"Interesting and well narrated."
That's a stupid question.
No but it is inspiring.
A fascinating book that makes the case that success and genius is 99% hard work.
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