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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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    06-08-10
    06-08-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Great-ish"

    I loved listening to this book, was entertained the whole way and amazed by some of the topics covered in it. However, after doing a bit more research found that not everything in it was quite right. Even if there is some errors in it, I still rate Outliers quite highly because it did change the way I look at a lot of things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Norwich, VT, USA 06-01-10
    Anne Norwich, VT, USA 06-01-10
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    "Another Winner!"

    Another winner for Malcolm Gladwell. A life changer and a small seed of knowledge that continues to impact my everyday world.

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    Matt 06-01-10
    Matt 06-01-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Gets you thinking"

    This book was amazing. As soon as I started listening, the way I thought about things and the world started to change. I began noticing patterns in things that I hadn't ever noticed before. I highly recommend this book to get your mind thinking out of the box.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Glen Ellyn, IL, USA 05-23-10
    Susan Glen Ellyn, IL, USA 05-23-10
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    "Great book, great narrator"

    This was my first introduction to audio books and now I am spoiled! This is not only an interesting and compelling book but the narration was excellent -- it reads almost like a mystery in a way, even though it's not -- you are always wanting to find out what's around the corner.

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    Marcio 05-23-10
    Marcio 05-23-10
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    "Outstanding!"

    What a fascinating way to analyze such a controversial subject as ¨success and riches¨ and why some achieve it, while others don't. Much better than a dozen self-help books put together. A smart view on how everyone is entitled to achieve and understand their own success, if one can only understand where he stands and what is available to oneself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tyeast Glenn Dale, MD, United States 05-14-10
    Tyeast Glenn Dale, MD, United States 05-14-10
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    "life changing..."

    A must read.

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    Mohamed Pittsburgh, PA, USA 05-13-10
    Mohamed Pittsburgh, PA, USA 05-13-10
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    "Shocking!!!"

    Personal success has a new definition. I enjoyed reading about the striking facts and circumstances that could shape someone's life and add a new meaning to success.
    Very well narrated by the author.

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    Brent 05-07-10
    Brent 05-07-10
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    "Very Enlightening"

    I was enthralled from the start. This is the 3rd book of Gladwell's that I've heard and probably my favorite. It gave me a greater sense of how success is really achieved and what I might do to enhance my chances of success and that of my children.
    I think it was very inspiring and insightful.

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    Dara Burlington, VT, USA 04-18-10
    Dara Burlington, VT, USA 04-18-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Outliers"

    An interesting perspective about success. A must read for anyone who is goal-driven and has aspirations to become "successful".

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    Alex Ellis 03-14-10
    Alex Ellis 03-14-10
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    "Interesting & insightful."

    Very goood. Gladwell has a way of not only writing in an interesting way, but also reading it in an audio. This book is very easy to listen to, and it is very insightful. I'll probably never look at success quite the same way again. I'm glad I listened to this!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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
  • Lauren
    6/24/16
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    "Great flow and really enjoyable"

    The story telling and path Malcolm takes the listener down is really interesting and engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Durao
    uk
    6/18/16
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    "Fantastic explanation ot ingredients for success"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great content and very well narrated. A clear insight into success and analysis of the recipe and ingredients for success. Showing how personal success is not an egocentered thing and how many different variables are involved. It's a complicated recipe and Malcolm Gladwell manages to illustrate so many aspects influencing it. Highly recommended!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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