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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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    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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    Albert Aurora, ON, Canada 01-30-12
    Albert Aurora, ON, Canada 01-30-12
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    "Outliers"
    What did you love best about Outliers?

    Having the authors own experience shared and making the link to his own success. I a sure Mr. Gladwell is helping the reader realize the impact of 10,000 hours.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outliers?

    How time lines can and do mean so much. The next time you sing happy birthday to someone you may be in the presence of greatness .


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    Every word spoken had content and a relationship
    to an action. Well done.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His ability to see the gift of how we are all connected to each other, and community does and always will be there to shape us directly or indirectly. We are truly part of a bigger picture and it is our gift to be able to see it. Mr. Gladwell clearly makes the reader reflect on our own success.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book spoken by a great writer sharing a great experience.

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    Lawrence Quezon City, Philippines 01-19-12
    Lawrence Quezon City, Philippines 01-19-12
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    "Good listen"
    What did you love best about Outliers?

    The authoritative analysis of success stories, which would otherwise appear as random events.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chris Langhan- an interesting case study. Proves that natural ability can only do so much.


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    Amazon Customer Columbia, SC, United States 01-18-12
    Amazon Customer Columbia, SC, United States 01-18-12
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    "Now I Want to Read It for Myself"

    Gladwell presents interesting and compelling evidence to support his thesis that the only extraordinary thing about extraordinary people is their extraordinarily good luck to be in the right place at the right time to become the best at what they love.

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    Chris SAN JOSE, CA, United States 01-15-12
    Chris SAN JOSE, CA, United States 01-15-12
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    "Gladwell continues to keep us captured"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I read Outliers after Gladwell's previously published The Tipping Point and found many of the talking points & examples similar among the two books. I can recommend either as a fascinating read that pushes us to look deeper into trends or reasoning behind abnormalities in data; however taking on both books may be redundant. Gladwell's masterful storytelling and capturing information points makes this difficult to put down, and sparks conversation among those whom have read it.

    Recommending Outliers -- The Story of Success.


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    Robert United States 01-06-12
    Robert United States 01-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Well researched, well read, great perspective."

    Couldn't be more pleased with this book. The topics are all fascinating, and you end up learning far more about the factors which determine success than you knew existed. Malcolm presents the information in a way that's easy to digest in audiobook form. Considering listening to it again...

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    Pat catskill, NY, United States 01-05-12
    Pat catskill, NY, United States 01-05-12
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    "Outliers is an outlier"

    Gladwell is a talented communicator and his style makes the book easy to follow and totally engaging. I was worried that the broad spectrum of "outlier" topics and people of interest would make it difficult to somehow draw similarities and commonalities between them. Once I was well into the first chapter, I realized this was not going to be the case.

    Gladwell is careful not to stray the reader too far off the main spine of this story, which acts to connect each of his subjects together through a handful of common threads and recurring themes. The reader can easily get wrapped up in any one of the handful of outlier examples, but then Gladwell skillfully corrals the reader back to the main backbone of the book, which further drives his themes home to the reader.

    Outliers offers an intriguing perspective on people, events and cultures that we think we know so well. The book provides an "out of the box" way of looking at success and how our own cultural backgrounds, upbringing and luck affect our future in a direct way. Read this book.

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