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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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    Don Corpus Christi, TX, United States 10-04-11
    Don Corpus Christi, TX, United States 10-04-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Book"

    as usual, Malcolm Gladwell gets your attention and keeps it. Well worth listening to and going back and listening again.

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    Chad Louisville, KY, United States 09-28-11
    Chad Louisville, KY, United States 09-28-11 Member Since 2016
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    What did you love best about Outliers?

    Great book. Really interesting, easy read. I dont buy all the ideas in the book, but it does make you think a little bit. Very entertaining.


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    Pavel Czech Republic 09-18-11
    Pavel Czech Republic 09-18-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Gladwell makes you think"

    If you don't want to just 'consume' books and you enjoy inspiring thoughts, Gladwell won't disappoint you. He is using illustrative examples from real world, easy to remember, easy to believe.

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    George 08-30-11
    George 08-30-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Really makes you think"

    I've always told others that usually there's more to the story about someones success then what appears. Malcolm finally proves that to be true. Though I have not bought in 100% on the cultural bias from far far back I do believe there is a cultural bias in many things.

    I'm sure many people will state his findings as anecdotal, they are backed up with studies.

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    Teresa antioch, TN, United States 08-27-11
    Teresa antioch, TN, United States 08-27-11
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    "Amazing!"

    My friend recommended this over a year ago and I just got around to reading it. It was such a great new way to look at how success is perceived in the sporting world, classrooms, and the world. Being a teacher, I thought it gave a great new way to look at how we give students opportunities to work hard and do well. Highly recommend!

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    Mark Montreal, QC, Canada 08-27-11
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    "Great!"

    Enjoyed it very much...quite factual, entertaining and very interesting. I highly recommend this book.

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    Tiffany ALLENTOWN, PA, United States 08-25-11
    Tiffany ALLENTOWN, PA, United States 08-25-11
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    "FANTASTIC"

    The book was very well written and harbored a lot of personal opinions for the author. Because of the personal nature of the book something would have been lost had he not narrated it himself. It was a great book and a great narration by the author! ENJOY!

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    Kindle Customer NY, NY United States 07-30-11
    Kindle Customer NY, NY United States 07-30-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Smart Book"

    Well read. Very thought provoking. There are alot of lists in this book - which would be easier to skim in a "real" book - a bit tedious to hear them read outloud. But it includes lots of great stories and characters.

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    Amazon Customer Plantation, FL, United States 07-08-11
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    "Excellent read"

    Great book. Very thought provoking. It gave me a new way to look at life and success. a must read for every teenager and young adult today.

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    Ben United States 07-04-11
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    "Excellent!"

    I can't believe it took me this long to read (listen to) this book. Good reminder that greatness isn't only based on natural talent but is enhanced by environmental realities and a "blue collar" work ethic.

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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
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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
  • Mrs H Clawson
    8/19/16
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    "Interesting but examples & explanation too lengthy"

    A really interesting perspective on exceptional achievement. Some of the examples given were too long which became a bit tedious which made it hard not to drift off and lose concentration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver Gajtanski
    Ireland
    8/11/16
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    "Loved It"

    I loved the book. It is great to hear other people's success stories and is really thrilling to listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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