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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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    Amazon Customer 04-30-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Talent: Necessary but not sufficient for success"

    I've always struggled with the notion that talent was the key. Not true. great reading.

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    James Marsh New York, NY United States 04-25-15
    James Marsh New York, NY United States 04-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Insight on how environment can shape excellence"

    Gladwell does not disappoint. This is an eye opener wonderfully articulated. It's fascinating to learn about some of the assumptions we have about how to instill greatness in future generations and how we need to break those notions.

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    Sonia Drabek Texas 04-25-15
    Sonia Drabek Texas 04-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun to listen to"

    Very insightful and encouraging and fascinating book to listen to! You will learn what it means to be given an awesome opportunity!

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    Carrie Little 04-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A must read for all generations and ethic groups"

    Loved it! Thought provoking. Make me want to rethink how I teach my kids. Our actions are important and everyone has the ability to be successful it's not just for those that have a high IQ.

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    Inspiration_007 04-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "excellently written and delivered!"

    awesome book! this is a must read for those few who are serious about success and what is truly needed. become an outlier!

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    Ravindra Singh 04-23-15
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    "Different perspective of success stories"

    I liked the analysis which revolves around the title and on the way provides some interesting and informative details . Excellent content

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    Scott HILLSDALE, MI, United States 04-21-15
    Scott HILLSDALE, MI, United States 04-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "nurture over nature"

    basically, "you didn't build that" is the message. While I agree with much of what he says, we can't ignore the hard work these people put into being the best. What good would this good fortune and opportunity be if one didn't seize it?

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    steven 04-20-15
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    "Not bad not good"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think if you need a time killer and you like this kind of topic its a 3 star book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Malcolm Gladwell again?

    I would be open to trying another book but I'm not impressed with this one


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

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    Did Outliers inspire you to do anything?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    I find that this book really drives home the point of even the great people put a lot of work in and with luck and hard work anyone can be an "Outlier." This book could have been better of as a short memo.

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    Michael Tilma 03-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting but lacking"

    Malcolm Gladwell makes a clear, informative and compelling case, and I definitely enjoyed it and learned from it. However, as valid as his points are, he leaves out a few very important components that should have been addressed (although he refers to it lightly). The most notable is the individual's desire to succeed or even their acceptance of personal responsibility for their role in their success. Very enjoyable, educational and thorough, but with some glaring holes.

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    Steven A. Nagel Eau Claire, WI 02-16-15
    Steven A. Nagel Eau Claire, WI 02-16-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Great observational connections"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the connections and insight. However I did feel at moments some observations were "a stretch"

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  • Dawn
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    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).

    17 of 20 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
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    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
  • Father of three
    1/23/17
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    "Bright enough? Work hard."

    Bright enough? Work hard.

    over simplic, but the general message of this book makes sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • paulchelarescu
    1/19/17
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    "Tries to make a point, fails by cherry picking"

    There is value from this book. Not IN in this book. It tries to give a point of circumstances influencing individuals, but HOW ABOUT individuals who make their own circumstances? Throughout the book the author makes a point of how lucky those people/nations were to have the right circumstances. What I thought to be a story on how outliers make themselves, it was a story on how outliers arise. Good. Well I'll tell you what the author missed. People can make their own environments which then shape them further which helps them make better decisions and open their own opportunities. The world is more fluid, dynamic, fast and changing than it's ever been before. The exact slight things the author misses by focusing on the last century are the ones most important in the present day. No longer are you such at the mercy of your elements. Today your chances need not be so great for you to grow as much. I really wish the author gave that idea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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