Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.
©2008 Malcom Gladwell; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
It's the best one I've listened and made me start looking for other books of the same style
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
Get this book. You will find yourself trying to relate everyone you know to the ideas presented here by Gladwell
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.
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.
Yes, I enjoy this type of book that questions conventional wisdom on success.
It is a topic that is important to him and he makes it very personal at the end.
The authoritative analysis of success stories, which would otherwise appear as random events.
Chris Langhan- an interesting case study. Proves that natural ability can only do so much.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Traveler. Artist. Dreamer.
It was interesting, but I just feel that there is something missing. I feel let down that everything boils down to time of birth and constant practice. I really don't feel that it is 100% fool proof plan and that is the end of the story. Yes, deliberate practice is essential to become great and anyone can learn anything if they want to. But I believe in other factors, like having a belief in something, etc...
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