Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.
©2008 Malcom Gladwell; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
Malcolm Gladwell has the incredible talent of revealing the truth of why some people are successful and others are not. I highly recommend this book, in addition to any of his other works. He takes a topic or a story and discovers its true nature. His books are educational, enlightening, and entertaining.
I thought the concepts were presented in an excellent way. Straight forward and easily understood concepts that help you understand the key to success for various individuals from a variety of backgrounds. A must read for all interested in being successful.
This is one of those books that first changes the way you think and then it changes your life. Everyone's heard of the 10,000 hour rule, but the book is about sooooo much more than that. Read it, read it, read it.
Realising that I've not got much time to spare with one of my kids and that the other was perfectly positioned.
The story about the girl who got a scholarship to her Kip school. I won't ruin it, but it was great.
helped new understand the reality behind many success stories and answered the fundamental question of "this guy works so hard, why doesn't he progress?". The lesson is, working hard is important, but the only thing needed.
I don't read a lot of nonfiction. I'm a fiction addict. But wow! This book was an amazing listen. Malcolm Gladwell hooks you with his theories and evidence that he presents like a great story. All of the material he bases his work on is relatable to everyone, which makes his hypothesis in Outliers easy to understand. I listened to it on a long drive and then kept listening to it in my room when I got home! I didn't want it to end and even listened to the question and answer section after the epilogue. The epilogue is by far my favorite part of the book, btw. Great read and it makes you think!
He's a bit monotonous as a narrator, but he also knows when to pause and emphasize certain parts of the book since he wrote it. I do remember thinking that during the analysis of the plane crashes, the cadence of the speech should have been more dramatic. Other than that, he was easy to understand and spoke at a pace that was appropriate.
10,000 hours. Opportunities are provided for everyone which allows for the right amount of passion and drive to make you successful, but don't forget that your history does make your future.
This is the first audiobook I have listened to however I feel it was very well read and most certainly interesting. Excellent to listen to on long walks to contemplate what is being discussed.
I have personally not come across another book like Outliers. Perhaps that is what makes this so good.
Tag line for a film of this book, perhaps that would be "Are there patterns among us?"
I would encourage everyone to listen to this book / read it / both. Certainly people with or wanting children and anyone trying to be successful in their career should all listen to this.
10,000 hours, timing
Bill gates, helped to clear up why he was so successfull
No, I never listen to them in one sitting
One of glad wells best
This was a great book for me to listen to in the car. I listened to it on my trip home to Massachusetts. I would and have recommended it to friends.
The Outliers makes you think differently about many things we used to take as facts
It feels like hearing this first hand
"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.
"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).
"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
"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.
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.
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.
"Very interesting and engaging."
Its right up there in top 10
This is my first book related to the nature vs nurture debate and therefore I have no recommendations to make.
The interview with the Author was particularly interesting
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!
"round in circle"
Never seem to get to the real point of the book in any concise way.
Never seem to get to the real point and title of the book in any concise way.
no it would not work.. good documentary thou
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...
"Almost right on the money"
So far the best Audiobook I have read. As an entreprenuer myself, I was interested to hear this take on success. Very interesting but doesn't recognise that successful people "don't let opportunities pass" and that this is just as important as his other points. Read it though, it is good.
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