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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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    sabri istanbul, Turkey 12-27-11
    sabri istanbul, Turkey 12-27-11
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    "Eye Opening..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and I have recommended it to many friends. This book can be very eye opening for many different ways. If one is religious then this may be a proof that fait is really exist.
    It is a proof that without hard working, success does not come, yet one's own efforts are not merely enough to be very successful either. It also gives someone a new perspective of looking at his\her life and where it has brought that person today and maybe try to change the course of it to improve future.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I knew that life throws stuff at you but I did not know that birthdates would be such an important part of being lucky or unlucky.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Malcolm Gladwell?

    Yes, not because of his voice but I liked his book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


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    Juan United States 12-20-11
    Juan United States 12-20-11
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    "Good Read"
    Would you listen to Outliers again? Why?

    Nah. Once is enough. Pretty straight forward read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Easy and informative read


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    Speaks well and easy to comprehend


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

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    none

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    Mark Chambers Monument, CO 12-07-11
    Mark Chambers Monument, CO 12-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Malcolm Gladwell writes (and reads) a great book"
    What did you love best about Outliers?

    I have been using bits of Tipping Point for years. This book is just as fascinating and jam packed with information.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the 10,000 hours, but even more interesting is the math observations throughout the world. Great stuff.


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    Ann 12-06-11
    Ann 12-06-11
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    "Life Happens"
    Would you listen to Outliers again? Why?

    I have listened to Outliers three times and learned something new each time. I am an educator and have always observed that unique circumstances often changes lives. While Gladwell has chosen to focus on positive events it is also valid to note that sometimes negative consequences happen because of unique circumstances. This book has huge implications for how we educate our children. Every educator should read this book.


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    Jon Seattle, WA, United States 12-02-11
    Jon Seattle, WA, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating..."
    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting listen. Gives a unique perspective the 'successful' and the true story of that success. I found it very easy to listen and follow. The narrators performance isn't perfect, a little staccato at times, but by the end I found it to be as enjoyable to listen to the reader as I did actually pay attention to the content. I highly recommend it to all.

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    Suzette PALATINE, IL, United States 11-30-11
    Suzette PALATINE, IL, United States 11-30-11
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    "The more you know..."

    Malcolm Gladwell's books are always informative and entertaining. He writes for the average person — not the academic, but you always learn.

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    Jon WI, United States 11-29-11
    Jon WI, United States 11-29-11
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    "Wonderful New Way to Think!"

    Outliers: The Story of Success will completely change the way that you think about hard work and the benefits that come from hard work. Additionally, it was an excellent way to analyze some of the more confusing patterns that have existed throughout history. Malcolm Gladwell does a tremendous job of providing multiple pieces of evidence to support his various claims. As a history teacher, I found the history of the different time periods and cultures to be fascinating, as well as the implications for education and sociological studies.

    In addition to high quality subject matter, it was wonderful to have Gladwell read the himself. It seems that sometimes when the author is not also doing the performance, some of the ideas get lost in translation. Having Gladwell read himself allows him to call your attention to ideas that are truly profound and really invite you to step inside of his mind. Listening go this book was like listening to an excellent professor animatedly give a lecture about something he truly is passionate about. I truly enjoyed the experience and look forward to listening again to dig out any nuggets of wisdom that were missed the first time.

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    Jeffery P. Lorig O'Neill, NE 11-25-11
    Jeffery P. Lorig O'Neill, NE 11-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Think Again"

    This book will make you think again about stories of success. If you're in the business of education or coaching, this book will change the way you approach the process.

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    Barry Lake City, FL, United States 11-25-11
    Barry Lake City, FL, United States 11-25-11 Member Since 2010
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    I found this book a great explanation for the factors outside of one's control that have set them up for great success but completely lacks information or credence about the things those same people did that they did control that gave them chance to take those factors and make them work in their favor. Things we all should do to give us a chance to take the sum total influences of our own life and to direct them to our own Outlier experience. Otherwise this information is a bit depressing. Good for them but what does it do for me.

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    Theresa Armstrong 11-23-11
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    "Are you an Outlier, special, talented or just lazy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outliers to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely, you can hear the sections and point the Author makes that might have otherwise been obscure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outliers?

    The rice farmers in China. No man who gets up before the sun fails to make his family wealthy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The visual scene of the textile industry in the 1920s. Families working together, doing everything to make a business work.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book and the premise was well written and persuasive. The idea that kids born the first three months of the year have a natural advantage and then get more attention that leads to developing that advantage into a skill is acceptable. I didn't like the contstant leap from culture to professions to historical examples that continue to validate the point that success or talent is a simple formula. There seemed to be a part of insistience rather than convincing me. Great information and fantastic analysis.

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