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Outliers: The Story of Success | [Malcolm Gladwell]

Outliers: The Story of Success

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.
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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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    Author and App creator USA 03-15-15 Listener Since 2010
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    "Malcolm is a great writer and investigator!"
    Would you listen to Outliers again? Why?

    Yes! These are some intriguing principles that have been uncovered by Mr. Gladwell!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outliers?

    The 10,000 hour rule...just...wow. - Gives everyone hope that hard work ( along with innate ability with a bit of serendipity) can make a difference!


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes! Tipping Point and Blink...all GREAT READS AND "LISTENS" lol


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! - didn't work out that way but it is that good.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic book on audible...I listen on long commutes and Malcolm sounds like he's just talking as a friend to me in the passenger seat. Awesome work, as are his other books. Tipping point is my favorite but this is a tight second.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna Robbins-Gutierrez 03-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating!"

    Makes you think of things like nothing ever before. Great listen! Looking forward to much more from this thought provoking author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Loren Marina Del Rey, CA, United States 03-12-15
    Loren Marina Del Rey, CA, United States 03-12-15 Member Since 2012

    I love to listen to books while hiking, or while I sit in traffic. Mostly enjoy thrillers and drama. Some young adult books too.

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    "Very interesting book"

    Great book for all who would like to know more about what makes a successful person. Lots of interesting facts. Would love a follow up book on more studies. Also loved the interview with author at the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beauty 03-12-15
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    "BOOK OF LIFE!!!"
    If you could sum up Outliers in three words, what would they be?

    AMAZING. EYE OPENING. LIFE IN A BOX.


    What other book might you compare Outliers to and why?

    Absolutely. Nothing. Compares to this besides a scholarly research article on life.


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    I loved the way the chapters were divided and how every topic in each chapter were related to each other. I loved the plain language he used and the imagery he ascertained from his examples. Just amazing.


    If you could give Outliers a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Outliers: The Success Stories of the Predisposed versus the Prohibited


    Any additional comments?

    AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    clintonclambert 03-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Very informative"

    One should reafirma this book because hidden within are one principle to personal and one principal to multi generational success and advancement.

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    Cortney Kjar 03-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    interesting story/topic and narrated very well. definitely a book I would recommend. it is a boom that can start conversations.

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    JFF 03-08-15
    JFF 03-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyed this book immensely"

    Well written, well read, though provoking ideas. Very interested take on underlying factors that lead to success. Wish my teachers would have read and implemented some of Gladwell's ideas, though I am not sure what I would have though, at the time, of longer school hours and less vacation.

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    drzuhc 03-04-15
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    "Opportunity"

    The gift of opportunity is a most powerful lesson hopefully the individual can see the benefit of the opportunity. Thanks

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    Lauren 03-03-15
    Lauren 03-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Beyond amazing, a must read for entrepreneurs"

    Every point he makes is well validated. Would recommend to any teenager or aspiring entrepreneur, as this book is incredibly encouraging and proves that many of us have an extraordinary chance to succeed, or at least our children do if we raise, teach, enroll & encourage them in the right way, time and place.

    Amazing!

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    Carroll Alexandria, VA, United States 02-27-15
    Carroll Alexandria, VA, United States 02-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A thoughtful work beyond the headlines"

    This well researched piece goes well beyond the "tribal wisdom" or fables about the lucky individual who miraculously rises above their circumstances.... also well written to portray the salient points. The best of his works.

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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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Judy Corstjens
    8/4/12
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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).

    12 of 13 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

    4 of 4 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
  • 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 5 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
  • ReadingFan
    Swinford , Eire
    4/2/15
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    "Very interesting and engaging."
    Where does Outliers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its right up there in top 10


    What other book might you compare Outliers to, and why?

    This is my first book related to the nature vs nurture debate and therefore I have no recommendations to make.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The interview with the Author was particularly interesting


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

    Not really.


    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
  • 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
  • Chad
    Warrington, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    9/3/09
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    "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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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