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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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    Tiffany ALLENTOWN, PA, United States 08-25-11
    Tiffany ALLENTOWN, PA, United States 08-25-11
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    "FANTASTIC"

    The book was very well written and harbored a lot of personal opinions for the author. Because of the personal nature of the book something would have been lost had he not narrated it himself. It was a great book and a great narration by the author! ENJOY!

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    Kindle Customer NY, NY United States 07-30-11
    Kindle Customer NY, NY United States 07-30-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Smart Book"

    Well read. Very thought provoking. There are alot of lists in this book - which would be easier to skim in a "real" book - a bit tedious to hear them read outloud. But it includes lots of great stories and characters.

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    Amazon Customer Plantation, FL, United States 07-08-11
    Amazon Customer Plantation, FL, United States 07-08-11
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    "Excellent read"

    Great book. Very thought provoking. It gave me a new way to look at life and success. a must read for every teenager and young adult today.

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    Ben United States 07-04-11
    Ben United States 07-04-11
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    "Excellent!"

    I can't believe it took me this long to read (listen to) this book. Good reminder that greatness isn't only based on natural talent but is enhanced by environmental realities and a "blue collar" work ethic.

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    Matthew Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-18-11
    Matthew Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-18-11
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    "Fun and Informative"

    Although Gladwell has been taken to task for over simplifying things, Outliers is still intriguing because it gives you a glimpse of processes that happen invisibly in our daily lives. It will also make you count up how many hours you've been practicing certain things and maybe decide whether it's worth it to continue... Gladwell reads his own book well. Listen if you enjoy learning about all those little things you may have once wondered about successful people but never had the time to go find out yourself.

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    Martie 06-06-11
    Martie 06-06-11

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    "I still think about what he said in this book!"

    This book has so much practical common sense and insight. I still think about this book even after reading it a two years ago. I think I'm going to go back and listen to it again. It's so insightful.

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    david Winston Salem, NC, United States 06-06-11
    david Winston Salem, NC, United States 06-06-11 Member Since 2011

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    "A Unique View of Success"

    This book has a different perspective on what makes people successful. It's not just rugged individulalism that determines greatness. A lot of other factors need to be there - opportunity, location, timing and even a little luck. There are some points that I don't agree with. But, as always Gladwell gets you to really look at things differently. If you study success and the successful you will want to add this book to your list. If you get the audio book as I did, make sure you listed to the interview at the end.

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    Alex Troy, NY, United States 06-01-11
    Alex Troy, NY, United States 06-01-11 Member Since 2014
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    "True page-turner"

    I don't completely agree with the author's conclusion that outliers are solely the product of their environment, but this book was fascinating and a very engaging read. I highly recommend this book as it contains many interesting anecdotes and factoids as well as interesting ways of looking at the world around us.

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    MR RH LEONARD 05-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Born too late"

    What a discovery! Gladwell has finally revealed to me the secret of why my son, born in September, couldn't shape in his age group as a swimmer. A brilliant concept and a brilliant book. Very appropriately narrated by the author.

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    Scott Bales Singapore, Singapore 05-05-11
    Scott Bales Singapore, Singapore 05-05-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Always Enjoy"

    I always enjoy hearing Malcolm talk through his analysis and justification of patterns in the world. Even better as an audiobook

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