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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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    N13L13N 01-03-15
    N13L13N 01-03-15
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    "Opened my mind. Excellent."

    Loved it... This book is so insightful, and I am recommending it to everyone I know.

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    Sergio Cubillos 01-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very revealling!"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcellus Hendricks 12-30-14
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    "Fantastic book!"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Austin 12-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Wish I'd read this 10 years ago!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outliers?

    Realising that I've not got much time to spare with one of my kids and that the other was perfectly positioned.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story about the girl who got a scholarship to her Kip school. I won't ruin it, but it was great.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A customer New York 12-16-14
    A customer New York 12-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "very thought provoking"

    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.

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    Stephanie Lum 12-07-14
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    "Even a fiction lover will love listening to this!"
    What did you love best about Outliers?

    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!


    What aspect of Malcolm Gladwell’s performance would you have changed?

    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.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    F. Ackers 11-20-14
    F. Ackers 11-20-14
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    "Excellent material, well read, very interesting"
    Where does Outliers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Outliers to and why?

    I have personally not come across another book like Outliers. Perhaps that is what makes this so good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Tag line for a film of this book, perhaps that would be "Are there patterns among us?"


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    med dude erie, pa USA 11-18-14
    med dude erie, pa USA 11-18-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Great read!"
    If you could sum up Outliers in three words, what would they be?

    10,000 hours, timing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bill gates, helped to clear up why he was so successfull


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

    No, I never listen to them in one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    One of glad wells best

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Narolewski 10-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great for traveling"

    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.

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    adi USA 10-13-14
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    "I keep coming back to things I heard in this book"
    What did you love best about Outliers?

    The Outliers makes you think differently about many things we used to take as facts


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    It feels like hearing this first hand


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  • Dawn
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    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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