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Outliers Audiobook

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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    Ezekiel Wilmington, DE, USA 12-04-09
    Ezekiel Wilmington, DE, USA 12-04-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Thought Provoking and Entertaining"

    Gladwell ferrets out the myths that we would like to be true but always knew weren't that simple. I'd give the book 4.5 stars because the section on education doesn't address how Finish kids manage to score the best globally while at the same time not attending school in the same proportion as the children in the far east.

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    Rebecca Newport Beach, CA, USA 11-29-09
    Rebecca Newport Beach, CA, USA 11-29-09
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    "Entertaining"

    Loved this book by Malcolm Gladwell. The stories are entertaining and thought provoking; a great listen for your daily commute or a long drive!

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    Amanda Pittsburgh, PA, USA 11-22-09
    Amanda Pittsburgh, PA, USA 11-22-09
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    "Loved it!"

    A great book that suprisingly to me turned out to b great to listen to. I was a little worried knowing that Gladwell typically uses a lot of statistics in his writing, but it held my attention quite well.

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    Yudeshtra Ilala Ridge, South Africa 11-19-09
    Yudeshtra Ilala Ridge, South Africa 11-19-09 Member Since 2015
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    "interesting concepts"

    Interesting concepts, good ideas but I felt it lacked a central theme.

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    Saudamani Hillsboro, OR, USA 11-15-09
    Saudamani Hillsboro, OR, USA 11-15-09
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    "every parent should read this book"

    This is an amazing book. Explanation on why some children are smarter and some not is a great read and something every parent should be aware of. It will help guard against cultural traits (every culture has some) that could prevent future generation from becoming successful/outliers.

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    Edgar McAllen, TX, USA 11-07-09
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    "Interesting Stories"

    Gladwell does a great a job in most chapters, but a couple are not relevant.

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    Keron 10-30-09
    Keron 10-30-09
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    "Thought Provoking & Insightful"

    Such a thought provoking book - I will be listening to this over several times. Highly Recommended to anyone interested in 'group' growth & group dynamics.

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    Betty Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 10-22-09
    Betty Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 10-22-09
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    "I'm not worthy of reviewing such a brilliant book"

    I will try.
    My reaction to Gladwells work is much the same as my feelings toward Michael Moore when he became
    known. I want to say
    "Thank you, thank you for existing"

    Outliers is fascinating, immpeccably researched and accessible. Gladwell consistantly chooses research in areas that most of us think we know about, assuming our conventional wisdom must be
    based on something factual. The reality being, much of it is nothing more than long term societal brainwashing. When Gladwell reveals the big picture, which he does in a style as captivating as any novel; I'm left thinking
    "these topics affect us on an intimate level why was this not done before?"
    I suppose the answer is obvious. Sometimes we like our minds to stay comfortable.

    No pretense, no elitism, no shock value, it's not necessary. Brilliantly researched and narrated work that stands on it's own.

    Malcolm you rock!



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    Brian Burns 10-11-09
    Brian Burns 10-11-09 Member Since 2009

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    "One of the best books on Audible"

    Lots of fun to listen to and really makes you think.

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    Carrie Haymarket, VA, USA 10-06-09
    Carrie Haymarket, VA, USA 10-06-09
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    "Outliers"

    If you are somewhat of a modern philosopher and also wonder "why are things the way they are today with...?" This is the audible book for you too! Fun, factual, and entertaining listening, with helpful insights.

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