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The Tipping Point Audiobook

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

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Why we think it's Essential: Like the best social dynamics professor you never had, Malcolm Gladwell deconstructs a wide range of phenomena (from the reduction of crime in New York to the rise of Sesame Street) to deliver a fascinating understanding of how "social epidemics" spread. And while author/narrators are often a mixed blessing, Gladwell is so friendly and well-paced that I was actually disappointed when The Tipping Point was over. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

Featuring a new afterword.

Why did crime in New York drop in the mid-90s? Why is teenage smoking out of control? Why are television shows like Sesame Street good at teaching kids how to read?

In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

Gladwell uncovers the personality types who are natural pollinators of new ideas and trends. He analyzes fashion trends, smoking, children's television, direct mail and the early days of the American Revolution for clues about making ideas infectious.

The Tipping Point is an intellectual adventure story with an infectious enthusiasm for the power and joy of new ideas. Most of all, it is a road map to change, with a profoundly hopeful message: that one imaginative person applying a well-placed lever can move the world.

©2007 Malcolm Gladwell; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Gladwell, a New Yorker staff writer, offers an incisive and piquant theory of social dynamics that is bound to provoke a paradigm shift in our understanding of mass behavioral change." (Booklist)
"Hip and hopeful, The Tipping Point is like the idea it describes: concise, elegant, but packed with social power. A book for anyone who cares about how society works and how we can make it better." (George Stephanopoulos)

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    loved it great listen to while working definitely going to continue my subscription with audible

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    Gladwell has created a masterpiece in the Tipping Point. Eye-opening, thought provoking, world changing, the ideas in the tipping are bound to influence anyone who reads it. Metaphoric and practical applications are endless. Inspiring in ways that I may never even understand.

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    Good book. Some chapters were a little " too inside baseball ", but overall a good read. Thought provoking!

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    A great book that left me enlightened and continually curious. Worth a credit and worth your time.

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    "Insight into Ideas"

    A well crafted novel that highlights how ideas and infections spread and the nuances of how human interaction and information create or destroy products, ideas, and the mainstream.

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    "An In-Depth Analysis of Tipping Points in Humanity"

    The storyline was a very detailed, analytical, and thoughtful account of major epidemics and tipping points that have ever been created since Paul Revere, who famously alerted the Lexington Minutemen about the approach of the British in 1775. It was more information than I was seeking, but I'm very glad I listened to it. I feel as though I have a broader view of what it takes to create a tipping point in my own life. The audio portion was not delivered enthusiastically. At some points I almost found myself a bit bored or tired from listening. The storyline, however, made up for that. It's a great overall book!

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    After reading Blink, Malcolm Gladwell became one of my favorite authors. His way of hooking the reader into the psychological world and relating his theories to real life examples really got me into psychology. The Tipping Point is a very inspiring book that could teach you how to give rise to epidemics. Would recommend it to anybody, of any age.

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    "An oldie but a goodie?"

    Classic Gladwell. His writing is insightful and his voice in the audiobook is soothing and easy to follow. The only thing about The Tipping Point is it's a little bit dated. The cultural references and examples—hush puppies shoes, Blue's Clues, etc.—don't provide as much impact. They don't serve the points they're making as well as they once did, because they're not really relevant anymore. It's a great listen, but don't expect to be as wowed by the information as when you read/listen to Outliers.

    P.S. It's a little bit disturbing that marketing professionals look to this book, which devotes so much text to the issues of teen suicide and smoking as examples of epidemics, as a shining example of how to get people to do what they want.

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    "loved it"

    very unique transfer of knowledge, useful tips, and takeaways. I'm intrigued enough to download more of his books.

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    "Gladwell does it as best I've seen. Subtley"

    Gladwell does it as best I've seen. Subtlety employing what he knows deeply, and showing he knows it so deeply by practicing what he teaches. He is not a man who dominates with bravado, or seems to benefit by it much at all, but instead, he can dominate by not appearing to dominate all that much at all, but through the application of his tried and tested knowledge. One small example is that he voiced this audio book: he doesn't have a magnificent voice of the Golden age of radio morning shows, but instead holds us steady with something much more in line with that of Science Friday with Ira Plato..

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