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The Tipping Point Audiobook

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

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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Daniel Crumby 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Discover what makes things tip in your life."

    Malcolm did it again with Tipping Point. his analyze of what makes things tip has instant application across industries and our personal lifes.

    This book is thought provoking and provides real life scenarios based on historical epidemics. Read or listen to this book and see what situations are at their Tipping Point or are about to tip. This should help you get in front of most trends or become an early adapter. Nonetheless,
    you can help modify behaviors and influence decisions.

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    "great book"

    this is a great book with tons of information that I wish I had learned long long time ago

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    "Just not well researched"

    I found the evidence in this book to be selective. For instance, the fall of the crime rate in New York is actually linked to the legalized abortion (Freaknomics has a better description.) The author merges causation and correlation in numerous cases to facilitate evidence. Overall disappointing and somewhat shallow.

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    Alex 08-20-16
    Alex 08-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "awesome book"

    loved this book. was quoting facts and case studies for weeks after listening. you won't be disappointed.

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    Emanuel 08-10-16
    Emanuel 08-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Tipping Point was an exceptional book"

    loved the book, really emphasized the power of a few on the masses. I would recommend this to anyone who owns a business or that has ever wondered about what makes things "tip"

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    vincent 08-04-16
    vincent 08-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "insightful"

    it was a very thought provoking book. it encourages the listener to engage and apply the information to daily life

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    Nicholas 08-03-16
    Nicholas 08-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Insightful"

    Great take on the effects of people and thought processes leading to trends, perceptions, and social epidemics. Very eye opening. Great book.

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    Jonathan Michael Copeland 08-02-16
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    "Iconic"

    Absolutely incredible piece of work. I'd recommend this book to anyone trying to add value in their industry.

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    MIKE Arcadia CA 07-29-16
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    "Author gives the book life"

    I loved Gladwells reading of this book. He gave it life and really put passion into it!

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    Midas EAST PEORIA, IL, United States 07-26-16
    Midas EAST PEORIA, IL, United States 07-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Typical Gladwell"
    Would you listen to The Tipping Point again? Why?

    Yes, If you enjoy Malcolm Gladwell you won't be disappointed with this book


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  • Neil
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    "Surprising - but maybe not!"

    Gladwell the maverick gives us his take on the spread of ideas, urban myths, and "sticky" advertising.
    I found it hard to get out of the car when this was playing, and wanting to go for a drive just so that i could indulge myself a little more with this exquisite book.

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  • Roger
    Southwick, West Sussex, United Kingdom
    2/16/09
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    "The tipping point is great"

    Try his videos on 'TED' if you want a free intro to him. It doesnt get to marketing really, until the end. To me thats fine as I prefer the idea of viral ideas than how to make people buy stuff.

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