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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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    Courtney Ogunpola 06-14-16
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    Another great book from Malcom Gladwell. Suprisingly, this helped me formulate some great processes. If you like Outliers you will love Tipping Point as well

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    bebahe Hartford, CT USA 06-12-16
    bebahe Hartford, CT USA 06-12-16 Member Since 2011

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    "A Worth While Read"

    Anything Malcolm Gladwell pens, I want to read. He has a unique perspective and is more than able to pull the reader into his prism, unmolested by anything but the seductively spiraling narrative. If you don't know his work, start with this read and then check out his other allegories.

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    David Black 06-10-16
    David Black 06-10-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Remarkable"

    This is a phenomenal book. I have always admired Gladwell's writing style, and this is no exception. He also reads the book well, putting in interesting inflection and making sure that his point is understood. Worth a listen!

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    Amazon Customer 06-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic"

    I think Mr. Gladwell is unbiased and thoughtful in his writing. It almost went too quickly, I am certainly left wanting more.

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    By Frank Daniels 06-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Glad I kept going"

    I'll be honest, I dislike the authors voice. I don't know why, he read fine, but I find his voice very difficult to listen to. I almost stopped listening immediately, I'm glad I didn't. This book is wonderful, very well written, well researched, and has great ideas applicable for many different industries. I know as a pastor I will use many of the ideas in this book in our church.

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    Nick 06-02-16
    Nick 06-02-16
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    Could have been a bit more captivating in some drawn out parts due to the writing, but honestly that's just a criticism contrasting from the fact that the whole content was so captivating. Amazingly interesting and concrete idea and wonderful exploration of it.

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    Eagle Eye 05-27-16
    Eagle Eye 05-27-16

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    "Fascinating and Fun"

    Mr. Gladwell is a wonderful weaver of story and information. He includes enough story to make his work easy to listen to and remember and he includes enough information and citation to make his points credible. I enjoyed this book and learned so much simultaneously.

    The argument and content are fascinating and applicable to so many different fields of study and professions. I found it very inspiring and I will recommend it to my friends and colleagues.

    The author is the narrator and his delivery is excellent. He has a pleasant voice and engaging cadence. I will probably listen to more of his books.

    I only gave 3 stars in story because sometimes I felt the story or argument broke down and I had difficulty threading all the different parts together. I felt like I needed a flow chart or some type of illustration. But I am a very visual learner.

    Over all a favorite book.

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    Charm 05-19-16
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    "Love it"

    relevant, good read, very well narrated, particularly enjoyed the historical accounts. I found myself looking for the Tipping Point in every fade and trend.

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    David 04-30-16
    David 04-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Totally Recommended"

    The author illustrates it's points by means of stories, which I find really engaging and interesting. He also mentions some researches that went on to confirm or test the theories and beliefs he explains although he does not goes deep into the details of those researches. My bet is that the references are thoroughly documented at some point in the book (I just listened to the audio version of the book).

    It was really surprising to hear how very little and subtle changes could have had such an enormous impact on the course of the story being told.

    I do recommend the book to anyone who wants his/her idea/campaign/business/company to be successful. I can not distress how important the tiny details are, but this book will give you a hint on it.

    Narrator voice was excellent.

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    Not about marketing...a mask for someone wanting to vent...just negative information about uneducated, low income people, but not how they affect the economy.

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