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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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    Christian S. 12-06-16
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    I love everything that Malcolm Gladwell does. He is a magnificent story teller and explains the connections between real life issues like no one else could.

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    "Another great book"

    This was a very entertaining and educational book. I find it easy to listen to Malcolm's voice for hours on end. I keep coming back to this author because of his ability to spark my curiosity in the world.

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    Malcolm is an innovative thought leader who presents ideas that will stretch your mind. he finds ways to cut through misconceptions and shed light on the truth.

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    Timothy Philip 11-26-16
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    "Excellent content"

    I love Malcolm's work, but his voice can be a little droning. Overall good listen.

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    Absolutely loved listening to this book. A definitely must read for personal improvements. Intact I would read it again.

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    "good, not amazing"

    Definitely an interesting book, some great examples pulled that will make you think. I just wasn't moved, which might be extremely difficult with this kind of material. I still find the concept of a tipping point vague and not even completely necessary to the book.

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    Steven Soares 10-28-16
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    Good book, but by Mr. Maxwell's is a step down from Blink, Outliers and David and Goliath.

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    This book makes you think out of the box as to why people do what they do and when they do it

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

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    "Great book!"

    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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