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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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    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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    Chris 09-16-16
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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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    Hadi 09-15-16
    Hadi 09-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    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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    James A. Figy 09-02-16 Member Since 2015
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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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    CJ 08-31-16
    CJ 08-31-16
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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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    Alexander 08-30-16
    Alexander 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    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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    5/27/09
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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
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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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