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Outliers Audiobook

Outliers: The Story of Success

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In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.

©2008 Malcom Gladwell (P)2008 Hachette Audio

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    Vicki B.oSs. Hoover, AL, US 09-18-15
    Vicki B.oSs. Hoover, AL, US 09-18-15
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    "wonderfully written"

    I started with doubt and skepticism, but ended in agreement. I enjoyed it immensely.

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    Aaron 09-18-15
    Aaron 09-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well written book."

    Makes you realize what really goes into being successful in life as well as business.

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    Amir 09-16-15
    Amir 09-16-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting way of thinking about success"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outliers to be better than the print version?

    Audio performance was pretty good.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It was based on facts and had a new perspective on success.


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    Ronald Lovell 09-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Informative, delightful, could change your life."

    An easy to listen to story of greatness that comes from the blend of adequate skill, culture, and exceptional opportunity!

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    Jonathon 09-14-15
    Jonathon 09-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "parents and coaches must read"

    as a parent this has really opened my mind to how we teach and how we learn. i recommend this book to anyone who teaches parents or coaches.

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    Cyrus 09-06-15
    Cyrus 09-06-15
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    "The Best"

    One if the best books I have ever heard. If you like the psychology and social economic story's of success you will love this book.

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    Lord Goring 09-05-15
    Lord Goring 09-05-15
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    "Thought provoking"

    I think the author is over emphasizing the role of luck. While he makes a compelling case with great anecdotal evidence, I think classifying people like Bill Gates our Steve Jobs as ordinary people presented with extraordinary opportunities is not giving due credit to what makes these outliers such super achievers.

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    Chivas 09-01-15
    Chivas 09-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Overrated"

    I will start with the good, to which there is plenty. One, the author is a great narrator and added value by reading himself. He is a great story teller and the listening experience is quite enjoyable. Plus it gets the reader thinking about what causes success and makes an argument that is not often expressed outright - basically no man is an island and no one is a truly self-made man. Lots of great examples throughout the book to support the argument.

    I especially enjoyed the idea that outliers don't overcome adversity so much as it turns out that what they thought was adversity really turned out to be opportunity. This was the most compelling argument.

    The stuff about cultural legacy was interesting and the anecdotes about Korean Airlines were especially interesting and entertaining. Some of the history of rice farming and modern day attitudes with regards to math skills were also interesting - I enjoy authors making connections between things that appear to be unrelated. Reminded me somewhat of Freakonomics - I suspect if you enjoyed that you will enjoy this. At one point the author reviews how the very words used for numbers can influence how well the speaker does in mathematical skills due to differences in length and composition. I had never heard this before and would love to explore this idea more (I would love suggestions!).

    For the bad...The author makes a compelling argument but he makes it too softly. If he wants to go to war against the notion of the self-made man he should use more direct language when doing so. For most of the book I felt like he was just making the argument that in order to be successful the potential outlier has to have an opportunity - a pretty reasonable argument I would say. I had no idea just how far the author's line of thinking went until an interview after the end of the book (it changed my perception of the book and made me rethink some of the conclusions). The author also never seems to address an obvious critique of his main argument - if outliers are "just" products of their society why do some succeed and others don't? Bill Gates was not the only student at his High School with access to what the author seems to think was the best computer in the world at that time after all. So what makes Bill Gates special? The author seems to think he isn't special at all (based on the interview, not how I read the actual book), just a product of having unique opportunities, but they just didn't seem that special to this reader - how many students were in his class after all?

    Good listen, interesting premise, wish the author had been more direct in his intention.

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    Samuel 08-31-15
    Samuel 08-31-15
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    "Long winded"

    The first few chapters were very interesting. The latter part of the book seemed to cover the same or similar topic in each chapter. The stories and explanations of the relationship of culture and environment to success grew tiresome toward the end.

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    Erick Racedo 08-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Kind of a downer"
    Would you try another book from Malcolm Gladwell and/or Malcolm Gladwell?

    Probably not


    Would you recommend Outliers to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this book, but I might recommend some excerpts.

    The whole concept that I got from this book was that success happens by coincidence. The theme is sort of "Nobody really causes anything". It left a bad taste in my mouth overall.


    What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's great to hear the author narrate the book. He's got a good narration voice.


    Could you see Outliers being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes it could be a movie. The movie would have to be about the author doing research about the most successful people in the world. However the ending shouldn't be so grim as "success is luck". George Cloony would probably be the lead actor.


    Any additional comments?

    There were definitely great parts to the book, but it suggests that a person isn't likely to succeed if he was raised a certain way, hangs out in a certain crowd, or isn't born into the right family at the right time. This implies that all people are effect of their environment and doesn't take into consideration the people who choose to be successful and make it.

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