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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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Statistical Stupidity

In a culture of conformity, it doesn't take a rocket scientist or even a statistician to predict that success is predicated on an individual's environment. This is not a book about outliers. It is a statistical substitution of social determinism for true accomplishment.

Completely vacuous.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Perspective

Would you listen to Outliers again? Why?

Possibly. It has alot of good lessons.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Outliers?

Connecting asian math performance with their numbering system.

What about uncredited’s performance did you like?

He felt like a teacher. He presented in such a way that you could think for yourself and you came to the conclusion with him.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

No one does it alone.

Any additional comments?

A fantastic lesson in perspective and circumstance. I recommend it for anyone no matter your reasons or interests.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not a self-help book

Story jumped from random study to random study, without cohesive thought. The conclusion wise you are a product of your environment and experiences, Plus the work you put into it. Nothing really tangible that you could grab a hold of to make you a better person.definitely not a self-help book.

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Read it with a grain of salt

I disagree with some of his conclusions, however, it's a leap forward from the mentality most people possess. So I would suggest someone to read/listen to it but with the mindset that it's probably not 100% truths.

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Interesting

I felt the book was really well written and very interesting. However, I felt that it was based on anecdotal evidence without a tremendous amount of evidentiary substance.

I do recommend reading it as it is entertaining, especially the pieces on the airlines.

Jeremy

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Why is this a best seller?

I don't see how Gladwell has told us anything new. It's a collection of stories of how individuals with successful lives made it because of their connections, upbringing, financial status or the like. Each story paints the same picture which could be summed up in a short paragraph: success is arbitrary and just because you work hard doesn't mean you'll have it happen to you.

Boom, lfe changer right there... waste of a credit. His other work is better.

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Depends on your worldview.

Malcolm is very smart and his voice is perfect and clear. I was just hoping to learn about success and learn something that would help me be better. Success is a combination if many things. He puts more emphasis on luck of the cultural draw as a factor in, whereas I put more emphasis on the hard work one does. I was distracted by how much I disagree with him.

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BOREDOM IN 7 HOURS

Would you try another book from Malcolm Gladwell and/or Malcolm Gladwell?

NO.

Would you ever listen to anything by Malcolm Gladwell again?

NO.

Which character – as performed by Malcolm Gladwell – was your favorite?

None. It was awful.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Outliers?

Everything but the last 20 minutes. He made his point in the last 20 minutes of the book, the rest was 7 hours of my life I can't get back.

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I just waisted 7 hours!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I mean...I was waiting and waiting and waiting.... and the point is? I would avoid buying this book

Has Outliers turned you off from other books in this genre?

Nope

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Malcolm Gladwell?

narrator was great

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

nope

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Summary: Success does not happen in a vacuum

If you are under the impression that all successful people have gotten to where they are by their own merits alone, then this book may hold some insights for you. If not, you will find nothing but obvious truths and cherry-picked anecdotes presented as unscientific evidence that all success comes directly from external opportunity with complete downplay of personal efforts. The tracked on interview at the end underscores this unfounded view. The one high note was an interesting examination of the correlation between month of birth and success in professional hockey.

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  • Mike GMT
  • 09-25-17

Must read/listen

Yet another book from Malcolm Gladwell that one should not miss. He points out quite convincing that talent alone is not enough.
He also does a good job as a narrator.

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  • Martyn
  • 09-20-17

Interesting

it is very well read and made many interesting points. Well worth a listen, especially if you have children.

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  • Charlie Gillespie
  • 09-19-17

Amazing

The studies in this book are mind blowing. Great read, very inspirational and highly recommend to anyone looking for help in succeeding in their goals.

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  • D J Hicks
  • 09-16-17

I found this so boring

I couldn't get beyond chapter 3. I found the endless statistics, & stories about the 'outliers' repetitive & boring.

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  • ao
  • 09-15-17

Awesome! One of the best books on success

One of the best books I've read on success. The Author approaches the subject of success from a different point of view, a point of view not often (or at all) mentioned when discussing Success stories. The book puts a pin in the whole bubble know as "the self made success"

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  • Didi
  • 09-14-17

A little bit disappointing

I had much higher expectations considering all the hype around this book. Some chapters are great, however most of them were a drag. The narrative is inconsistent, there is no one clear message, some stories are left unfinished...

The book's beginning was quite promising, explaining that success is essentially down to being in the right place at the right time, but from there in the chapters are disjointed.

Some good ideas on there, but all in all the book is incredibly overrated. Do not waste your time and money

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  • Joe
  • 06-06-17

fantastic read!! highly recommend

started going off topic at one stage and you being to get bored but then you realise why he talks about the certain topics and then it all makes sense.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-02-17

full reccommend. provides ingenious insights

fully enjoyed how malcolm unravels the lives of bill gates and the beatles.

it makes you think about how you can benefit your own lives as well as others.

only annoyance is i didn't discover this book/audiobook at an earlier stage in my life!

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  • Free Iran
  • 05-30-17

Loved it!!

This was my first audio book and a great one! Exciting read. Will recommend to all my friends.

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  • Shelton
  • 05-11-17

Wow, Inspirational, Enlightening, Amazing facts

This has been my second ever novel, the 1st I read because I had to back in day during my schooling days. This has been my 1st voluntary book recommended by my mentor at work who I told I have an interest writing and he suggested I start here and my word was I moved.