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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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a simple concept delivered in a very lengthy book

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I still don't get the whole fuss about the Gladwell's books. The book could have been shortened into an essay. He is repeating a same theme over and over.

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It's a good read... But Duh?

I really like the connections Malcolm makes between Outliers and the rest of the world. But it just breaks down the key fundamental of success which is when Preparation meets Opportunity. If you knew that already, it's just more research to support this claim. Still good findings though.

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Another Must Read

Where does Outliers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love it when an author reads a book they have written. Granted, not all authors have the voice for that to be done well. Gladwell does and I rank this in one of the top 20 books I have listened to on Audible.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I love authors who make me think. Gladwell challenges some of my prior beliefs and he makes a compelling case for his positions using data. But the fact that he does this through great story-telling makes a 7+ hour listen enjoyable.

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Learn what makes success-Really

Wonderful book full of clear view on who succeeds and why that happens. Clear indications for education, parenting, and personal choices. I highly recommend this book!

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Mind blown

I have 2 small children (born n August...yes) and it really is inspiring and a great new perspective on how to help direct them to success while there is still time. Love it

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Inspring

It's truly amazing to learn how to see success from a fresh perspective , and this perspective can empower individual to figure a new way of HOW to achieve one's own success .
Some talent and gift is meant to be, but most of the other driving factors of success , indeed, are something we can navigate and fight for .

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Thought provoking

I enjoyed hearing the author read his book about interesting and compelling considerations as to why people and businesses are successful. This book is somewhat drawn out and redundant, however, the author makes his point of view clear.

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my new best friend

just travelled half way across the us with malcolms engaging conversation all the way. perfect travel companion

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Awful

What would have made Outliers better?

It's unfortunate the author gives millions of people more excuses to explain their failures and laziness. He gives almost zero credit to the hard work successful people put in and how they made themselves lucky because of their focus, drive and determination. This book epitomizes what is wrong with America.

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Thought provoking

Great read. Great narration. Very informative and thought provoking. I would recommend this book and look forward to checking out his other works.