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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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    Chris Finnegan 03-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Something to marinate with"

    The book really forces you to look at the antecedents for people and cultures today. Malcolm applies science rather than some far fetched possibilities for success and failure. I will let this marinate so that I can pick up on some of my own views that may be holding me back, although he doesn't elaborate on this in the book, I wasn't expecting him to. Definitely worth the price of admission.

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    Joel 02-29-16
    Joel 02-29-16
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    "Amazing!"

    Amazing book. Couldn't listen fast enough! Wish I would have came across it sooner. Looking forward to more from Malcolm Gladwell.

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    Fahad Tmem 02-27-16
    Fahad Tmem 02-27-16
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    "Amazingly amazing!"

    I love Mr. Gladwell so much

    I've read a decent amount of books and this is my first review. Its worth your money

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    Amazon Customer Nebraska 02-23-16
    Amazon Customer Nebraska 02-23-16

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    "Classic Gladwell Goodness"

    As always, perspective changing and hopeful, well written and timely, big ideas in plain language. Loved it.

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    Marie 02-19-16
    Marie 02-19-16
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    "Very interesting"

    This book gave me something to think about. i didn't know the history of these people, combined with the hours it takes to be successful. Good read.

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    Zsolt Zsofka Derry, NH United States 02-17-16
    Zsolt Zsofka Derry, NH United States 02-17-16
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    "Timely and most excellent!"

    Thank you for the audio version of this book! Without it would have not have the time to intake this collection of valuable research data and wisdom by which the author put his views forth . Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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    wrckngball 02-17-16
    wrckngball 02-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very interesting and I loved this whole idea"

    this book was incredible and really opened my eyes to how much chance and opportunity shapes your life.

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    Adam Smith Prairieville, LA 02-06-16
    Adam Smith Prairieville, LA 02-06-16
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    "You will re-think your definition of success."

    I loved this book. I love how the author explores many common notions about success and helps the reader to seriously re-think what he or she knows or thinks they know about what makes extraordinary people extraordinary.

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    jrutkowski 01-28-16
    jrutkowski 01-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Thought-provoking and important for our time."

    I have enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell's ideas since I first heard him speak on WNYC's "Radiolab" program. I decided to read his book "Outliers" to further satiate that curiosity.

    What you think the book is about at the beginning and where you find yourself at the end are worlds apart. I thought, "Okay, I'm ready to hear some interesting research about success," and in the end I've found myself questioning our popular definition of the word. I'm questioning too the American concept of the "self-made man" and seeing it is really more about being in the right place at the right time.

    This book is especially important for many discussions we are currently having on the global stage surrounding privilege. Anyone who wants something mind-opening and conceptually invigorating should read this book. It is an important tool in the struggle for positive social change.

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    Amazon Customer 01-24-16
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    "GREAT BOOK ON SUCCESS"

    Success and in general, human behaviour, is not an isolated incident. Malcolm goes to such great extent to explain how different circumstances had to be in place in order for a specific outcome to be achieved. Some of these are deliberate while others are unavoidable.
    It really opened my mind to thinking of things wholistically, instead if the outcome/result.

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  • Dawn
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    "Riveting - enjoyed it much more than the paperback"

    Malcolm Gladwell is a terrific writer; he's also an experienced and effective presenter. So when he's reading his own material it's a compelling package and I was totally hooked.
    He's dug up some fascinating statistics to back up his overall hypothesis: when someone is exceptional at something it's not just a case of luck or hard work.
    IT millionaires all born in the same 3-year period; high performers who all put in more than 10,000 hours of practice; entrepreneurs whose experience of being immigrants influenced who they knew and what they did - and many more fascinating examples.
    I'll definitely be listening to this again.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Enfield, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "I never thought about it that way..."

    As a teacher I have spent years praising kids for being smart, then, however,they rely on that to wing the exams. now I praise them for the amount of hard work they do to achieve their goals and they do better.

    Inspiring book, well read, and it has application outside its covers.

    Mark from Enfield

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Judy Corstjens
    8/4/12
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    "Just so stories"

    Mr Gladwell has a nice voice and is a natural storyteller, but unfortunately he cannot think straight for an extended period (such as a book). He contradicts himself: at one point, to succeed you need the 'right', well connected, parents (high IQ elementary kids) at another point the key to success (for New York lawyers in the 1970s) is to be born on the wrong side of the tracks (jewish immigrant). He has extraordinarily low standards of 'proof': having demonstrated that certain successes (Steve Jobs, Bill Gates etc.) got lucky breaks, he then breezily states, 'Now we have shown that circumstances are actually more important than raw talent'. I find this very irritating. The main thesis seems to be 'you need luck as well as talent'. Duh?? Is that a thesis or a statement of the bloody obvious? The three stars is because, despite all this, Outliers is quite listenable. It is so low powered and well read that you never need to hit the repeat button, which is handy if your hands are muddy (as mine usually are when I'm audioing).

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Walter Rothon
    London , United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Interesting, engaging and very informative"

    If you've read Freakonomics, then you'll love this. Malcolm Gladwell delves deep into the reasons and circumstances around what makes some people more successful than others. The people and groups he highlights will surprise you - but more so you'll be amazed at what things had to align for them to reach that point of success. Easy to listen to, simply stated but very engaging it was hard to pause while listening on my commute to work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hannah
    3/10/17
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    "Recipe of Success"
    What did you like most about Outliers?

    This book dishes out the recipe of the coveted secret sauce of the world’s most successful and exceptional. Gladwell contextualizes the roots of their success and the breadth and depth of his examples, and the everyday application, powerfully shows how the seemingly impossible is made possible. I loved learning about the surprising links between birthday’s and sporting heroes, a free machine and Gates’ achievement and the reason why airplanes crash....I couldn’t wait to hear how one fact about a person, environment or time impacted something else.<br/><br/>When these connections were brought into focus, I began to look at the world around me with a new lens; would timing the birth of my child help them succeed? How would where I lived, how I was educated impact my chances of success or dictate decisions I wasn’t even aware I was making? <br/><br/>Far from reducing the admiration for these individuals, understanding that it isn’t just about personal greatness but a combination of factors, makes their success even more remarkable. <br/><br/>I now know, thanks to Gladwell’s Recipe to this Success’ Secret Sauce, that an Outlier is produced but 1 cup of sheer talent, 220g of Opportunity and 7.75oz of Cultural Legacy and stirring determinedly for 10,000 hours <br/>


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rentaghost
    3/9/17
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    "fascinating insight"

    Excellent listening, well researched but not too heavy. Demystifies success. well narrated by the author too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darren - UK
    4/15/15
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    "Essential reading."

    A fascinating and thought-provoking book, with some excellent insights into human nature, and what goes into making great people great.

    The narrator and the quality of the recording were very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. O. Fatona
    Kent ,UK
    11/3/12
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    "Fantastic!"

    I am really pleased I read this book. My mindset is changing & my vision has no limits.



    Thanks to Sam Adeyemi (I hope to meet one day soon) for recommending this book.



    A GOOD READ!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    GlasgowUnited Kingdom
    11/3/09
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    "Great listen"

    Fascinating book with lovely insights into the development of so-called Outliers. Well read by the author. If the subject matter piques your interest, it is worth the time listening.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander
    Great Dunham, United Kingdom
    2/2/14
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    "round in circle"
    What did you like best about Outliers? What did you like least?

    Never seem to get to the real point of the book in any concise way.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Never seem to get to the real point and title of the book in any concise way.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    no


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    no it would not work.. good documentary thou


    Any additional comments?

    seem like self centred philosophy for his life rather than a completely thought through work. Some very interesting sections about how chance plays so much of a role in life, and why some people do better in certain fields, but can't real say that as well rounded Englishman I feel any way enlightened by this book. If I lived in a bubble, may be...

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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