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Outliers Audiobook

Outliers: The Story of Success

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Dave 03-23-16
    Dave 03-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Alternative view that challenges my thinking"

    Great opportunity to reflect on our own journey and look for ways to help our children and community,
    Great book.

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    Paul 03-23-16
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    "Even better read the second time around!"

    The topics contained in this book is very interesting and thought provoking! Thank you Malcolm Gladwell for investing the time and research to create and accomplish this vision.

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    Gustavo Ortiz Guadalajara 03-20-16
    Gustavo Ortiz Guadalajara 03-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "This review was just a coincidence"

    I didn't like the theory presented. I agree with a little bit of it, the hard work and practice, but the rest is not what I wanted to learn.

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    Angelica 03-17-16
    Angelica 03-17-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Successful people need 10k hrs"

    To become a master of anything you need to do the hard work of doing 10k hrs in your chosen skills/abilities/sports. Do this and you can change into that person you desire to become.

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    lawrence delsonno 03-17-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Mostly Interesting"
    If you could sum up Outliers in three words, what would they be?

    I found much of the book interesting... a lot of facts and figures to support the claims however there was also a subjective droning I found boring after a while.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed facts and conclusions the author arrived at to support his thesis.


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    Great reading by the author. A wonderful talent for expression

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    Theodore J. Sanner 03-17-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting"

    I liked the fun facts and correlations presented. I'm not sure how you really wrap a book like that up, so the ending was weird. If it wasn't for his exit interview and the all encompassing title the irony at the end would of been lost. I would recommend to someone else.

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    Marrlen Kime 03-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Influential!"

    The second most influential book I've been exposed to, behind the bible.
    I recommend every educator read this book.

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    Amazon Customer 03-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good insight but very boring"

    The insight was interesting but I found that this was just an exposition into different lives and jumped around too much. There was very little story or anything to keep me entertained and I had to force myself to finish this book.

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    Sarp 03-12-16
    Sarp 03-12-16
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    "Gives you a new perspective"

    Yes, the book gives you a new way to look at success; however, the most noteworyhy is the way he makes you revisit the way we (should) approach "matters", in general.
    One finds himself going "hmmm" all too frequenly while reading through chapters.
    Love the new perspective!

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    J. Jackson Hyannis, MA USA 03-12-16
    J. Jackson Hyannis, MA USA 03-12-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Outstanding book"

    It is very common in our society to cite certain people as being exceptional… But the author paints is a picture of how being in the right place at the right time can make all of the different. The author reads the book himself which I believe is the best scenario as you get the proper emphasis that was intended.

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