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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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    SM - Austin 08-01-15
    SM - Austin 08-01-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting for a quick read"

    My review must apparently have at least 15 unique words, oh look there we go.

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    Harold Ngobeni 08-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well argued, a view I held."

    Well argued. I related given my rural black South African upbringing. Have seen over and over how environment shaped the citizens.

    Good reader. Make it more nicer that it was the writer.

    Simple way of explaining concepts.

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    James 07-31-15
    James 07-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen"

    I love listening to Malcolm Gladwell books for the same reasons most people do. At the risk of sounding picky or blind to the fact that this is a great book, I don't think it's Gladwell's best. The Tipping Point and David & Goliath both had an amazing stickiness for me, where it's been a over week since finishing this and haven't been thinking about it as much. I STILL think about The Tipping Point all the time.

    I especially like that there's an interview with Malcolm Gladwell at the end that gave me a whole new appreciation for some of the chapters. I'll always choose a Malcolm Gladwell book.

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    Fred 07-31-15
    Fred 07-31-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Very fascinating"

    Many of the things that were in this book, I never considered and even if I had linked them, I would have thought they were coincidences. This book is an eye opener. I definitely recommend it.

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    Ryan A. 07-30-15
    Ryan A. 07-30-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting perspective!"

    I preferred BLINK to this read, but OUTLIERS was still a good read in regards to a unique perspective as to why certain people are inherently successful. Give it a go!

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    Michael 07-29-15
    Michael 07-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book!"

    What a great book! Really takes a deep look into the preconceived ideas of super special and extraordinary people.

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    Monty&Michael Archbald Whately, MA 07-29-15
    Monty&Michael Archbald Whately, MA 07-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Insightful"

    This audible book helped me enjoy my chores and workout! Enjoyable read with great insights.

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    Graham Lim 07-28-15
    Graham Lim 07-28-15
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    "Compelling and well narrated"

    In addition to being a great writer and researcher, Malcolm Gladwell exceeded all my expectations as a narrator. I believe he is someone who goes the extra mile to ensure that the concepts in his work are articulated in a thought-provoking way. And excellent and worthy investment!

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    Amy Lam 07-28-15
    Amy Lam 07-28-15
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    "Insightful and engaging"

    One of few books that i cant stop once i started ! great for parents to be, social policy makers and reflection generally

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    Verne Whittaker 07-27-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Thought provoking"

    Refreshing ideas which challenge the status quo image of success. The back story for each unique person discussed was very interesting and entertaining.

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  • Dawn
    Worcester Park, United Kingdom
    5/20/10
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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.

    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?

    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.

    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


    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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