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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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    Abby SLC 10-22-17
    Abby SLC 10-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Thought-provoking "

    This book reminded me quite a bit of David and Goliath, which is the first Gladwell book I read. Sometimes the conclusions feel oversimplified or even far-fetched, but the book certainly is though-provoking. I enjoyed it especially because the stories made me reflect on my own life, legacy and community so I could more clearly see why I am who I am and where I am going.

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    Richard G. 10-22-17
    Richard G. 10-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "This book opened my eyes. "

    I stumbled upon this book while taking an engineering course. The class was called Statics, it deals with forces and how they affect bodies while at rest. The class was going horribly. Me among many others were failing. The reason I was failing is because I took the approach I took with other classes that were much easier. Minimal input and expect maximum output. The professor knew that this was the reason for the low grades and amidst the complains from students, as we went over test results, the professor wrote on the board the title and author of this book. Along with the concept of the 10, 000 hours rule. I ended up passing the class by hiring a tutor to help me, but for some reason the title of the book stuck in my head. Then through a podcast called 'freakonomics' I heard the book again and decided to give it a try. The best decision of my life, not joking! I also recommend that if reading this book, you also read the book on which the 10,000 hour rule was based. "Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise" , by K. Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool. I think that combined these two books can give a full understanding of what it takes to become an expert or succeed in your career.

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    Charles Botts 10-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Gladwell The Outlier"

    not difficult to understand why Malcolm Gladwell is one of this generation's leading thinkers. His perspective thorough research and elaborate storytelling give us insight into some of our commonly-held conventions. this is a great read.

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    Igor Kulish 10-20-17
    Igor Kulish 10-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "intellectually stimulating"

    Reading/listening to Malcolm Gladwell is like dining at a sushi bar run by a world renowned sushi chef. No menu, no courses, no artificially large servings, just a masterfully designed nourishing experience where each mouthful is a unique treat that builds on the one before and all taken together leaves you delighted in the end. Fascinating thesis, captivating storytelling, and incredibly stimulating. This is a book you can't want to discuss with other thoughtful individuals.

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    Nathan Anderson 10-15-17
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    "great all around"

    a great author with a sharp mind and a wonderful performance reading it. plenty here to consider in your own life, your kids lives, and the current environment of politics pushing the idea of american greatness. can't recommend more as a great read and listen.

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    Anonymous 10-12-17
    10-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very engaging."

    Such an engaging listen. Story after story, of what an outlier truly is, and how, if given a chance, anyone can be set up for greatness.

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    MsEddy 10-09-17
    MsEddy 10-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Absolutely fascinating!"

    This book was an eye opener. I assure you that it will open your mind to ideas you probably never even considered, and they are explained in a way that makes them so compelling and easy to grasp. Highly recommend it.

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    Vijay 10-06-17
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    "Amazing book!!"

    Fantastic book and narrated in a superb way. Any listener would fall in love the way Gladwell narrate the story. He is the best author you can find to narrate his own book.

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    MMKS 10-04-17
    MMKS 10-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story"

    Great story and really good background information to help understand success has other indications.

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    Lucy 10-03-17
    Lucy 10-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "highly recommend it.
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    if you have children this book will be even more impactful, I find myself thinking back on how I can apply what I've learned to parenting and life in general.
    great book

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    7/31/17
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    "Brilliant"

    I enjoyed this book I could not put it down , I have learned some fascinating things

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  • PJ
    10/4/17
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    "Very good book, highly recommend"

    For all you budding entrepreneurs out there this Is a Must read.... If you distance yourself from greatness by living in fear of not being talented enough then this book will teach you that hard work Is paramount to any successful person. Also that an opportunity must arise to be able to capitalise on that hard work. Loved it.

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  • Mike GMT
    9/25/17
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    "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
    9/20/17
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    "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
    9/19/17
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    "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
    9/16/17
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    "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
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    9/15/17
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    "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
    9/14/17
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    "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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  • Alex King
    8/5/17
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    "Absolutely mindblowing!"

    A truly thought provoking book. I Have to listen to it again! Highly recommended book

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  • Derek
    7/21/17
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    "Amusing stories of success from a different view"

    This book is really well read by the author. The viewpoint he provides on how some people have got where they are challenges the idea that we are products of ourselves. He sets out to prove this point with a series of cases, each of which is entertaining to consider, but is by no means an exhaustive list. As such his argument is interesting and worth considering, but not rigorously examined.

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