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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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clear and easy to listen

clear and easy to listen to while you are walking. enjoy his narration of success. insightful but not pretentious usual American bestseller. I think gladwell has improved a lot from Blink

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  • KHarrang
  • 21/11/2008

Captivating (if not an outlier)

Regardless of what you ultimately think of the author's analysis, Gladwell is a masterful storyteller, weaving together interesting anecdotes from such diverse sources as plane crash research to hillbilly feuds to standardized math tests. That Gladwell narrates the audio book himself adds greatly to the listening experience. Critics will complain that his thesis is obvious (that opportunity, cultural inheritence and hard work play key roles in success), or that his examples are selective and ignore in turn outliers that don't illustrate his points -- or, somewhat inconsistently, both. But Gladwell's books are successful because he examines phenomena and topics of importance in an accessible and entertaining way. No one should mistake Malcolm Gladwell for a big thinker like, say, Stephen J. Gould, but Gladwell would be the first one to tell you that he's no outlier. Don't accept everything the author says as truth revealed, but do listen to this book -- it's one of the best non-fiction offerings available through Audible.

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  • Scott T. Hards
  • 13/12/2008

Engaging, but overrated

Outliers has many interesting statistical anecdotes sprinkled throughout, to be sure. My interest was held. But at its core, the book's central theme is simply "successful people are aided in their success by their families, culture, education and other chance factors. They could not have done it alone." This is not exactly a particularly profound revelation. Gladwell repeatedly asserts that most people think Bill Gates-type successes are simply due to that person's raw talent and little else. But is that really the case? Does anybody really think Bill Gates could have achieved what he did had he been born in Botswana, for example? What's more, while crediting these outside factors with making these "outliers" possible, he fails to note that in almost every case, hundreds if not thousands or even more other people had virtually identical birth situations, yet failed to achieve greatness. Gladwell's goal seems to be an attempt to take the shine off of society's great success stories by, in effect, claiming they just got lucky. But I think the formula for producing an outlier is more complex than that. Too often in this book, Gladwell seems to be profoundly stating the obvious.
Gladwell's narration of his own work is generally skillful and an easy listen.


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  • Robert W
  • 09/05/2009

Intriguing but the research is questionable

This book is quite intriguing, but often as I listened I began to wonder about his research methodology. His facts, while compelling seem to be only part of the picture and I began to wonder as to how much picking and choosing of facts was going on to support his points. His determination to support his rather deterministic view is clear throughout the piece.

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  • Chris
  • 23/08/2010

This book should be called 'selective evidence'

Whilst a lot of the ideas in this book are not Gladwell's alone, he takes responsibility for presenting them as if they were fact. Some parts are fascinating - such as the investigation of pilot errors which lead to crashes - but much of it falls woefully short of sound argument. The main points in the book are either obvious or highly questionable: intelligence alone is no trigger for success; luck is big factor in all great achievements; 10,000 hours of practice is required to achieve excellence at anything.

The examples he provides completely ignore the possibility that timing is not just luck, but actually a inherent quality of the thought process that goes into the idea of the business in the first place. Did Bill Gates really become so successful purely because he was: a) in the right place at the right time, and b) put in 10,000 hours of programming in an age when computers were hard to come by? By drawing these conclusions he overlooks the unprovable possibility that Gates may have become successful in another area had he not been born at the right time to start Microsoft.

Were the Beatles successful because of their 10,000 hours of practice in German nightclubs and the like before their 'breakthrough' US number one? Even if you ignore Gladwell's convenient use of their US breakthrough to mark his 10,000 hour cut-off (coming 18 months after their UK success), were they really successful because of the amount of practice they put in? Was it merely musical competence that raised them above their peers? What about inspiration, creative ideas, charisma, chemistry or pure unteachable songwriting genius? And what about the likes of Nick Drake, or Kurt Cobain, or Buddy Holly? They could not have possibly put in the 10,000 hours 'required' practice as prescribed by Gladwell. There must be hundreds or thousands more in the world of music, film, literature, or even business who do not conform to the 10,000 hour rule. Yet they are conveniently overlooked.

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  • S Prabhu
  • 27/12/2008

Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format

Unusual take on a topic that is taken for granted. The author's voice enhances the message-highly recommended audiobook-perhaps my best book of the year!

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  • Sher from Provo
  • 12/04/2012

Very Interesting!

Gladwell sets out to explain how the top people in any field were able to get there. The explanations can be very surprising. I was very engaged throughout the whole book. He talked a lot about education, and having been a public school teacher for the last 27 years, I found it absorbing, hopeful, and found myself wishing that I had known some of these things 27 years ago.

Gladwell narrates his own book, which sometimes turns out well, and sometimes not so much. Although obviously not a professional, he has a pleasing way of reading. I wouldn't be choosing a book on account of him reading it however. Still, it was very "listenable" and I enjoyed it very much.

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  • Felix
  • 11/04/2012

Too many examples, not enough ideas...

Would you try another book from Malcolm Gladwell and/or Malcolm Gladwell?

I am rating this book at 3 stars because there are too many examples and statistics terms used by the author; however, the main ideas are simple and were very well presented on a book summary I read online at no cost. Though I enjoyed listening to the book, I feel reading the book summary would have been enough.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The relation between the facts as presented by the author are certainly interesting parts of the book. The least interesting is where the author gets caught up on statistical data and tries to reinforce a point with too many examples.

What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Not sure.

Do you think Outliers needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I wouldnt buy a follow up book.

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  • Michael
  • 08/03/2009

Excellent!

Gladwell is a fine writer and this book, in the same style as Blink, explores the real factors that contribute to the success of those we think are so above and beyond us (Bill Gates, the Beatles, etc.). Gladwell makes it clear that their talent, drive, energy, and intelligence WERE key to their success but that these, alone, would not have done it for them. They needed unusual opportunities. In fact, the opportunities given them that were not given others were as important to their achievements as their personal qualities. This book helps reduce the "superstars" down to human level. If you had been given the opportunities these were, you might have achieved what they did or more!

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  • Global
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  • Luiz C Payne
  • 07/03/2009

Great audio book

The content was entertaining and fascinating. A lot of "oh wow" moments. What was really good was Malcolm's read. He is an excellent reader--right on point with his inflection and cadence. I thought it had to be a professional reader.

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  • Andrew
  • 28/11/2011

Not as revelatory as you'd think

It takes lots of actual practice to master something. It also takes opportunities that are not in our control. So basically, Gladwell is trying to prove Calvinism (hard work + predestination). Pinpointing the web of circumstances that leads to success is something that we obsess over as a culture and Gladwell provides a very interesting analysis of how this works. But I do not feel like I heard any revelations here that I did not learn from my father when he encouraged me to get internships as an undergraduate.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 06/02/2009

hochinteressant - und spannend geschrieben/vorgele

Gladwell beschreibt, wie besondere Menschen Besonderes leisten könnten. Es ist eben nicht nur Talent, sondern 10.000 Stunden Übung, die richtige Idee zum richtigen Zeitpunkt - geboren aus dem richtigen Background.Und selbst wenn man ihm nicht zustimmen möchte - dieses Hörbuch macht in seiner Lebendigkeit einfach Spaß!

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  • Marc Dierckx
  • 06/12/2015

Talent demystified

Entertaining book that provides an insight in the limits of talent and an advice to every parent and/or caretaketr not to look for the talent in each child, but to create the surroundings to foster the motivation of the kids and bring out the best in them. Also an insight in the fact that some are born more lucky than others, because the time was right and the prevailing environment made it possible for the result of their effort to shine brigther.

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  • Benjamin
  • 18/01/2012

Sehr gut!

Sehr realistisch dargestellt mit vielen praktischen Beispielen und deshalb so gut. 10.000 Übungsstunden und zur richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort. Bill Gates hatte z. B. ein ganz besonderen Umfeld. Es lässt sich vieles logisch erklären und nicht alles auf Begabung beschränken.

Es lässt einen nachdenken, welche Voraussetzungen im eigenen Umfeld dazu führen könnten die Spitze zu erreichen bzw. was war es, das gefehlt hat?

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  • Mirco Blaser
  • 24/12/2017

Interesting

Super interesting approach to understanding why some people are that successful.
Was very surprised to hear how big of a role luck plays when it comes to becoming an outlier.
Great storytelling, got me hooked.

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  • Oliver Stefansen
  • 28/10/2017

sehr spannend

die Ausführung ist sehr spannend und nachvollziehbar. In diesem Sinne kann man sich auch erklären um was es geht und warum diese verschiedenen Persönlichkeiten das erreichten, was uns so beeindruckt.

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  • Sven
  • 22/10/2017

Anders...

als die anderen Hörbücher. Der Ansatz ist durchaus gut, allerdings bin ich der Überzeugung, dass sich harte und smarte Arbeit immer irgendwann auszahlen wird und sich Erfolg einstellt. Eine Möglichkeit ergibt sich so irgendwann von selbst.

In Herrn Gladwell's Worten klingt es dagegen so, als würde jeder Superstar einfach nur Glück gehabt haben. Sein Grundansatz finde ich richtig, allerdings unterschätzt er aus meiner Sicht die innere Stärke von erfolgreichen Leuten und betont besonders stark die äußeren Umstände.

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  • Amazon-Kunde
  • 02/07/2017

Sehr gutes Hörbuch!

Chancen nutzen lautet die Devise!
Viele Beispiele gut erklärt! Sprecher hat eine sehr angenehme Stimme. Vielen Dank!

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  • Marc Reznicek
  • 26/02/2017

Transcending individualism

Great study on the false impresion of personal and individual success. It's the posibilities of the environment, that make potentials zu high archievers, not the fact of being a high potential.

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  • Tony
  • 18/10/2016

Insightful and captivating narrative. Nicely read.

Challenges that story that you just have to work hard to be successful. This story does injustice to so many.

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  • BasiW
  • 22/08/2016

Eye opener

Wow, some really cool insides. For me this book is a real eyeopener. A must read.