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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Malcolm Gladwell Narrator: Malcolm Gladwell Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781600243929
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What makes high-achievers different? Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times bestselling author, reveals their secrets in this eye-opening account of successful people

In this stunning 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.

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  • ....[Gladwell's] flair for narrative serves him well as a reader. Gladwell builds dramatic tension into his storytelling from the unique childhood of software tycoon Bill Gates to the secrets of success found along the rice fields of ancient China and Japan making for an engaging listening experience.... Publishers Weekly
  • This third book by the author gets under the skin of glib truths we've believed about success. Gladwell unveils studies and similarities that point to opportunity, timing and 10,000 hours of practice as keys to success rather than sheer talent. Gladwell's voice combines knowledgeable professor and gifted storyteller. The Herald Sun
  • Gladwell pulls double duty as author and narrator...the material is frequently astonishing, and his reading is clear, heartfelt, and makes for genuinely pleasurable listening. Publishers Weekly
  • “The explosively entertaining Outliers might be Gladwell’s best and most useful work yet…There are both brilliant yarns and life lessons here: Outliers is riveting science, self-help, and entertainment, all in one book.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “After a decade—and, really, a generation—in which this country has done fairly little to build up the institutions that can foster success, Gladwell is urging us to rethink. Once again, his timing may prove to be pretty good.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Gladwell once again proves masterful in a genre he essentially pioneered…His gift for spotting an intriguing mystery, luring the reader in, then gradually revealing his lessons in lucid prose, is on vivid display.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator and author Malcolm Gladwell does an exceptionally effective job reading his book. His tone is informative and matter-of-fact, and he has a soothing voice that presents the information clearly.”


  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A 2010 Audie Award Finalist
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book in 2008
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A 2008 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 silly Sally | 2/23/2016

    " Wow! So many things about IQ I never thought of,as well as circumstances that influence a persons success. Well done! "

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