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4.00001420898576 out of 54.00001420898576 out of 54.00001420898576 out of 54.00001420898576 out of 54.00001420898576 out of 5 4.00 (140,756 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • ....[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
  • “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.”

    AudioFile

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

Listener Opinions

  • 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie O'brien | 2/19/2014

    " Common sense put down on paper "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Ovwigho | 2/7/2014

    " Although the title is outliers, the author really delves in to what factors build success including culture and opportunities. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Constantin Gavrilescu | 2/1/2014

    " It was captivating, inspiring and with an aroma of science. Great book, one of my favourites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simsian | 2/1/2014

    " This book did two things for me. First, it made me ever firmer in my belief that providing opportunities is for the greatest importance in young people's lives. Second, and this is more tangential, it made me want to recommit myself to production over consumption. Since completing my masters, I've been taking a consumption holiday. I've spend far more time reading that thinking/doing/writing and I need change back. Pronto. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin Galland | 1/31/2014

    " Neat idea and several good thoughts. Gladwell is quirky and an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey Valentine | 1/27/2014

    " Wow! Very insightful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Seeker | 1/20/2014

    " Really interesting book. He has a lot of evidence to support his theories. I found it very useful and intriguing when viewing outliers from the teaching perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradd Saunders | 1/19/2014

    " It looks like Gladwell's primary purpose for this book is to puncture the myth, once and for all, of the self-made man. Factors ranging back hundreds of years can have a bearing on how things work out for a person. We don't live in a bubble. My only complaint with the book is his understanding, or definition, of success. How do know, for example, that Bill Gates is actually a success? Because he made a lot of money? Because he had a huge impact in an important field? Or could it be because he's happy and feels as though he's done justice to himself and the world he lives in in a meaningful way regardless of how it might have turned out? We'll never know. Meanwhile I'll quote someone who once said that, "Fame is something other people give you; success is something you give yourself." I don't necessarily believe that Gladwell would disagree with this idea, but he doesn't feature it in his examples. Was Van Gogh, for example, a failure because he couldn't sell his paintings during his lifetime? The reasons for success are deep and varied -- our ideas about what success is should be as well. Perhaps Gladwell didn't think this aspect of the subject was within the purview or interests of his book. It would have been better, though, if he had. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Mccue | 1/19/2014

    " Another fascinating look at our world, but this time with a bent towards how certain times and situations are not lucky and instead they are just life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 1/15/2014

    " The first 1/3 of the book was definitely better than the rest, although the section in the end on rice fields and asian work ethic is fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eva | 1/3/2014

    " What I took away: 10,000 hours is a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xiaoming Oaij | 12/24/2013

    " Success is not achieved in your own personal bubble. It is a collective effort of timing, luck, personal attributes, and societal forces. Legacy and Opportunity. Gladwell writes a fascinating case study of how success can be quantified and possibly replicated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 12/22/2013

    " My best friend turned me onto this book. I really enjoyed it. The last chapter was probably my favorite, which discusses Mr. Gladwell's own family history. I would especially recommend this book to parents with young children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 12/18/2013

    " Now I understand my pitfalls in life...starting a career in the early eighties..huge disadvantage. Interesting take on why some excel more than others. worth the quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casie | 11/22/2013

    " Book on CD for the commute, read by the author. The MOST fascinating non-fiction in a long while. I think the takeaway is that the really successful we think of as geniuses and beyond the bell curve are really products of great fortune and support. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aryel Reed | 11/15/2013

    " This book has really opened my eyes about many things. I love this book; I simply love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Tate | 9/18/2013

    " Makes you wonder what you could have accomplished if only put in perfect position. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chhun | 9/18/2013

    " What Malcolm wants to say in this book is that, the outliers, in the last, are not the outliers at all. Nothing remains mysterious but buried reasons behind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Warren | 9/7/2013

    " I'm not sure that Gladwell is actually right in his theories, but his books will make you wonder if he isn't on to something. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacob Frank | 8/1/2013

    " Excellent pop sociology/social psychology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phú | 7/7/2013

    " A very good book from Malcolm Gladwell. To write your own story of success, you don't only need to be a diligent one, but also need to meet the "favorable" conditions. Once understanding the "formula of outliers", we could find our own "favorable" conditions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Singer | 6/24/2013

    " The new social constructionism. Love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip Hartman | 2/28/2013

    " Enjoyed this book. Really makes you reconsider ideas about success. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allen Fu | 2/17/2013

    " Smart, informative and full of great historic stories. One of my favorite books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Sevall | 7/9/2012

    " My favorite to date of Malcolm Gladwell's books! He has a great way of pulling together information and challenging you to think about things in ways you haven't ever done before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Morgan | 6/23/2011

    " Great book in the vein of Freakonomics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward Miller | 5/29/2011

    " Magnificent investigative book. Has a hell of a lot of implications in the real world. MUST READ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charissa | 5/22/2011

    " This was a good book but not applicable to real life. There is nothing to do with the information that he provides the reader with. It's about people who took opportunities of their circumstances or were at the right place at the right time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 5/22/2011

    " A bunch of interesting essays strung together as a book with no conclusions or ending. But still thought/discussion provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mshodes | 5/22/2011

    " Another great Malcolm Gladwell read, I think I was smarter when I was done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 5/22/2011

    " Liked this better than The Tipping Point. Interesting how he quantified the value of hard work and practice and especially enjoyed the perspective on culture through centuries "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vandanana | 5/21/2011

    " Excellent reading...got me hooked to his writing1 Investigative journalism at its best... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angi | 5/20/2011

    " Very thought provoking. My husband and I read it at my brother's suggestion, and the book invoked lots of conversations. Five stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 5/19/2011

    " Makes a lot of sense. Removes some of the "magic" of success. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maysa | 5/19/2011

    " Ainda estou lendo. O estilo me lembra Freakonomics. Ajudar a ver as coisas de forma diferente e nos faz realmente ter vontade de nos dedicar a algo que queremos. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trudy | 5/19/2011

    " Very interesting! Gives you a lot to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 5/18/2011

    " Very intriguing and a quick and easy read. Very thought provoking as well. "

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About the Author
Author Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer with the New Yorker since 1996. He is a former writer at the Washington Post and served as the newspaper’s New York City bureau chief. He has won a National Magazine Award, and in 2005 he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. He is the author of four books: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference, Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking, and Outliers: The Story of Success, all of which were #1 New York Times bestsellers. His book What the Dog Saw is a compilation of stories published in the New Yorker. Gladwell graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in history. He was born in England, grew up in rural Ontario, and now lives in New York City.