Outliers: The Story of Success

Version: Unabridged
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Narrator: Author
Genres: Non-Fiction, Psychology
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Published In: November 2008
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 7 hours
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Overview

Learn what sets high achievers apart -- from Bill Gates to the Beatles -- in this #1 bestseller from 'a singular talent' (New York Times Book Review).

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.

Reviews (48)

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Written by David R. on July 29th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Starts off well but gets off track. I got the feeling the author was looking for similarities that fit his narrative vs getting all the relevant data. At least I know where President Obama got his "You Didn't Build it" idea from. I agree that we are a product of our generation and environment but not giving serious credit to the personal hard work and effort to rise through mediocrity does not give people the respect they deserve.

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Written by John M. on November 15th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The Rosetta town study is no longer correct, the high fat diet most likely led to the low heart disease rate. Not a knock on the author, just an observation. Great read.

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Written by David T. on June 3rd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Malcolm Gladwell is a wonderful narrator of his own writing in “Outliers”. His sociological approach to the parameters of success is intriguing

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Written by Adan R on April 10th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Incredible read!!! So insightful. Great to connect with all the great people you have met on your way

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Written by Oana Roxana R on October 26th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

It is the first book downloaded in my audiobooks account, and I can tell you that it was an amazing experience: the content, the subject, the narration.

Written by Emily W on October 5th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I think this book starts off pretty well but there were points that I felt like could have been expanded on a bit more. Some of the outcomes of outliers seemed pretty clear and then at other points I felt like there were examples just thrown in that weren't really explained very well. I also thought this book lacked diversity in the examples and tended to favor certain groups, languages, etc. I understood the concepts and what the author was trying to get across but it would have been nice to learn about more non-white male examples of outliers. They're out there, it's just up to authors to make an effort and priority to find them.

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Written by Darwinson V on September 29th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great read and the narrator was amazing.

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Written by Carmen Victoria U on May 8th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The greatest book I\'ve ever read.

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Written by Adrian U on April 2nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very great read, dives you into the lives of the successful and their progressive opportunity management. It is full of great knowledge and very easy to comprehend.

Written by Aik Okaro on January 5th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great read and very thoughtful. I am glad I was not disappointed.

Author Details

Author Details

Gladwell, Malcolm

Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker. He was formerly a business and science reporter at the Washington Post.