- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 17 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: November 18, 2008
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001LNK9C4
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It brings many famous "geniuses" and moguls down-to-earth by showing how their biographies effected their life's work and led them to success, starting in childhood. For example, Bill Gates went to a fancy private school, and was one of the first students in the U.S. to learn rudimentary programming at the age of 12.
Yet, having said all that, I have to say the book ends very well. Some reviewers have assumed that the outlier featured in the final chapter is Gladwell himself. I think the chapter is about Gladwell's mother. It is a heartbreaking story about slavery's legacy and racism, and Gladwell is breathtakingly honest about the painful realities involved. This chapter will break your heart; but, his mother's honesty and grace, fueled by her faith, allow her to perceive her own racism even when she is herself a victim of racism. Her son learns from her ability to forgive herself and others who sought to persecute her, and that is a story from which we can all learn. I didn't like the book, but I loved the last chapter.
The book Outliers is all about success, and what it means to different people. Now everyone has different aspects on success. Outliers digs a little deeper, and talks about well-known people and their journey to success and fame. Personality I like how the author focused on more than one person or thought. Throughout the chapters there were different stories and different characters which gave the book more variety. Each chapter pulled you deeper into the story and plot.
The one thing I wasn’t a fan of in this book, is that it was very difficult to follow along or understand. Don’t get me wrong I loved the individuality of each chapter, but in a regular story each chapter tells you more about the characters and setting. On the other hand Outliers is a completely different concept. The story can be very hard to follow and understand at times, when it jumps from story to story. You may misunderstand a sentence or two and have to go back and read it over again. I certainly did.
Now this book is not for everyone, what book is, but I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes non-fictional books, or to anyone looking for a deep read. It’s a great book to read when you have nothing to do or you’re just relaxing and enjoying yourself. This book may be about success, but it’s also very deep. It really makes you ponder on the world round you. If you’re looking for a good, meaningful, non-fiction novel, this is definitely the book for you!
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