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Summary

In this brilliant and original audiobook, Malcolm Gladwell explains and analyses the 'tipping point', that magic moment when ideas, trends and social behaviour cross a threshold, tip and spread like wildfire. Taking a look behind the surface of many familiar occurrences in our everyday world, Gladwell explains the fascinating social dynamics that cause rapid change.

©2000 Malcolm Gladwell (P)2000, 2005 Time Warner AudioBooks

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"A fascinating book that makes you see the world in a different way." (Fortune)

"Hip and hopeful, The Tipping Point is like the idea it describes: concise, elegant but packed with social power. A book for anyone who cares about how society works and how we can make it better." (George Stephanopoulos)

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Abridged version lacks substance

I generally avoid abridged versions but got this one by mistake. It's not awful, but I get the feeling that a lot of the substance was probably thinned out to shorten the running time, which is a shame - Gladwell's other works contain a wealth of wonderful detail, whereas this felt like it didn't go deep enough into the points made. I will be returning it and getting the unabridged version instead.

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Could use an update

Firstly I didn't realise it was abridged and only 3 hours long, that's my fault. However the afterword acknowledges the internet but not social media which kind of dates the book.
Still got some timeless insights so worth a listen.

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average and common knowledge throughout

A very easy to read book however the concepts inside are aimple and common knowledge. I would categorize this book as less than average because I consider myself an expert in the subject however for a junior highschool or fresh graduate marketing student this may be a good read.

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preferred Outliers

Much shorter book than I expected. Probably will read again as I like the way Glawell rationalized anecdotal information

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  • Marcia
  • By Cupar, Fife, United Kingdom
  • 04-01-11

Thought provoking

Really enjoyed this book- was recommended to me by a friend. Was impressed by the annecdotal examples making it much simpler to understand the concepts being put forward and this made it much easier to listen to than something which would be more traditional in its approach.

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Frustratingly incomplete edition and poorly read

Well this was an exercise in frustration! I've recently been binge listening to Malcolm Gladwell's excellent podcast Revisionist History and I felt it was time that I tried some of his books. As much as I respect him as an author and enjoy his work I recommend you steer clear of this edition. The abridged version of the book is OK, what you do get is interesting enough. But the unabridged title is almost 3 times as long as this version so it's been heavily cut. And not just trimmed here and there, whole chapters are missing.
Worst of all during the afterword Gladwell refers to a chapter about teen suicide that is not included in the abridged book - just careless! It should never have been released with an over site like that.
Also poor Mr Gladwell was clearly not himself during the recording sessions. From listening to his podcast I have come to really enjoy his under stated delivery, but in this reading he sounds horse and down beat and not at all like his usual self.
Sadly this is one of those titles where you are better off buying a print or ebook copy and leaving the audiobook well alone. Which is very frustrating for dedicated listeners like me.
Please Audible, PLEASE can we have the unabridged english language version on the UK site? It looks like you have it in the US and you've seen fit to give us the unabridged version in spanish. So please sort this out.

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Great book!

Good ideas, fresh and new, short and sweet. I’ve enjoyed listening to it. Would recommend!

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Excellent and thought provoking

Love his stuff. Would highly recommend this book. Full of intriguing anecdotes and illustrative examples.

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Tips and points

Some useful tips and some points put across powerfully by Malcolm Gladwell in his inimitable style!

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My favourite author

My favourite author, his books never let me down. He lets you see things in life that you would never see yourself. The way I see the world has changed since reading his books. “Outliers” is still the best.

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  • Sarp
  • 12-02-16

An eyeopener

Whether you are runinng a business or trying to manage your family, the book leaves you with very interesting thinking points to revisit your strategies and plans. Very mind opening and empowering.
So, yes; an excellent book to "read" and perhaps re-read..
BUT, the narration..
The over-soothing tone of the author makes you drift into sleep in a story which needs much attention to properly follow and digest. As much flattering as it is to hear the author firsthand, narration should have been done by someone with a tone that better fits the story. So, prepare to use that 10 sec-rewind button over and over -- even then, well worth it.

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  • jfhn
  • 25-11-09

Eye opener!!!

it certainly makes you understand and appreciate the surroundings of things, the narrating is good and it keeps you interested.

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  • Isabel
  • 12-03-16

very clear, very readable

I really liked this book. extremely concrete, clear, readable.
the afterword is a great touch

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  • Luis Moreno
  • 15-06-15

Great but short

Loved it, but felt it lacked more in deep analysis of all those viral cases. I have found that Jonah Berger's book goes well beyond this one, and therefore has more practical value.

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  • Matteo
  • 26-11-11

Enterteining

This Book is very Entertaining. Gladwell has a fun style of writing and some interesting case studies. Out of all the book I took one message, think about who are the connectors, salesman and mavens for your business, treat them different and help the word of month "tip" your business.

This is a 4 star review because there was only one applicable thing about this book.

The narration is very good, which is seldom accomplished by the own author, it was an overall great listen

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  • Ines
  • 14-07-18

Excellent book

This is one of the life-changing books.
I would recommend it to anyone interested in self-improvement.

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  • divide
  • 27-04-18

Seemed short

It feels like it's significantly abridged. If I knew I'd need to read the book anyway I wouldn't have bothered with the audiobook.

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  • Swati
  • 12-01-18

A world of knowledge about the way things work

The book is an excellent account if how the market works and how societies operate. How a word of mouth can churn millions.
I loved the way the author made it so digestible.

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  • Lika
  • 24-11-17

Easy read, inspiring, entertaining

Lots of interesting stories as illustration. I used to only read novels and fiction because I thought non-fiction books were all boring. This was the book that changed my mindset. Kept me entertained while giving me a sense of "I'm actually learning something too!"

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-17

highly recommended

I enjoyed it from start to finish. worth the listen, it carries you right along.