Outliers: The Story of Success

Malcolm Gladwell, Author, Malcolm Gladwell, Read by , read by the author. Hachette Audio $39.98 (0p) ISBN 978-1-60024-391-2

Journalist Gladwell has established himself on the nonfiction bestseller lists by breaking down complex social science research into approachable concepts that can spark discussion around water coolers and cafe tables. Some of Gladwell's critics fault him for zeroing in on compelling anecdotes that may not consistently add up to empirical proof, but his 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 even though the threads may not always tie together into a seamless package. The bonus author interview features some entertaining insights, including Canadian Gladwell's explanation for why so many comedy superstars hail from America's northern neighbor. A Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 22). (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 01/26/2009
Release date: 11/01/2008
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