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The Tipping Point

How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (489 ratings)

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Publisher's 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

Critic Reviews

"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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Full version is better

The abridged version is good but the full book is way better. I read the book a couple of years ago and now listened to to the short audio version

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too short.. wish there was an unabridged version

Want a full version, but what there was, was interesting though. Glad I got it on special. Not worth full price.

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  • Jim
  • 25-08-2019

Too short

Good book but I hate it when they abridge. Why can’t they record the full book?

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Intriguing topic explained well

This is a fascinating insight into just what brings the 'tipping point' into play. Explains the why & how of trends.

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A very important and relevant book for all ages


A very well written and engaging book that touches on extremely important themes worth being explored by all ages. A highly recommended read for anyone who seeks to expand their understanding of all the seemingly "coincidental" factors that shape our personality and ultimately destiny.

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Love it

Great stories to tie in key learnings.
Will listen too again and again for everyone

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Fairly interesting

Another insightful book by Malcolm Gladwell. It’s just a shame that it was abr. I think a version of the fulltext would be great to have an audible. Unfortunately it’s the weakest of all his books because of it.

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Need Full Version

Ended suddenly & didn't feel it was done.
Needs the full version to get its point across properly.

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My First Gladwell Book

I loved it! this is right up there with many other books on human behaviour and sociology. Practical advice and content you can easily take and implement into your own life and business

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interesting read

Liked the content, facts and lessons. Found it a little hard to get into. If it wasn't a title for my book club I may not have finished it but I'm glad I did.

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  • Sarp
  • 12-02-2016

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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  • Martino
  • 07-08-2012

Big changes through little details

Would you listen to The Tipping Point again? Why?

No, because although the author is good at writing ideas, is very slow and boring reading them.

What other book might you compare The Tipping Point to and why?

Economics in one lesson, bacause it gives you the complete idea on how economics work and then reading the Tipping Point is better for understanding the little context wher big changes take place.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

No.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The seed of great things.

Any additional comments?

Gladcom Maxwel should focus on writing, he isn't really good reading.

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  • jfhn
  • 25-11-2009

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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  • ALICIA BURTON
  • 11-09-2018

Fair..

For me, there wasn't anything striking about the topic. A bit repetitive. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone

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  • divide
  • 27-04-2018

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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  • Effiong O.
  • 04-06-2017

Underwhelming

I expected some kind of great insight but all I got from this book was a bunch of case studies which could have been condensed and published as a series of articles. The the book ended somewhat early.
Gladwell's reading was lethargic and had no energy.

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  • Fabio
  • 26-08-2016

Very difficult To understand

I have already heard a lot of audiobooks and despite English not be my native language, I never got trouble to understand what the narrator was saying. In this the tipping point,
I couldn't understand many concepts.

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  • Yacoub
  • 11-05-2016

Good book bad performance

The book is good, but Malcolm Gladwell voice performance isn't that clear, I wished a professional presenter read it.

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  • Isabel
  • 12-03-2016

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
  • 15-06-2015

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-2018

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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  • Johnny Mac
  • 24-08-2015

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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  • Jas Singh
  • 16-02-2019

Shorter than the book by 5-6 hours

I didn't give it less than 5 stars due liking the book but it's a shame it's been cut down by so many hours.

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  • G M F
  • 20-04-2018

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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  • Kungaloosh!
  • 12-11-2019

Did I miss the bit that says this is an ‘abridged’ version?!!

Gutted. I must echo another reviewer in saying that it wasn’t made explicit that this is an abridged version of the book.

The afterword refers to a chunk of the book that was completely omitted relating to teen suicide.

It’s clunky. Give it a miss.
I feel like I’ve wasted an Audible credit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-01-2020

Note that this is an abridged version!

Being a Malcolm Gladwell enthusiast, I was disappointed by this audiobook. I had heard most of the concepts and examples Malcolm presents in this version. Also, I think it requires an update. The murder of Kitty Genovese is brought up without the major correction about incomplete bordering on false reporting. Get another Gladwell audiobook instead.

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  • Georgia
  • 12-01-2018

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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  • ChilliDali
  • 02-12-2017

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
  • 04-01-2011

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-03-2020

This is the shorter version.

Was annoyed to realise this is the shorter version.
Missing chapters are then mentioned in the last chapter, poorly made.