The Tipping Point

  • by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell
  • 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Why did crime in New York drop so suddenly in the mid-90s? How does an unknown novelist end up a best-selling author? Why is teenage smoking out of control, when everyone knows smoking kills? What makes TV shows like Sesame Street so good at teaching kids how to read? Why did Paul Revere succeed with his famous warning?In this brilliant and groundbreaking book, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in our society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Ideas, behaviour, messages, and products, he argues, often spread like outbreaks of infectious disease. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.In The Tipping Point, Gladwell introduces us to the particular personality types who are natural pollinators of new ideas and trends, the people who create the phenomenon of word of mouth. He analyzes fashion trends, smoking, children's television, direct mail, and the early days of the American Revolution for clues about making ideas infectious, and visits a religious commune, a successful high-tech company, and one of the world's greatest salesmen to show how to start and sustain social epidemics. The Tipping Point is an intellectual adventure story written with an infectious enthusiasm for the power and joy of new ideas. Most of all, it is a road map to change, with a profoundly hopeful message, that one imaginative person applying a well-placed lever can move the world.


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


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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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- jfhn


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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- Matteo "I love learning thru books, about life, people and ways to be better. My best listen so far? The Power of Now, have a good listen!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-09-2006
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK