This book is like statistics class. I did not think it really talked about how randomness rules our lives. I think Malcolm Gladwell's book, Outliers, is better for this topic.
its was a bit technical, lots of math which was rather hard to follow while listening. I would therefore suggest reading this one instead of listening to it.
Basically about how poorly we all understand the true probabilities of the events in the world around us. Mlodinow gives a lot of specific examples and explanations to show how what we perceive to be the possibility that something will happen is often very far off from its true probability. Interesting concept to start with, but it quickly began sounding way too much like my high school prob and stat class. This made my eyes glaze over, and I found myself wishing some sort of bell would ring so I could quit thinking about it. Ultimately, it made my brain hurt, so I quit after a little over three hours. I didn't realize how specific this book was going to get, and I kept wishing I could flip back a page and reread. I find this annoying to do repeatedly in an audiobook; I think this book is one that is better read in the flesh, especially if you are at all a visual learner. I've been on a reading binge lately, and this is only the second book I've quit reading out of about 20 (print and audio) in the past two months. It was just too detail-oriented for me to enjoy as an audiobook.
This is an interesting book but there were several points where I would have liked to see text that I could go over and review to better understand it.
I listen to books on my way to work and have enjoyed many. This one was too left brain for me. I didn't finish it. I'm sure many enjoyed it, though and liked the humor and examples the author used to illustrate the facts he was trying to convey.
I'm just a geek, have been my entire life.. Also a PADI OWSI (scuba instructor) who has guided whitewater and caving trips,diverse interest
was a fun listen, when I could keep awake longer than 30 minutes listening to the droning....
very simalar subject matter to Nassim Taleb's "fooled by randomness" but approched from a different angle. contains great background history of the development of statistics and the author makes an effort to present some difficult subject matter in an interesting way with varying levels of sucess.
"The Drunkard's Walk" is a fascinating book about randomness and the role it plays in our lives. I have a good background in statistics, but Mlodinow tells many interesting stories that I hadn't heard before. I rate the book five stars for content.
Unfortunately, the reading performance is poor. The reader, Sean Pratt, gives a halting performance, with far too many pauses in the middle of sentences. It's as if Pratt is trying to think about the content while he's reading, but the content is too much for his brain. If Pratt had read complete sentences without pausing, the book might have been only six hours long instead of eight. It's this poor performance that makes me rate the book at two stars.
I recommend that you buy and read this book for yourself.
I do think this starts off a bit slow, but stick with it. It quickly starts getting better and better. MUCH fascinating info.
This is the very first audiobook that I actually stopped listening to. The author makes one or two basic points about statistics, and then goes on in an incredibly irritating, self-important way to name-drop about Hollywood studio business decisions. He went on so long with the Hollywood trivia that I lost track of what the point of the book was even supposed to be. Finally, he switched over to an endless diatribe on batting averages in baseball, and getting mired down in that was just too much. I switched it off and turned my ipod to music. Also, the narrator's voice is harsh and badgering. I love books that deal with science and with how the mind works, but this isn't one of those books. It's a worthless self-important waste of time. Don't bother.