First of all let me say that the narrator was great.
The book goes on to explain those huge events that usually change our lives. It also tries to explain our mentality and behavior towards such events.
Really enjoyed it and it will definitely affect my decision making in the future.
Business bent but engineering foundation. I read about 50 hours per month.
Black Scholes gives some comfort umtil a volume spike knocks you out of the bell curve parabola. Its random and not fully predictable. So am keeping bulk of reserves in low risk investments, and about 15% in high risk, looking for positive black swans. Loved the book. Applies to life, not just investing. Im on to Mr. Taleb's next book. They keep getting better and better.
A colleague recommended this book to me when we were discussing compliance and risk.
Ik have to agree that it is worth the read. It is one of the hardest books I have listened too, I had to re-listen to some chapters to really understand what was being said, but it was worthwhile. It showed me that risk-management has two sides, positive an negative risks, and that like when you are surfing, you can position yourself to be able to catch the positive waves. This is a book I will listen to a second time.
Loved it. Killed several of my own sacred cows...challenged my thinking... it was often funny and totally pleased my taste for literary style.
highly recommended I haven't finished this book yet but I am very confident the outcome will be the same as now as it will be if not better when I get to the last word
I don't know.
The description of this book appeals to someone interested in business or investing where an understanding of, "Black Swan Events," may be beneficial. After about 20 minutes of listening to the author, Taleb goes into an unbearable tangent about all things unrelated to the presumed point of this book. The best way to describe this book is RAMBLE, RAMBLE,RAMBLE,TANGENT, RAMBLE, POMPUS OVERSHARE OF SOME HISTORICAL EVENT YOU DONT CARE ABOUT, RAMBLE....DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!
Disappointing. I wish there was a way to get my money back.
GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK.
Nothing, though a different narrator would have helped a lot.
The writing itself is the epitome of pretentious, self-indulgent, frequently aimless tripe, but the narrator they got for this book made matters worse. If you were going to cast a voice to play the Platonic ideal of the pompous, rich, braggadocio windbag, then this would be your guy. Combine that voice with the excruciating writing and you have a truly awful listening experience.
Irritation at the ceaseless repetition of the main idea, usually with little development of the main point, combined with endless and aimless spiels from the author about his own brilliance resulted in boredom and disgust. This the absolute worst audiobook I've ever heard.
Underneath the crap, (and most of the book is crap) there is the kernel of an idea that is worth noting. Thankfully all you need to know is in the introduction, and the author does little to develop it, despite running on and on for hundreds upon hundreds of pages.
I listen to it, I study it, so much to grasp but I believe that its one of those books that opens up more and more each time that I will listen to it.
Its a departure from your normal manifest destiny approach and tells us that we live in an unstable world filled with uncertainty.
I enjoyed the narrative excellent job as it fit well to the book.
Aliens, impossible! Ok maybe not but there are Black Swans
I'm already on to his next book "Fooled by Randomness".
Recommended reading, really interesting and well argument rebel yell against currently taken for granted ways of thinking.
Arrogant and insulting to the point of laughter. Highly rhetoric.
A good read if you're patient and tolerant and open to questioning paradigms