The book has some good points and interesting thoughts but it is difficult to get by how much the author clearly thinks he is better then anyone else. This book is not worth the listen.
The book was for me, a 'black swan experience'. Audible's statistical rating system does not allow for due credit. I would have given it 10 stars!
This author and this 'diatribe' will waste your time.
The meat is about 10 pages, while the rest is pure fat. After the first hour of listening you'll be asking yourself, "So when does the book start?"
Sweeping pronouncements of all types are made with little or nothing to back them up. Poorly written. The author obviously thought he was smarter than anyone who might be of help in creating an actual book.
I have previously listened to The Black Swan, and Antifragile, so I was a little worried this earlier work wouldn't measure up. Happily, this book dives deeper into aspects of Randomness that were only touched on in the later work. I wouldn't say there is a particular order to these books, and if you've listened to other works by Taleb this one will be familiar, but not repetitive.
We are not equipped to understand randomness, merely to see more examples of it. Tools, like mathematics, help us understand what randomness might be like, but at the end of the day abstraction is not reality. Certainty is allusive.
Having met the character of Nero in the later books, I enjoyed the introductions about him in this early work.
From the depths of randomness, a new hero emerges.
Initially I was disappointed in the narrator's performance of this work relative to the follow-on works, but eventually it started to feel "normal".
very interesting book, I cannot imagine one written better and choosing the best reader as well.!!!
This is by no means a trivial book as it deals with a subject that steers fascination and it includes many pearls of wisdom that are applicable to every day life. The only drawback is that the author seems particularly intent on driving home a point over and over and over again.
I have not tried the abridged version nor know if theres actually one but if you can listen beyond the unnecessary rhetoric theres more than one takeaway here.
Better served in small doses.