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.
To be honest, I didn't finish the book. I didn't want to waste any more of my time after 3h of listening. While Taleb's writing style is poor, what really put me off is that this book felt more like a confused ramble. Did he put some serious thought in it, or did he just write down whatever random thought came to his mind? It's a shame, because the topic is interesting. To summarize what I assume he was trying to say: There is a lot more randomness is in our life than we assume and that we are not good in thinking probabilistically. We also easily mix up correlation with causation. All together I couldn't find any new insight that was worth while. In addition he keeps going on about how smart he is compared to his bosses and journalists and whoever else. It was just very terrible to listen to.
mostly good performance, some strange long pauses though.
One of the areas of study that I find most fascinating is seeking to understand cognitive biases. This book addresses many of these human blind spots. It has great rigor, and breadth as well as depth. But a self-deprecating sense of humor accompanies the journey, and the travel is fun as well as enlightening.
I especially enjoyed the author's expert treatment of social science concepts in a business context. Heartily Recommended.
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".