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'm already a fan, so perhaps, my thoughts are biased. What I enjoy most is the challenge he offers to my own thoughts and ways of being. I will say he sets a high bar for skepticism, and I deeply appreciate taking to task those that try to apply science inappropriately. I too often hear the word "quantum" used to try and give some "science" to an otherwise completely fanciful set of ideas. The author may be one of the most smug and most humble of men. What was good to see if when he recognized that it might be relevant to comment on something outside his own expertise and explicitly pass on the opportunity. The importance of his work is to remind of us of the roll of randomness, and our own human pattern making penchant. This is a counter argument to the idea of "common sense." "Common sense" the author I think would agree has it's place, but, there are times when our gut will lead us astray, when the world, and events are counter intuitive. I had to take a step back because I've been demanding of the philosophers I've been reading to be grounded in empiricism, because it can take wonderful ideas and make them worse than useless when they don't match the capabilities of the human form. So the author makes this a non-empirical book which speaks directly to the need to match our philosophy to human capacities. Bravo, and well done. I don't expect the author to read my comments, but I suspect he'll be happy to be praised, by his own admission, even when I may have missed the boat entirely. Ah, to be human.....
Glad I got the audio version. Probably would have had to look up too many words on the Kindle.
Overall, I came away with a new confidence that I can take into my own investing. I consistently get bounced around in the market and take it personally, then pull back and become a spectator.
Now I'm going to accept the licks that are handed out with the belief that the best and brightest are fighting these same battles. That and trying not to let my successes turn into a portfolio death trap in the inevitable market downturn.
NNT sure knows how to think. I would argue he is one of the foremost thinkers of our time. He writes profoundly and with finesse. This is definitely one I will have to re-read multiple times coupled with discussions with other readers. Love this and would recommend it to others.
The author's arrogance, generalities, name-calling, and overall attitude towards everyone is unbearable to listen to. I recognize the need in the first chapter to explain why we should listen to the author. But his self-congratulations never ends. I listened to two chapters before turning it off and I think there might have been one useful fact in the two hours. We learn why he is better than scientists, journalists, accountants, historians, his prior bosses, his colleages and, of course, all other traders. I even found AM radio more acceptable than this book.
There are no facts and nothing new to learn from him.
The narrator was fine. He just needed something worthwhile to say.
read anti fragile first and was hesitant to read this book as I thought all the arguments has been discussed and concluded in the newest book. I'm very happy to find a stand alone book full of interesting and fresh content.
In hot pursuit of life's understanding
I need to listen to this about 10 more times. It is thought provoking, very encompassing, and the author made solid points.