Vain anti-intellectual posturing. Ideas could be captured in 3 minutes, bloated into 15 hours.
Re-read Nate Silver's "Signal and Noise"
Bullsh*t in, bullsh*t out. Not his fault.
No. I regret the money and time spent.
Narrator of this book is the Anti-Nassim! Narrator is too friendly and nice. The intensity of Taleb's arguments are turned into bedtime stories. Along with the packaging/cover of the book- unbelievablly bad decisions about how too market the book.
Too nice! Fast. Does not come close to capturing the ESSENCE of what he is reading. This narrator should stick to fiction.
Cut out 3/4 of the book, all the self-indulgent egotistical bosh. He appears to believe we owe him hours of our time attending to his sniveling about how he's the first person in the universe to have a coherent thought, and all the rest of us dumb barbarians hate him. He desperately needed an editor to sit him down and burn the boring pages in front of him, but he appears to be too fragile to cope with that. That he mistakes his inability to edit himself with courage is ironic, and it's downright pathetic that he felt so threatened by his so-called "enemies" that he literally tries to make himself look physically strong. Read/listen to Nate Silver for what this book could have been.
That it took SOOOO freakin' long for him to say anything that I was interested in hearing.
Poor Joe! He did a pretty good job of representing the whiney and yet over-bearing tone of that uncle you really hope doesn't show up for Thanksgiving dinner, but I'm afraid his voice will now forever be associated with it in my mind. I don't know if I'll be able to listen to another book narrated by him unless he can radically change his delivery. The other significantly annoying thing about the narration was the bleeping-out of words. The first time this happened, I was on a plane, and I thought it was some alarm; I practically jumped out of my seat. Then when it happened again, apparently randomly, I thought it was the passenger next to me, who had their phone out. Finally, when I heard it in the airport lounge, I realized it was coming from the narration! After that it was just completely annoying and distracting. Very bad production decision. If you can force yourself to listen to Taleb at any length, his vulgar language is the least of your problems.
Incredible frustration. I was quite interested in the ideas, but screamingly bored and annoyed by the immaturity of the ego-trip. I listen a lot while driving, and for most of the first half, trying to excavate a few gems from the pile of ego sh*t, I was mostly in the mood to stop, kick him to the curb in the Montana wilderness and let him practice being anti-fragile with a passing grizzly. I nearly didn't even download the second half. After I finally held my breath and plunged into the ego-pigsty again, he eventually seems to have run out of (most of) his hot air, and get down to some interesting concepts. I even smiled once--at the part about the ancient technology of shoes, and how we're now being sold a technology for going barefoot. There's some fun, interesting stuff in there, but WHY make it such punishment to get to it?
I would highly recommend reading this in print, so that if you're interested in the ideas, you can skim most of it, particularly the first half. Or good lord, get this guy a ferocious editor, he's in desperate need of help.
The author beautifully puts in words concepts that have been intuitive for many people during centuries, specially those with non-western background. definitely recommend to check it out
a great concept but the book is far too long, complete with a lot of nonsense examples and questionable conclusions. Nevertheless antifragile is a great concept.
Less rambling and getting to the point much sooner
Yes, several good ideas (the primary concept concerning antifragility and also the point about academics taken credit for describing the work of tinkerers and inventors, after the fact).
Very enjoyable read! I feel like the last time I've read a book that had as much impact on how I view the world was when I read Zarathustra in high school. This book by Taleb was also filled with about as many eyebrow raises.
The only thing new is the authors ham-fisted application of his own made up words. Additionally anyone or any idea he disagrees with suffers from accusations of being wussy,sissy, and wimpy. These random attacks and is own scattered writing style, make for a mess of a book.
The early part of the book was VERY well worth it, as the central thesis of anti-fragility is a game-changing approach with many applications. However, the book quickly devolves into a bloated, self-indulgent, repetitive mess as Taleb tries extremely hard to impress the listener with how intelligent, rich, fit (honestly how many times do we have to hear that he 'looks like a bodybuilder'?) and contrarian Taleb is - after a while you get the sense that he's no longer developing the ideas of anti-fragility, and is instead merely rambling and desperate for the listener to like him.
Yes, for the first hour of greatness, then walk out to avoid the remaining 15 hours of Taleb flexing in front of the camera and eating dinner in restaurants.
I found this book fascinating, complicated, and one that I absolutely wanted to finish. It felt like running my first marathon. I'm glad that I read this book where it has opened my eyes up to new concepts that I didn't truly understand before hearing them in this book. I believe that it's important for anyone to listen to this and really consider the concepts shared.