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.
I got to chapter 4 before I couldn't stand it any more
The author goes on a rant against academics and others who do research or anything other than practical observation then proceeds to layer the book with obscure words and fancy references to make it sound erudite. I couldn't stand it.
It is impossible to reading this book and not be challenged. His basic framework can give insight to countless fields. I will be buying this for my most thoughtful and intelligent friends.
Great insight, great narration. Taleb's obviously very smart but holy hell was this the same message repeated ad nauseam. I understood the point in the first hour. Yet now that I write this, perhaps I am now a stronger listener for having subjected myself to such over explanation. In that sense, touché Taleb.
i like nassim's analogiesto the clasics and his realistic cynicism of authority in a variety of fields. Dont be so trusting of experts is a wise adage
i wouuld reccomend this book to not only investors but to anyone who must put themselves in a position of trust to experts. and whereas i found parts of the book hilarious, most ppl prob need a good grounding in the philosophies and math to derive the most enjoyment from it
I strongly suspect the author would be less than pleased to discover someone censored the word "bullshit" in his work. aside from that the performance was excellent.
Once you get past the first 1/3 it is not so bad. He likes to invent his own words. Get used to the root word "fragile". Finding it tedious though. Once you get past that & the geopolitical talk there are diamonds in the garbage. I wouldn't recommend though. The only reason I am listening to it is because of Tim Ferriss's recommendation.
It may be a good introduction to a certain brand of libertarian, fiscal conservative thought--if you like Ayn Rand's work you'll probably enjoy this.
Methodically work through his arguments, research his example cases more thoroughly, and try to resolve some of the contradictions he produces.
The performance kept my attention. But it's hard to tell if the braggadocio is in the narrator's voice or the writer's tone. Probably both: if that's the case, the narrater did a good job carrying Taleb's smugness across.
It had some interesting ideas and examples--unfortunately they were too few and far between.