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.
An amazing book on practical philosophy. This book is packed from start to finish with useful concepts that you've probably never heard of. An entire handbook of rules of thumb and perspectives on topics that will make you want to apply them to your life ASAP.
It'll likely change the way you look at everything, giving you new standards to judge things by that you never would have considered, or only vaguely felt instinctively. Antifragile adds a new layer to your thinking you won't let go of, and helps you shed other ways of thinking that aren't useful or are actually harmful.
Not really about anything in particular, just a long series of rants that describe the cranky author's alluring worldview. More of a philosophy book than a business book, I will read this again.
Nassim Taleb is a self assured fellow.... or at least he portrays himself that way.
In one sentence he can make himself sound amazing, call many people out, insult them in a why that insults himself in the same way (while be completely ignorant of this) AND introduce a new idea or way of thinking about something that is totally original. The last part makes the whole thing worth listening to.
I don't buy all of what he's selling but he is selling a lot and Joe Ochman is a great narrator. Buy this one and enjoy what you can and leave the rest.
The author's core idea it's very interesting and its consequences are far reaching. The narrator does a very reasonable job with all the dark sarcasm, righteous anger and difficult words in the book. It's a must-read if you can handle the language.
A challenging book (in a good way) especially if you're listening while doing something else. Would recommend to anyone. Narrator was perfect.