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.
This fantastic book is the culmination of black swan and fooled by randomness. A lot of people wrote reviews citing the author's arrogance. While I disagree, it is helpful to be reminded that he is actual fighting the arrogance and hubris of the financial system that scams us all. It also helps that he made many millions of dollars based on his prediction that others can't predict. A must read for anyone in finance, accounting or "strategy."
Husband, father, IT Leader and Innovator specializing in Retail Energy pricing and costing systems
This book is dense. I cannot wait to listen to it a second and third time because I know the revelations will keep coming. I am a newbie when it comes to Taleb's writing. I have not read or listened to his other writings. I found this book not only satisfying, but provocative. And it lives up to Talib's description as a book that is not an addendum to previous writing. I highly recommend a listen!
Another classic read by Mr. Taleb. Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I would recommend it to every one.
The author has a major chip on his shoulder. Though the material is fascinating, his anger turns the tone so sour that listening to the book became difficult and I had to only listen for thirty minutes at a time. Regarding the substance, brilliant and saddening. His rather accurate explanations are both relieving and saddening.
Having previously read Mr. Taleb's last two books, I was prepared to have some of my most firmly-held beliefs challenged and I was not disappointed. It requires several readings or listenings, simply because it requires so much attention. Highly recommended.