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.
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.
This is an arrogant and incoherent book and there were many misrepresentations of historical trends. He makes analogies that don't stand. A waste of money and time. My intellect was crying.
All of it.
There were some interesting facts about history.
I would highly recommend this book to friends who are looking for a better way with both eyes open: the eye of knowledge and the eye of the empiricist. Taleb has extended himself well beyond the Black Swan. He gives us in Anti-Fragile a new way of looking at the world. He answers why Mother Nature is so enduring and why most man-made complex systems are so fleeting and also why they blow up so spectacularly.The insight I have gained from Anti-Fragile is priceless. I wish many more people would consume this deeply, savoring the incongruity with one's knowledge and the real world. We are all 'suckers' if we do not. I can only aspire to be more like Fat Tony.
Anti-Fragile is the simplest idea I NEVER heard of. This book shakes what one knows to its foundations. Even if you loved the Black Swan this book is 'not da same ting'.
I think his narration is superb.
No. Many sittings, many times over.
I really tried to give this book a chance I have done several economic and technical books using this format but I just could not finish this one. He strokes his ego ad nauseum and he is light on statistics.
"Adventures in brewing" by the guy from Dogfish.
This guy was so busy patting himself on the back he did not touch on his technical analysis in enough depth for me. I was annoyed with him.
I love audio books and have been a member for a number of years and this is the first book with an annoying beep over words that someone decided I should not hear... So in this case not better because I don't think they are censoring print yet
I really find it strange that a book of this calibre that anyone would feel the need for the language police
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Antifragile is like a solid compass for a lifelong journey!
Real, blended with experience, simple and powerful!
Simple and powerful!
very very good! well narrated with emotion, I could feel the author speaking to me!
This book would have been 100x better if it hadn't been written by a self-absorbed, pompous ass.
This book is amazingly hard to rate. Anti-fragility is a great idea, probably one of the better ideas of the last 10 years or so. However, Mr. Taleb believes he is the Most Interesting Man in the World, and has a "I know better than you attitude" that borders on the absurd.
yes. Just to make sure i absorb as much as possible
not so much one specific line or paragraph but rather a sentiment spread through the book. The book points the middle finger at economists that think they are smart enough to plan out economic policy.
"I'd rather be dumb and antifragile then smart and fragile"
I enjoyed "Fooled by Randomness" and the "Black Swan". Although the same ingredients are on display here, they fail to gel, and some of the less appealing ones, such as Taleb's endless delight at his own self-perceived cleverness and his contempt for generic classes of people (bankers, academics) dominate. The book is devoted to an abstract concept, antifragility, which he uses as a theme to link random observations together. The thematic linkage doesn't succeed, there is no research, the thinking is shallow, the conclusions either trivial or unconvincing, and the main message throughout is "look how much smarter I am than everyone else". Better to read one of his earlier books again; he seems to have run out of things to say, but hasn't realized it.