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.
More than met my expectations. It's one I'll likely listen to and read (study) again. Suggestion: how can you (Taleb) teach the math involved to those whose math skills are buried under 30 years of "lack of use"? Consider using Make It Stick (book) techniques.
Taleb's clarity in communicating his experience always overwhelms me when I read his works. I have read this in book form several times, but the audio version helps me to further think about situations using the filter of 'antifragility.' To me this book is a classic because Taleb drains upon classical thinking, history and personal experience in a delightful and thought provoking manner.
Nassim Taleb is a maverick intellect. A nonconformist and the embodiment of antifragility and convexity. Joe Ochman's narration was also genius. Throughly enjoyed this audiobook and will probably listen to it again to really appreciate its brilliance.
Say Less, Mean More?
This is really one of my all-time favorite books, and listening to it is a pleasure.
How the ideas from Fooled By Randomness and The Black Swan evolved into Antifragile which is a masterpiece in my view.
The intonation seemed to precisely match Nassim Taleb's intentions, and it was very well done.
It is very interesting, but I think it requires breaks to get the impact of what Mr. Taleb is trying to impart to the reader.
I think that whether it is intentional or not the three works: Fooled By Randomness, The Black Swan, and Antifragile form a great trilogy that was written in reverse order. The reverse order allowed Mr. Taleb to frame his ideas, and it allows the reader to see how much Mr. Taleb thought about his ideas. These are really works to be cherished, and clearly Antifragile is a culmination of the prior two works thereby making them appendices to Antifragile (as Mr. Taleb mentions).
The book becomes a bit of a rant in places, but the points he makes are far closer to truth than the prevailing practices and/or "conventional wisdom."
Taleb is fascinating and probably a genius, but sometimes listening to this I kinda wish he would chill about that and stick to the story. However, in making his points it does seem that it would be much harder to do it any other way.
Definitely worth the read. Highly recommended if you want to think hard about how the world works.