I was hoping for another Black Swan type of narrative, and, unfortunately, I got it. It keeps repeating examples from that book and only marginally improves on the Black Swan.
the repetition is mind numbing - i don't need fifteen examples; two suffice.
write something new; not an extension; he also shouldn't pretend that everyone can easily do what he does, not everyone is independently wealthy. An individual with a will isn't capable of changing society on his own, nor is Mr Taleb.
I thought the narrator was fine.
No it doesn't. It is already a follow-up to the Black swan
I couldn't finish the book due to its repetitive nature. It was either that, or the whole book is on a tangent I couldn't follow after a while. Also, given that the Black Swan contains many same examples, I just didn't want to hear it again...and again.
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.
The difficulty in non fiction that suggests time is the best predictor of value, or at least that old things are more likely to stand the test of time than new things--the difficulty is that the work of non fiction must be born old. This book distills years of thought by Nassim into a collection of "books."
I love to read but there is much I do not know. I look forward to reading this book again because the items I did understand were so important. First, the continuum presented in the book has on one side Fragility, on the other Antifragility, and in the middle Robust. Antifragility deals with those items that benefit from disruption or difficulty.
Second, instead of working towards resilience, a good long term focus might be to focus on robust systems or even anti fragile systems.
Thank you for your work, Mr Taleb.