First, ignore all ad hominem remarks about the author. That's all just noise, and it's laughable that people are so distracted by it. I wonder if Taleb didn't do that to you on purpose. Jokes on you if you let that distract you from the message.
The message is an incredibly valuable one. It provides very simple, useful, "heuristic" to quickly evaluate information and decisions in your life.
If you're on the fence, get this book.
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.
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.