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  • Sandworms of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (328)

    Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in two safe-deposit boxes for a decade, Sandworms of Dune will answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades: the origin of the Honored Matres, the tantalizing future of the planet Arrakis, the final revelation of the Kwisatz Haderach, and the resolution to the war between Man and Machine.

    Amazon Customer says: "You'll buy it anyway"
    "Complete failure"
    Overall

    A terrible ending to a great collection. Frank Herbert's books are about ideas and concepts. Brian and Kevin seem to lack any original thought, and do not have an ounce of thought provoking or controversial material. Their books are about action and adventure. Frank's books are about the integration of religion, government and warfare, and their implications on society. Brian and Kevin's books are about Duncan Idaho saving humanity and big worms crushing robots. Bland.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    Overall
    (2230)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1053)

    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"
    "Great for some, boring for others...."
    Overall

    This book is about philosophy, deep thinking and self-reflection. It does not have trading tips or predictions about the economy. It is about a paradigm that isn't considered in every day life; consideration of black swan events. There are many analogies to finance and criticisms of economics and policy. Yes, it is very negative. Yes, he comes across as pompous and arrogant. And yes, after awhile you get his point. But I must admit that this book opened my mind to new concepts and points of view. I see events in the market place and in my current field much differently now. If you like to think about abstract, philosophical ideas, then this is a good book. If you do not enjoy the act of thinking, then do not read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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