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  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman

    In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

    Liz says: "big fan but what is up with the bleeps?"
    "Self indulgent, shallow, and undisciplined"
    What disappointed you about Antifragile?

    Vain anti-intellectual posturing. Ideas could be captured in 3 minutes, bloated into 15 hours.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Re-read Nate Silver's "Signal and Noise"

    What three words best describe Joe Ochman’s performance?

    Bullsh*t in, bullsh*t out. Not his fault.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. I regret the money and time spent.

    16 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Great by Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
    • Narrated By Jim Collins

    The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

    K. Donath says: "Real Insight!!"
    "Good concepts, but get a pro to read the book"
    If you could sum up Great by Choice in three words, what would they be?

    Helpful analysis of what distinguishes successful from failing enterprises, building on the earlier work. However, while Collins may be an engaging and passionate presenter (I saw him in person live), he overdoes the emphatic reading in this production, making it painfully annoying to listen to. Too bad, really.

    What other book might you compare Great by Choice to and why?

    Good to Great, Built to Last. Similar analysis.

    What didn’t you like about Jim Collins’s performance?

    He read the whole thing in ALL CAPS and with !!!!! after every half sentence. Really grating.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I almost switched off at the opening, the reading was so bad.

    Any additional comments?

    Re-produce with a professional audio speaker (the reader of the daily Wall Street Journal is a good benchmark to aim for).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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