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Michael

Huntingdon Valley, PA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (630)

    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.

    PHIL says: "Some good ideas, smart guy, not smart as HE thinks"
    "Expert at Wall Street Branches Out and FAILS"
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    Black Swan is the Masterpiece by Taleb.
    This book is a massive "Reversion toward the Mean".
    A Total And Utter Tour de Force of Horseshit, on a massive list of subject's Taleb is utterly incompetent, holding neophyte status in.

    Too many times, the vast majority of times Taleb enters subject areas assuming incompetence in the field based in his limited knowledge of the field, from diet to diabetes. Nassim assumes incompetence he may have read from the editorial pages of the WSJ, but not the actual journals of the subjects he discusses.

    Just one example, on the one hand he ridicules the NY 20 oz soda ban, no the other he assumes dietitians and pediatricians don't know the dangers of juices and sodas.

    He attacks "liberal" economists who generally agree with his proposals, as if Stiglitz doesn't know "Agency" problems, and hasn't railed against them, as Taleb himself has.

    This book is a massive attack on "Straw Men", things that aren't true and no one believes.
    At Total Waste of your Time and Money.

    if you wish to read Taleb, competent in his subject matter, buy Black Swan.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Matt Taibbi
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (235)

    The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isn’t past but prologue. The stunning rise, fall, and rescue of Wall Street in the bubble-and-bailout era was the coming-out party for the network of looters who sit at the nexus of American political and economic power. The grifter class - made up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding - has been growing in power for a generation.

    Jerome says: "News In America"
    "In depth look at Wall Street Fraud"
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    Repubs, get thru the early part of the book, and you will be rewarded with how Wall Street has corrupted the commodities markets. That knowledge is golden.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2252)
    Performance
    (1836)
    Story
    (1853)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Interesting Concepts with Slow Sections"
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    The reading was very good, with good voices for the main characters.
    The story is interesting, but, there are some slow sections of long pointless detail about landscape.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1885)
    Performance
    (1557)
    Story
    (1572)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Adds nothing to our understanding of Economics"
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    Mischaracterization of cultures.
    Author seems to be buried in right wing spin, and has not yet questioned it.
    Austerity budgets lead to Much Lower Economic growth.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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