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Angela

Albuquerque, NM, United States

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  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    Overall
    (1977)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (851)

    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"
    "Interesting read, BAD audiobook"
    Overall

    This book is written by a true egotist, but his points are valid and interesting--if you're capable of overlooking his arrogance. That being said, I couldn't get through more than 1.5 hours of this audiobook. I had to trash it from my ipod and read the book outright (I like to read while I listen). The narration is forced and actually alters a lot of the writers points. He emphasizes the wrong scientific words in sentences, almost constantly. As a physicist this drove me insane and I couldn't stand listening to it. I wouldn't recommend this audiobook. I disliked the narrators voice and he clearly didn't understand the writers intention, which is the worst of follies for an audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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