Overall this is a great piece because you will pick up something new each time you listen to it. But it makes reference to the PDF files attached. This isn't going to help while driving or doing chores.
I had the same problem with Wiseman's "59 seconds" but I solved that with getting a hard copy.
We saw a slight shift of vocabulary in that one about soccer, then we saw deeper shifts in the one about tobacco. This culminates what my bookish friends say is his change to spoken dictation. This might be regarded as the last proper Discworld story, the next will be co-written with Stephen Baxter. That man is the surest sign an author is about to perish.
Argh... Chapter 1 is fairly sensible, chew thoroughly and don't be afraid to leave some of our oversized portions on the plate. But the second part screws up the purpose of audiobooks. I use them to work, I cannot do an eyes closed portion.
The radio show / podcast covered everything before, in greater depth and with higher production qualities. They even pad the audiobook with a sample of the podcast, which shouldn't count toward the audiobook length.
Go buy a hardcopy of 4 Hour Chef. That'll cover this material in 20 pages AND it's an interesting cookbook. I think this was about an hour of rehash you could pick up from Lifehacker followed by 6 hours of "How I did something that might be of relevance to you."
What if, instead of adding things to compensate for the woes of the world, we subtract.
Taleb makes a strong argument for... Well, makes several strong arguments. From via negativa to a bit of dietary advice that's more eloquently put here than in any fad diet book, there's all sorts of observations and arguments that can change your life once you embrace what they mean. Do you understand optionality, and the importance of shocks to systems? Do you benefit more from walking a mile or running a mile? What defining characteristic is missing from "paleo diet"? Why do bones strengthen from use but porcelain doesn't?
And you might even get a feel for why humans will always pilot passenger airplanes from the flight deck, no matter how much the MBA's in the office want to do away with them.
Considering this story goes on for about 40 hours, very little happens. It meanders on and on. The pacing is poor, the plot is almost non existent, the milieu is so poorly developed it could have been set anywhere with carbon based life forms. The two main characters hardly went through any development.
The deep and sad irony is that this had the subplot of a character rewriting a work to make it more enjoyable. This book needed that treatment.
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