Ever since i read fooled by randomness, I've read and recommended all of Taleb's books. He is the master of anti bulls*h*i*t.
The most memorable moment of Taleb's books are as usual his conclusions and afterwords. It is like listening to the wise Grandfather I never had.
When he explains his ideas on antifragility is also very interresting because the concept has been around all his previous books, but it is the first time he explains in a way I feel like I really get his point.
Taleb writes about what he wants to write about, he does not just say it as you listen his book you can feel he is not constrain about anything because he really say what is on his mind and curses very often
A few times it's gets boring when he rumbles on and on about the same subject, but his message is so universal that this could even be a philosophy book though I'm sure the author woudn't agree to that.
I'd definitely recommend this book. It's a biography and a meditation guidebook. It is definitely not a regular meditation guide though. There is no transcendental bu****it on it.
The author who is a reporter in his spare time (a popular one by the way) has a very analytical mind and tries to uncover what is truth and what is not in self help. He talks about many self help books I read in the past .Eckhart Tolle, Joe Vitale Deepak Chopra he interview all of these guys and they are full of s**t, Eckhart being the only exception;
The author is able to go straight into the most important questions about meditation, self help and controlling the ego. The closest to a mystical free of bias meditation teachings.
It is a biography as well. Very enlightening because I face many of the difficulties he faced as well;
One of the best meditation and self help book I read. Already listen to it twice, planning to listen again at least once every year.
Some terrible old evil awakens again to threaten humanity, but this time mankind is defenseless since it has forgotten the old ways (the knights radiant) and 'powers (soulcasting and surgebinding) which have been used in the past to combat that same evil. This is the basic premise of the story of this book.
There are 3 main viewpoint characters, Kaladin A darkeye, or peasant, Shallan Davar A minor lighteyes, or noble,, Dalinar Kholin A highprince of Alethkar. And a few other minor viewpoint character the most notorious of those is Szeth-son-son-Vallano, an assassin from the land of Shinovar who is tormented by the murders he performs.
The plot is compelling and despite its length (45 hours of so). I didn't listen to any other book before finishing this one. On the bad side, aside from a few action packed chapters where Szeth is the protagonist, the pace only starts to pick up at the end of the book (chapter 65 onwards – Sadius betrayal).
I find that the book gets very boring and repetitive especially at the beginning of a change in viewpoint characters. This is because the author had the necessity of remembering the reader how awful the character felt, how worried he/she is, and how miserable he/she is. To the point that before chapter 65, every time something actually happens, (a few pages at best) the action offset by much more pages of whining and depression.
I already started listening to book 2, and I recommend the book but if you are reading/listening ASOIF don't get to excited about this one, it's not the same thing, not even close. So 3 stars to it. If I hadn't listen the game of throne books I would give this one 4 stars.
The book is funny, the narrator has a way to make the worst ideas the world has ever created. On the other hand there is nothing original about the book. I have already seen a lot of stuff in this book on TV. The author just made it in written form. But on TV was more fun.
This is the first book I read by Jack Vance. I was surprised when I realized that many of his ideas inspired many modern and much more famous authors. Even RPG games such as dungeons and dragons were inspired by his books, for example the wizards having to memorize spells and then forgetting after they have been cast.Jack Vance has not receive the credit he is entitled.
Dying earth is gloomy place, and the characters reflect that. You are not going to find a happy endings here if that is what you are looking for. I just did not give it 5 stars because the outline of the 5 or 6 tales are very similar. But that does not mean I'm not listening to this author again, in fact I just purchased the next book in the series
The narrator is great at bringing the dying earth to life, metaphorically speaking since it's actually dying. haha
Would make a good afternoon B horror comedy.
It is a original book on the way it mixed many different genres like Horror, romance and mystery.
The title of the book suggests that you are going to get a badass main character but that's not the case.
Turning zombies into vampire like creatures is not very original creatures.
The plot is very shallow.
It is very easy to figure out the authors source of inspiration.
Physics is no easy subject, at least to me. Quantum theory harder still. However the author does a terrific job making theoretical physics accessible for the regular person. On top of that, there is just so much interresting stuff in this book that it is almost impossible to get everything in only one listen, specially while you are driving. I'm planning to listen it at least once again.
It is a book for those people who like me are absolutely fascinated by physics but just don't get what does those weird equations mean. If I had a teacher like that on high school I would probably had studied physics on college.. but you don't find teacher like him on highschools. =( It is the first time I can say I understand what entropy really is. I read many times on wikipedia and other books, and I thought I did understand, now i know I do.
There is still a long way to go before humanity is able to fully grasp the misteries of the big bang. And maybe the future that looks rather bleak may have a way out, to survive the end of the universe... hopefully
To begin I'd like to say that I believe that the disparity between sexes is a growing issue in the modern world. And the reason I bought this book was to learn ways I could negotiate better deals with women understanding more how they approach negotiation.
I got what I was looking for, partially; because the author spends the first 2/3 of the book just talking about how bad the society views women when they take a more aggressive approach.
After every point the author tries to get across she emphasizes it by giving example after example. It gets pretty boring after sometime since they are all the same. These examples could be very well be removed entirely from the book since it gets very repetitive and does not contribute at all besides filling pages.
To save your time, go straight to the important part of the book; simply go directly to chapter 7. From that point onwards is the best part of the book
However much of what the author says about negotiation is pretty basic stuff! If you are going to buy this book only to know more about negotiating, I would recommend skipping this one, even if you are a woman.
Very fun to listen - the main character, Emperor Mollusk, is certainly one os the best villains around.
A bit cliché - the domination of the universe.
The narrator is very good at creating different voices for every character.
Haven't finished the book yet to say if the sinister Brain is going to control the universe.
There are about 8 or 9 different guided meditations, one in each chapter, making it very easy to switch between them. These guided meditations are short, about ten minutes each and are an ideal listen during your day, when you are waiting in lines or while driving - just don't follow the narrator advice to close your eyes and you'll be fine ;)
I'm listening to this book almost every day and I can already notice the difference in my mood.
this is an incredible book about meditation in general and a new way of seeing the world as it is not as a construction of your self. I recommend this listen to everyone who is like me always anxious for no reason, like the world is about to end at any instant.
I'm planning to listen to it many times, probably two or three times a year.
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