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Laura

Reston, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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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
    (824)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (691)

    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?"
    "Does he even know the definition of anti-fragile?"
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    What would have made Antifragile better?

    This is an arrogant and incoherent book and there were many misrepresentations of historical trends. He makes analogies that don't stand. A waste of money and time. My intellect was crying.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Ulysses.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Very snide.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Antifragile?

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    There were some interesting facts about history.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (22947)
    Performance
    (9461)
    Story
    (9677)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "Wild and Crazy Guy!!!"
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    I do love Steve Martin. He never fails to make me laugh. The only thing that could make this better is having a part that Gilda could read with Steve...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (1170)
    Performance
    (980)
    Story
    (992)

    Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th-century England.

    Rachel Kapila says: "Flo Gibson Reads You Stories"
    "Very Mediocre"
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    Nothing stands out as egregiously sub-par. It is just that this recording is very underwhelming and does not readily grab one's attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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