Inmensely compelling and authentic. This book leaves you thinking about the events for weeks after.
Few authors can take you right to the set like this one. The detail is so fine, I found myself not only absolutely compelled, but cringing and celebrating with the characters. And what a story!
Old-school writing at its best. Listen to this one.
Very interesting, but you get the sense that you're getting only a quarter of what you need. This book sets you up for a Part II that fills in the blanks.
The topic has lots of promise, but Taleb's execution is amateurish. The failure to synthesize and join threads is his biggest failing. And most annoying is that it is an autobiography in disguise. There are way too many personal anecdotes that end up clouding the points he is making.
At the end of the day you want an audiobook to be so compelling that you can't take your headphones off. I found that I had to force myself to get through it by erasing everything else off of my iPod; always hoping that Taleb would finally deliver a few minutes of memorable brillance that never came.
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