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The Black Swan Audiobook

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2007 Nassim Nicholas Taleb; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"[Taleb] administers a severe thrashing to MBA- and Nobel Prize-credentialed experts who make their living from economic forecasting." (Booklist)
"The hubris of predictions - and our perpetual surprise when the not-predicted happens - are themes of Nassim Nicholas Taleb's engaging new book....It concerns the occurrence of the improbable, the power of rare events and the author's lament that 'in spite of the empirical record we continue to project into the future as if we were good at it.'" (The New York Times)

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    Nathan 07-27-15
    Nathan 07-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Must read"

    A unique perspective on how we understand, or think we know how the the world around us works

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    Rashed Iqbal Greater Los Angeles Area, CA 07-05-15
    Rashed Iqbal Greater Los Angeles Area, CA 07-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best books and a matching narrater"
    Would you listen to The Black Swan again? Why?

    The books is an in-depth treatise of how we (do not) use our mental faculties to model uncertainties of this world. What the book presents is a way of thinking and one may need to listen to the book repeatedly to avoid the pitfalls of thinking that we so often make evening without knowing.


    What does David Chandler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    David is an excellent narrator for reading this book. It is his style that matches with the tone (which is a little arrogant but in a good way) of the author of the book.


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    Amazon Customer 07-04-15
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    "Hmmmm...."
    Any additional comments?

    OK, not to be overly harsh here, but this book is the prototypical "blinding flash of the obvious". Underwhelming. I very rarely negatively rate my Audible books (because it was me who bought them in the first place!) On this one, I'll just say...I should have listened to the preview before I hit the "purchase" key!

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    ODMA2112 06-18-15
    ODMA2112 06-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "MUST READ for anyone in the modern world!"

    or:
    people making decisions
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    pursuing a career of any kind
    curious people
    do away with the slavery taught to us by the news and certain academics!

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    stephane poitras 06-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good, but wordy..."

    Quite interesting, but wordy and reprtative at times. Still would recommend it. Ha some good insights.

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    Marcus Way 05-24-15
    Marcus Way 05-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Smart"

    This book is great. I find Taleb's thought extremely insightful, compelling, and useful. Highly recommended.

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    MarketSmartLee 05-13-15

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    "A great expose"

    The best cases yet for skepticism of the "intelligentsia" and their empty assurances. You know the ones. "Our models work! It's the world that is broken."
    Great work!!

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    Ian 05-13-15
    Ian 05-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book, poor performance"
    What made the experience of listening to The Black Swan the most enjoyable?

    The ideas are important and well articulated. There is some overlap with Fooled by Randomness and other titles in this genre, but this book makes unique points.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I listened previously to Fooled by Randomness, which was well narrated. The narrator of this book does not seem to be a professional. This book calls for pronunciation of foreign words, as well as words of foreign origin that have been assimilated into English. His pronunciation of such words is wretched, and this delivery detracts from the listening experience. I never managed to get beyond his voice and focus fully on the words, because it is completely unimaginable that his voice is that of the author. It is not believable.


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    Scott Edward Cunningham 04-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "We need an abridged version"

    Great points on why we do so poorly at understanding outliers. Unfortunately it is presented as a ranting manifesto attacking dozens of scholars instead of getting to the point with data. Eventually the Ad Hominem stops around chapter 15 and we get a glimpse of the core topic.

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    Felix F H 04-26-15
    Felix F H 04-26-15
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    "Transformational"

    A new way for me to experience reality. Erudite, refreshing and masterfully written. Loved it. Prepared for multiple audible listens.

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