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  • Summary of Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

  • By: FlashBooks Book Summaries
  • Narrated by: Dean Bokhari
  • Length: 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

This is a book summary of Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb and not the original book. Antifragile is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb's landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision making in a world we don't understand. The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and The Bed of Procrustes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great summary of a great book!

  • By mike on 03-18-18

Great synopsis without the snarky commentary

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-18

What made the experience of listening to Summary of Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb the most enjoyable?

I really enjoy the content and information present in Taleb's books but he seems to be a little mean spirited, and he seems to go on and on about how stupid, inadequate and wrong many people are. I know he is probably right, but I don't want to listen to all that negativity. I really want to try to focus on things I can control and on personal improvement. This quick synopsis provides the important info without the negative message. The man is a genius, and I actually think he is funny, but lets keep it positive and succinct.

What did you like best about this story?

great examples, great info. Important ideas and concepts.

Which character – as performed by Dean Bokhari – was your favorite?

NA

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

the whole concept of anti fragility is really cool. I like the hydra discussion. It is like the immune system, that which does not kill you really can make you stronger!

Any additional comments?

Good listen

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Escape Clause

  • A Virgil Flowers Novel, Book 9
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,057

The first storm comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large and very rare Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they've been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others - as Virgil is about to find out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Super Sandford

  • By Ted on 03-05-17

very fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-16

Would you listen to Escape Clause again? Why?

Well, No probably would not listen again, because I know what happens.

BUT, is that the right question here? I mean, I got a ton of enjoyment the first time around and if there was another Virgil book out there I would listen to it immediately and that is a better question.

This book gets 5 stars, but it is a crime novel and once you know the ending it would be OK the second time around but not the same.....not the right question for this book.

Some better questions are:Are you glad you listened to it?

Answer: Absolutely! Great stuff! 5 stars!

Why are you glad you listened to it?

Answer: I really like this guy. I can relate to him better than many other characters in other books and I enjoy the fact that he is very human. Not perfect, not infallible, he is a normal dude, who is a good guy, a thoughtful cop and honestly just like a lot of kids I grew up with. He is almost impossible not to like.

Virgil is the kinda guy you want to get a beer with, or throw a football with or go fishing with.

The narration is great, the characters are great, the story is great, and it is the perfect distraction from whatever bs is getting you down in life. Your gonna laugh, your gonna say....yep....I know people like that, or I grew up with folks like that.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yep, I thought someone was toast.....won't give it away, but after you finish you will figure it out.

What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

He does the characters perfect. He has this down. He deserves a raise.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Just buy it. worth it. return it if you don't like it, but you will like it

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  • An Interview with Frederick Forsyth (Unabridged)

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Freeman
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44

An interview with Frederick Forsyth, author of The Afghan. Forsyth is well-known for his thrilling novels, including The Day of the Jackal, The Dogs of War, The Odessa File, The Fist of God, Icon, The Veteran, and Avenger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Interview with Forsyth

  • By Jean on 05-24-12

great wish it were longer

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-16

great interview, just wish it were longer. good content, great questions, love this guy. best

  • Money Management Skills

  • By: Michael Finke, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael Finke
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,996

The goal of money management is to maximize our happiness at every stage of our lives. Whether you are a novice investor or a seasoned pro, starting your first job or contemplating retirement, these 24 straightforward lectures are an excellent primer for making successful financial decisions at every stage of your life. Professor Finke takes you on a tour of some of the most widely available financial products and tools, from mutual funds to life insurance to college savings accounts.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Irresponsible Advice

  • By Christopher on 01-12-18

bad advice right at the start

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I firmly disagree with the author. I have read dozens of books on personal finance and I am concerned that he (and our federal government) are a little too fond of debt. At the beginning he describes/discusses debt and seems to imply that it is a good idea for young people to borrow money to improve their lifestyle and to pay for things they cannot afford. Well, I personally made that mistake and I would do it differently if could go back in time. Debt is dangerous. People get in over their head and often become a slave to the debt. I was lucky enough to pay off all my loans (using hard work and frugal living) but I would caution young students: Borrow as little as you possibly can. Debt is NOT your friend.

Has Money Management Skills turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Michael Finke?

Narration is fine, content is questionable

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

Debt is not your friend. I went to medical school and became a doc and had tons of debt. I "made it" but I have friends who borrowed tons of money and then did not "make it" they were not cut out to be docs and now they are ruined because they have piles of loans. Loans are not without risk. Borrow as little as you can. Pay cash if at all possible. The borrower is slave to the lender. Be careful.

38 of 47 people found this review helpful

  • The Shepherd

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: James Konicek
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

It is Christmas Eve, 1957. Flying home, on leave from Germany, he is alone in the cockpit of the Vampire. Sixty-six minutes of flying time, with the descent and landing - destination Lakenheath. No problem, all routine procedures.Then, out over the North Sea, the fog begins to close in. Radio contact ceases and the compass goes haywire. Suddenly, out of the mist, appears a WorldWar II bomber. It is flying just below the Vampire, as if trying to make contact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very very well done!

  • By tomasz brymora on 05-10-13

Wonderful, i loved it! Outstanding!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-15

One of his best! He really knows how to tell a great story. Love It! His characters & suspense followed by a great ending never fail to enthrall the reader!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Fourth Protocol

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

Plan Aurora, hatched in a remote dacha in the forest outside Moscow and initiated with relentless brilliance and skill, is a plan within a plan that, in its spine-chilling ingenuity, breaches the ultra-secret Fourth Protocol and turns the fears that shaped it into a living nightmare. A crack Soviet agent, placed under cover in a quiet English country town, begins to assemble a jigsaw of devastation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As usual, Forsyth is Fantastic

  • By Thomas Burch on 02-27-11

As usual, Forsyth is Fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-11

Forsyth builds his story piece by piece gradually getting more and more interesting as the reader continues to become enthralled with the characters and the plot. The reader gradually discover what the diabolical plan is and then after you figure it out, you have no idea how they are going to stop it. Then, when you think you have it all sorted out, he throws you a little twist at the very end, which compliments his characters and leaves you with a clever smile on your face. I loved it, but I love almost all he does. Good stuff.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • No Comebacks

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Nigel Davenport
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Deception, blackmail, murder, revenge: these are the themes of stories that move from London to the coast of Spain, from Mauritius to Dublin. Whether his subject is assassination by stealth or the cruel confidence trick, Forsyth is never less than compulsive. Whether he is telling of gun-smuggling across the Irish border or wrestling a giant game-fish to death in a tropical sea, he fills in the last authentic and evocative detail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short stories from the Master

  • By Ron on 07-09-05

Forsyth at his best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-11

No combacks is another great Forsyth novel. The surprise ending and quick commentary are wonderful. I found Forsyth by accident, and I have been so pleased that I look forward to the release of every book. He always seems to do his homework and develop wonderful characters and those characters rarely disappoint. He seems to know how to leave me saying: "wow that was good, sorry I'm finished with it". Good stuff.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cobra

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

What if you had carte blanche to fight evil? Nothing held back, nothing off the table. What would you do? For decades, the world has been fighting the drug cartels, and losing, their billions of dollars making them the most powerful and destructive organizations on earth. Until one man is asked to take charge. Paul Devereaux used to run Special Operations for the CIA before they retired him for being too ruthless. Now he can have anything he requires, do anything he thinks necessary. No boundaries, no rules, no questions asked.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good Read by Forsyth

  • By Tim on 08-27-10

OK, but not as good as his other books

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-10

It was good, but the ending was a little less impressive. As usual, Forsyth does a great job developing his characters and building a story, but I thought the ending was a little flat compared to his other works.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Afghan

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize, but to do what? They know nothing about it: the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it's impossible to plant someone. Or is it?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhere In Between

  • By Johnnie Walker on 10-29-06

outstanding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-10

Wow, this guy is the best. He does his homework, his characters are well developed, and his stories are outstanding. I read/listen to everything he does and they are all fantastic.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Odessa File

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506

Frederick Forsyth's spellbinding novels are the natural outgrowth of an adventuresome career in international investigative journalism. Written in Austria and Germany during the fall of 1971, The Odessa File is based on its author's life experiences as a Reuters man reporting from London, Paris, and East Berlin in the early 1960s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic SS Thriller of (fictionalized) History

  • By Scott on 08-09-10

Forsyth at his best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-10

Outstanding story. Fredrick Forsyth always does his homework. His character development is amazing and his story always leaves you spell bound. There is often a twist at the end of his stories and every detail is wonderful. I loved this story, and I recommend all his stuff.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful