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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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    joe 12-09-15
    joe 12-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating"

    Although the author is pretentious and over the top, the ideas are all consuming and eye opening.

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    J. F Treml philly 11-30-15
    J. F Treml philly 11-30-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Barely listenable"
    What would have made The Black Swan better?

    If the author didn't hold himself in such great esteem at the great cost of everyone else. I think the narrator does well in conveying the author's hubris and disdain for the rest of us - although this does not make it more bearable to listen to.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Chandler?

    Uncertain. I would definitely preview anything read by this narrator to ensure that his voice is not consistent with the reading of this text.


    Any additional comments?

    My biggest problem with the book is that I do think that there are some very good ideas buried in it, but they are hard to get to through all the scorn. I wanted to like this. But at the halfway point, I am probably giving up on it.

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    Arthur Sweden 11-12-15
    Arthur Sweden 11-12-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A new perspective"

    First of all let me say that the narrator was great.
    The book goes on to explain those huge events that usually change our lives. It also tries to explain our mentality and behavior towards such events.
    Really enjoyed it and it will definitely affect my decision making in the future.

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    Amazon Customer 11-02-15 Member Since 2016

    Business bent but engineering foundation. I read about 50 hours per month.

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    "Verifies my experience in the stock market."

    Black Scholes gives some comfort umtil a volume spike knocks you out of the bell curve parabola. Its random and not fully predictable. So am keeping bulk of reserves in low risk investments, and about 15% in high risk, looking for positive black swans. Loved the book. Applies to life, not just investing. Im on to Mr. Taleb's next book. They keep getting better and better.

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    Richard 10-22-15
    Richard 10-22-15
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    "A book worth recommending"

    A colleague recommended this book to me when we were discussing compliance and risk.
    Ik have to agree that it is worth the read. It is one of the hardest books I have listened too, I had to re-listen to some chapters to really understand what was being said, but it was worthwhile. It showed me that risk-management has two sides, positive an negative risks, and that like when you are surfing, you can position yourself to be able to catch the positive waves. This is a book I will listen to a second time.

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    Branimir T Toyaganov 10-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "my new favorite"

    Loved it. Killed several of my own sacred cows...challenged my thinking... it was often funny and totally pleased my taste for literary style.

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    saul 09-14-15
    saul 09-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "very impressive "

    highly recommended I haven't finished this book yet but I am very confident the outcome will be the same as now as it will be if not better when I get to the last word

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    Dustin Petty 09-11-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Impossible to finish"
    Would you try another book from Nassim Nicholas Taleb and/or David Chandler?

    Absolutely not.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know.


    What didn’t you like about David Chandler’s performance?

    The description of this book appeals to someone interested in business or investing where an understanding of, "Black Swan Events," may be beneficial. After about 20 minutes of listening to the author, Taleb goes into an unbearable tangent about all things unrelated to the presumed point of this book. The best way to describe this book is RAMBLE, RAMBLE,RAMBLE,TANGENT, RAMBLE, POMPUS OVERSHARE OF SOME HISTORICAL EVENT YOU DONT CARE ABOUT, RAMBLE....DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!


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

    Disappointing. I wish there was a way to get my money back.


    Any additional comments?

    GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK.

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    Alex O Washington, DC 09-08-15
    Alex O Washington, DC 09-08-15
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    "Pretentious, Aimless, Redundant, Narcissism"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing, though a different narrator would have helped a lot.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nassim Nicholas Taleb again?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The writing itself is the epitome of pretentious, self-indulgent, frequently aimless tripe, but the narrator they got for this book made matters worse. If you were going to cast a voice to play the Platonic ideal of the pompous, rich, braggadocio windbag, then this would be your guy. Combine that voice with the excruciating writing and you have a truly awful listening experience.


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

    Irritation at the ceaseless repetition of the main idea, usually with little development of the main point, combined with endless and aimless spiels from the author about his own brilliance resulted in boredom and disgust. This the absolute worst audiobook I've ever heard.


    Any additional comments?

    Underneath the crap, (and most of the book is crap) there is the kernel of an idea that is worth noting. Thankfully all you need to know is in the introduction, and the author does little to develop it, despite running on and on for hundreds upon hundreds of pages.

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    JJCHOLDINGS 08-13-15
    JJCHOLDINGS 08-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enlightening"
    Would you listen to The Black Swan again? Why?

    I listen to it, I study it, so much to grasp but I believe that its one of those books that opens up more and more each time that I will listen to it.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Its a departure from your normal manifest destiny approach and tells us that we live in an unstable world filled with uncertainty.


    Have you listened to any of David Chandler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoyed the narrative excellent job as it fit well to the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Aliens, impossible! Ok maybe not but there are Black Swans


    Any additional comments?

    I'm already on to his next book "Fooled by Randomness".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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