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Antifragile Audiobook

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of The Black Swan and one of the foremost thinkers of our time, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a book on how some things actually benefit from disorder.

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. The antifragile is immune to prediction errors. Why is the city-state better than the nation-state, why is debt bad for you, and why is everything that is both modern and complicated bound to fail? The audiobook spans innovation by trial and error, health, biology, medicine, life decisions, politics, foreign policy, urban planning, war, personal finance, and economic systems. And throughout, in addition to the street wisdom of Fat Tony of Brooklyn, the voices and recipes of ancient wisdom, from Roman, Greek, Semitic, and medieval sources, are heard loud and clear.

Extremely ambitious and multidisciplinary, Antifragile provides a blueprint for how to behave - and thrive - in a world we don't understand, and which is too uncertain for us to even try to understand and predict. Erudite and witty, Taleb’s message is revolutionary: What is not antifragile will surely perish.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Nassim Nicholas Taleb (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"[This] is the lesson of Taleb...and also the lesson of our volatile times. There is more courage and heroism in defying the human impulse, in taking the purposeful and painful steps to prepare for the unimaginable." (Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point)

"[Taleb writes] in a style that owes as much to Stephen Colbert as it does to Michel de Montaigne." (The Wall Street Journal)

"The most prophetic voice of all.... [Taleb is] a genuinely significant philosopher...someone who is able to change the way we view the structure of the world through the strength, originality and veracity of his ideas alone." (GQ)

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    Adam Sime 01-16-17
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    "A great concept. the last 90% is whinny rhetoric
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    a great concept but the book is far too long, complete with a lot of nonsense examples and questionable conclusions. Nevertheless antifragile is a great concept.

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    Steve 01-13-17
    Steve 01-13-17
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    "Long Winded and Rambling, but some good ideas"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less rambling and getting to the point much sooner


    Has Antifragile turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, several good ideas (the primary concept concerning antifragility and also the point about academics taken credit for describing the work of tinkerers and inventors, after the fact).


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    B. Bradatanu 01-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book I've read in my adult life"

    Very enjoyable read! I feel like the last time I've read a book that had as much impact on how I view the world was when I read Zarathustra in high school. This book by Taleb was also filled with about as many eyebrow raises.

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    David 11-25-16
    David 11-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Shallow and Ham-foster"

    The only thing new is the authors ham-fisted application of his own made up words. Additionally anyone or any idea he disagrees with suffers from accusations of being wussy,sissy, and wimpy. These random attacks and is own scattered writing style, make for a mess of a book.

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    Nik 11-23-16
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    "Amazing central thesis, bloated into 16 hours"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The early part of the book was VERY well worth it, as the central thesis of anti-fragility is a game-changing approach with many applications. However, the book quickly devolves into a bloated, self-indulgent, repetitive mess as Taleb tries extremely hard to impress the listener with how intelligent, rich, fit (honestly how many times do we have to hear that he 'looks like a bodybuilder'?) and contrarian Taleb is - after a while you get the sense that he's no longer developing the ideas of anti-fragility, and is instead merely rambling and desperate for the listener to like him.


    Has Antifragile turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, for the first hour of greatness, then walk out to avoid the remaining 15 hours of Taleb flexing in front of the camera and eating dinner in restaurants.


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    Michael 11-23-16
    Michael 11-23-16
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    "Deep."

    I found this book fascinating, complicated, and one that I absolutely wanted to finish. It felt like running my first marathon. I'm glad that I read this book where it has opened my eyes up to new concepts that I didn't truly understand before hearing them in this book. I believe that it's important for anyone to listen to this and really consider the concepts shared.

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    Eric ANGIER, NC, United States 11-22-16
    Eric ANGIER, NC, United States 11-22-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great concept, a bit wordy"

    The concept presented is really good but the author sometimes gets side tracked and makes broad statements. (like "anything marketed is a bad product") I might suggest watching some of the authors youtube videos instead.

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    Russell Wilson 11-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Forceful and fearless"

    A tour de force in clear thinking and cutting through BS. Thank you for the wonderful education and your through history, ethics, and living a good life!

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    Friendly Customer Somerville, MA United States 10-30-16
    Friendly Customer Somerville, MA United States 10-30-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Content and Delivery Perfectly Matched"

    Flawless performance in reading by Joe Ochman. Pacing and emphasis were outstanding. Content - while surely controversial - is equally thought-provoking to the open minded listener. Will certainly give this a listen again.

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    Matthew Jackson 10-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Read"

    Read this book. That's all I have to say. Just read it please. Thank you.

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