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  • Fooled by Randomness

  • The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

This audiobook is about luck, or more precisely, how we perceive and deal with luck in life and business. It is already a landmark work, and its title has entered our vocabulary. In its second edition, Fooled by Randomness is now a cornerstone for anyone interested in random outcomes.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Self righteous rambling

  • By Ben Stubbens on 21-02-17

good book but some irritating aspects

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-10-18

the central theme of people retrofitting narrative to random events was fascinating and chimed with what you hear in the news, at work and following sport. There was plenty I had heard in other books particularly around irrational behaviours which is a taking interesting area. what detracted somewhat from the book was the first person ranting of person who clearly has a number of chips on their should and who comes across rather arrogant and socially awkward. This shouldn't really affect the listen however I found the style of writing made it difficult to ignore and I almost have up somewhere in the middle. glad I finished it though.

  • Excalibur

  • The Warlord Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 415

A story of love, war, loyalty and betrayal, Excalibur begins with the failure of Lancelot's rebellion and the ruin of Arthur's marriage to Guinevere. The Saxons, sensing the disunity of the Britons, seize the chance to destroy Arthur. The climax of the war comes with the legendary triumph at Mount Badon, and Arthur`s great victory. But the promises he made then come back to haunt him after the years of peace and glory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Now Complete"

  • By Lee on 10-04-15

Brilliant!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-03-18

Highly plausible characters, vivid action, intrigue and politics, beautifully woven into a compelling story where protagonists use religion and 'magic' for coping with and manipulation of an uncertain and brutal world.

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  • Essentialism

  • The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  • By: Greg McKeown
  • Narrated by: Greg McKeown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

Have you ever found yourself struggling with information overload? Have you ever felt both overworked and underutilised? Do you ever feel busy but not productive? If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is to become an essentialist. In Essentialism, Greg McKeown, CEO of a leadership and strategy agency in Silicon Valley who has run courses at Apple, Google and Facebook, shows you how to achieve what he calls the disciplined pursuit of less.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential reading for me right now

  • By Stefanie W on 10-04-18

Average

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-03-16

A bit of a corny & formulaic management book but some good common sense stuff in there.