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  • The Black Swan

  • The Impact of the Highly Improbable
  • Written by: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    4 out of 5 stars 11

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jeff Bezos recommended this book, worth it.

  • By Nithin on 03-04-19

Jeff Bezos recommended this book, worth it.

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Reviewed: 03-04-19

I’m a black swan & I’ve always thanked providence for supporting me. Taleb put this in perspective for me & I’m thankful to him for putting structure around such an ambiguous subject. I also realised that only few of us recognise black swans as most of us tend to be lost in the bell curve of our lives, chasing new dreams while conveniently missing old ones along the way. Taleb also proved there is a God, but not as we understand God to be. Thank you for the wonderful authorship, though it was a little painful at times and I won’t call this a literary fault.

The narrator though seems a little inexperienced and while he has tried to appear high minded, it’s impossible to miss the condescending tone which sometimes doesn’t carry the essence of this book deep enough for all readers to appreciate, lest we revise some chapters as I had to on multiple occasions. There were also some avoidable errors in narration, though it’s human and forgivable, audible is a product & customers can’t but expect perfection.

All is well that ends well.

  • 1991

  • How P. V. Narasimha Rao Made History
  • Written by: Sanjaya Baru
  • Narrated by: Avinash Kumar Singh
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

P. V. Narasimha Rao (or PV, as he was popularly known) has been widely praised for enabling the economic reforms that transformed the country in 1991. From the vantage point of his long personal and professional association with the former prime minister, best-selling author Sanjaya Baru shows how PV's impact on the nation's fortunes went way beyond the economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indian forgotten Economic Hero

  • By ABHILASH on 01-01-19

A revealing book

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Reviewed: 14-03-19

Rajiv Gandhi bashing aside this book is great, of course the author has not missed any opportunity to put the Nehru-Gandhi family down and possibly appeasing the right. That said history belongs to the victors. As the saying goes “Those who control the present control the past, and those who control the past control the future”.

  • Kissinger

  • A Biography
  • Written by: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 34 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

By the time Henry Kissinger was made secretary of state in 1973, he had become, according to a Gallup poll, the most admired person in America and one of the most unlikely celebrities ever to capture the world’s imagination. Yet Kissinger was also reviled by large segments of the American public, ranging from liberal intellectuals to conservative activists. Kissinger explores the relationship between this complex man's personality and the foreign policy he pursued.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Facets of a genius

  • By Nithin on 08-02-19

Facets of a genius

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Reviewed: 08-02-19

As a realist tilting towards fatalism I enjoyed getting to know this force of nature who shaped our modern world by his indomitable spirit. Millions of bodies he may have left in his wake as some people might say, but in a world tearing itself apart trying to prove itself right population loss is but a collateral. In my understanding Kissinger taught us about humanity by risking being just as less a human as we can tolerate. I’m not surprised we revere him for his conviction and grace, while teetering on the brink of humanity. To some extent he purged his own humanity to let us experience more of it. A diplomat he is, but more a mirror to our collective conscience as people of earth.

  • My Gita

  • Written by: Devdutt Pattanaik
  • Narrated by: Vivek Madan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

In My Gita, acclaimed mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik demystifies The Bhagavad Gita for the contemporary reader. His unique approach - thematic rather than verse by verse - makes the ancient treatise eminently accessible. In a world that seems spellbound by argument over dialogue, vi-vaad over sam-vaad, Devdutt highlights how Krishna nudges Arjuna to understand rather than judge his relationships.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Amazing

  • By OxyJenish on 24-11-18

Sublime is such an understatement

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Reviewed: 11-01-19

Wonderful rendition of the universal truth. Amazed by the way the Gita is rationalised to help even the simplest mind receive seemingly complex messages with such ease. Narayana will be happy to see his divine message being upheld and disseminated in such sublime fashion. Stay blessed Prabuddha & Vivek! Om Namo Narayanaya.