The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms Audiobook, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb Play Audiobook Sample

The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms Audiobook

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Read By: Lloyd James Publisher: Ascent Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 1.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 0.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Your Coach in a Box Series Release Date: December 2010 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781596597228

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

24

Longest Chapter Length:

12:09 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

25 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

04:14 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

6

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Publisher Description

By the author of the modern classis The Black Swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses his major ideas in ways you least expect. The Bed of Procrustes takes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. It represents Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s view of modern civilization’s hubristic side effects—modifying humans to satisfy technology, blaming reality for not fitting economic models, inventing diseases to sell drugs, defining intelligence as what can be tested in a classroom, and convincing people that employment is not slavery. Playful and irreverent, these aphorisms will surprise you by exposing self-delusions you have been living with but never recognized. With a rare combination of pointed wit and potent wisdom, Taleb plows through human illusions, contrasting the classical values of courage, elegance, and erudition against the modern diseases of nerdiness, philistinism, and phoniness.

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"It feels weird to be reading any of Taleb's aphorisms without them being followed by a torrent of comments and chatter as is found on the author's facebook page. A concentrated and distilled version of the author's viewpoints, definitely held up well to multiple readings."

— Nicholas (5 out of 5 stars)

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  • “Happily provocative…Mr. Taleb is so calculatedly abrasive in this smart, attention-getting little book that he achieves his main objective. "A good maxim," he writes, "allows you to have the last word without even starting a conversation."

    — New York Times
  • “The most prophetic voice of all.”

    — GQ
  • “The hottest thinker in the world.”

    — Sunday Times (London)
  • “Idiosyncratically brilliant.”

    — Niall Ferguson

The Bed of Procrustes Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 3.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 5 (3.25)
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Narration: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 (5.00)
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Story: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 (4.00)
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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    — Aaron M., 12/13/2021
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Wow, what a douche nozzle. This guy claims he has to take a ritual bath after talking with journalists, apparently because journalists are so . . . well . . . not remotely like Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The repeated uses of the terms "sucker" and "loser" also grated. But I suppose a kind and humble person wouldn't have thought of writing a book of aphorisms in the first place. "

    — Kirsti, 1/24/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Delightful aphorisms that spark unexpected trains of thought and subtle conversations. Well worth a look for those seeking poetic insights rather than slogging through Taleb's longer works. "

    — Will, 1/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " My favorite line: Meditation is a way to be narcissistic without hurting anyone "

    — Elviza, 1/17/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A lot of reviewers have commented on his ego, but I hate to say that's probably what makes this book so amusing. I certainly don't share his expertise, but a fair amount of these seem to strike a bulls-eye. "

    — Robert, 1/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Mostly goofy and pretentious, but a few good ones and the general (ironic) advocacy of Taleb's brand of intellectual humility make it worth the price and time. "

    — Ryan, 1/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Nice aphorisms that can hit you with the provocation and yet charm and seduce you with the wisdom. A great companion to the author's more prominent works. Makes you think and reflect. Hardly an ignoble thing. "

    — Kevin, 12/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Interesting approach to writing philosophy. It was akin to reading a stream of philosophical tweets from NNT. Filled with cutting one liners, this is a great read if you are a skeptic, a wall street trader, or prefer your classical rhetoric in a more ADD-friendly format. "

    — Levi, 12/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Collection of aphorisms by Taleb. Worth a read for wisdom, :-) "

    — Indranil, 12/15/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Interesting, but only for the hard-core Taleb fans. Required having read his earlier books to understand. "

    — Henry, 12/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very good stuff. Well worth it. "

    — Douglas, 4/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Meh ... liked his other books better. There is one great quote: "There are two types of people: those who try to win, and those who try to win arguments. They are never the same." "

    — Marc, 4/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This is really worth 2.5 stars on average. I liked the single sentence topics, and most were easy to read. I actually enjoyed about 3 of the sayings...some were probably way over my head. "

    — Jess, 1/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Aphorisms that will get you looping, angry, AHAH!ing, and just generally pissed at how deeply right and succinct someone can be. "

    — Ken, 11/16/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Fully worth the $4 million paid the author. "

    — Aneesh, 4/20/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " How to rate a book with no narrative? Will likely come back to this occasionally, so I "liked it". Only some of the aphorisms are solidly vivid, and I think I'd have been better off reading "fooled by randomness". Oh well, consider this a second recommendation for "The Black Swan". "

    — Thom, 2/18/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Condescending, and a little repetitive (ok, we get it, you hate academics), but often thought-provoking and occasionally brilliant. "

    — Rory, 1/5/2012
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Short aphorisms similar to Black Swan only in the way of looking at everyday life from a different and unique slant. It is one of those books that I could only read in little segments and that was fine. "

    — Charlie, 6/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The book is very small. You can probably finish this book in an hour and a half! Loved the aphorisms. Most of them are quotable and a few are quite profound. "

    — Gtoos, 5/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " As someone mentioned definitely a vanity piece. Disappointed considering how much I love his other books, and his general philosophy all round. "

    — Chris, 5/8/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " My favorite line: Meditation is a way to be narcissistic without hurting anyone "

    — Elviza, 5/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I'd give it a 3.5 out of 4 if that was possible. I'm not sure the majority of these were profound enough to be aphorisms. But it's such a fast read, and buried in there are some really good ones. Still recommended. "

    — Sean, 5/3/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Recommended by Professor Luke Froeb The focus of this book is on the irony of business. Economists are often the well intentioned villains in his stories. "

    — Walker*Management*Library, 3/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " not sure why i keep reading this guys crap. he has interesting ideas but the self-ego stroking and the blatant hypocrisies are too much to get through. "

    — jonathan, 2/11/2011

About Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is the New York Times bestselling author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, Fooled By Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets, Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder, and others. In addition to his books, he has written many academic essays and articles for scholarly journals. He received a PhD, MS, and BS from the University of Paris and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University’s Polytechnic Institute and has given lectures at Oxford University, Stanford University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among others.

About Lloyd James

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.