This book is fast-paced, well-written, and the author does a nice job with the reading. It packs great insight into the world in an interesting story.
It doesn't take long to realize Michael Lewis has a gift. Or more accurately, he has a number of them. He is a fantastic writer, with the exceptional ability to tell a story. His writing is so good that it no longer matters what the topic is--he's that good. Because whether Lewis writes about Wall Street or Baseball, what he brings to life are the personalities behind the headlines. Any time you get a chance to read anything by Michael Lewis, you're doing yourself a disservice by doing anything other than devouring his work. And as an audiobook, the fact that it is read by the author only makes it better.
Great Listening for Baseball Fans, but especially great if you are an Oakland A's fan - like myself. Chronicles part of the 2002 A's season and draft - but more importantly goes over the science of baseball stats and personal stories of select players. It kept me entertained & awake for the 7 hour drive from San Diego to the Bay Area.
Being an avid baseball fan, as well as an avid reader, I've read all of the classics of baseball literature. This book ranks up there with Ted Williams' "My Turn at Bat" as one of the greatest works of baseball literature. I was fascinated with the excerpts published in the NY Times Magazine, and found the full text even more compelling.
As a baseball fan, and resident of the Bay Area, I've been fascinated with Billy Beane, the GM of the Oakland A's. I've wondered how this small market team, with one of the smallest budgets in baseball, could manage to field one of the most competitive teams, year after year, in a world where market forces drive top market teams to drive up spending quicker than a global arms race. This audio book explains it.
The Oakland A's unique strategy of drafting players that fit a particular mold (i.e., either hitters with high on base percentage, or 'mature' college pitchers without blistering stuff), that other teams shun, is revealed in Moneyball.
I highly recommend this audio book to all serious baseball fans who want to understand the highly successful formula of the Oakland A's. Enjoy!
This book is utterly fascinating. I am currently listening to it for the 3rd time in 3 weeks! Best book I've listened to in a long time. I highly recommend it!