Logical, surprising, pro-underdogs
Billy Bean fascinated me by his ingenuity, scraping together a great athletics club on so small a budget.
The very last scene with the satisfying laughs from the players, with a player, not laughing at his expense.
No. I did find myself saying, Well I'll be... The approach to recruiting the team members impressed me.
I would recommend the book to baseball fans and statistic junkies. Not others.
Yes, I think he is a very interesting writer.
Sounded like he was talking to me and teling me a story. Emotional, easy to understand
A few people wrote that the book would be interesting even to people who do not like baseball. That is ludicrous. It is a very interesting application of statistics used for an objective analysis of the factors leading to success in baseball. If you like that, you will enjoy this book. If you don't like baseball and numbers, your eyes will roll back in your head by the second chapter.
If you love stats or numbers, this is a great root for the geeks kind of book.
Absolutely. I own a small business and this book has me looking for "inefficiencies" that I can use. I liked the movie, and the book gave me a completely different angle. There are a lot more explanations for why things happened.
Scott Brick performed Moneyball very well. The narration flows naturally and the voice makes sense with the book.
What are you paying too much for?
I love baseball, but even if you don't, this is a great book. It forces you to question your assumptions about what makes an organization a success.
Probably not, but I would read it. I am not a baseball fan (& know next to nothing about the statistics of baseball - I just know ERA, RBI, etc. from crossword puzzles!😜), but I watched & loved the movie, & so decided to give the audiobook a try. The story & premise behind the concept that totally changed how baseball teams are put together now (or at least, how SMART GMs put their teams together, now...), I found not only fascinating, but downright funny, at times! I even cheered aloud for the A's & Billy Beane (I LOVE how he makes money for his team, & also how he gets other GMs to want specific players & trades...when they weren't even in the market!), but the details with all the statistics and baseball argot were a bit difficult for me to follow. This is where reading it, in a physical book, would have helped. HOWEVER, I still truly enjoyed it; one can just let details of the stats slip by, and listen to - & enjoy! - the story.
He has a pleasant voice, & I've liked him in other books...but he DOES tend to read each book with the exact same tone & sense of foreboding (in a baseball book???). He needs to listen to readers like Davina Porter & Gerard Doyle, to hear how the best readers change their narration with each story.
Oh, yes...but that would be giving away the end!
Even a non-baseball fan, or non-reader of sports books can enjoy this tale, if s/he likes listening to stories of paradigm shifts & the people who were instrumental in those shifts. It's fun!
I had to read this book for my university 4th year management class, and I loved it. I am a numbers guy, since I love statistics and this book was amazing. The person who read the book kept you interesting. I never saw the movie or ever even heard about this before, so even though this was non-fiction I was waiting what is going to happen next, what is going to take place. So I high recommend this book, and as a university student it is nice background for doing homework, driving, or even walking across campus to your next class!
This is a story about challenging conventional wisdom and almost pulling it off, the central figure, Billy Beane, was the embodiment of what baseball scouts loved as a player but after a mediocre career Billy clearly has a different perspective on his own failings than his coaches and peers did.
In the meantime, baseball fans both dis-satisfied with conventional statistics and desiring a
deeper knowledge of the game are creating maths and tools to create a "truly objective
understanding of baseball", whilst professional baseball continues with it's traditional methods as wage bills rocket and the gap between rich and poor clubs increases.
Moneyball ties these two stories together into the career of Billy Beane as general manager of the Oakland A's and is kind of a novel, biography and history book rolled into one with a dash of psychology. The clash of culture and cognitive biases against the objective tools employed by Beane and his aides is told in such a manner that you want the cold hearted logicians to win!
The narration is excellent, and although some of the players stories are more interesting than others when the story centers back on Beane the book is very good.
The behind the scenes look at how the team and its GM made "Moneyball" work
The behind the scenes look with what seemed to be unfettered access. Also the tale of how this "can't miss" star missed.
I stopped following big league baseball in October 1994, when MLB cancelled the season and the World Series. So I was dubious about my interest in this book. But after reading how St. Bonaventure University women's hoops coach Jim Crowley read this book and used Moneyball principles to remake a losing program and save his job, I was intrigued. I'm very glad I choose to listen to this book.
Not horrible, but man, this thing drags. How many times does Lewis think one has to hear about the in-depth, unique analysis of talent used by the A's before he can consider his point made and move on to a another subject.
It was interesting, but just seemed to be too dragged out and repetitive.