One of the best books, sports-related or otherwise. Told from a perspective that requires very little knowledge about the game itself.
The pages seemed to turn themselves. A riveting look at Major League Baseball.
The inner sanctum of America's favorite sporting game. I've been a baseball player since Little League and American Legion baseball throughout my late teens. College separated the students from the athletes who were indeed a cut above the rest of us wannabes.
I wouldn't be capable or desire to write about this highly competitive game of professionals. Michael Lewis has provided a story unlike any sports writer has, or at least, written with such interest of the fan. Imagine a mediocre MLB team becomingthe best winning team on a budget less than most successful NCAA collage programs. The NY Yankees spend millions for a roster full of superstars that doesn't assure a winning season.
I highly recommend this faction novel for those who have grown to love competitive sporting events. With the fan enjoying a favourite team be victorious and the "agony of defeat" when the team just didn't have the right stuff on a particular day.
An excellent choice for a good story with excellent narration during the summer where months move into October for the Big Show.
Math, baseball and personality
A very fun listen that introduced me to the world of baseball. Very much enjoyed it!
I have almost zero knowledge of baseball, but it was a nice listen to a good case for using business intelligence to optimize the performance and exploiting inefficient markets. I was recommended this book for that reason and I am not disappointed.
The book explains how math is used to make optimal baseball decisions in a great story format; entertaining sports read.
I'm not a baseball fan, but I love data analysis and this book can be enjoyed by anybody. It has the Cinderella-Story baseball narrative like any sports movie, but also focuses on how success came from shunning conventional wisdom and instead turning to the computational statistics. The book isn't too mathy, so great for a general audience. (There's also a lot of nerding out, for fantasy sports fans or data-crunchers!)
This book was simply bought "for later", but once I sampled it I couldn't put it down.
Calculated, thrilling and perfectly read. Like liar's poker. You'll want to read this book 14 times. 7 audio & 7 times with your eyes. It's just that good!
Avid reader, but new to Audible.
No, not better, but clearly complementary.
Billy Beane. He's what holds it all together. While I enjoyed the forays with the players, Beane is fascinating.
All of them. His delivery is excellent.
Already done, and done well. But this is so much better.
Enjoyed this so much more than I expected. I was thoroughly entertained and I learned a lot.
I probably wouldn't listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick, but I'd be willing to take a look other books written by Michael Lewis (See below).
Sure. Moneyball was well written, however, it seems to be written for baseball fanatics. I read it because I'm a Continuous Improvement fanatic. If Mr. Lewis wrote another book about another topic I'm interested in, I'm sure it would be good.
Some narrators are actors, or at least animated. Scott Brick's performance was mediocre, which takes away front the book.
Yes! The movie is why I bought the book.