Vancouver-based filmmaker. Crazy cat lady who falls down a lot of rabbit holes.
Even though I'm not a baseball fan, I loved the movie and had heard that the book was well worth the read/listen. I can't believe how fascinating a non-fiction book about baseball stats could be, and the character profiles and the interweaving stories made this world come to life. Now I understand how brilliant the adaptation of the movie script really was! The only minor qualm I have is that the recording seems to have combined two, very-different performances of the reading and is at times uneven, but easily overlooked based on how good the material is. Highly recommended!
I really enjoyed this book. Lewis did an incredible job telling this story but what amazed me the most was the amount of business insight and intellect there was to be gained throughout.
I enjoyed this book. However, the book is laid out as a narrative which I didn't enjoy quite as much as the movie. With that said, the book gives a lot more detail about Beanes motives and strategy. Definitely worth a listen.
If you are indifferent to baseball, don't let that stop you from reading this book. There is so much more going on here. On the other hand, if you absolutely hate baseball, give this a miss -- baseball is the backdrop for everything. Just like real life.
The story that expanded upon the major motion picture, allowing readers to truly connect with the players involved and their personal backgrounds, stories and idiosyncrasies. The singular best part for me was the chapter on the draft that took the readers inside the draft room to hear the process and how Billy Beane worked his opposing GMs.
Either Ron Washington or Scott Hatteberg
Over-annunciating and annoying. His continual annunciation of words such as pretty as "Pret-ty," any as "An-ny," and every as "Ev-very" repeatedly broke my concentration as I then focused on how much he was over-annunciating and therefore distracted my listening.
Well, seeing as it is already a film...
Get a new narrator. I'm available.
As with many of his books, Michael Lewis has turned a subject that might seem boring to most into something you can't stop listening to.
Forget all the bull about poetry of the game or athletic hunches. This book isn't about economics or even baseball so much as it is about life. What makes books by Michael Lewis so relatable is he uses an honest examination of each individual to show their character, beneath any facade. I don't like baseball, but I love this book.