Michael Lewis writes in a most compelling way. His storytelling, while delving into somewhat peculiar topics, is amazing. Looking forward to his new book!
This is my first audiobook in adulthood. I therefore dont know exacly how narrators are supposed to sound. I felt the narration was a little too emotionless. I would have preferred the narrator to convey more emotion and feeling. He had a pleasant voice, and overall the narration was good.
The movie manufactures some drama that was not there in the book or real life. You need to be a baseball though to enjoy because it is a breakdown of the mathematics of sabremetrics and how the Oakland A's used a new approach to counter their lack of budget.
That most precious of all commodities, time, is often mis-allocated against our will. With Audible, I simply "re-allocate".
This book is fantastic. The counter-intuitive nature of finding value is as applicable as described in this book about baseball as it is in virtually any area of life. The fear of doing something different and being thought a fool or laughed at prevents most of us from doing anything different.
Moneyball is an account of how GM Billy Beane of the Oakland A's implements a system for methodically taking advantage of the status quo and praying on the weaknesses of other powerful, high dollar teams has applications to many aspects of our lives. He is able to do so precisely because he does not care what others think. The reasons for why he is unaffected by the opinions of others is one of the more interesting aspects of the book.
What Michael Lewis describes in this account of finding under-valued assets in ball players is done in a way that is as inspiring as it is informative. Additionally, the entertainment value is dramatically enhanced because Lewis always finds the humor and emphasizes it to great effect.
MD. MBA in Design Strategy. Disrupting health care. (Yes.)
This is not a book about baseball.
This is about science, and what science can do for us.
Being a skeptic, MD and well-acquainted with, and even public promoter of the virtues of a scientific approach to life, this book still changed my life.
Never before has the value of a fact-based approach been so beautifully described. The follies of the opposite, never before so lucidly and humorously shown.
Mesmerizing. (I had to get the hard copy as well.)
If you do anything that involves probabilities and statistics [and we all do whether we think of it that way or not] this book can change the way you look at things not only in sports but in any endeavor.
Scott Brick is a versatile and excellent narrator.
Thankfully the book is not too long, and reads fast and is absorbing and very informative.
I really enjoyed this book. Couldn't put it down.
I would listen to Scott Brick read the dictionary. He is fantastic.
why I've lost my love for the game. Baseball, of course, is a moneymaking enterprise. This book covers the transition of it from a dreamer-filled game of hope to its game of numbers, dollars and 'sense'. I used to love the game-year after year of familiar faces (and eternal optimism as I was a Cubs fan). I understand now why the change, why it had to happen, but it still makes me sad.
The game itself and its changes from the 80's on. I didn't pay attention to the politics of the game, just realized favorite payers were being traded left and right. Now I get it. Makes me sad, but as with everything else, the bottom line is raison d'être.
He has an easy voice to listen to.
Mostly glad it wasn't just me, but the changes in the system that has changed my view of the game. On to watching high school and college b-ball for me. I still love the crack of the bat, the beauty of the 'perfect swing'....
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.