Incredible story, wonderfully presented. Highly worth a listen rather than a read. The narrator somehow makes even the duller parts seem like high-drama.
Having this in your brain makes the movie better too...
The book was interesting, but drifted from time to time into the weeds. Really showed how innovation and thinking outside of the norms can allow a team with fewer dollars to compete and best teams with far more resources. The book and the narrator were good, but I would recommend an abridged version over the unabridged
I had heard so much about this book and when it came time to read and finish. I asked myself if I'd download this book again. The answer I came up with was no. I was looking for more in the story and didn't find it. It was great what Billy Bean did, but the story didn't hold my interest for long
I had this on my list for a while but never got around to it. Given that the movie came out, I decided to give it a try. It was enjoyable and relatively easy to keep track of the numbers and data. As much of the premise is based upon baseball data, i worried that I would be overwhelmed with percentages, etc. While there was a fair amount of information, it was often presented in relation to other information of other teams or players so it was not so much the actual number but its relation to others that kept the story going. It worked for me. Finished right before game 6 of world series so I watched with different lens.
Had some problems with the narrator and his emphasis on occasion.
Well, I don't really mean that I do, or that you should, hate the yankees. What I mean is this: Any fool can throw a bunch of money at something and get good results. One who really understands value, wants to spend a little and get a lot in return. Any measure of quality that lacks a metric for cost is incomplete.
Moneyball questions the whole of baseball orthodoxy and finds that what everybody knows just ins't so. Does a player's batting average really count for much? Does he really have to have a great glove? Does it matter—even a little—how fast he runs the forty?
The A's used different metrics and found that those players who excelled in On Base Percentage were undervalued in the market and using this, and other, sacreligious notions, put together winning baseball teams, for a fraction of the payroll paid out by the bloated and less clever Yankees front office.
So, it's not so much about hating the Yankees as it is about pulling for the plucky upstart who manages to humble richer, more arrogant, kids with guile, cleverness and spunk.
The story is told in a tight narrative, and reads more like a novel than a book about baseball. It's a must for anyone who ever stayed up late to watch a World Series game. Or for anyone who ever rooted for an underdog.
I write short and to the point reviews. No sense of dragging on in something that you like or hate.
I'm not as baseball fan, but I like the game of stats and trading players as if they were just cattle, but instead of feeding grass, they get big contracts. I remembered watching something on 60 Minutes on Bill James, "Stat Man".. I wanted to know more. As a non baseball fan, I kept reading this title because Micheal Lewis does a decent job as explaining the game without going into extra innings. Lewis also does an good job on telling the story on the players, like Chad Bradford and how he progress to the Major's and his struggle to stay on top. Bradford's story alone is worth the credit for this book. Wonderful story. Can't wait for the movie.
There were so many positive reviews for this book and because my husband (a baseball fan) were going on a road trip I thought this would be the best ever book to listen to. WRONG! Unless you are a total baseball stat freak it was as boring as watching paint dry. We stuck it out as at times there were glimmers of some humanness to the story then another chapter long rant about stats would come along.
I usually feel that the book is always better then the movie, not in this case. Skip the book and watch the movie.
Yes, it was read well.
Nope. Movie better .. Brad Pitt is too good
Reduce a lot of baseball statistics
Sometimes boring ..
smart aleck michael lewis turns his anglo eye to baseball
what happens when wall street smarts meets main street's game ?
to know the bill james paradigm is the equivalent of insider trading
jokes are easily had in the profane world of the male pecking order
" i know something you don't know " makes for a lot of arrogant jerks
gutsy billy beane hangs on long enough to show them all he was right
on reflection however both beane and lewis seem a bit soulless
in the end it's probably a good fit of story and storyteller
the loneliness and ennui seep up through the story's cracks
we won - HOORAY ! / i proved them all wrong - WONDERFUL !
but that nagging voice asks " who gives a damn if i live or die ? "
it's an athletic meditation on success and its' many prices