I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
To begin, I was enthralled with this book from beginning to end. Narration is solid, the prose is entertaining and informative and there is a wonderful sense of accomplishment and wonder in this book. How, armed just with better knowledge, can a significantly poor team like the Oakland Athletics compete, consistently, with the super rich Yankees and Red Sox? That should just not be possible, but it is. And here you'll learn how.
It's a story about how a few people tore apart the baseball institutions and put them back together after examining every piece and - seemingly for the first time since the sport was invented - asking if we REALLY know what we think we know about it. For instance, how important are RBIs, walks, stolen bases and home runs? How can you measure the importance of fielding? And what if - just what if - every way we have ever measured baseball is plain wrong.
One moment in the book should illustrate how this book is not just fascinating but also transcendent of baseball. We learn that RBIs have been incorrectly evaluated for decades, errors make no sense, fielding isn't measured at all and walks are completely calculated incorrectly. At this point the author asks an amazing and interesting question, if we baseball has been watched live by tens of thousands of people in the stadium and by millions of more on television and YET the wrong things have been measured, then how likely is it that the more subtly things in our every day life have been incorrectly evaluated and weighted?
That one thought has actually made me re-evaluate aspects of my job and my life. This book is that good. You should buy it.
Purchased this for my husband at his request. Being a baseball fan for a long time he was really interested in having this book. He was not disappointed and would recommend it for anyone interested in the wheelings and dealings of baseball.
The part I liked the most was the statistics part of the book, and Billie Beans personal history, which for me clearly represents a case of a life driven by somebody else's wishes and desires.... I didnt like the fact that is too much baseballish, too much... But I admit that's my fault, because I knew this in advance... I still have an hour and something to go, but I am dragging it... its hard for me to finish the story...., I think I am just doing it out of discipline at this point...
Billie Bean - the best
Nope.... its too much follow up in itself...
I'm not a baseball fan but after reading Lewis' Blind Side I wanted to hear Moneyball. This is a fascinating story about Billy Beane and baseball. The analysis of baseball and money is captivating. I saw the film after listening to the book and was disappointed. The film is a good story and I'm sure I would have enjoyed the film even more except I got so much more from the book. As with many good books the story of Billy Beane is only part of the book and the portion left out of the film would be hard to visualize. This does for baseball what Blind Side did for football.
I've recently become interested in baseball and decided to use my credit to find out a little something more about the sport.
Having listened to this, I found the film was pretty enjoyable and kept as close as it could to the detailed background found here.
The reading was easy to listen to for the most part but left me tuning out on occasion while driving or while running as there are some stat-heavy sections in the book itself.
Behind these short sections though is a truly engrossing story, not just for sports fans.
Listen and enjoy!
I am a geek about stats and models and assumed that I would like this book from that perspective. I'm not a fan of baseball and don't follow it. You need to like both to enjoy this book.
Moneyball the movie, is probably the greatest movie ever made about the use of statistics in business. From black jack to high frequency trading, statistics has broad applications in the real world. I am glad it found its way into big time sports. Good to find Michael Lewis book in a audio format.
Language Arts teacher
The author's description of the definitive season in which the American leagues teams finished in the inverse order of the teams' payroll expense, clearly providing what should have been a change in baseball management that a decade later appears only to have been embraced by less than half of major league baseball.
The playoff game descriptions in which the element of
No, it was extremely interesting to find a new explanation of a phenomena previously thought to be fully and thoroughly parsed on a daily basis.
Brad Pitt trailers for the new MoneyBall movie give the wrong impression of the book. The book is about how statistics are interpreted when choosing and using baseball players. You have to really love baseball to keep on listening while the book goes on and on about statistics.
When I went online and watched the movie trailers again I had the background to know what what was happening. This surprised me a little. Do not expect an action-packed adventure about baseball. It is more like a story of a brilliant chess player.
i had forgotten most of the Billy Bean story. Changed the game. Young players should read this. Ending was weak.