Good book, better than the movie. Performance was average. Worth listening to if you like baseball or not.
This book was gripping!!! I could not take my headphones off. The correlatives to modern life were astounding. Oh, it???s just another book about baseball! No. If this is your first thought then you missed the point. You missed the premise. The world is full of untapped knowledge waiting for the individual who is savvy and yet fearless. I love this book. I am rereading it again trying to think of subtle ways to bring these ideals to my line of work. Great book. Thanks for writing it!
I don't care about statistics and I don't care about baseball, but Micheal Lewis wrote a book about the statistics of baseball that I devoured. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey that Mr. Lewis took me on through the innovative recruiting method employed by Billy Beane's Oakland A's, especially in the context of the distain the rest of the MLB "Old Schooler's" had for him and his methods. Mr. Lewis manages to take a potentially dry topic and detail it with completely human stories that has you laughing and cheering for the severly underrated underdogs at every turn. And I am a huge fan of Scott Brick. You can never go wrong with him as a narrator.
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.