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Darcy

Sarnia, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2003

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  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Lewis
    Overall
    (888)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (188)

    Moneyball is a quest for something that money can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected by a brotherhood of baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, and physics professors. These numbers prove that the traditional measure of success for players and teams are fatally flawed. This information has been around for years, and nobody paid it any mind. And then came Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland A's.

    Steven says: "Best Audible Book Yet"
    "Open your eyes..."
    Overall

    If you listen to this book with an open mind it should open you up to a world of objective thinking in sports. It's no fluke what A's General Manager Billy Beane has done with a puny payroll. Michael Lewis has a tremendous ability to describe mundane topics in such a way as to make them exciting. Because of this, Moneyball is a great book for anyone with the slightest interest in either sports or business. Highly recommended read (or listen).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charles Seife
    • Narrated By Charles Seife
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    Zero - infinity's twin - is not like other numbers. It is both nothing and everything. Science journalist Charles Seife takes a concise and appealing look at the strangest number in the universe and its continuing role as one of the great paradoxes of human thought.

    Yicheng says: "Fascinating"
    "Math made interesting..."
    Overall

    As others have noted, Seife weaves a history of math and mathematical philosophy together with explanations of modern physical theories. I give the book 4 stars for the following reasons; First the audio isn't spectacular, though passable. Second, I have a hard time imagining anyone without a moderate knowledge and interest in both math and physics maintaining interest throughout the whole book. Though the first half is mostly history, the second delves into modern physics with a lot of "formula explanations".

    Regardless, a great book. Highly recommended to those with any interest in numbers...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stupid White Men...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Moore
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    The polls indicate that 60 percent of Americans are "upset or angry" about this land in which we now live - a land where crooked courts select the president and money rules the day. If you're feeling the same way, here's the book for you. Michael Moore, the award-winning provocateur behind Roger & Me, returns to size up the new century - and that big, ugly special-interest group that's laying waste to the world as we know it: stupid white men.

    Irene says: "Frustrated: oversimplifing and diluting of issues"
    "An interesting read"
    Overall

    The first time I paid Micahel Moore and heed was for his movie, Bowling for Columbine, which was fantastic. That led me to give this book a listen. The majority of the book is interesting, revealing many connivances concerning the past American election and the corruption of the Bush cabinet. The minority of the book is filled with Moore's ideas on how to fix the state of the nation, which range from illogical to "out there" (an open letter to Yassir Arafat recommending he follow Ghandi's lead?)

    Maybe these were jokes, and I'm not up on his humour. Based on his wonderful movie and this book however, I'd say Moore is best left to revealing the problems, not fixing them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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