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Victor Luera

Fresno, CA United States
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  • The Extra 2%

  • How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First
  • By: Jonah Keri
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

In The Extra 2%, financial journalist and sportswriter Jonah Keri chronicles the remarkable story of one team's Cinderella journey from divisional doormat to World Series contender. By quantifying the game's intangibles, they were able to deliver to Tampa Bay an American League pennant. This is an informative and entertaining case study for any organization that wants to go from worst to first.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The book isn't sure what it wants to be

  • By Buster on 05-15-15

No Strategies or Insight

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-12

This book is what one would expect if they picked up a Sports Illustrated Tampa Bay Rays Season video that comes with an annual subscription (you know, the one that is near impossible to cancel!) I got through the whole thing because I don't really follow the Rays, so it was all new to me. Unfortunately, I was expecting more detail on the Wall Street guys behind some of the baseball strategies that are being used in today's game. Instead, it felt like a long winded history of the Rays.

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  • Three Nights in August

  • Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager
  • By: Buzz Bissinger
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Nordling
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Given unprecedented access to La Russa and his team, best-selling journalist Bissinger captures baseball's strategic and emotional essence. We watch from the dugout as La Russa's Cardinals take on their archrivals, the Chicago Cubs, in a thrilling three-game series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book with good premise follows through

  • By Peter on 11-18-05

I <3 Baseball...but not this book so much.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-12

I picked this book up in hopes that it would give me more insight to the mind of the man MLB named, The Genius. As a baseball coach, one can aspire to be as successful as Tony LaRussa. There are some good stories and the season detailed kept me interested, but I didn't ever get that feeling that I was learning something beyond I could have put together on my own by following the Cardinals via news, blogs, and online. If you are a Cards fan, then this will not disappoint. If you are a baseball fan, it's still worth a listen. It's not an any man baseball book like Moneyball though.

  • Full Dark, No Stars

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,897

"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerie, honest, frightening!

  • By 9S on 01-15-11

Story + Performance = Wise Purchase

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-12

Each story has all the atmosphere and character development that you come to expect from Stephen King. Reminds me of Richard Bachman and his Bachman Books, except creepier and scary.Every story stays with you and it's everyday imagery finds a way to pop up in your daily life in a way that only King can do. The performances by Wasson & Hecht bring it all to life while you listen and add to the ambiance.